Looking for a quiet place to relax or recharge for a few days, or an interesting overnight destination on your road trip? What about checking out Storm boy country?
Welcome to SAMPHIRE. Samphire is off-the-grid accommodation, two hours drive from Adelaide, 45 minutes from Tailem Bend and three hours drive from Mt Gambier via the Limestone Coast. Meningie is 10 minutes drive away, a town that has attractions and shops and eateries.
Situated on the edge of the Coorong National Park, a unique natural environment of lagoons and sandhills, we offer a comfortable home-away-from-home, or a convenient base for water activities or exploring the national park and region by foot or by car. There is a "special something" about the Coorong that is difficult to fully appreciate if you just drive past sightseeing through the window. Come and stay at Samphire and sink into that "special something" as the sound of traffic is replaced by the sounds of wind and birdsong and the street lights are replaced by the moon and the stars.
The guest suite is a comfortable and compact attached apartment. It is comprised of two bedrooms and features a kitchen for your use, or you can put the catering in our hands and have some, or all, of your meals cooked for you. See Food. We will put as much effort, or as little, as you require to enhance your visit.
The guest suite has a private entrance, a garden and outdoor relaxation areas all dedicated for guest use. Smoking is not allowed in the property.
We are developing a vegetable/herb garden and an orchard so that we can provide seasonal home grown produce.
We endeavour to be environmentally responsible. Our property is off-the-grid (solar powered), and we collect rainwater for all our uses. Our efforts include the provision of environmental products for your use.
Off street parking is available.
Your hosts are Neil, Gabriele and Kaycee (13 years old Samoyed).
THE GUEST SUITE
The guest suite is cooled by reverse cycle air-conditioning in summer and warmed by a Morso wood heater in winter. There is free WiFi throughout the suite and the garden.
The suite is comprised of lounge/dining room, kitchen with an Asko washing machine, a bathroom with separate toilet and two bedrooms. A fenced garden with a deck with outdoor kitchen and barbeque facilities are for guest use exclusively.
The lounge/dining room includes a 4K 50” T.V. and an all-region Blu Ray/DVD player, usb charging plugs, a wireless charging pad and two mobile workstations. A Morso wood burning heater for warmth in Winter and a reverse cycle air-conditioning in Summer. There are board games, books and dvds for guest amusement.
Bifold doors open onto a deck from where you can see a slice of the Northern Lagoon of the Coorong and the Younghusband Peninsula.
There are two bedrooms, a double bedroom with a queen size bed and a twin room with two single beds that can be put together into a comfortable queen/king size bed or stack up to become a single bed. Both bedrooms have ceiling fans and USB charging plugs .
Linen is included.
The double bedroom has a sliding door to a small area of exterior deck.
The bathroom includes a first aid kit, hair dryer and hair straightener, environmental and sensitive skin-friendly body lotion, shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, and 50+ sunscreen. Bath towels are supplied.
The guest kitchen includes an Asko washing machine, a microwave oven, two induction cooktops, a multi-cooker (rice cooker), an electric kettle, a toaster and a small fridge. The kitchen is well equipped with cutlery and crockery for four, cooking utensils, as well as a fire-extinguisher and fire blanket.
Tea leaves and different flavours of tea bags, home-mixed Chai and instant coffee are provided.
In the garden we have built a deck, largely protected from the wind, as a winter suntrap. It features an outdoor kitchen and barbecue with dining table and chairs and a coffee table. Herbs for guest use grow next to the deck. If it’s the shade rather than the sun that is required there is another outdoor area which is well shaded in the afternoon, is adjacent to the kitchen and looks onto the garden.
THINGS TO DO : PLACES TO GO
Walking - Most people enjoy the simplest of pleasures: walking Seven Mile Road, which looks out over the Northern Lagoon, or wandering along the beaches and rocky areas of the shore-line.
There are also a number of formal walking tracks in the near vicinity and also close to Meningie. We can provide information.
Bird Watching - There is often fun and games in the garden with babblers, honeyeaters and wattle birds squabbling.
The main focus of the bird watchers here is the foreshore. Ducks, gulls and small shore waders can be seen every day, and often there are large numbers of pelicans. The list of occasional visitors is long: terns, stilts, stints, dotterels, herons, ibis, egrets, cormorants, spoonbills, avocets, jacana, plovers, sandpipers and lapwings ... among others.
The Night Skies - Sometimes the sunsets are stunning. Later standing in the garden in the dark and enjoying a star-filled sky untainted by the loom of city lights is magical.
Bike Riding - Seven Mile Road is largely unsealed and the tracks in the area that can be ridden are sandy, so a bike with fat tyres would be necessary.
The Water - The Coorong is shallow so kayaks and small dinghies with outboard motors are favoured. There are many rough launch sites around, or you could carry and launch across the beaches and rocks. Pottering, fishing and crossing the Coorong to the Younghusband Peninsula are all possible.
Driving - There are a number of launch ramps and picnic sites actually on the Coorong that can be accessed by car, or you could choose to go further afield, to Meningie on Lake Albert, to the beautiful beaches further south, or to the wineries in the Langhorne Creek region or the Southeast of South Australia.
Golf - The golf club at Meningie is attractive and welcoming. 18 holes. Par 72. $25 daily green fees and carts for hire. https://www.lakealbertgolfclub.com.au
Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged. See Food.
Pantry or meal ingredients shopping. One of the optional services we offer is shopping for your food requirements prior to your arrival. Please contact us to discuss your needs. There will be a cost of $15 per shopping trip.
If you are bringing young children, we have a Portacot (please provide your own child's bedding), BPA-free "crockery and cutlery", a 2 in 1 booster seat, a bathtub, a child toilet seat and a step stool.
There is no charge for children two and under.
Provisionally, we accept pets into the guest suite, but please discuss this with us at the time of booking.
There are outside areas where dogs will be secure. Pets are welcome inside, but must not be in any carpeted area or on furniture. We would ask that owners ensure their good behaviour. We also request that pets not be left alone in the apartment or garden while owners are shopping/sightseeing etc.
Owners please provide pet bedding and blankets. If pet owners fail to provide pet bedding and blankets, we can provide this service but there will be a charge of $40 per pet per stay. Cash payment only.
Owners are responsible for damage done by pets, and expected to clean up pet mess.