Four-bedroom solid brick home with pool, located in quiet area close to beach.
- english, german, slovenian
We are a little family with two kids. Scrubtide is our family's holiday home and we come here to spend time with extended family in South Australia. We have spent many holidays here and created many childhood memories for our children. We are particularly happy to host other families.
Sara purchased this House in 2013
Why Sara chose Aldinga Beach
Peaceful and quiet. Close to the beach. Close to McLaren Vale wineries. Close to Aldinga Shopping Centre. Great for kids: beach, pool, sandpit, swing and a home-built "kids cafe"
What makes this House unique
As far as we as a family are concerned Scrubtide has it all: it is located in a quiet area, making us feel like we are in the outback. But in reality we are just 5 minutes' walk from the beach and the Scrub Conservation Area is only across the road. We have a pool, a swing, a sandpit in our our backyard, so sometimes were are even to lazy to walk to the beach and just hand around the house. We have the loveliest neighbours who have grown to become good friends over the years.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect family break!
We had the most wonderful two weeks at scrubtide. We loved the fact that the house is a family beach house and as such, very well appointed and really well set up for young families. The biggest plus was the pool which is large and clean. The location next to the scrub is so peaceful and relaxing . We loved having a walk at dusk to see the kangaroos and we had a visit from an echidna outside our bedroom window one night! The house is large and spacious and we used the bbq in the lovely courtyard too. We enjoyed walking on the beach in the morning at silver sands. Our daughter loved seeing the horses on the weekend mornings. In the afternoon we usually drove to pt willunga where we regularly saw dolphins and had some great boogie boarding sessions! We had 2 very good meals at the Victory hotel and pizzas from the Shack in Aldinga. We had a great day out to Victor Harbor to the wildlife park and to the Yankalilla bakery and Carackalinga beach which is beautiful. We thoroughly recommend the house, it is perfect for a relaxed family holiday and Sara, the owner, is a pleasure to de with. Thank you!
We have had a fantastic time at Scrubtide, using the pool on those over-40º days and the beach most other days. It was a real treat to be able to have sunset swims with spectacular views. As a family we: explored a few wineries (Woodstock is very good if you have kids, they even have an animal sanctuary); took the 'Cockle Train' from Goolwa to Victor Harbour where we then walked over to Granite Island and explored the views and sculptures, before catching the horse-drawn tram back to the train; drove to Glenelg to catch the tram into Rundle Mall and then back again on the tram to enjoy the Glenelg water play areas and a local eatery; and at the Willunga Market we stocked up on olives. Thanks for your recommendations for wineries, we have brought home some lovely McLaren Vale wines. We met lovely local people at the beach on our sunsets swims and the winery folk were also very friendly and knowledgable. We were struck by the community feel of Acacia Terrace.
Scrubtide is so well equipped and we really appreciated the little details, including the labels—both informative and amusing. The cubby-house, pool, kitchen, dining, living room and the kangaroo greeting us in the driveway... all brilliant. We didn't find the very clever charging station until we were packing to leave... we should have explored the drawers more than we did. Thank you.
Unique beachside property
We had a wonderful stay at Scrubtide over the new year. The property location is perfect and we enjoyed exploring the area, kangaroo spotting in conservation park across the street, sandcastles & swimming in the beach and the willunga farmers market. The house is really large and was perfect for privacy where we had friends staying together. We braved the pool every day, despite the fact it was a little chilly during our stay. The kids had a great time exploring the yard. The house was well presented, very clean & had everything we needed for our stay.
Loved our stay at Scrubtide!
Our family of four (11 year old daughter & 14 year old son) had a great stay at Scrubtide. We could easily have fit our extended family there but unfortunately they couldn't join us. Proximity to the beach was excellent and we enjoyed body surfing most days (waves varied but we had a few Big Days!) As Sara suggested we spotted kangaroos walking through the scrub across the street and enjoyed the many birds who visited each day. It was a bit chilly for the pool but we used it a few times and enjoyed it too. Aldinga bakery, Victory Hotel and Star of Greece were all terrific, and the Willunga farmers market was fun but best of all for us was the cycling. The riding around McLaren Vale was outstanding and there's a great operator out of Adelaide who delivers high performance bikes and another local place to rent from as well. Sara was lovely to deal with and even helped us out coordinating some logistics given we were coming from so far away (Canada). We hope to return!
