The Cottage @ Penguin Hill Farm
A comfortable affordable cottage with stunning Bass Strait views.
give me the sea and a little cottage just to be
From a nook high on the hill, looking down over the paddocks, past the rocks and beach is a vast north facing vista of Bass Strait.
The cottage is perfect for a couple or a family. An ideal base to explore Tasmania's idyllic North West and Cradle Mountain.
Open plan lounge, dining, kitchen, two bedrooms and a loft.
The view is breathtaking.
Private, set on six acres and yet only a few kilometres to the town of Penguin.
Once you are here, you won't want to leave. But if you do venture out, it’s an easy drive to Boat Harbour beach, Cradle Mountain, Stanley or Launceston.
Along the North-West Coast are hundreds of beaches to explore, as well as farmers markets, cafes and restaurants.
Or wander the heritage buildings in the main street of Penguin, now home to the iconic retail stores Cocoon Designs and The Small Folk Store.
you have permission to rest
Intimate for couples, room for a family.
One bedroom with a queen bed
Second bedroom with two single bunk beds
Upstairs is a loft with another queen bed
Cot available on request
Everything else you need.
Fully equipped kitchen
Ample living space
Reverse cycle air-conditioning
Linen and towels supplied
Here is the sea. The sea plays an important role in this story.
The cottage looks out over it. And we’ve been told, at the right time of year, you can sit on the balcony and watch whales on their journey north, to warmer waters. We haven’t seen any yet, but we can imagine. We’ve watched whales before, from a trail on another hill, almost two thousand kilometres away in Hat Head National Park, South West Rocks. South West Rocks, that’s where the story really begins. It begins in 1987, when a young couple decided to take a holiday by the sea.They buckled their toddler into his car seat and drove north to a hundred-year-old house, surrounded by trees. They booked a unit in the house for a week, and they loved their time by the sea.In those days, before lockboxes, leaving a holiday rental meant driving into town to drop your keys at the real estate agent’s office. So at the end of the week, that’s what they did. They cleaned up, packed the car and drove into town with the keys. And in the office, the lady at the front desk asked them a question that would change their lives forever,“Do you want to book the same week for next year?’ They did. So they booked the unit in the house with the trees again. And then again the next year, and the one after that. And the holidays became a tradition. The place wasn’t fancy, but they loved the simplicity of it. The children loved the blue ocean they could splash in, the sandcastles, the ice cream shop and the kangaroos who lived on the grass near the bay. But the couple loved the way on holidays a week or two could stretch ahead of you with nothing to do but walk by the ocean or sit in the sun with a book. Today the couple are Grandparents. And this week they picked up a set of keys at a real estate agent’s office in the main street of Penguin, Tasmania. The keys are for the cottage they own, but they see it differently somehow. They haven’t bought this house to live in, they’ve bought it to share. Jan 2020.
Guests are welcome to climb the hill behind the cottage. Please close the gates.
If you have Instagram, you can follow us at @penguin.hill.farm
Penguin Hill Farm
Without proper care for soil we can have no community, because without proper care for soil we can have no life. Wendell Berry
Food production today is predominantly industrial, chemical, artificial, corporate and unsustainable.
In time, we hope that Penguin Hill Farm will produce natural, delicious pesticide-free fruit, vegetables and livestock. A step up from the little organic garden we grew on our suburban block.
Today we begin with just a handful of Dorper Sheep to keep down the grass, tomorrow we dream of hazelnut trees, honey bees and a table in the orchard.