The Port Douglas Artists Cottage is a uniqu one bedroom holiday rental in the heart of the seaside village of Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, Australia. The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage has been featured in design magazines world wide.
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage is spacious, secluded eclectic, light, breezy, and fully self contained. Guests love their stay : "What Bliss!"... "The place is magical"... "a very special treehouse of loveliness."... "It was just... amazing!" "eclectic, charming, thoughtful and romantic"... If you want a memorable, affordable and relaxing holiday, the Artist Cottage is for you.
The cottag...e has been designed to capture the essence of the tropics and your imagination.
The cottage is owned by Artist, Tina Gonsalves and Chef, Matthew Wild who have been based in Port Douglas for many years, and are extremely familiar with the region and its diverse tours and attractions. If you are traveling with larger groups or family, or the Port Douglas Artist Cottage is booked out please consider the Port Douglas Artist's Treehouse (also listed here), a fantastic three bedroom art-filled holiday rental in the heart of Port Douglas, just near to the Artist's Cottage.
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage is a spacious, open, tropical-styled cottage featuring classical Queensland architecture, set against luscious gardens and looking outwards to towering paperbark eucalyptus. The cottage is a standalone structure tucked away in the local residential block of "Full Moon Terraces", both quiet and secluded. Situated on the second story (with garage and storage below), it takes full advantage of the breeze and light - essential for the balmy climate.
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage comprises of one large comfortable bedroom with private verandah, fully contained kitchen, large bathroom and laundry, living room and indoor dining, leading to french doors opening to tropical outdoor dining area. On ground level there is deck with a setting for four, to enjoy the colourful gardens. With the tropical landscaping and sparkling pool, the cottages finds the perfect balance between comfort, and cool artistic contemporary style.
The large bedroom has a queensize bed. On most nights the verandah doors are left open, for the fresh seabreeze to cool off. Their are also a ceiling fan and air-conditioning.The cottage also is filled with timber louvres providing further airflow. The airflow is essential both for cooling and keeping the insects away.
Next to the bedroom is a large bathroom, with bath/shower. The walls are filled with mirrors collected over the region. The laundry has a washing machine, dryer and sink.
A hall way leads to the open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen has a 4 burner hot plate, oven, quality china, cutlery, glassware, saucepans and fridge and freezer. The living room has two couches with TV. French doors open to verandah for tropical outdoor dining, with a setting for four people.
Downstairs, on ground level is a deck with small pond and sitting area for four. Filled with colourful tropical plants and vines. 20 metres away from the cottage is the pool, with area for lazing about in the sun.Read more
Left on 04/08/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Kerry
Lovely cottage just 10 mins walking (or 5 mins on bikes) from town or the beach. Love the quirky art and decor of the cottage. Very clean and tidy and easy to keep that way. Has everything you need while on holiday and more. Good size rooms as well. Lovely cooling pool downstairs for all to use.
Great to sit on the front balcony and watch the Bats do their nightly fly over - amazing sight of 1000 of them flying pass. Happens between 6.00-6.30 every night or alternative have a quite drink on the back balcony and relax
Tina and Matt are very welcoming and helpful and nothing is too much of a bother and have lots of information on everything you will ever need to know about Port Douglas.
And don't forget to go diving on the reef and visit the Daintree while you are there.
Thank you Tina and Matt for a lovely stay
Atlanta, Georgia USA
Left on 02/11/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Skye
The artist cottage was the perfect get away for my girlfriend and I. We've been trying to make a long distance relationship work for some time. The cottage provided the perfect space for just 'being' together. The space is very comfortable and the location is perfect for accessing the beach and the town. If you are considering a hotel in Port Douglas... definitely reconsider. The value of the artist cottage is far greater then a boring hotel room.
Iest and feebs
We love this beautiful, tranquil little cottage!
Left on 06/24/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Iest and feebs
We loved this amazing cottage. Comfortable, homely and fantastically decorated throughout, this was just the best place to relax and in particular enjoy quiet evening dinners on the veranda in the beautifully warm evenings. Tina and matt were warm and welcoming and you really felt the comfort of staying in someone's home whilst at the same time enjoying a peaceful and private retreat. We can't wait to come back.
Chris and Tony
Left on 05/14/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Chris and Tony
We have just spent a week at The artist Cottage, what a perfect place to stay. Exceptionally comfortable, everything you could want from beach chairs to games. Unique, clean, fun and relaxing. Close to all the action, walking distance from everything in PD. Stay in and cook or BBQ or frequent the many eating places. Would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for that little extra something, great price, great location and great ambience. We will be back for more.
Nic & Jode
Left on 09/27/2012 for a stay in November 2011 | Nic & Jode
We had a lovely nine nights here and loved it all. The cottage is so photogenic and quirky, loved the open doors, shutters and blue tiles. Went out and explored Port, snorkeling and restaurants and also stayed in and cooked BBQ and relaxed on the verandah. Lovely, peaceful spot - hope to visit again in the future."
Magical spot in Port Douglas
Left on 07/27/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Susan
We stayed here at beginning of July for 3 nights, but would happily never have left. The apartment is in a quiet residential estate- 3 min walk from beach and 10 min walk to town.
Its quite possibly the nicest place I've ever stayed. The decor is thoughtfully done and the apartment is well equipped with everything you could possibly need for your holiday- even down to rugs and chairs if you choose to go off for a picnic. We instantly felt at home the moment we walked in the door.
The apartment is owned by Tina and her husband. Tina was the perfect host. Quick to respond on booking and for any query.
We loved our time in Port Douglas which is a beautiful town, but the artist Cottage truly made the whole trip magical. Would go back tomorrow!
