People are drawn to Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula for many reasons. Bush-walking, bird-watching and bike-riding compliment a myriad of coastal and water-based pursuits. You’ll need to stay a while to appreciate the beauty of the iconic Tasmanian east coast, and allow yourself time to relax, unwind and take in the scenery. We can suggest the perfect central location with a touch of luxury… Sheoaks on Freycinet Bed and Breakfast.
Sheoaks: Holiday Envy
photos by Dan Fellow
Dan Fellow was the lucky one from Think Tasmania this time. He travelled from his home in Westbury to stay in Coles Bay with Alan and Margaret Morgan. He’s since made us entirely jealous, sharing photos from his holiday album. Sheoaks on Freycinet is clearly a beautiful property with outstanding views. The photos alone though, can’t reveal the warm and friendly reception received from the hosts, including the resident cat! Dan has announced the service and food matched the first-class accommodation and in his usual succinct way, declared his entire stay was “much enjoyed”.
Sheoaks on Freycinet was architecturally-designed and custom built to take advantage of the enviable waterfront location. Views over Great Oyster Bay from the deck and sitting room an outstanding highlight, according to Dan. Watching the sun set over the bay while indulging in local seafood and a glass or two of Tasmanian wine… what could be better?
Besides the never-ending views, the sitting room is equipped with a wood heater, comfy lounges, board games, books, magazines, a television and DVD player. For those who can’t stand to relinquish their electronic devices, Sheoaks provides free WiFi access. You can even enjoy a cup of coffee while chatting with fellow guests, comparing notes about the nearby holiday hot spots.
The Sheoaks property can accommodate two guests in each of the three sound-proofed bedrooms, all with their own en-suite facilities. Exemplary views to the estuary of the Swan River are included, free of charge! Also included are electric blankets, hair dryers, quality linen, big fluffy towels and personally-controlled electric heating. Alan and Margaret also provide comprehensive information for guests, and with their permission we’ll be sharing more of their local insight.
Dine on the Deck: Watch for Whales
Sheoaks on Freycinet is a bed and breakfast property, so we’d be remiss not to mention the food. A fully cooked breakfast is included in the tariff and features local Tasmanian produce when possible. Imagine starting the day on the deck overlooking the ocean, where you could even spot a whale given the right timing and a dose of luck.
With advance notice, guests can request a packed bush-walker’s lunch or even a luxury hamper for a special picnic. Evening meals are available by prior arrangement… but we’re really impressed by the self-catering advice supplied to guests, with suggestions about where and what to buy locally. Again, stay tuned as we will reveal more information about that.
Sheoaks is found on the outskirts of the Coles Bay township, only 5kms from Freycinet National Park. Without venturing too far, visitors can walk to local sandy beaches and search for wildflowers and Tasmanian animals. Alan and Margaret can share their in-depth knowledge to keen fishermen and bird-watching enthusiasts. Dan, also passionate about capturing birds with his camera, declared Freycinet a twitcher’s “paradise”.
We could carry on forever about the things to do and tourist attractions of Coles Bay, the Freycinet Peninsula and the wider east coast region of Tasmania. Regular readers would’ve noticed this week’s stories about Winegalss Bay Cruises and The Ugly Duck Out restaurant in Swansea, also part of this familiarisation mission. As great as Dan’s photos may be, there’s nothing like making the journey yourself to see all this in person. Just as the writer will be doing asap. Like we said… holiday envy!
For more information, visit Sheoaks on Freycinet B&B website, email Alan and Margaret Morgan or phone (03) 6257 0049 for bookings. You can also follow Sheoaks Bed and Breakfast on Facebook. You’ll find the property at 47 Oyster Bay Court, Coles Bay.