LIMESTONE VIEW at 44 Freeling Street, a short walk from the centre of town, is spacious yet cosy for one or two couples, three singles or a small family.
It's a self-contained Bed and Breakfast which is private for one guest group at a time, whether only one adult guests or five adult guests. Tariffs include full breakfast provisions for each day of the stay, but you can ask for a no-breakfast tariff.
The 1890s former freestone former manse, set on a hillside, has a modern limestone addition and offers three bedrooms – king-sized, queen-sized and single – and two bathrooms.
Limestone View is close to Lions Pioneer Park and within walking distance of the free Naracoorte Swimming Lake and the Central Business District.
A feature of this character house is the sheltered front verandah, where guests can have a barbecue, snacks or drinks and enjoy a view of some of Naracoorte’s historic churches and the town centre. There are extensive lawns, framed by native trees.
The galley kitchen is fully equipped with a cooktop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, cookware, cutlery and glasses. The adjoining dining area seats up to six.
The sitting room has recliner chairs and a sofa, TV and DVD player.
Limestone View’s main bathroom has a two-person spa bath, shower, vanity and WC; and the ensuite bathroom, next to the queen-sized bedroom, has a shower, vanity and WC. The house has reverse cycle air conditioning in the sitting room and all three bedrooms. A separate, self-contained laundry has a washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board.
The 3.5-star rated Limestone View is one of four properties owned and run by Naracoorte Cottages. (The others are MacDonnell House, Smith Street Villa and Pinkerton Hill.) Richard Peake and Judy Barton established this “people friendly” Bed and Breakfast business in 1995 and have welcomed thousands of satisfied guests from South Australia, interstate and overseas.
Naracoorte Cottages offers comfort, convenience and cleanliness with all modern amenities. The B&Bs; are ideal for singles, couples, families and groups – as well as corporate guests – for one overnight stopover or a longer stay. They are private for one guest group at a time – even if there’s only one guest.
The houses have plasma TVs, DVD players, free local call telephones, free access to wireless broadband (BYO laptop or desktop computer) and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Bed linen, towels and toiletries are provided. Tariffs are value for money and include generous full breakfast provisions (eggs, bacon, tomatoes, fruit juice, boxed cereals, bread, jams and spreads, tea, instant coffee, coffee grounds and milk); and a complimentary 750ml bottle of wine with every booking.
Families and children are welcome (cot, high chair and change table can be provided if needed). Note that MacDonnell House does not have any single ensemble beds, but a fold-up bed for a child can be provided.
DISCOUNTS. There are discounts for bookings of more than one night. Corporate, family and group rates are available. A “no breakfast” option is also available. Phone Richard Peake 0408 810 645 or email him at (email: hidden) for a quotation.
NARACOORTE is home to the South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site, the Naracoorte Caves National Park, 10km south of town. The park includes Wonambi Fossil Centre, telling the story of megafauna whose bones are preserved in fossil deposits, and caves with spectacular limestone formations, a Bat Cave and a cafe. The Caves, 10km south of town, are open 9am to 5pm daily ((website: hidden)).
Naracoorte is also central to four premium wine regions – Coonawarra, Penola, Padthaway and Wrattonbully – within a 48km or 30-minute radius.
Splash out in the large manmade Naracoorte swimming lake, with reticulated and chlorinated water and lifeguards on duty on very hot days. It’s surrounded by lawns and shady trees, is free and is open from December 1 to March 31.
The town of Naracoorte has two seven-day supermarkets, three hotels, Thai and Chinese restaurants, a renowned family bakery, a French patisserie/chocolatier, McDonald’s, Subway and many other takeaway food shops and a thriving shopping centre.
The Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and BankSA all have branches in the town centre; and there’s also the People’s Choice credit union and a Bendigo Community Bank agency. Out of hours, you can draw money from six ATMs.
Be sure to visit the award-winning The Sheep’s Back wool industry museum, set in a historic three-storey former flour mill, and the Mini Jumbuk factory, where woollen bedding products for the world are made, and its visitor centre.
Stroll, walk or run on the picturesque Naracoorte Creek Walk through the centre of town; and feed the geese on the pond in the Scout Hall grounds, off Park Terrace, near Naracoorte Holiday Park.
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