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Recent Guest Comments for properties on this page

Peaceful estuary waterfront home

 We had a great time. What a wonderful place you have, well set up heaps to do, and everything we could have wished for. Thanking you both. Kylie 

Quiet rural setting whilst close to shops

 Such a fabulous home. We really enjoyed the time staying here. It was very well set up, and great for entertaining with great facilities for families, especially the pizza oven, flying fox, and pool. Only drawback were a couple of beds that were too firm for our liking, and an unfinished deck, so care with small children was essential. All in all, wonderful, and would def want to stay again if available 

Peaceful estuary waterfront home

 Great house, Easy owners to deal with, Relaxing place, cool spa, great toys to borrow, we will be back Cheers for the Holiday 

Peaceful estuary waterfront home

 Fantastic location. The house was designed perfectly to take advantage of the uninterrupted view of the water/estuary. The outdoor entertaining area spills out onto a large flat area of grass perfect for the kids to run around on. We were here in July, one of the days was perfect winters day weather and we had the hammocks out, the photos look like we are in Fiji! Everyone loved the outdoor spa. Excellent large kitchen. Overall great place to stay, would love to come back in the summer! 

Peaceful estuary waterfront home

 Woweeeee what an amazing property! The photos didn't do this place justice. The view, the spa, games (indoor and out) all the extras; fluffy towels, heating, staples such as spices and salt pepper, movie's, spa bath! Really made for an amazing stay. Thank you so much we loved our stay!!! 

Peaceful estuary waterfront home

 This place is perfect! Location is stunning, we literally fished off the front lawn, nice flat walk to the shops for a coffee and Lotto. The house itself is extremely spacious. Never got claustrophobic at all, plenty of bathrooms, bath towels and linen provided which was great. We made use of the dinghy and kayaks, and the spa was an absolute hit with the kids. No negatives whatsoever, it was a great weekend!! Hope to stay again soon!