We have just booked our next holiday to Antechamber Bay. It will be our third visit in as many years. As Tasmanians, we have high expectations of an island holiday by the sea, so the fact that we have made this beautiful place our 'retreat' speaks volumes.
This place is surely as close to paradise as you can get. We have gone in spring, when the Dudley Peninsula is green and the weather mild. We have fallen in love with Kona, but then there are only two of us. The other house, Nats, offers more room, and the charm of being one of the historic houses on the island.
You get a sense of adventure as you leave the Cape Willoughby road and head along the gravel driveway across lush paddocks, escorted by fat sheep as you go. And then the view hits you– the blue of the ocean framed by a rugged shore, the pristine beach just below the house, the verdant paddocks and the blue of the sky, and in the distance, the coast of the mainland, left behind for the length of your stay. The place is a retreat in every way. There is no traffic, no engine noise, no hustle and bustle, and night life consists of some lambs calling for their mums, or the thump thump of a passing kangaroo. We come fully prepared to self-cater, but Penneshaw (about 30 minutes away) offers any additional essentials, and on one occasion, Kate, our hostess, saved us a trip and got us bread and eggs. Andy and Kate also have some of their own lamb for sale as well.
Our first visit was five days, our second for 10; this time we are going for two weeks! The place offers all we want- peace, a view, comfort. We go for walks across the farm to Cape Willoughby, along Antechamber Bay, down to the rugged south coast or to a nearby vineyard. We gaze at the view from the deck, with a glass of KI wine and a book, and plan our next meal and next exploration of the island. Ever the optimists, we go fishing off the rocks (and not without some success!).
By the way, don't be put off by the post about 'black worms'. This is a working farm, complete with sheep, chooks and a friendly dog..., not a resort. South-east Australia gets seasonal plagues of Portuguese Millipedes (a.k.a black worms) but these are easily taken out of doors. It is the countryside, and yes, there may be mouse around, and the road is not sealed. If you want a resort, then maybe this place is not for you; but if you want to taste a large slice of tranquility in paradise, this place is hard to beat.
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