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Ratcliff Cottage Kangaroo Island

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Treat yourself to the luxury of solitude, a warm welcome and nature’s abundance at Ratcliff Cottage, Pelican Lagoon. Your beautifully restored limestone cottage is settled lightly on the landscape, with absolute water frontage and surrounded by 100 acres of limestone countryside. Ratcliff Cottage offers you a breathtaking vista begging to be discovered, and gentle waves lapping the shore just metres from your front door. Imagine waking up to kangaroos and dolphins each morning, dawn’s light shimmering upon Pelican Lagoon! The expansive terrace offers an idyllic location for eating, reading, entertaining and relaxing.

After you spend a day on KI exploring soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands and arcs of bone white beach, kick back on the terrace and fire up the BBQ. It’s the sunset golden hour, time to pour yourself a glass of Kangaroo Island wine, indulge in some fresh shucked oysters from American River and sizzle up some King George Whiting. Watch flocks of birds follow their flight paths across the lagoon and kangaroos hop along the front lawn.

Shaded by enormous Moreton Bay figs, Ratcliff Cottage offers serene views and an expansive terrace overlooking Pelican Lagoon. Step back in time and experience the pristine wilderness of the Pelican Lagoon Conservation Park and Aquatic Reserve as generations have before you. This limestone homestead was originally built by one of KI’s early settlers in 1911 and was lovingly restored and renovated in 2015.

Tastefully appointed, Ratcliff Cottage sleeps six comfortably across four bedrooms: 2 king rooms (that can convert to twin king singles upon request), 1 queen room and 1 single room with an additional trundle bed. Enjoy light and airy open plan holiday living with a friendly split system air-conditioner / heater, restored cork floors, fast WIFI, cotton linen, fluffy towels, pillow top posturepedic mattresses, and a well-equipped kitchen. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need to make the most of Kangaroo Island’s glorious fresh produce.

Ratcliff Cottage offers eco-friendly design features including solar power, a large verandah, pure rainwater throughout and a surrounding revegetation program. Given the high conservation value of Pelican Lagoon, motorised boats and jet skis, bringing your pets and fishing from the property is not an option, but there are plenty of great fishing locations close by. If you’d like to explore the lagoon, we can arrange kayak hire.

Ratcliff Cottage is an ideally located launch point for exploring Kangaroo Island, a wildlife paradise for kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, echidnas, goannas and plentiful birdlife. You will be just minutes away from local attractions such as Island Beach (perfect for swimming), American River, Pennington Bay, Kingscote and Mount Thisby, with wineries, farmers markets and wildlife parks in close proximity. Only 15 minutes from the Penneshaw Ferry, Ratcliff Cottage allows easy access for boaties, with two nearby public boat ramps at Island Beach and American River.

Pristine beaches, spectacular coastline, old growth forest, beach combing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, surfing — get ready to relax on KI! If you’d like to create some Kangaroo Island memories of your own, enquire today. Ratcliff Cottage awaits!

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017


Pelican Lagoon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 queen
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • forests
  • winery tours


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Ratcliff Cottage Kangaroo Island
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

We loved having no neighbours, the beautiful house in a magnificent setting, sitting in front of the fire looking at the bay and playing monopoly, sharing the lawns with kangaroos, swimming with stingrays, the games and toys for the child, the extras in the kitchen that made preparing a meal so easy... It really was a lovely stay, thank you for sharing your special space. We were all sad to leave and hope to be back before too long ...

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and it would be our pleasure to welcome you again on a future visit!
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Gorgeous cottage, stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ratcliff Cottage, it was so homely, spacious, presented beautifully, so well catered & wildlife galore!! Wonderful owners going above & beyond decorating the house for a surprise birthday boy!!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Loxton, South Australia, Australia

Relaxation plus plus!

  • 4 of 5

Brilliant location, wild life right on the door step everyday. Perfect for families. Everything you need for food preparation is provided.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Excellent property!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is absolutely fantastic! Beautiful view over the pelican lagoon with two 100 years old figtrees. Lots of kangaroos near the verandah. The house was very clean, comfortable beds, beautiful furniture, well equipped kitchen, best wifi, everything you need. First class cottage that we can highly recommend. We will come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Peaceful tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house was very comfortable, and despite the cold weather we were warm and cosy in front of the fire. The bird life, starry nights, wildlife and views over the lagoon made this a very peaceful break for us. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia

The Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

An incredible memory to keep for my children & myself. A beautifully presented cottage with so much history & charm. The trees, lagoon & wildlife made this holiday & home the most memorable I have had. Thankyou Thankyou.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Other Activities:

Pelican Lagoon


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 7 beds and can sleep a maximum 8 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $500 per stay

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