good family place
This is a great place for the family close to beach and the pool was really nice there was lots of toys for the little ones in saying that the yard is not fenced and the sand pit is not useable as it's over grown if you want to use it you would
have to dig it up and there is no jungle hut its a few pallets nailed together that kids have wrote signs on the house looks just like the photos and the owner was lovely to deal with but once we arrived and informed her the washing machine was broken we never heard from her again it was a real inconvenience as we stayed for 8 days and spent a few thousand $ on this property with the promise of a machine and then had to spend a further $5 a load at the landro mat (a family with 4 kids soon adds up) with out even a sorry she never even told us when the work man was coming to fix the garage ( we were also promised secure parking had to park a car out the frount ) over all nice comfy place not high class and not the most secure but nice for family as long as nothing goes wrong or you are on your own
Rebecca is absolutely lovely. All my interactions before and during her stay were friendly and enjoyable. It broke my heart when I read in her review about the washing machine not working. The washing machine is brand new (purchased in September 2016). Had I known that it was not working, it would have been replaced within 3 hours. I say this with confidence because we are lucky to have our builder as the local contact for guests. He can fix anything. When our dishwasher stopped working, he drove to the local appliances store, bought a new one and had it ready for the guests to use within 3 hours. In Rebecca’s case the first person to know about the washing machine problem was the cleaner who came after Rebecca and her family had checked out and found a note on the kitchen bench. It makes me really sad that something that would have been so very easy to fix has negatively affected Rebecca’s holiday. To avoid that from happening again, I have changed the instructions to guests. I now ask that they CALL our builder IMMEDIATELLY if they experience a problem. Not email him, not email me; with emails you never know if they arrived. When I emailed Rebecca after having read her review she said she emailed me about the washing machine. Unfortunately I never received her email and there is also no trace of it in my junk folder. [For future guests: if I do not respond to your email within 24 hours, I have not received it.] Unnecessary delays can be easily avoided by simply calling and personally talking to our builder. It was unlucky that Rebecca and her family arrived after the previous guests had broken our brand new automatic panel lift garage doors (installed in October 2016). Only one garage doors was affected (so secure parking for Rebecca's car was available). But I am always embarrassed when Scrubtide is not 100% functional, so I apologized in writing to Rebecca for one of the two garage doors not working. Her email response was understanding and generous which I was very grateful for. Our builder let her know when the garage experts came to fix the door. Another bit of background I would like to provide (which is important for everyone who is considering to book this house) is that Scrubtide is not a hotel, not a motel, not any kind of commercial accommodation. It is our quirky old family holiday home. So when Rebecca talks about a “few pallets nailed together that kids have wrote signs on the house” she is talking about our little family project. We
Our stay was great! We had ample space (5 adults, 5 kids), the kitchen design is perfect and huge windows everywhere means we could watch the kids play under the tangle of tree limbs in the courtyard or in the pool - such a thoughtful design.
Tawny Frogmouths dropped by the big courtyard on New Year’s eve, and Wrens fluttered about every day – so important to retain native vegetation and undergrowth for these amazing critters. I’m glad the house is designed in-keeping with the beautiful park (Aldinga Scrub) next door - the trail being so close to the house was great for kangaroo spotting and morning walks. And the short walk to the beach was ideal. Easy holiday. Cheers.
Like Arron, we love the native birds in the Aldinga Scrub. When we bought Scrubtide the garden was full of plants which were not native to the area and which required a lot of water. We did not feel comfortable about that. First of all because water is precious and scarce in South Australia, and second because the native animals (especially the birds) rely on native plants as their habitat. The tiny little Blue Wrens Arron mentions, for example, love bushes to hide in. So one year ago we started revegetating the garden with the aim of turning it into an extension of the Scrub Conservation Park which is located just across the street from our house. With the help of a local expert, Bob (our kids call him the Lorax), we planted 50 plants around the side and the back fence. Last time we counted 48 of them survived, which we are very excited about. We have booked in Bob for June to plant another 50. So year by year the garden will be returned to what it naturally was meant to look like. Arron’s review made us very happy; it’s lovely to know that our guests share our passion for the unique fauna and flora of the Scrub. Arron: next time you come you will have to bush-bash your way to the front door ;-)