Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island
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Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island

563a Gregors Rd, Seddon, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
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Pristine Kangaroo Island Accommodation. After a days touring on Kangaroo Island drive down a 3km private road to The Mary Ellen, a luxurious yet warm and cosy 2 bedroom, rustic log cabin nestled in a magnificent bushland setting. Eleanor River Homestead is a 250 acre property located amongst rolling hills and valleys on the banks of the Eleanor River offering the best Self Contained accommodation on Kangaroo Island.
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563a Gregors Rd, Seddon, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
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Payno wrote a review Feb 2013
Surrey, England56 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a bit nervous on our approach to the Homestead, as the dirt roads are quite an experience once you get off the sealed highway, however after a short turn into the approach lane to the cabin, we were very pleased with our choice of accommodation on Kangaroo Island. Central for all touring (ten minutes to Seal Bay, 15 to stunning Vivonne Bay, 20 minutes or so to Little Sahara, all so worth a visit) and very comfortably appointed inside the cabin. Host Graeme was more than helpful and we loved feeding the family of kangaroos and the beautiful kestrel. Be aware that there are almost no facilities for shopping in the vicinity (a small grocery store with little contents can be found on the road to Flinders Chase Park). There are also few opportunities in the area for eating out, so the well equipped kitchen is pretty vital - the best supermarket we found was in Penneshaw and we were pleased that we had stopped to shop for supplies once we had got off the ferry. Recommend hiring a car and staying for three nights minimum if you can - you can travel at your own pace and take your time at the beautiful locations to be found on the island, getting there before/after the tour buses. Remarkable Rocks and Cape du Coedic seals - unmissable! There appears to be plenty of self-catering accommodation along all the beautiful coastlines, but this cabin was a great Australian experience!
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Date of stay: February 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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walkersydney wrote a review Jan 2012
sydney76 contributions121 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here January 2012 for 3 nights. We are a family of 5. It really is off the beaten track which adds to the uniqueness of this property. I will just start with 1 or 2 negatives. When we arrived Graeme our friendly host greeted us and said if we would like to walk up to the main homestead after 630 pm they feed the kangaroos then and we could join in.
I began to prepare a meal and discovered that the the cutlery in the draw was all greasy and covered in some sauce of sorts...eww. So i decided to rewash it all..but could not find any sort of dish brush or scourer..i rang Graeme asking if we could have one..he put me onto his wife kathy straight away. She said the cleaners are hopeless and no she didn't have any brush or scourer. I said no worries ill make do and pick one up the next day..she didnt seem to mind either way and my request seemed to annoy her.
Anyway we had dinner and walked up to the homestead around 645 pm to see the feeding as Graeme had suggested. When we got there the roos, were there & we stood for a little watching the kangaroos and the dog pacing backwards and forwards..the hosts had thier own guests for dinner and then Kathy while waving a bottle of wine around yells out from her verandah "sorry we have already fed them" you can come back tomorrow. Er okay! Then i think Graeme was a little embarrased so he swiftly came out with some food for us to feed them. I get the impression that having us staying at the cabin was a bit of an inconvenience for Kathy..maybe the hospitality industry isn't her thing! :)
The next day we were able to feed them ourselves as they were going out, they left food and instructions for us and we also got to see the lovely tame kestral bird that has been handreared..Genie..she is very sweet.
The other odd thing was that they never offered the marron experience to us..im guessing that bcos its there holidays in jan they dont want to do it...or cant be bothered. Anyway the final time i saw the hostess was when she cam to the cabin the day we were departing..her words were "have you enjoyed yourself and that the cleaners will be there in literally 10 minutes! literally!"..in other words hurry up and get out. So now the positives.
It is a beautiful spot, sunsets amazing, peaceful. My son loved genie. Each night we would put pieces of fruit on the verandah and watch the possums thru the windows. Some nights the kangaroos would come under the verandah. And we heard the growling male koalas. we filled up the birdbath and saw some wonderful birds come down to bathe including Genie!
We had marron..sooo delicious at the Andermel marron farm..its a must do. As is remarkable rocks and admirals arch and the sea lions. Oh and you must do the birds of prey its an intimate display but only 1 session a day so check the times. 3 nights was just enough time to see this part of the island. We left some improvement suggestions on the fridge for the hosts.I would definately recommend this place.:)
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Date of stay: January 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: very small rooms, not much space for suitcases and the shower although quaint is quite a leap to...
