We stayed here for five nights in March 2012. This cottage is really something special – and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
As the reviews suggest, you are really away from it here. The cottage is totally on its own. There are also the two other eco-lodges on the property, probably about half a mile away as the crow flies – but they are on the other side of the hill behind the cottage, so you aren’t aware of them at all. It really is just you, the wallabies, the wombats and the possums. The cottage is totally surrounded by bush, so you can walk out of the front door and just wander off into the great outdoors – scattering the wildlife as you go.
There are great views from the property. The shack looks out over the Friendly Beaches, and from the top of the hill you can see towards Coles Bay and the Hazards. The location is good as well – about 15 minutes to Coles Bay, about 30 minutes to Bicheno (which is also very nice), and lots of beaches nearby (including the incredible Friendly Beaches, which to my mind are more impressive than the much-quoted Wineglass Bay – mile after mile of pure white sand, turquoise blue sea and rolling surf).
The owners are also to be commended for the job they have done in setting up the cottages on the property. They have really tried to make them properly eco-friendly, with the water supply coming from treated rainwater, the generation of renewable energy, and recycled building materials.
This cottage probably is not for everybody. Some might find the isolation a bit overwhelming, especially at night. But if you are happy to be on your own, to listen and watch the birds and animals during the day, and stare at the stars at night, then I am sure you will enjoy it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Freycinet Retreat is a 1200 acre, Lanf for Wildlife, bush property with fabulous views adjoining the Freycinet National Park. Two luxury eco-lodges and eight Ocean View Eco Studios offer comfort in style. Guaranteed wildlife, warm in winter, no doilies, mod cons, perfect for the independent traveller couples. Free high speed wifi in you room included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Freycinet Retreat Tasmania - Coles Bay