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Kestrel Downs - A Unique Experience - Sea & Nature

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33 reviews
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Kestrel Downs - awe inspiring northern view from our property across Pelican Lagoon
Spacious open plan living
Dine to water views
Relax in comfort
Sparkling new kitchen
Master bedroom
2-way bathroom
Kestrel Downs - stunning bird's eye view to the Southern Ocean
Flying fish welcome
Relax on the verandah
Shy visitors at our bird bath
Northern aspect
Verandah view - glorious sunrise over Pelican Lagoon
A tranquil spot
Feathered friends at our bird bath
Stonework in local limestone
Spring time at Kestrel downs
Spring time at Kestrel Downs
Walk across Kestrel Downs to climb the towering dune of Prospect Hill
Our local beach - beautiful Pennington Bay
Evening at Pennington Bay
Early morning at Pennington Bay
Morning light, Pennington Bay
Walk quietly - endangered Hooded Plovers at Pennington Bay
Residents of our local habitat, Pelican Lagoon
Black Swans at Pelican Lagoon - our local habitat
Calm waters of nearby Island Beach
Wander the serene Cannery Walk
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Kestrel Downs is a tranquil, light-filled island retreat with free WiFi.

A unique island property - this secluded coastal haven offers both close proximity to pristine beaches and also the opportunity to share the natural habitat of Kangaroo Island's native birds and animals.

Settled lightly on the landscape, on 40 private hectares of ancient dune country - and next door to pristine Pennington Bay - Kestrel Downs offers a beautiful vista of waterways and islands. Wake to dawn's light reflected in the ocean inlet of Pelican Lagoon; sit on the verandah and watch native fauna drink and bathe at the bird bath.

The property's native bushland is home to kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, echidnas, goannas and plentiful bird life; it offers serene sea and bushland views from every window, not a neighbour in sight.

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About the Owner, Sally H
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 2 days ago
Listed since : Feb 2013
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 33 reviews and 1 property
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed May 23, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

I can readily recommend Kestrel Downs as one of the nicest places we have stayed. We visited Kangaroo Island with 4 friends from Thailand. Even though we had seen photos on the Web we were still surprised by the beautiful view and the feeling of isolation and seclusion. This was a new and special experience for our friends. They also...

Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Kestrel Downs. We're thrilled to hear how much you and your friends enjoyed your stay at our holiday accommodation. It is a pleasure to be able to share our peaceful retreat and its wildlife and water views, with our Australian and overseas guests.


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Reviewed March 6, 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Excellent accommodation, well equipped, ocean views, peaceful and best side of the island. Close to some beautiful, remote beaches.

Management response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Kestrel Downs. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at our property. Our goal is to provide quality accommodation in a unique setting from which our guests can explore our beautiful island. Thank you for staying with us.


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Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed February 1, 2017 for a stay in October 2016

Kangaroo Island is a unique place in the world and you really couldn't do better than staying at Kestrel Downs. If you are after a place to truly get away from it all this is it. Located within striking distance of the ferry and close to Kingscote, its a perfect spot to make as base camp, and from which to...

Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to review Kestrel Downs. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and loved the water vistas and surrounding wildlife. We love sharing them with our guests. Hope you can come back again one day. Always welcome!


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (7)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Ocean Views
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Queen Beds:(2)
  • Refrigerator
  • Secure Parking
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
We do not charge for cleaning. Please leave our house clean and tidy on departure. Kestrel Downs is a smoke-free zone. Guests are requested not to smoke inside. Kestrel Downs is a...
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About the neighborhood
Kestrel Downs is close to many Island attractions.
One of very few properties located on the narrow isthmus of the island, it affords magnificent northern views over the ocean inlet of Pelican Lagoon and to the township of American River in the distance; and to the south, is the mighty Southern Ocean.
The driveway of Kestrel Downs is opposite Pelican Lagoon and the house enjoys an elevated position, looking over native vegetation to the sea.
Car recommended
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 1.9 mi.
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