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Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island

563a Gregors Rd, Seddon, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
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Pristine Kangaroo Island Accommodation. After a days touring on Kangaroo Island drive down a 3km private road to The Mary Ellen, a luxurious yet warm and cosy 2 bedroom, rustic log cabin nestled in a magnificent bushland setting. Eleanor River Homestead is a 250 acre property located amongst rolling hills and valleys on the banks of the Eleanor River offering the best Self Contained accommodation on Kangaroo Island.
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563a Gregors Rd, Seddon, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island
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Awsomeal wrote a review Jan 2019
Adelaide, Australia1552 contributions77 helpful votes
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We took two children with us to see the great Kangaroo Island and search the web and found this cute little house . In the middle of the island. Was about an hour from getting of the boat and about 5 I’m on dirt. Road wasn’t to bad. The house is awesome . Small kangaroos came up at night and in morning. But must be quiet not to scare away.. there is a BBQ to use and the place has all you need. Must bring own food and no laundry. But who cares. Power is from solar and battery back up so remember turn of all things not using.. very peaceful and beautiful. Where it is everything is not to far away Max 1 hour Will stay again. We meet the owners very happy and friendly Thank you 🙏
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Susanne V wrote a review Jan 2019
Hellerup, Denmark21 contributions8 helpful votes
Do you want to stay outback and have kangaroos and wallabies just outside and still have full comfort in your own cabin then Go to this place. And you are alone and NOT with other tourists. And the owners are very helpfull
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from eleanorriver, Owner at Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island
Responded Jan 24, 2019
Thank you for your comments. Very happy that you enjoyed your stay.
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Graham H wrote a review Jan 2019
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Australia629 contributions95 helpful votes
Absolutely loved this place, I cannot really fault it. It's lovely and quiet, which my wife and I love. The scenery is magnificent, and the wildlife spectacular. Friendly, almost tame Kangaroos every evening, and sometimes morning will happily graze close by. We also saw many blue wrens which seem to live around the garden near the cottage. Even though it was summer, and quite hot ( we had a couple of days in the 30s ), the house was fairly cool, and opening the doors and windows in the evening cooled the place down fairly quick, and there are also ceiling fans. I loved that they were energy conscious, using solar panels. Telstra mobile was also not a problem. Everything was provided, except beach towels, which the caretaker provided immediately ( on Christmas day I might add, as we caught them going out ) The only very minor thing would be was the main bed was a little small. We are used to a King sized bed, and I think this was only a double bed. At least a queen sized bed I think would be the icing on the cake! All in all it was a great 4 night stay. As for the location. It is fairly remote, and quite a drive from Kingscote. So being Christmas, we did have to stock up before our stay. Parndana itself doesn't have many attractions. We didn't go to the wildlife park, as we had so much other stuff planned, but that is very close. The little town does have a small ( albeit expensive ) IGA, which stocks the basics if you forget something. It does boast a great pub, which we had a nice meal and a cold beer one night. However, as our first 4 nights on the Island ( of an 8 night stay ) were to be exploring the western part of the Island, it was perfect to drive up to Stokes Bay, or to go to Vivonne Bay, or the Flinders Chase National Park. If you plan on seeing the Eastern Part, just note it is a good hour or more drive from this location This was truly a lovely place to stay. I have no hesitation recommending this place to stay. Would love to come again if we ever return. Thank you
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Response from eleanorriver, Owner at Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island
Responded Jan 24, 2019
Thank you for your wonderful review and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Just a note on the bed, we also sleep in a King sized bed and I can understand that anything smaller would probably feel like a double however I can assure you it is a Queen sized.
