Michael McGuire leaves the world be­hind in a sea­side cot­tage.

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Yoredale Cot­tage 16, Ma­son St, Port El­liot Ph 0411 668 155­cot­tage.php IT’S HARD TO IG­NORE the fact that Port El­liot has be­come a vic­tim of its own suc­cess. There was al­ways a great joy in turn­ing left at the round­about on the edge of Vic­tor Har­bor and head­ing to Port El­liot in­stead of the grow­ing metropo­lis on En­counter Bay. In­stantly it was pos­si­ble to feel a lit­tle more re­laxed, that the rest of the world was just a lit­tle bit fur­ther down the road.

But now the sprawl from Vic­tor has reached Port El­liot. Houses have sprung up all over the place. What was once the drive-in is now full of new houses. The area near the show­grounds has mor­phed into an­other hideous ex­am­ple of the hous­ing es­tate.

And, yes, I am aware of the ob­vi­ous hypocrisy of be­moan­ing how all the blow-ins have changed the na­ture of the place. Yet, hap­pily some things still make the trip to Port El­liot worth­while. One is Yoredale Cot­tage, just off the main road as you en­ter Port El­liot.

Own­ers Clive and He­len Thomp­son have done a fine job in turn­ing the cot­tage into an oa­sis of calm, a place where you can feel re­laxed and at home all at the same time.

It’s the small touches that make Yoredale work, from the linens on the bed which feel fresh and new, the freshly baked bread that awaits, the bot­tle of lo­cal red wine, and the heaped in­gre­di­ents ready for the next day’s break­fast. There is also the won­der­ful long wood ta­ble that dom­i­nates the din­ing area. In many ways it is the per­fect place to spread out, whether it be to read the week­end news­pa­per, en­joy a long break­fast or dump your hats and jumpers af­ter a walk to the beach.

Yoredale’s only down­fall is the fact that it doesn’t have sweep­ing views of Horse­shoe Bay, but it is con­ve­niently close to the main street with its col­lec­tion of shops, cafes and the ho­tel. The fa­mous pie shop is just around the cor­ner. If you are feel­ing slightly more en­er­getic Horse­shoe Bay and the Fly­ing Fish café are a comfortabl­e 15-minute stroll.

On the week­ends, and dur­ing school hol­i­days, there is also the chance to catch the Cockle Train at the Port El­liot train sta­tion to ei­ther Goolwa or Vic­tor. If you have a train nut in the fam­ily, es­pe­cially one who is five years old, this is a won­der­ful source of fun.

Boomer Beach is an­other pleas­ant walk, while in win­ter the sounds of the nearby foot­ball oval drift down to the house. A snag and a beer while watch­ing the footy from the car is an­other di­ver­sion on a rainy day and a way to pre­tend the city is far away.

Hav­ing been to Yoredale a num­ber of times over the years it’s a place that suits many oc­ca­sions. From ro­man­tic get­away to fam­ily hol­i­day, it’s al­ways a good place to bolt if you need a break from the out­side world, even if that world seems to be catch­ing up as time goes by.

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