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Response from eleanorriver, Owner at Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island
Responded 18 Jan 2012
Thank you for your review and for your suggestions. In respond to your negative points. Firstly it is unfortunate that you found dirty cutlery and we appreciate being informed of such occurrences. When you contacted us you were advised that we didn't have scourers or brushes and we explained the reason was to protect the non stick surfaces. We also offered to reimburse you for any purchases you made. We dispute your claim that a reference was made about the cleaner. With regards feeding the kangaroos, Unfortunately there was a miscommunication on our part where one party hadn't advised the other of the arrangement made with you and upon your arrival at the Homestead Kathy politely advised you that the kangaroos had already been fed and if you wished you could come back tomorrow. While you were still observing the kangaroos Graeme realised what had transpired and provided you with some roo food. We do take exception to the reference of Kathy "waving a bottle of wine" and will leave readers to judge Kathy's hospitality skills via all other reviews. With regards offering the Marron Experience... In our Information Pack, that is forwarded to all bookings, it clearly states that you are to communicate with us prior to your arrival for information about the experience. The information pack also states that check out time is strictly 10:30 am. On the morning of your departure we called by as we were leaving at 10:40 am and Kathy, while asking you whether you had enjoyed yourself, also politely advised you that the cleaner will be there in 10 minutes. I trust that the negative experience you had was outweighed by the positive and thank you for recommending us.
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leafyseamonkey wrote a review Feb 2014
Sydney, Australia50 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three nights at the Eleanor River Homestead in January and absolutely loved it. We enjoyed the nightly visits from the kangaroos, and Genie the resident kestrel. And the night sky - holy moly - simply breathtaking.

If you are coming from the ferry, stop in Kingscote to stock up at Foodland. The nearest store to the cabin is 15-20 mins on a mostly gravel/dirt road, and the variety there is limited.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Storm D wrote a review Aug 2013
Arlington, Virginia14 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our experience matched the rave reviews we read here on Tripadvisor. The cabin was elegant, clean and comfortable, and Graeme was a wonderful host (Kathy was on the mainland during our stay.) Meeting and hand-feeding the group of kangaroos that call the grounds home (and Genie the kestrel), was a fun and memorable experience, and the location was ideal for touring all the different parts of the island. Seal bay (incredible!) is a short drive away, and pretty much any point on the island can be reached in around 45 minutes; we were easily able to visit all of the major sites, and a few smaller ones, during our three-day stay (though we'd love to come back and spend even more time at the Homestead in the future).

Also, the optional breakfast provisions were a great value, and included generous portions of bacon, bread, beans, milk, fruit, juice, spreads, and eggs from the Homestead's own chickens. And in the cool evenings it was delightful to sit by the wood-fired oven (and Graeme made sure we always had enough logs to fuel it).

So go ahead and do your research, but we can't imagine having a better time than we did staying at Eleanor River Homestead.
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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repope wrote a review Apr 2013
Sydney7 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here based on it's location and the Tripadvisor reviews.
We loved it!
The location is so serene and kangaroos are abundant in the evenings.
We fed some of the wild Roos with Graeme and Kathy at the Homestead and some were semi-tamed.
Genie the Kestrel was awesome to watch getting food from Graeme's fingers.
The cabin was well appointed and clean with cooking facilities and BBQ.
Log fire was perfect.
The Marron experience was just amazing although we were unable to help set or gather nets due to our schedule.
The banquet provided to our cabin was so delicious and so much food!
The homemade bread and cheesecake was special and beautiful.
Really great value and the wine with the log fire was perfect.
We enjoyed our stay as it was conveniently located to a lot of attractions especially on the South Coast.
Well done to our hosts who made our 5 day trip a memorable one.
Definitely go to Cape Borda lighthouse 1230 tour and the raptor park!
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Definitely do the Marron experience
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SAllmon wrote a review Feb 2013
Fayetteville, Tennessee27 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfectly located for a week+ stay on KI! Easy to get to everything! Cabin is clean, beautiful and boasts gorgeous views. Kitchen is well appointed for basic cooking. We ordered the week's worth of breakfasts and weren't disappointed. Cereal, peanut butter, fruit spreads, bread, fruit, bacon, eggs, orange juice, milk were all waiting for us to prepare throughout the week. Hosts were friendly and accommodating. Feeding their resident kangaroos was a highlight of the trip. Genie, the falcon, is an attraction on her own! Cannot imagine you would be disappointed with choosing Eleanor River Homestead for your trip to KI!
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Date of stay: January 2013Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jenny C wrote a review Jan 2013
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Eleanor river homestead is a beautiful cabin situated in an amazing location. Anytime of the year. All season bring different feels and stunning visual scenery. I visited Eleanor river in the summer and found the golden grass with rich green trees and shrubs at sunset quite breath taking. The owners are more than accommodating and have never meet nicer people, always there to help and always stop to say hi. I had the optiunity to feed kangeroos and hand feed an amazing kestrel named genie because of them, what an experience. So do yourself a favor, stay at Eleanor river homestead.