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Danielle wrote a review Oct 2018
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We were so pleased with this beautiful peaceful location. A lovely cabin, cosy combustion fireplace for the colder nights, gorgeous views and abundance of wildlife. Our boys fed carrots to the friendly kangaroos at the doorstep and saw their first echidna in the wild. Having no mains water and being off the grid with a back up generator only added to the rural charm. The marron experience was exceptional. Such great fun for the boys to catch the marron and a well worth it platter at the end. The perfect central location to do all your sightseeing on kangaroo island. Would definately stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jan J wrote a review Jun 2018
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We stayed 4 nights on KI and this was just the most perfect location and most beautiful cottage! As described in other reviews, the homestead is located in the centre of the island with only lots of bushland and kangaroos around. Perfect to relax but also perfect to explore the island. The cottage has everything you need. Although the weather was cold and wet, we enjoyed the cosy fire and felt perfectly comfortable. It is a very well-design eco blockhouse, which keeps you warm in winter and I would expect to be comfortably cool in summer with the wide overhangs. The hosts are also so welcoming and even let us stay an extra night for free when our return ferry was cancelled! Can't get much better than that! Will definitely come here again!
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Paul B wrote a review Feb 2018
Broken Hill, Australia50 contributions10 helpful votes
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We stayed for 2 weeks in February, and it was the best bush stay we have had. We never listened to the radio we just sat on the veranda for breakfast, lunch and dinner watching the kangaroos, koalas, birds and echidna’s. The cabin had everything we needed and our hosts were very accommodating.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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heathermci wrote a review Jan 2018
California552 contributions70 helpful votes
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We spent four nights at the Eleanor River Homestead main home, this January, and wished we had stayed longer. This was one of our most favorite places to stay on our month long venture in Australia. We did have some glitches at first, in that the email for the Homestead was not working well, (a problem which I think is now fixed), and so I ended up calling Kathy directly, which worked well and I was able to get answers to all my questions. And just before we had arrived, Kathy had discovered that they had overbooked the rental cabin. Because of this, they had us stay in their home, ie the main cabin, which is just down the driveway from the rental cabin, and they moved out for the four nights. For us, this meant we had a spacious log cabin to ourselves with all of the amenities we could have ever hoped for, including a washing machine! We had wi-fi, (although it was iffy at times given that we were in the middle of the island), comfortable beds, use of a full kitchen, living room, pool table, and porch overlooking the bush and kangaroos. Graeme Ricketts also came in to say hello one evening during our stay, and was a great help with questions we had about the area. The cabin is centrally located in the island, and off the beaten track, which is what we loved. It is located about 45 minutes from the Kingscote airport, and the last 20 minutes or so of the drive, is down a well maintained dirt road, to the middle of paradise and tranquility. It is located closest to the Seal conservation Park, (about a 30 minute drive at most), and not far from the Kelly Hills caves and Flinders Chase. On the other side, was Stokes Bay, which had wonderful for swimming and white sand beach. What we enjoyed most about this experience was its location and spending time with the kangaroos that would come out in the morning and evening hours, to an area beyond their fenced in front garden. It was a treat for us, to wake up in the morning and sit out with the roos, who were dining on trimmings from the Rickett's garden that they had put out for them, or an occasional apple or vegetables that we gave them. While the roos were wild, they were somewhat used to people, especially if we were quiet, and would come up and eat an apple from our hands. For four days, we were away from the commotion of cities and traffic, and it was a quiet and peaceful stay. We are ever so grateful to Kathy and Graeme Ricketts for this experience and the lovely home we stayed in. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to return to Eleanor Homestead in a few years!
