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Published June 7th 2012
Looking for something a little different for your next holiday or event? If the thought of stepping back in time to a historical station or staying in a converted tramcar sounds interesting, Cape Jervis Station may be just what you are looking for. Situated on the western side of the Fleurieu Peninsula 3kms away from the Kangaroo Island Sealink Ferry Terminal, Cape Jervis station is an easy getaway from the Adelaide CBD.
Sally and Anthony took over the station in early 2010 and have set about converting it with a touch of whimsy and bringing some history back to life. Upon arrival at the gate you will be met by a flag flapping in the breeze and an artificial horse to set the scene.
Driving in, it is like stepping back in time with the original buildings lovingly restored with stone and lime walls.
It overlooks the water, where in the distance, over rolling hills, wind turbines to the side, grazing cows and sheep you can see Kangaroo Island. They even have a wheat silo which they are planning on converting to a whimsical shower room for the campers.
If you prefer a little more comfort there are several styles of accommodation available. For a touch of fun, there is a tramcar, known as Railway Cottage with a queen bed, an attached balcony and 2nd bedroom for the kids with 2 single beds and overhead TV.
Larger groups may enjoy the homestead house which has several bedrooms off a main entertainment area.
Towards the rear of the property is a lovely stone house known as the cobblestone keep. With 2 bedrooms, each with a queen size bed and 1 with 2 singles, the other with 1 single, 2 bathrooms and a large and comfy dining/Lounge room.
Looking for budget accommodation - relax in a log cabin. With a double and 2 single beds, perfect for a cosy stay or an inexpensive stop over before the journey to Kangaroo Island.
All rooms have basic cooking facilities, however, if home cooking, not done by you is more your style, Sally and Anthony have a delightful little restaurant in a stone room, overlooking the countryside with a few friendly emus poking their head in the windows.
You may enjoy a full home cooked meal for dinner or breakfast.
A children's menu is available and food choices rotate seasonally.
The children will love to look at the guinea pigs, chooks, rabbits, dogs and cats. You are even welcome to bring your own dog or horse by arrangement.
Perhaps you are looking for a venue for a unusual business event, family gathering or even a wedding, Anthony is lovingly repairing the old barn and can seat up to 120 for a fun and unique event.
Settled in the 1840s, Cape Jervis station is an operating sheep farm, 3 minutes to the sea link terminal and just a few km from the start of the Heysen Trail and Deep Creek National Park.
Local attractions include: Morgans Beach, Heysen Trail, Deep Creek and Taliskers Conservation Parks, Rapid Bay (home to the leafy sea dragon), Fishing Charters, Victoria Harbour, Golf, Kangaroo Island (including day tours or longer stays). They can assist with all your sealink ferry bookings if desired.
Stay for a family break, a romantic night away somewhere special with a loved one or a weeks break. You'll recharge and relax with style.
We had our wedding reception here in the old barn back in 1997, all our guests stayed in the old homestead and we stayed in the cabin. Its great to see its continuing to provide a fantastic venue, we absolutely loved the place :)
by Julia - reader
By julia - reader Tuesday, 23rd of December @ 09:00 am