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Swan Cove Garden Cottage

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Front of property, as you drive up the long driveway.
The lake can chop up on a windy day
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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
2 nights minimum
Cottage
This Tudor style house is located on one of the most beautiful places on Raymond Island, 6km's from the Paynesville township on 10 acres of bushland with tall trees in a parklike setting. Secluded off a beautiful long winding driveway, the house with its two attached 2 storey cottages is but a few metres from the water's edge and has a safe sandy beach which stretches for miles on this side of the island. There is no road between the house and beach! This area in Gippsland is well known for its mild climate in winter, and cooling sea breezes in the hot summertime. It is surely one of the finest inland lake locations in Victoria, indeed Australia. It offers great variety such as swimming, bushwalking, sailing, boating, fishing, bowling and golf. The prawns run right out the front in summer ...This Tudor style house is located on one of the most beautiful places on Raymond Island, 6km's from the Paynesville township on 10 acres of bushland with tall trees in a parklike setting. Secluded off a beautiful long winding driveway, the house with its two attached 2 storey cottages is but a few metres from the water's edge and has a safe sandy beach which stretches for miles on this side of the island. There is no road between the house and beach! This area in Gippsland is well known for its mild climate in winter, and cooling sea breezes in the hot summertime. It is surely one of the finest inland lake locations in Victoria, indeed Australia. It offers great variety such as swimming, bushwalking, sailing, boating, fishing, bowling and golf. The prawns run right out the front in summer and kayaks are available to explore the lakes system. We offer truly peaceful, exclusive and tranquil surroundings in which to relax and be close to unspoiled nature. Resident on this property are koalas, echidnas, family of tawny frog mouth owls, sea eagles and kangaroos and their babies. The name of the property is a tribute to all the birdlife including black swans, pelicans, albatrosses, spoonbills, ibises, caspian terns, crimson and eastern rosellas, swift parrots, blue wrens, flame robins, azure kingfishers and many more. Vehicular ferry from Paynesville costs $13 return trip. Bicycles and pedestrians are free. THIS IS A NON-SMOKING PROPERTY. RAYMOND ISLAND IS A NATURE RESERVE AND AS SUCH WE DO NOT CATER FOR ANY PETS. This cottage faces west, toward the park-like grounds, and includes master bedroom and second bedroom upstairs, with kitchen/dining, lounge and compact bathroom downstairs and alfresco eating area off the lounge room.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Swan Cove is not a party house. Guests choose to stay here for the peaceful sounds of nature. There are no shops on the island. Remember to bring your supplies. We do not allow pets due to sensitive nature of wildlife.
Bathrooms
1 Shower
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About the Owner
Kirsten M
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2016
Interaction with guests
We live at the property and are available for a tour of our vegetable/fruit garden, help with the kayaks, suggestions for bush and beach walks or whenever you need us, otherwise we leave you to enjoy your privacy.
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Reviewed 1 March 2022

This is what BnBs used to be like; personalised service, special touches, wholesome and healthy foods and homely. The property is stunning! A Tudor house and a private beach- who would have thought! If you are a history buff, the story of the property will...More

Date of stay: February 2022
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2022

Thank you for your thoughtful review and my apologies for delayed reply. We are so glad you enjoyed all we have to offer here at Swan Cove and hope to see you again, cheers Kirsten and Tony.

Reviewed 3 May 2021

Very welcoming hosts, a delicious breakfast and fresh baked bread. From their beach, looking out over the lake we saw dolphins and countless birds. We walked around the island on beaches and through forests with a bonus coffee break via the ferry back to Paynesville.

