A romantic getaway for two…..

A romantic getaway for two…..

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 2
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Nestled in over an acre of Australian coastal landscape, our renovated historic chicory kiln is suffused with light, and immediately calms and lifts the spirits. In the morning wake up to the sound of bird call, during the day pick whatever produce is growing in the organic vegetable garden for lunch or dinner, at dusk watch the wallabies move across from the foreshore reserve, and at night marvel at the splendour of the Southern night sky. The beach, less than a ten minute walk away offers a relaxed place for sun-bathing, swimming, and lazily exploring intertidal rock pools; most days it feels like it’s your own private island paradise!
The house has an open plan living/ dining area, a modern reconfigurable kitchen, an extensive library/study, and a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and an operable skylight to the heavens. The kitchen opens to a sunny timber deck where you can enjoy your meals or have a barbeque. Heading back from the beach you might like to enjoy a hot shower or bath in the outdoor bathing enclosure.
There are three dwellings scattered across the acre and a half property. The kiln house is separated from the “guest” home where we may be residing during your stay. There is also a historic settler’s cottage adjacent to the vegetable garden. Dating from the 1880’s, Tiziana uses this as her sewing studio.
Our house has received a gold medal in the Melbourne Design Awards and has garnered significant media attention.
This lovely little video has drone footage which gives you a great sense of the landscape the house sits in:
The Chicory Kiln House was voted 9th best architectural project in Victoria in the Australia by Design TV program. You can watch it here:
See our reconfigurable kitchen in action:


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More about us

  1. We're a couple who love to travel and hang out at our beach house most weekends.

  2. Tiziana works as a teacher of foreign languages, loves art, working with textiles in her historic cottage studio and tending to and cooking from her organic vegetable garden.
    Charles is an artist and landscape architect who teaches at Universities across Australia and around the world.

  3. We love good design, architecture, nature, travel and eating well.

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Where is it?


The local beach, less than a ten minute walk away, offers a relaxed place for sun-bathing, swimming,
and lazily exploring inter-tidal rock pools; most days it feels like it’s your own private island paradise!
At both low and high tide the beach provides opportunities for long beach walks along our
wonderful sandy beach. Dog lovers should walk early morning and late afternoons for fun
encounters with pooches of all types.
Along the length of the coast birdlife and wildlife abound. From late September to May, after sunset,
view the Shearwaters returning to their burrows in the sand dunes to feed their young after a day’s
fishing. What a sight! During the day you will perhaps spot the endangered 'little hooded plover'
running along the water’s edge, not to mention a variety of other sea birds including regal pairs of
protected Cape Barren Geese. Late afternoon, you may see our resident wallabies in the sand dunes,
catch a glimpse of the extraordinary but very shy echidna, or even spot a koala asleep in a eucalypt.
Only 5-15 minutes away by car there a wide range of experiences and activities available. Across the
island there are a range of magnificent surf beaches including the spectacular Cape Woolamai and
Surf Beach for experienced surfers looking to catch some waves against a backdrop of incredible
landscapes. There is vibrant Smith’s Beach offering calm waves and gentle surf for beginners, and
Shelly Beach ideal with its quiet atmosphere and superb views.
Five minutes up the road is Summerland Beach, the setting for Phillip Island’s famous Penguin
Parade, one of Victoria’s premier tourist attractions. You can access the white sandy shores until
dusk, when the area is cleared to make way for the penguins coming ashore as night falls. Close by
are the Nobbies, with breathtaking views of the Western Port headlands and the rugged Bass coast.
Walk amongst the extensive penguin rookery, observe the seal colony gathered off the basalt coastal
edge, or just watch the ocean waves moving in from the southern oceans to pound against the rocks
Around the island there are a variety of nature walks to enjoy, as well as attractions such as the
koala reserve, Churchill Island reserve, the scenic Rhyll boat harbour, and two island wineries where
you can sample local vintages. Also, if interested, you can even check out the vernacular architecture
and discover the other few remaining chicory kilns on the island.

Bustling Cowes is the main town of the island. Here you can find supermarkets, cafes, restaurants,
trash and treasure stores, the local Historic Society and a welcoming public library with free internet.
At Cowes you can also find the Cowes pier. Stroll along it eating an ice-cream or catch a ferry to neighbouring French Island, or further afield to Hastings, Crib Point and the Bellarine Peninsular.
And of course there is the famous Grand Prix Circuit, the home for all things motor sport, including the Australian MotoGP in October, a range of annual vintage car rallies. Go Go-carting and experience the thrill of the island race.
Our property on Philip Island is a restful sanctuary. A place where you can relax and refresh, and from where you can venture out to experience the many pleasures and delights of a Southern Australian island environment.

Day tripping
Visit the magnificent Wilson's Prom

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