It's an absolute pleasure to be the first person to write a review about the heritage cottages at Tivers Row in Burra, having tried to do so on more than one occasion previously without success. If you like stepping back in time and enjoy feeling a true sense of history, then these superb restored miners' cottages are the place for you! I have had the pleasure of staying here in different cottages with and without family. Constructed in 1856 by immigrants, James and Emma Tiver, these quaint cottages are heritage listed properties and regarded as excellent examples of Cornish architecture and are within easy walking distance of the historic Redruth Quarter.
Each one is spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated in period manner with authentic furniture and fittings, including brass bedsteads with comfy mattresses and warm quilts, and old photographs impart a real sense of the past and of the mining families that formerly lived in these cottages. Each one has a lovely open fireplace and wood is provided on the back porch and replenished daily. When I arrived in 2007, a fire had been thoughtfully lit in the grate to provide a welcome glow and homely touch. I could have imagined myself living there! In the summer, BBQs can be arranged on request and enjoyed in the private garden at the back of each cottage which sport almond and various fruit trees. Each cottage comes equipped with a TV and a CD player, great for chilling out in front of the fire with a good glass (or two!) of local wine from the Clare Valley, while children will be kept amused by a variety of provided board games.
Plentiful breakfast supplies - good quality bacon and free range eggs, cereals, delicious home made preserves, biscuits, fresh orange juice, bread, filter coffee, Twining's teas and a fruit basket - are included in the price of the cottage. The 'ye olde world' kitchen is well appointed and you will find all that you need to rustle up a meal if you decide to eat in. The shower room at the back of each property has a slate floor with under floor heating, so you never feel the cold and the showers are hot and powerful and fluffy bathrobes are provided.
When I'm in Burra, I wouldn't stay anywhere else out of choice and in October 2012 was obliged to stay at the Burra Motor Inn as part of a conference group. It simply wasn't in the same league and I found myself visiting Tivers Row again. Although the price has gone up considerably over the last decade along with everything else in Australia, these cottages are worth a splurge just for the acute sense of history they impart to visitors touring this once bustling copper mining town.