A peaceful and comfortable stay in unique accomodation and great
Left on 07/26/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | rejuvenated
-friendly and informative welcome and attention to our needs
-the home was comfortable and interestingly furnished and the ability to open up to the outside was most relaxing
-situated in a central location for getting around Port Douglas on foot but at the same time quietly tucked away from the traffic and crowds
-had all the amenities a household could want for an extended stay and everything was in good condition
-only negative was the smell of mould in the kitchen cupboards but understandable in the climate
feels like home
Left on 07/22/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Allister
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The artists Cottage and recommend it highly. Some beautiful artwork and the place is tastefully decorated. Tina & Matt great to deal with. We would stay again
Left on 04/25/2012 for a stay in August 2011 | SS&E
Paradise ! We had a wonderful stay - it was our first holiday with our nine month old! We thought the cottage was fantastic - we loved waking up here each morning! It was peaceful, relaxed and characterful, and close to everything.
A tip for travellers who are self-catering - do visit Port's Sunday market - the fresh food is excellent.
Lovely surrounds, quirky, gorgeous decor, loved this place!
Left on 04/22/2012 for a stay in July 2011 | Istanbul travellers
A family reunion holiday (sydney meets UK meets Turkey) brought us to the cottage and "strangely" the entire family preferred to congregate here rather than at the swanky Mirage rental :)! We all loved the "feel" of the home, the lush surrounds and the peaceful tranquility of the cottage! Port Douglas wowed us, the kind of place we would come to every year if it wasn't an 18 hour journey from home! Our highlights: coral trout at Nautilus, the comedy routine of the keepers at Hartley's Creek, the cable car down from Kuranda, and just being here! Thanks for everything , we hope to be back one day!
Comfortable, felt right at home
Left on 04/21/2012 for a stay in July 2011 | AlexP
A lovely, homely place to stay - enjoyed the artworks and the comfy, comfy lounges! Had some great meals at Bistro 3 and Finz and while away hours at While away. Thanks you for a very chilled out holiday enjoying your cottage!
Delightful and inspiring beach cottage
Left on 04/21/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | Pip
We celebrated nine years as a couple at the artists' Cottage - it was sublime! After our adventurous days on beach walks, rainforest walks at Cape Tribulation and our days of snorkeling at Low Isles and outer reefs, coming back to the cottage was a homely oasis! The cottage is an eclectic and fun mix of vintage and modern decor. Comfy couches, a verandah to have a BBQ and read, a leisurely swim in the pool - and beautiful and interesting, inspiring art to admire.
Thank you Tina and Matt for sharing this place!
The delightful 'Artists Cottage' is an ecclectic gem to excite t
Left on 04/15/2012 for a stay in March 2011 | Isobel
What an absolute find in the heart of Port Douglas!
This is a real holiday house!
Dont expect the usual boring decor...this gorgeous little hideaway has without doubt been created with love and passion.
Tina and Matt have an eye for taking the ordinary and making it exraordinary!
'The artists Cottage' is filled with a fabulous mix of new and vintage furniture and furnishings along with the most amazingly well put together collection of artwork and aritfacts that one rarely sees!
The Cottage is just a walk away from both town and beach and yet a world away from the hustle and bustle.
This charming little haven is far from pretentious yet has a sophistication all of its own. The cottage envelops you as soon as you enter. I cant imagine staying anywhere else in Port Douglas...except perhaps 'The artists Treehouse'...
Tina and Matts other litte haven of course!
An amazing tropical retreat
Left on 07/28/2011 for a stay in March 2010 | Aurelie
My husband and myself have spent a week there on our honeymoon. Idyllic is the first word that comes to mind! A lovely setting, amazing location, beautiful cottage, unique decor and friendly neighbours. What more could you ask for?
I definitely would recommend staying there! Five stars in my book.
Berlin / Germany
Wonderful, restful and breezy - good to relax!
Left on 07/07/2011 for a stay in September 2010 | kundesi
Port Douglas is a beautiful location for a short or a longer stay, to relax, to make sightseeing, to snorkel or dive. The artists' Cottage is a lovely home, filled with owner-made art and flair surrounded by flowers and greenery. All rooms have an own character designed by the art. A fresh breeze ventilate the house which makes it comfortable in this climate. Included services: BBQ, fishing pole, chairs for the beach, books, TV and DVD if you want.
Spacious living room with full kitchen, bright bathroom with washing maschine and dryer, cozy bedroom and 3 terraces. Lots of storage. You feel comfortable!
The apartment is located in the north of Port Douglas, just a few minutes to walk to the Four Mile Beach. It is situated in a small housing/ apartment estate, located in a site street. The city (shopping, harbour and restaurants) is easily accessible by car - or a good walkaway.
Very very lovely, pleasant and uncomplicated owners and management on site.
So if you want to relax in a comfortable and amazing sourrounding and want to feel at home on your trip - choose the Port Douglas artists' Cottage!
Anthony Metatron Music
My new Favourite place on earth!!!
Left on 07/07/2011 for a stay in May 2011 | Anthony Metatron Music
An absolute secluded haven...there is no place quite like The artist's Cottage anywhere else that we have ever visited around the world.
The cottage definitely became the focal point of our trip to Port Douglas and that the surroundings are as beautiful as tropical Queensland almost became a bonus as we would have enjoyed our stay in this retreat regardless of the location.
The amazing artwork and many points of interest around the Cottage made for a really unique experience and inspired my girlfriend to begin painting again.
For people looking for an amazing holiday experience especially suited to people seeking something out of the ordinary, I couldn't recommend this place highly enough...don't be surprised if you decide to begin that novel, painting, song or other artistic venture after visiting...it is just that kind of special place.
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