My husband and I recently spent a relaxing few days on Flinders Island. We stayed at the home of Carita and Ron Bathman at Palana Beach Haven.
Palana Beach Haven: Holiday Home
by Kathryn Heathcote
Ron and Carita, an artist whose work is on display throughout their Palana Beach home built the house originally to use as their holiday home and also to let out, however they fell in love with Flinders so much they decided to divide their time between their two homes rather than use it just for holidays.
This means Palana Beach Haven is homely but has a holiday feel at the same time. Whilst Carita and Ron live in the house some of the time, when it is available for holiday letting it is exclusively yours.
Carita, who is originally from Finland and her husband Ron an Australian, also have a 1000 acre wildlife sanctuary in Albury NSW. A photo of this other beautiful place can be seen on one of the walls at Palana Beach Haven.
Palana Beach Haven is beautifully situated so it overlooks Blythe Bay and the Inner and Outer Sister Islands. It is sheltered from the wind making this place feel like it is in its own cocoon of warmth.
A Mediterranean View
Opening up the blinds in a morning (if you can bear to shut them in the first place) the first thing your eyes feast upon is the deep blue ocean and clean white beach of Palana. You could be forgiven at this point, for thinking you are in the Mediterranean.
The difference being that this piece of paradise is only 30 mins from Launceston and 1 hour from Melbourne. Put away your mobile, you won?t get a signal so don’t expect to update your Facebook status or check on the kids… this is a place to forget about the outside world. WiFi is supplied free of charge, if you feel you cannot cope without the internet for long.
Equipped For All Seasons
Beautifully laid out and very well equipped, Palana Beach Haven is a relativity new colourbond property set up on the hillside 40mins from Whitemark. It has three double bedrooms, each beautifully made up with fresh cotton bedding and towels ready for your arrival. A wood burner with plentiful supply of logs, extra blankets should you feel the cold and shelves full of books to while away the hours.
Enjoy the Beach
Fancy going for a swim, take a quick walk down the drive and onto the beach. No need to bring the beach back into the house either, a shower is situated outside to wash it all off until tomorrow when you can do it all again.
We found ourselves eating outside on the balcony rather than at the beautiful wood dining room table. The balcony, which can be accessed from the living room and main bedroom, provides a relaxing and private view of your own personal piece of paradise. The view from inside is just as stunning as outside but why eat inside when you can enjoy the scent of the sea and sounds of the wildlife.
It is so peaceful, calm, tranquil even. My first night I couldn’t sleep, because all I could hear was the sea lapping back and too on the beach. I soon got used to it though and had to leave the patio doors in the bedroom open so I could continue to enjoy the sound.
Take a moment one evening to step outside and enjoy the night sky. We thought the view of the milky way over our house in Evandale was impressive but never have we seen it in its fullest glory as we did from Palana Beach Haven.
We were lucky enough to meet the owners Carita and Ron, along with Cooper their energetic King Charles Cavalier whilst they happened to be staying at a friends nearby.
Palana Beach Haven can be booked through Stayz.
Work by Carita, which is for sale, can be viewed online.
Contact Carita at Palana Beach Haven by email.
Things You Need to Know:
We flew with Sharp Airlines from Launceston Airport to Whitemark. I am not good at flying but felt very safe in the capable hands of Sharps pilots. One of our pilots Tony is also one of our neighbours.
You will need a car, we hired ours from Flinders Island Cabin Park and Car Hire. Greg the owner was very accommodating. He was at the airport to greet us and welcomed us to Flinders Island. All the vehicles are well looked after, but do not expect the latest model or a new vehicle.
There is no public transport on Flinders Island but there is a taxi service.
The local IGA store is in Whitemark. Palana Beach is 40 mins from Whitemark so buy your groceries and local Island News before driving to Palana Beach. I am sure you won’t want to leave Palana Beach Haven once you arrive. Better still bring along your fishing rod and enjoy catching some of your meals instead.