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Swan Cove beachfront retreat

Raymond Island, VIC, Australia
  • Cottage86 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 6 nights

Two storey, two bedroom cottage on lake

This Tudor style house is located on one of the most beautiful places on Raymond Island, 6km's from the Paynesville township on 10 acres of bushland with tall trees in a parklike setting. Secluded off a beautiful long winding driveway, the house with it's two built in 2 storey cottages is but a few metres from the water's edge, has a safe sandy beach which stretches for miles on this side of the island. There is no road between the house and beach! The Beach front Cottage accommodates 5 people and the Garden cottage accommodates 4 people.

This area in Gippsland is well known for its mild climate in winter, and cooling sea breezes in the hot summertime. It is surely one of the finest inland lake locations in Victoria, indeed Australia. It offers great variety such as swimming, bushwalking, sailing, boating, fishing, bowling and golf.

The prawns run right out the front in summer and the owners have available sea kayaks to explore the lakes system.

We offer truly peaceful, exclusive and tranquil surroundings in which to relax and be close to unspoiled nature.

Resident on this property are koalas, echidnas, family of tawny frog mouth owls, sea eagles and kangaroos and their babies. The name of the property is a tribute to all the birdlife including black swans, pelicans, albatrosses, spoonbills, ibises, caspian terns, crimson and eastern rosellas, swift parrots, blue wrens, flame robins, azure kingfishers and many more.

Yoga classes, meditation and nutrition assessments are available for those wanting to add wellness to their holiday.

Gourmet breakfast baskets from our garden including home made jams, muesli, eggs, sourdough bread etc can be provided by prior arrangement. From $30 for two people.

Massage, beauty treatments are available from Skin Solutions Clinic and Medispa at Paynesville.

Vehicular ferry from Paynesville costs $12 return trip. Bicycles and pedestrians are free.



Security deposit/ Bond only payable for long stays if the owners are away and will be refunded after servicing when the property is vacated.

Beach Cottage

As the same suggests, this cottage faces the beach right out front. Both bedrooms are upstairs; the master looks out over Lake King and the second bedroom contains three single beds with dormer windows looking to the lake and the front over the garden. Very small bathroom, kitchen, dining and lounge are all downstairs with alfresco outside eating area and bbq.


This cottage faces the garden side, toward the park-like grounds, and includes master bedroom and second bedroom upstairs, with kitchen, dining, lounge and very small bathroom downstairs and alfresco eating area off the lounge room.


Kirsten Mackintosh

Member Since 2015
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Dec 06, 2015
About Kirsten Mackintosh

Yoga teacher, nutritionist and mother of three amazing human beings. My partner Tony and I live here at Swan Cove where we grow vegetables, fruit and flowers. Tony is a 'man of the land' and has an amazing affinity with the wildlife. I am very grateful to have loads of energy and an insatiable appetite for learning. Our world is a magical place full of abundance and wonderful people.

Kirsten Mackintosh purchased this Cottage in 2013

Why Kirsten Mackintosh chose Raymond Island

We came across this property while kayaking around the island one Easter. I have always dreamed of a Tudor house with a seaside garden. Now we have the entire Gippsland Lakes as our backyard! Every day is an adventure; whether it's foraging for mushrooms in the autumn, paddling with the dolphins or rescuing someone whose boat has capsized in the lake. We love both the opposites of wildness when the wind whips up on the water in contrast to the perfect stillness and sunshine. Connecting with nature in all its glory we discover true liberation.

What makes this Cottage unique

The house was uniquely built and handcrafted by a German couple, the original owners. The leadlight windows in the main house bear Carl's signature. Look out for the many examples of his wrought iron work in lamps and doors. Ingrid made the cushions, curtains and established the gardens. Everything you see was made by their own hands. Carl even had the foresight to have the power lines put underground so there are no lines or fences detracting from the natural vistas.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        3 twin/ single


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Very small bathroom with toilet, vanity and small shower.

