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'1853' The Old Police Station

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

This heritage listed property (built 1853) is located in the heart of historic Port Elliot, one of the premium summer playgrounds on the South coast, just over an hours drive south of Adelaide either via the Southern Expressway or through the picturesque Adelaide hills via Mount Barker & Strathalbyn.

This has been our holiday home for the past 15 years & we remain hopelessly in love with it!

This building oozes a charm of it's own. Now that we have retired, we cannot bear to even consider selling that which has provided so many happy memories so we have decided to place the property for rental so that others may also enjoy. If you do decide to come & stay we hope that you enjoy all that Port Elliot has to offer from your base at '1853 The Old Police Station'.

The building has been extensively renovated within the heritage guidelines to retain the charm of the era & preserve it's place in history - if only the walls could talk!

A key feature of the renovation is the enclosed 'prisoners exercise yard' which has been transformed into an enclosed courtyard area for meals & relaxing with adjoining French doors which open to the original prisoner cells (one of which is now the luxury bathroom).

The property enjoys one of the best central locations in town, right at the top of magnificent Horseshoe Bay, perfect for swimming or taking in the views with a walk along the hilltops towards Victor Harbor. Only metres to the Strand precinct, historic Port Elliot train station, shops, cafes, boutiques & eateries.

The home comprises 4 bedrooms & can sleep up to 8 people - 2 Queen, 1 Double (brass bed) in the old 'women's holding cell' adjacent to the lounge & 1 Double bed in what was once the resident policeman's office.

Some of the original cabinetry remains in the galley style kitchen which has since been updated with jarrah cupboards, granite bench top, gas wall oven, microwave & dishwasher.

There are two toilets & modern bathroom with claw foot bath in what was once a two person prisoner cell back in the 1850's.

Original polished jarrah floors throughout, flat screen TV, DVD, split system air conditioner complete the picture.

Outside, the stone walled enclosed private rear garden & lawn area is perfect for summer dining with beautiful barbeque area under the shade of two 100 year old coprosma trees. Or maybe just read a book over a nice coffee or a G & T.

All laundered designer bedroom, bathroom & kitchen linen is supplied. This includes quilt covers, sheets & pillow cases, fluffy bath towels, hand towels, bath mats, face washers & tea towels. All beds have quality dunas.


- this property is a smoke free zone

- no pets allowed

- we are not able to offer accommodation to students during 'schoolies' week in November

- seasonal tariffs are subject to change & will be confirmed at time of booking along with refundable security deposit & cleaning fee.

Things To Do

- enjoy one of (if not "the") best beaches SA has to offer

- take a walk around the cliffs towards Victor Harbor

- play a round of golf nearby (Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Mt Compass)

- visit award winning wineries (Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mt Jagged, Middleton)

- take a ride on the historic Cockle Train to Goolwa or Victor Harbor

- stroll to the many local cafes

- visit the Farmer's Markets ( first & third Saturday each month at Lakala reserve - walking distance - & Saturday weekly in Victor Harbor)

- take a ride along the coastal bike track to Victor Harbor or Middleton

- go for a surf (Middleton, Goolwa, Waitpinga, Parsons)

- go fishing - mouth of the Murray, jetty at Port Elliot or off the beach at Basham's/Waitpinga or

launch the boat at Encounter Bay or Goolwa

- watch the whales at Basham's Beach (August/September)

- treat yourself at the famous Port Elliot bakery

- have a BBQ or picnic across the road in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens overlooking Horseshoe Bay (free gas BBQ and picnic table located at the top of the hill)

Minimum Booking Period

Most of the year - 2 nights

Long Weekends - 3 nights

Easter - 4 nights

Christmas/New year period - 7 nights

Summer school holidays - 7 nights

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Port Elliot House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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'1853' The Old Police Station
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Excellant Property, Beautiful & full of character

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Place, full of character, Everything you need is provided.

The house was so well appointed including gardens, and so very clean.

Would recommend this place to anyone. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Port Elliot, South Australia, Australia

Great property,great location

  • 5 of 5

It was a wonderful place to celebrate my 70th birthday with a group of my oldest friends.I would most certainly go back again.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Great week of relaxation and comfort

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location. Lovely well presented home with all the comforts of home

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

1853 Police Station Port Elliot

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully unique place to spend a very wintery weekend with great friends. Loads of history on show and plenty of artifacts and features that kept us talking and guessing about its past. Nicely appointed, loads of space, friendly hosts who are clearly very proud of their property and rightly so. We mostly used the lounge as, with permission and own wood supply, we used the combustion heater. The weather was wild and we were very cosy - definitely the best place to be. As 1853 is on the side of the hill there are a few steps to some areas, including the outside toilet - not many but enough if you have trouble with steps just to be aware of this. For us, it was all part of the charm and we all agreed we'd love to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing weekend away! The house was beautiful! So clean and equipped with everything you need! The property is located so close to everything and we enjoyed walking to the main street to have a look at the shops as well as walking to the beach! we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Scott Creek, South Australia, Australia

Great for a 50th Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Phil and Chris were very welcoming and the property provided us a lovely venue and location to celebrate our 50th with our families. Everyone from the two year old up loved it. Comfortable, practical, spacious, well furnished, quiet central location to township and the beach........ couldn't ask for more.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018


Other Activities:

Horseshoe Bay


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 2 guests. Property has 4 beds and can sleep a maximum 8 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $500 per stay
    Cleaning : $100 per stay

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