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Anton L wrote a review Jan 2018
Moore Park, Australia109 contributions44 helpful votes
We stayed at Eleanor River whilst on a recent holiday on KI and loved the experience. We found the location to be central for the Island and what we wanted to see and do. We spent 4 days there and saw the majority of the island and enjoyed the natural wildlife. We enjoyed the relaxing walks and the local visitors who came to great us either in the morning or at night. The Homestead was quiet and relaxing and well built with the majority of features you require. Mobile reception seemed to be limited at times but this is an issue for the Island. Our locals visited us most days and included a couple of Echidnas, Kookaburras, Eagle, Goanna and the odd Kangaroo and Joey (cute!). We enjoyed visiting Seal Bay and having a close up encounter with some rather large locals and a unique experience and worth the $$ for the beach tour. So much to do and we did a lot and enjoyed immensely.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Charlie B wrote a review Apr 2017
Rio Naranjo, Costa Rica73 contributions37 helpful votes
Previous commentaries have set out exactly what you find here, so I won't repeat. The place is isolated. You find it 3 km down a track off an unmade road. It is powered by solar energy so you need to be careful with limited hot water. These sort of things could deter some people, but we found the isolation very invigorating. Waking up to hear and see animals outside of the building is a new and positive experience. There was plenty of room. The place does not to be 5 star luxury but, there again, you really wouldn't want (or need) this in this particular location. Graeme and Kathy were near enough to answer questions and the mobile phone left at the property suitably charged with Graeme's number pre-programmed meant that you could always contact him if there was an issue. We loved the place. Also, in its central location, we could reach all parts of the island very easily. And the local Pardana Hotel was an experience in itself - we love joining the locals to get a true view of what happens in any location. Two words of caution. Firstly, driving at dusk and night is Russian Roulette as far as the local wildlife is concerned so you need to drive very slowly and be ready for constant 'jay walkers' (hoppers!). Secondly, we had booked a car to travel along the Great Ocean Road but found in the small print that you cannot take the car onto the Island. Therefore, we had to park at Port Jervis and hire another car on the island. A little frustrating.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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CLGChris wrote a review Apr 2017
Adelaide, Australia78 contributions23 helpful votes
After driving several kilometres on unsealed Gregors Road we found the signed turnoff. From the turnoff there is a couple more kilometres of dirt track to the cabin (just keep left). From Penneshaw, our GPS took us off the sealed Birchmore Road onto West Highway One which is unsealed; then left onto Gregors Road. You can also continue past West Highway One and take the next right directly into Gregors Road. It's longer but there is less distance on unsealed roads. Either way you don't need a 4WD. The cabin is rectangular in shape with the open space of kitchen, dining & lounge area at one end. The kitchen is a good size with standard stove, fridge & microwave. The dining table seats 6. The lounge has 2 couches with a small flat screen TV. No reception for free to air TV but satellite TV works well provided the wind doesn't blow the antenna dish out of alignment (this happened once & was fixed promptly). There are 2 reasonable sized bedrooms at the other end, one with a Queen size bed and the other with 2 single beds. We used the Queen bed and found it comfortable. My only gripe was only one bedside lamp. Between the bedroom with 2 single beds and the kitchen area is the separate toilet and then the bathroom. The bathroom is a good size with old fashion decor. Unfortunately the shower is placed above the bath which is awkward to get into if you are elderly or very young. Hot water supplied by a LPG gas demand heater was good but tricky to adjust. Electricity is from solar panels and batteries with generator backup. The generator was not cutting in automatically so when we used the electric griller in the oven (stove has gas cook top) the power cut out & we had to start the generator manually. Host Graeme showed us how to do this early in our visit. Gas is from LPG tanks and it actually ran out during our visit. Again Graeme was promptly on the scene to change the tank. There is no wifi. Phone coverage is limited to Telstra from memory & I had problems downloading data on my iPhone. You will find a Samsung smart phone in the kitchen which will allow communication with hosts Graeme & Kathy for assistance etc. They live in a farm house another 5 minutes walking distance down the track. There is wifi coverage at or around their farmhouse so I have been told. The cabin is comfortable. There is no air conditioning but KI is cooler than the mainland. There are ceiling fans in the living area and both bedrooms. There is a combustion heater in the lounge with firewood supplied on the back verandah. The front door opens into the dining lounge area but the back door opens into the bathroom which is a bit unusual. Kangaroos are plentiful around the cabin at dawn & dusk. The breakfast provisions which cost an extra $15 per person per day were generous & good quality. Cleanliness was good except the windows needed a wash. The closest place to eat is the Pandana Hotel which we rated as very good for a pub. Lots of wild life to see on the dirt roads between the pub and the cabin at night. Also close and worth a visit is the Raptor (birds of prey) Domain at Seal Bay. The cabin is isolated yet centrally located on the island. Host Graeme was helpful and friendly. But remember he works away from the property on week days. Would we stay there again....definitely yes. Loved it.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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