The SpaceTolka Cottage is cosy and comfortable in all seasons. Discreet and private in a quiet location. It is ideal for those who wish to escape from the urban environment, for families, for small groups of friends, for naturalists interested in native flora and fauna and for those who wish to star gaze in our dark night skies. Wake up to native bird song and you may also hear a cockerel or two.
The famed Tolka breakfast ingredients, for a great country breakfast, are included for your first morning – fresh Tolka eggs, bacon, tomatoes, fruit, cereal, yoghurt, homemade Tolka jams & bread made by Ivy, filter coffee & a variety of teas.
There is a formal sitting room and a more informal sunroom. The bedrooms consist of 3 bedrooms consisting of a queen bed, a double bed & 2 single beds made up with top quality bed linen, continental quilts and towels. In addition, they all have electric blankets for those cool winter nights. There is reverse cycle air conditioning for your comfort.
The bathroom has shower & toilet. The laundry has a washing machine & dryer. In addition there is an outside shower & separate toilet. Both bathrooms have good hot water from a gas fired boiler. Tolka Cottage has colour TV, DVD & stereo/CD player, interesting books & games. Guest AccessYou are encouraged to walk around and enjoy the farm at Tolka. The Glenelg River (which flows through the adjacent Wilkin Floral Reserve) runs through the property, the beautiful river valley with its over hanging trees, provides dappled shade for great swimming, canoeing and wildlife watching. It is a lovely spot to enjoy a gourmet picnic hamper, made to order, full of local goodies put together by Ivy. The picnics consist of as much produce from Tolka and its immediate vicinity as possible, depending on tastes and on the season.
The farm has a circular track, a mile long, through 60 acres of unspoilt bush, providing easy access to the flora and fauna of this area. Others may prefer to follow one of the many wild animal paths and do a bit of tracking and/or some foraging . There is always the chance of spotting a fallow deer.
The Glenelg River provides suitable habitat for one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth - the platypus (an animal that lays eggs). Good time for viewing is around dusk.
The Cottage has a dog proof garden and you are welcome to bring your dogs. We also have secure dog pens if you wish to avail of them. Food & water bowls can be provided, if required. Please supply a current vaccination certificate prior to arrival.
The Cottage has an outdoor entertaining area with a gas barbeque and, in winter and outside fire restriction periods, guests may light fires for picnics on the property.
If you wish to travel to Tolka with your horses, you are welcome to do so. There are horse paddocks, yards and stables all available at no extra cost, during your stay. If you wish to leave your horse here for some days before or afterwards: Horse agistment/boarding facilities can be provided for $15 per day in yards and $20 per day in stable. Horse health certificates for tetanus/strangles & worming must be current and supplied in advance of arrival. Interaction with GuestsOur house is near Tolka Cottage, but far enough away to be unobstrusive, so we are available if you need us.
We are food mad and love our home grown produce. It is our philosophy that we should produce as much of our own food at home as possible. Guests may freely harvest their choice of vegetables from the garden for their own use and buy duck, geese and hen eggs when available and other homemade delights. Also, we usually have a large range of dried fruits and preserves for sale. If you are interested, you can learn how to catch yabbies (fresh water crayfish) for your supper in the dams.
If you wish to find out more, just contact Ivy and she will be happy to help you. The NeighborhoodThis is a secret corner of Australia, undiscovered by mass tourism. A hidden delight for the connoisseur.
It will suit those who are travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide, or those who are on the route to, or from, the Great Ocean Road and/or the Limestone Coast. The Cottage makes an ideal stop over, for a couple of nights, for a complete chill out.
It provides a retreat for those who wish to enjoy the many festivals at Mt. Gambier and Coonawarra, but who want to have the freedom to escape from the crowds, at the same time.
The farm with its wild areas, left unspoilt to encourage wildlife and its billabong will enrapture the unadventurous.
Those who venture into the Wilkin Flora & Fauna Reserve which surrounds Tolka, will be treated to a botanical delight, rich in native wild flowers, orchids and fungi.
The Casterton Horse Races take place several times a year and are a fun day out for the family and Tolka is ideally suited as a base for race goers, especially, if they wish to tap into Ivy's expert knowledge of the racing world.
Tolka Cottage is always in demand for the Casterton Kelpie Festival each June. The Kelpie breed of dog originated in this area and is celebrated with the Kelpie Muster, the Festival and Working Dog Auction. So book early.
There are several golf courses within easy reach: Casterton Golf Course, 15 minutes away, is the closest, followed by Coleraine Golf Club, 30 minutes away. There are two courses at Mt. Gambier, a 50 minute drive. Getting AroundThe best way to travel around this region is by car. Other Things to NoteTolka Cottage is adjacent to a beautiful billabong, sometimes full of water and sometimes dry depending on the weather. Kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and koalas are regularly seen on the farm. The area is a bird watchers paradise and over 140 species of birds have been seen on Tolka in recent years, including the spectacular endangered red tailed black cockatoo.
You may fish on the Glenelg River that runs through Tolka.
If you have children, be aware that there are dams, waterholes and billabongs (oxbow lakes), as well as a river, on this property.