We have received wonderful feedback from guests from around Australia and the world. Following is some of this feedback, ending with some poems, all taken from our Guest Book or from individual written submissions.
“What a wonderful finale to our holiday in Tassie! Olive’s Cottage is a dream in every respect! Congratulations on a fantastic renovation.” K&T, Western Australia
“It was a complete joy. Everything we needed/wanted. The cottage has a loved charm. The views are some of the best in the world. The caretakers obviously take pride and joy in making their guests’ stay feel like a home away from home.” V&S, Sydney
“We are so glad we found Olive’s Cottage on the Internet. Wished we had more than 6 days! Loved the quiet, peaceful surroundings – enjoyed our family time around the heater playing cards. Much attention has been given to the cottage, truly a home away from home. Thank you!” K&S, Singapore
“Superb accommodation. Just beautiful. Stayed in many places around the world – this is perhaps the best.” D,G&E, Sydney
“The cottage is beautiful and so comfortable and well-equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here …. through to the final morning as we lagged behind enjoying a final cup of tea on the deck. We hope to come back for another restful holiday.” S&M, Victoria and G&M, Canada.
“Wish we’d booked for longer – now we’ve been spoilt for the rest of our trip! Perfect!” G&T and W&D, Queensland
“Lovely! Beautifully equipped and maintained – thoughtful touches throughout.” J&B, San Francisco
“What a lovely cottage. The perfect end to a wonderful holiday. We hope to be back one day.” K&V, UK.
“All four of us just loved Olive’s Cottage. It is beautifully equipped. We had an amazing barbecue one evening when more friends joined us.” D&S, Sussex/Scotland and B&S, Sydney
“We are reluctant to leave. A beautifully appointed home in an idyllic setting.” B&D, Sydney
“Delightful cottage, delightful weather, fantastic views. We really appreciated the cosy comfort and all the mod cons. A lovely, restful holiday and we look forward to a return visit.” P&L and M&M, Hobart.
“A very memorable four days here in this wonderful environment. The cottage was a joy to live in – everything we could have asked for. Could not fault it, and the welcome and hospitality was as warm as the weather. Will miss the swans each morning.” B, Brisbane and S, Sydney
“It has been lovely. The cottage is wonderful – very well maintained. Everyone has been very friendly and welcoming. We only stayed for 2 days – next time plan to stay a lot longer. Please don’t change anything!” S&E, Brisbane
“We’ve had an absolutely lovely time. Loved the cottage, the view, the wildlife and the locality. Everything we needed, and much more besides, was provided in the cottage. No hesitation in recommending the cottage to friends – would love to come again.” P Family, Perth.
“Our trip to Tasmania has ended on a high note. The cottage has been a wonderful last resting place – to relax on the patio and look out across the river with everything we could possibly need. Thank you.” S&D, England and S&G, Melbourne
“Thank you for a wonderful stay! This is such a beautiful place – serene and peaceful. We have loved our time here. Thanks!” T&P, Geelong
“Wonderful – flowers, views, candles, a honeymooners’ delight! Thanks for your hospitality. Gee our wedding went well. Would love to come back. (ps Cute “rebel” wallaby!)” R&I , NSW
“In the early 1990’s we stayed at ‘Apple Tree Cottage’, Oakbank near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills district and thought we’d reached heaven. We have been most fortunate to have repeated this rare experience with ‘Olive’s Cottage’. Thank you for making this possible. Olive’s Cottage is sheer delight.” T&B, Sydney
T&B, Sydney also wrote:
We travelled West we travelled North
We travelled East to Devonport
Where we thought we, maybe, ought
To travel down to Deloraine
Then go East and North again
So by chance we landed here
At Olive’s Cottage, Windermere
Tranquil, placid, wondrous site
On the river of heavenly light.
And from PvD, Perth (© 2006)
There she lies expectantly
Olive’s Cottage on the Hill
Waiting for the visitors
Pretty, Calm, and Still.
Oh what joy awaits them
As they open up the door
The comfort care and welcome
Well, could you ask for more.
Then through the kitchen window
A sight you can’t ignore
An ebbing, flowing river
Pulls you quickly through the door.
Amid the lawns and flowers
Down below the decking
A barbeque pit to die for
With such a delightful setting.
When the birds have settled for the night
And gentle breezes blow
The trees become so magical
When lit up from below.
And when the dawn is breaking
And vineyards catch the sun
You look smiling at each other
And say “Oh I’m glad we’ve come.”