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Alchemy. Boutique Accommodation

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published March 15th 2016
There's more than a little bit of magic here
There's lots to see and do in Goolwa and you'll need to stay at least a couple of nights to make a dent in your to-do list.

You'll find lots of accommodation options in various price ranges but here's something special. Alchemy comprises two self contained spaces, each with it's own leafy courtyard and private entry. And there's more than a little bit of magic here.

The boutique cottage and the smaller studio are a stone's throw from Goolwa's main street, the historical wharf precinct, the Cockle Train Station and the twice-each month Sunday Market. There's a steady stream of vehicle and foot traffic heading for these places, and yet Alchemy remains a quiet and serene haven.

A serene space close to Goolwa's main street

When I visited Alchemy recently, the owner, Suzie, asked me if I knew of an artisan bread maker on the Fleurieu. She explained her passion for local produce and seasonal food and her need to find loaves to accompany the local yoghurt, fruit and preserves for the Alchemy breakfast platter. There's also wine, cheese and chocolates to welcome guests.

Suzie went on to explain the option of the 'Gourmet Getaway' package, a lavish breakfast hamper which includes even more locally sourced treats.

Gourmet Getaway
Gourmet Getaway package

My mouth started watering as I pictured myself enjoying breakfast in the leafy courtyard. Or inside looking out, if the weather wasn't kind.

Scrubbed timber table
Scrubbed timber table

I imagined settling into a cozy nook to read or watch a movie. There's two TV's in the cottage and a DVD player. And a wood fire. I could definitely get cozy here.

A cozy place to read

The walls of each studio are adorned with art by talented locals, including Suzie, who paints stunning landscapes in dramatic colours.

Art by talented Fleurieu locals
Local art adorns the walls

At the top of the stairs I found the main bedroom (there's a double sofa bed downstairs too), and a lavish bathroom.

bedroom 1
The bed looked inviting

Not only does the bathroom have a spa bath

Cottage bathroom with spa bath
Cottage bathroom with spa bath

but also one of my most favourite, almost essential, bathroom features. A non-squeezy shower alcove. You could do yoga in this shower alcove.

Alchemy shower
Yoga space. I mean the shower.

Next door to The Cottage is the slightly smaller, but just as appealing, Studio. The tariff is slightly less but it includes all the same treats, including the Gourmet Getaway hamper option.

Alchemy Studio
Alchemy Studio

And, like The Cottage, it has a fully functioning kitchen. You could head over to the Sunday market, buy some lovely local produce and cook it here.

Alchemy studio
Open plan kitchen

There's a comfy, Queen size bed on a mezzanine floor with a sparkling bathroom en-suite.

Mezanine bedroom
Mezanine bedroom in the studio

So here's a few ideas to get your Goolwa to-do list started: head for the river to sail, fish or paddle a kayak, head for the beach to surf, fish or swim, go walking or birdwatching locally or at the Coorong National Park, go for a ride on the PS Oscar W, the Cockle Train or The Horse Tram to Granite Island (perhaps try the Fleurieu Heritage Experience which combines all three), take the cottage bikes and ride the Encounter Bikeway which follows the coast from Goolwa to Victor Harbor, visit Artworx Gallery and Gifts which is just around the corner, visit a winery or Cellar Door or try a local restaurant.

And then return and take time to pause and enjoy the serenity in your leafy courtyard at Alchemy.

Take time to pause and sit in a leafy courtyard
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Why? A serene home base for when you set off to explore what Goolwa has to offer.
When: Anytime
Phone: Goolwa Visitors Centre 1300 466 592
Where: 12 Hutchinson Street, Goolwa SA 5214
Cost: From $150 per night including welcome basket, wifi and more.
Your Comment
Wow that place is soooo pretty! :)
by Georgina Tselekidis (score: 2|260) 1810 days ago
This looks like an ideal place to stay.Good to see these small acc. places popping up in historic towns like Goolwa.Goolwa for many many years was a neglected the shadow of places not far away like Victor.The photos indicate what a delightful place Alchemy must be.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1806 days ago
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