          Location Type

            • Golf Course Front
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Budget
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                          Split system
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Dryer is shared
                        • Heating
                          Split system downstairs and electric heater upstairs
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          All linens provided. Waterproof protectors on single beds.
                        • Living Room
                          TV and seating for 5
                        • Parking
                          Plenty of parking as we are on 10 acres. Room for car, boat and RV. Parking is near to cottage.
                        • Telephone
                          Landline avail for emergencies
                        • Towels Provided
                          Visitors need to bring beach towels. Bathroom towels, face washers and bath mats provided.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Shared washing machine with laundry detergents supplied.


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Simple coffee plunger
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Cutlery and crockery for 5, saucepans, rice cooker, electric frypan, bowls, serving spoons etc.
                            • Kitchen
                              Cosy kitchen with built in table and bench
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Small oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              tea and coffee, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, home grown and made herbal teas, matches, paper towel
                            • Refrigerator
                              200L fridge freezer
                            • Stove
                              Rinnai electric 2 burner and small oven.
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Separate and in kitchen or dine outside.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 5 people


                                    • Books
                                      We have a general selection
                                    • DVD Player
                                      HD movies. No blue ray.
                                    • Game Room
                                      In the Gazebo we have coits, boule, cricket bats and badminton to be used outside.
                                    • Television
                                      HDTV and inbuilt DVD player
                                    • Toys
                                    • Video Library
                                      We have a large private library you may borrow, please ask.


                                        • Bicycles
                                          An assortment of older bikes and one blue child's bike for 8-10 year old. Old helmets
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Patio with table and 6 chairs and umbrella
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Three kayaks and one double kayak, life jackets and paddles included.
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          Hexagonal enclosed with seating for four
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          3 acres of park like gardens
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Flat gas bbq plate


                                            • forests
                                            • winery tours

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • fishing
                                                • surfing

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                  13 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Hidden Treasure

                                                  DEANNA G.Longford, Victoria, Australia

                                                  Absolutely wonderful location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back again. It is a hidden treasure and allows guests to take a step back from their busy lives and just relax.

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it as does future guests, cheers.

                                                  Don't Miss This Place!

                                                  CAISEE P.Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

                                                  Swan Cove is a waterfront treasure! The property reminded me of an English Tudor home with retro 70's fittings but the property is German styled. There are two cottages and I loved their vintage kitchen decor. We were so very lucky to see & enjoy the architecture & finishes in the main house - this was truly a treat for us! We saw owls, koalas & kangaroos around the house and on the island. The birds feed from from your hands. This gem of a place is a wonderful example of healthy living & lifestyle - the welcome yummy slice that was left for us when we arrived was cacao topped and made from sweet potato. This stay is a unique experience not to be missed when in Victoria.

                                                  Peaceful and restorative

                                                  Julie M.Traralgon, Victoria, Australia

                                                  We needed a relaxing environment to rejuvenate the mojo and it was lovely. BBQ and the gazebo walks near the water and wildlife. Lovely hosts too

                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                  Thank you for taking the time to give us a review, and glad you enjoyed your break.

                                                  Loved it!

                                                  Sherryn S.Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia

                                                  I was looking for a quiet peaceful place to take my kids for a break.

                                                  Felt at home as soon as we arrived. Kirsten is just lovely.

                                                  It was all l asked for and more. Loved the kayaking and bike riding [both supplied by Kirsten and Tony].

                                                  We booked for 2 nights but due to the floods we could not get off the island. What a shame. To be stranded 4 nights at such a beautiful place. Must be fate.

                                                  We are booked in again in January for 4 nights with my husband and his 3 kids.

                                                  Can't wait!

                                                  Serenity as its finest!

                                                  Grace L.Melbourne

                                                  The place is beautiful & so peaceful. Truly an amazing place for a getaway away from the city. Loads of activities for the whole family to do like swimming, fishing, kayaking, cycling, walking along the beach & the highlights of all is prawning. Kirsten & Tony are lovely hosts & very approachable. Would love to come back to this piece of paradise soon.


                                                  Adrian G.Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

                                                  Our family of four stayed at Swan Cove just before Christmas. A wonderful place to relax and unwind after a hectic year. Fishing, kayaking, swimming, abundant wildlife and just relaxing with a book. Such a peaceful and beautiful place. Kirsten and Tony are fabulous hosts. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise with us.


                                                  Raymond Island, VIC, Australia

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                                                  13 Reviews
                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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