Date of stay: May 2021
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2021

Sorry for delayed response but thank you for reviewing Swan Cove

Reviewed 22 March 2021

I booked Swan Cove as we had a weekend of racing. So we really only slept there, but Kirsten and Tony were exceptional hosts and nothing was too much trouble for them. The 5 minutes of Swan Cove what I saw in the morning is...More

Date of stay: March 2021
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2021

Hi Tanya and thank you so much for taking the time to review our property. If there is anything we could improve we love to hear so we can add it to our wish list. Cheers Kirsten

Reviewed 10 January 2021

Such a beautiful location and wonderful hosts. God's creation on display all around. Very few people on this part of the island, with the beach on your doorstep. Loads of wildlife and quick to drive (or bike) to the ferry for the one minute trip...More

Date of stay: January 2021
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review our holiday accommodation. So helpful for future guests.

Reviewed 14 December 2020

Gorgeous and welcoming cottage. A pleasure to stay here and experience the wildlife. Host was very lovely and kind. Certainly recommend this special experience to everyone!

Date of stay: December 2020
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2020

Thank you Christine for taking the time to review our property, cheers Kirsten

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Reviewed 13 December 2020

The hosts are two terrific people - ever so friendly and helpful. On arrival we were shown around the property and gardens, and given a bit of a history of the place. We sampled some of their fruits and herbs, and enjoyed their free range...More

Date of stay: December 2020
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 20 December 2020

Thank you John for taking the time to review our property and accommodation, cheers Kirsten

Reviewed 7 October 2020

Amazing lakefront location and beautiful grounds. The Bavarian style homestead is also full of yesteryear charm. Wonderfully welcoming hosts Tony and Kirsten.

Date of stay: October 2020
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2020

Thank you Troy for taking the time to review our property, it is so helpful for other future guests, cheers Kirsten and Tony

Reviewed 24 September 2020

What an amazing place to slow down and reconnect with nature. The cottage I stayed in was very cosy, comfortable and the beach was right at my door step. I will definitely be coming back!

Date of stay: September 2020
Thank Adam W
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2020

Thank you Adam, so glad you had a great stay!

Reviewed 23 July 2020

A lovely island retreat. Our cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. It was right on the beachfront- a great base from which to go for walks, bike rides & native wildlife spotting. Kirsten was a great host- we really enjoyed our conversations with...More

Date of stay: July 2020
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review our holiday accommodation, we really appreciate it and we are so glad you had an enjoyable holiday. Cheers Kirsten and Tony.

Reviewed 24 June 2020

What a beautiful place and amazing location. We went in a big group and we had the best time post all the lockdown were eased. Few things of must watch and do things are : watch the sunrise, at no cost miss this. Enjoy the...More

Date of stay: June 2020
Thank Bini D
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624kirstenm, VR Owner at Swan Cove Garden Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Sanctuary retreat and accommodation and glad you had a great time. cheers Kirsten

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Grill
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Gym
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Staffed Property
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
City Getaway
Cycling Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighbourhood
Raymond Island (Gunai/Kurnai language: Bunjil-baul) is a small island in the Gippsland Lakes, about 300 km (190 mi) from Melbourne. The island is approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) long by 2 km (1.2 mi) wide, and is just 200 m (660 ft) off the coast, across from the town of Paynesville. The island is named after William Odell Raymond, originally a magistrate from New South Wales who established himself as a squatter in Gippsland in the 1840s. Raymond Island is well-known for its large koala population, originally introduced to the island in 1953, and for the Raymond Island Ferry, a chain ferry that links the island to Paynesville on the mainland.
Getting around
Bus departs from the terminus at the Ferry Terminal on The Esplanade, Paynesville at various times including 9.15am, 11.15am, 1.45pm & 3.35pm Paynesville Bus Lines. Reservations for pick up required at least 15 minutes prior to departure or advise driver of drop off location when boarding. TICKETING: Accepts pre-booked V/Line tickets from Paynesville. Tickets also available from driver.
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Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Swan Cove Garden Cottage

Swan Cove Garden Cottage is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

Swan Cove Garden Cottage has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Swan Cove Garden Cottage has 2 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Swan Cove Garden Cottage must last at least 2 nights. See all property details.