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Bluff View Ac­com­mo­da­tion 123 Franklin Pa­rade, En­counter Bay (Vic­tor Har­bor). Ph 8552 1200


time changes things – and I’m happy to say, in the case of Bluff View Ac­com­mo­da­tion at Vic­tor Har­bor, for the bet­ter. We were head­ing south in search of whales. There had been dozens of sight­ings around En­counter Bay and hopes were high that our quick visit would de­liver the goods. In­stead, I was sent on a jour­ney back in time to my own child­hood and be­yond – all the way to the whal­ing days of the 1830s.

Our room for the night was the orig­i­nal Bluff whalers’ cot­tage, which was taste­fully pre­sented and man­aged to re­tain some of the orig­i­nal charm and char­ac­ter. It was once a mu­seum – a place I vis­ited of­ten as a child, where I’d learned about the whal­ing op­er­a­tions of the area.

Nes­tled into the side of Rosetta Head (also known as the Bluff), the quaint old build­ing was well equipped for a cou­ple who needed to bunk down on a blus­tery and cold win­ter day. The self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion fea­tured a well-equipped kitchen, with mi­crowave oven, fridge, stove and plenty of cook­ing uten­sils, crock­ery and glass­ware. The small din­ing area had the orig­i­nal wood oven still in the blue­stone fire­place, while a cosy lounge area with tele­vi­sion and DVD player of­fered an­other blue­stone fire­place which, un­for­tu­nately, wasn’t in use.

French doors off the lounge opened to a ve­randa and one of the truly spec­tac­u­lar ocean views in South Aus­tralia. Waves lapped at the Yilki shores, pel­i­cans pad­dled about by the boat ramp and you could see past Wright Is­land and Gran­ite Is­land all the way to Pullen Is­land off Port El­liot.

Alas, no whales were in sight. All was well though, be­cause we still had the res­i­dent mag­pies (which you can hand-feed) to keep us en­ter­tained.

The cot­tage had a com­fort­able dou­ble bed and a dress­ing area. A split sys­tem re­verse cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem pro­vided heat­ing or cool­ing, but the po­si­tion of the wall unit di­rectly over the bed was poor.

The bath­room was in need of a gen­eral spruce-up but the deep, twop­er­son spa was a treat, es­pe­cially on a win­try hol­i­day. For sum­mer stays, Bluff View Ac­com­mo­da­tion has a mag­nif­i­cent pool over­look­ing the bay, and wide, neat lawns where you might perch to take in the great view. Ac­com­mo­da­tion re­views are unan­nounced and paid for by SA Week­end.

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