The SpaceFiretail Bush Retreat (named in honour of the abundant bird species here, of which Beautiful Firetails are one) is a fully self contained cottage which includes a large lounge and sunny king size bedroom (overlooking the surrounding hills). It has a cosy log fire, parking space, private deck off the bedroom, outdoor BBQ, TV and ipod dock, books and magazines, movies and games, internet access and your own kitchen and bathroom. Couples and singles only - we do not accommodate babies, children or additional guests sorry.
As our guests you have access to an outdoor jacuzzi by arrangement after you arrive, where you can sip a glass of Tassie pinot noir, listen to the owls, watch the wildlife bounce past and count the stars. You have your own private entrance which is accessed via stairs off the carpark.
The house is on 6 acres of bush, with amazing wildlife and the flat is built to a traditional Aussie bush theme (stone, iron and wood). The bathroom has a shower over the bath, toilet, vanity and a washing machine.
There are various options if your prefer to eat out including pub meals at the Oyster Cove Marina (no meals on sun nights), several local cafes, or go to the local sheep cheesery or providore and cook yourselves up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen (basic condiments provided - salt/pepper/milk/oil). Alternatively it's only 10mins drive to the award winning Peppermint Bay for drinks/meals on the waterfront in nearby Woodbridge (check hours). The townships of Kingston, Cygnet and Huonville are only a short drive and there is also a local store with basic groceries and fuel at the end of our road and a small grocer at oyster cove (typically open until around 7pm). Kettering is rural however (ie. no supermarkets) so be sure to pick up your supplies on your way down. Kingston has several large supermarkets.
- Bruny Island (beaches, cheese, berries, bushwalking, kayaking, boating, oysters, chocolate, cafes, art, wildlife (penguins, seabirds, white wallabies, seals, etc))
- Boutique local wineries
- Local gourmet chocolatier
- Snug falls bushwalk
- Alum cliffs track (starts at Kingston Beach at the mouth of Browns River)
- Local markets
- Antiques and collectables at The Margate Train
- Fishing and diving
- Country drives to quaint towns (eg. Cygnet, with its exeptional cafe fare and interesting shops)
- 35 mins to Hobart - Salamanca markets, Mt Wellington, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
- Bird watching and bushwalking
Firetail is situated in the hills of Kettering, 35mins south of Hobart down the D'Entrecasteux Channel and about 2kms off the main Channel Hwy (where there is a bus stop taking you into Hobart. It is a pleasant walk from the house). Kettering is what you might call comfortable bush living, with a large marina down the road and is the jumping off point for gourmet and beach travelling on Bruny Island. By staying with us, you receive a significant discount on Bruny Island Safari guided bus tours by prior arrangement although you can of course explore Bruny in your own car (ferry costs approx. $30 return per vehicle).
Golfing guests with your own clubs - there is a very well maintained and scenic (overlooking North West Bay) 18 hole golf course only 15 mins drive away - as our guests you qualify for a 20% discount on green fees - just ask us when you get here for your voucher. For public access times see: (website hidden) Guest AccessYour residence is attached to the rear of our house via a short, locked hallway but is very private. As well as having your own separate entrance (via stairs from the carpark), you are more than welcome to explore our bush block (which is steep to walk around but has great mountain views, including distant Mount Wellington). For your own safety, please keep away from the dams - they are only for fire-fighting and wallaby refreshment :-) not for swimming. We are on rainwater - (much nicer than town water), so please be sensible with your water use. You are however welcome to use the outdoor jacuzzi (by arrangement only), kept at a toasty 37/38 degrees C. Our own house and yard (where the spa is) is kept private, unless otherwise arranged. Interaction with GuestsAs much or as little as you desire. We generally leave you entirely to your own devices, but we are happy to chat and talk to you about the area, show you maps, etc. For potential guests with holiday rentals themselves we are very open to the idea of accommodation swaps - please get in touch to discuss. The NeighborhoodRural community living at its best just half an hour out of the capital city and 2 minutes drive to the water. Sharing our home with an abundance of wildlife. Getting Around~2kms away to the main road where there is a bus stop - buses run to Hobart and south. Highly recommended you have a vehicle however. Other Things to NoteThere are stairs up to the cottage - something to consider if you have mobility issues. Also, we are a singles/couples accommodation and not set up for children or extra guests sorry.