DAYS OF YORE
Michael McGuire leaves the world behind in a seaside cottage.
Yoredale Cottage 16, Mason St, Port Elliot Ph 0411 668 155 pebe.com.au/yoredale_cottage.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.