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Date of stay: January 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Wonsild wrote a review Apr 2012
Virum, Denmark35 contributions7 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 4 nights at Eleanor River Homestead in February 2012 and this place is really remarkable.
The cottage is very cozy - yet modern and very clean.
The surroundings are just breathtaking with lots of beautiful yacca palms everywhere. It is very central located at the middle of the island with easy access to all attractions - and a charming red bumpy dirt road leads to the place.
We stayed with our two boys and the whole family enjoyed the days driving around the island and the evenings where we fed Genie (the "eagle") and the many kangaroos which the children could handfeed - not to mention all the other animals on the property and the island which was like being in a zoo.
Furthermore the marron experience is worth trying - it's fun netting them but even better eating them - the preparation of these as well as the other seafood is very delicious.
Will definitely recommend this place to anybody enjoying nature & tranquility - and who wishes easy access to main attractions on this amazing island.
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Date of stay: February 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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John G wrote a review Sept 2016
South Walsham, United Kingdom92 contributions71 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This really is a beautiful cottage and a fantastic location, with kangaroos coming to the porch to be hand fed bits of apple, but be warned if visiting in winter. We arrived in late July on a cold afternoon,looking forward to a warm welcome only to find it was colder inside than out. The only heating is a log burner and the cottage hadn't been occupied for a few weeks so no heating had been on, it was freezing. The owners arrived a few minutes after us and helped get a fire going, after awhile it warmed up, but that wasn't the only problem. It is an eco cottage and power is from solar panels, being winter it's not very sunny so the batteries don't get charged up. The owner had to come along each evening to switch the generator on for a couple of hours to charge the batteries so that we could put the electric blanket (definately needed) on and had power in the morning to heat and cook. Each night we topped the wood burner up to keep going as long as possible but it was always out in the morning but the place was still warm it retained the heat well. Each evening when we got back we had to get the fire going again, which was a bit of a pain. The owners were very nice but I felt they should have had the wood burner alight from the lunchtime on the day we arrived so that it was lovely and warm and welcoming especially as the place had been empty for some time. Another time of year this would have been fantastic.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Response from eleanorriver, Owner at Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island
Responded 12 Oct 2016
Thank you for your review and we are pleased that you enjoyed the cabin and location. We apologise for the fire not having been lit prior to your arrival which we endeavour to do when able. Unfortunately both Kathy and I work full time and on this occasion weren't able to light the fire until after returning home. We trust that you enjoyed the beauty of Kangaroo Island in the winter.
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EllBru wrote a review Mar 2014
Toronto, Canada103 contributions57 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent four nights here with three days -- not enough -- to explore KI. The cabin was huge for two, with a terrific kitchen, which we needed since Budget wouldn't let us drive their car after dark on KI. Each morning, we woke to kangaroos feeding in the field of grass-trees and in the evenings, we could stroll down to Kath & Graeme's place for the nightly feeding of the kangaroos and Genie, the kestrel, who lands on your head or hand in search of food. We stocked up at Foodland in Kingscote and at the bakery there and ate splendidly. On a chilly morning, the wood stove warmed the cabin beautifully. It's so central that it's easy to get anywhere on the island in fairly short order. We'll be back.
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Date of stay: March 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Patricia Vidal asked a question Nov 2019
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia25 contributions10 helpful votes
Hi! Do they have laundry room in the premises?
Meital R asked a question Aug 2015
Rego Park, New York100 contributions2 helpful votes
Is there air conditioning in the rooms?
Answer from eleanorriver
Kangaroo Island, Australia17 contributions3 helpful votes
Hi there, Thank you for your question... The answer is no, there is no air conditioning. The reason is twofold, while our summers can get quite hot during the day it generally cools down at night and because we are totally off the grid and rely on solar power only, it is uneconomical to run air conditioning. Regards, Graeme Ricketts
Denise E wrote a tip Sept 2016
Brisbane, Australia942 contributions201 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only one cabin on the property"
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Carolynt23 wrote a tip Feb 2016
Adelaide, Australia441 contributions221 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not a hotel - a modern self contained cabin on the owner's property"
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V W wrote a tip Oct 2014
Greater Adelaide, Australia326 contributions97 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"On a windy night, roll up the outside awnings to minimise noise."
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simone_somewhere wrote a tip Nov 2013
Amersfoort, The Netherlands1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"there is a twin and a double room, but you have the place to yourself!"
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repope wrote a tip Apr 2013
Sydney7 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely do the Marron experience"
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