• Garden from lounge window
    Garden from lounge window
  • The main bedroom
    The main bedroom
  • Second bedroom
    Second bedroom
  • Bedroom opens onto the north verandah
    Bedroom opens onto the north verandah
  • The kitchen and dining room
    The kitchen and dining room
  • Bathroom is new but in keeping with the original
    Bathroom is new but in keeping with the original
  • A sunny reading nook
    A sunny reading nook
  • Or a shady spot instead
    Or a shady spot instead
  • The night cottage
    The night cottage
A beautiful two bedroom stone cottage on five acres of tree studded land. Duck cottage is tranquil and completely private, but only a five minute drive from Second Valley's beach, gallery and restaurant.

Heritage cottage, holiday house

Second Valley, SA
Up to 4 people, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Minimum nights: 2
Availability and Pricing
For  night.
Estimated price:

Average Rating Guest reviews average: 4.5/5

From $120 to $140 4 persons per night
"Excellent in all respects except proximity to Main South Rd and heavy traffic."
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Alan, -May '14

"It felt like home - cosy, comfortable and welcoming"
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Lynn, SA -Apr '14

"Peaceful retreat! "
   Guest rating: 4/5 - David, SOUTH AUSTRALIA -Mar '14

"we loved just being able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. The various outdoor seating areas were especially good, since the wind seemed to come from all different directions during our stay."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Mary, -Feb '14

"Clean, quiet, cosy - a perfect get away so close to the lovely coast on the Fleurieu Peninsula. A real treat!"
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Meg, SOUTH AUSTRALIA -Sep '13

"We enjoyed the peaceful setting and easy access to surrounding area activities, including snorkeling at Second Valley and Rapid Bay. The owner was helpful and accommodating. Thanks for everything!"
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Lois, WA -Feb '13

"comfortable and relaxing accommodation, great for a family who needs a break, but don't mind the close quarters. Inside was a relief when the outside temp. was 40 deg. "
   Guest rating: 4/5 - Andrew, VIC -Jan '13

"It had no tv or wifi or was very cosy and well appointed. "
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Paul, SOUTH AUSTRALIA -Dec '12

"Telax. Quiet. No street lights......surprising how much traffic goes by even on xmas day. Walking distance to beach.awsome experience."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Brigitte, SA -Dec '12

"The cottage is adorable & very cozy and the property is beautiful. "
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Nikki, SOUTH AUSTRALIA -Dec '12

Cottage, Holiday house

'Duck' cottage is a beautifully renovated 2 bedroom 1850's stone cottage on five acres of tree studded land. This unique cottage retains many of its original features including its wonderfully insulating thick stone walls, wide verandah, open fires and its low doorways (adequate at the time for small Cornish folk) .which are what led us to name it 'Duck' cottage. These heritage features are combined with modern amenities, comfortable beds, new bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen with full sized stove, microwave and refrigerator.

Duck cottage is perfect for those wanting absolute privacy in a rural environment within a short drive to the Second Valley Leonard's Mill restaurant, general store, art galley and delightful beach.

Languages spoken: English(Conversation)


Second Valley is beautiful all year round. It has mild winters and warm dry summers - usually with a cooling evening breeze off the sea.
Spring is lush with birds and flowers in abundance in the Duck Cottage garden. In summer enjoy the beach and all its delights as well as the nearby Deep Creek Conservation Park, the Heysen Trail, Talisker Silver Mine or the unique Raywood Nursery.
Duck cottage only a 15 minute drive to the Kangaroo Island.
Ferry Terminal at Cape Jervis making it an ideal KI stopover.
It is a 5 minute drive south to the Delamere General Store fo supplies and petrol. Alternatively, the towns of Normanville and Yankalilla are about a 15 minute drive back towards Adelaide.


Duck Cottage is hidden from view in the midst of an old garden at the foot of a hillside that we have re-vegetated with native plants. The cottage is sheltered on three sides by a wide verandah, The thick stone walls keep it cool in summer and easily warmed in winter.
Duck Cottage is supplied by rain water and has solar powered assisted mains electricity.
The cottage is furnished in keeping with the era in which it was built but with modern comforts and amenities. There are two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with twin single beds sleeping up to four people -high quality linen and bedding is provided. The comfortable lounge room features the original enormous open fireplace. The large kitchen / dining room is has all modern facilities as well as the old wood burning stove, which is nice to light in winter for additional ambiance and warmth. The newly renovated bathroom is stylish and there are outdoor settings for garden or verandah meals.

Strictly no pets or smoking are allowed- in order to maintain the cottage as an allergy free space. Also our resident pet sheep 'Chloe' who lives in the fenced gully paddock beside the cottage and the local birdlife and kangaroos depend on there being no pets (particularly dogs) on the property.

There is a simple sound system but no TV, Broadband or VCR. Mobile phone reception is also unreliable so the experience of staying at the cottage is superbly quiet, though never boring.
There is a landline phone at the cottage for guest use and emergencies.

Holiday experiences

Birdwatching, Bushwalking & wilderness, Eco-friendly, Fishing, Gay & Lesbian friendly, Golf, Honeymoon, Romantic getaway, Scuba diving, Swimming Activities, Walking or Hiking, Water sports


Accept MasterCard, Accept VISA, Bath towels provided, Books/Magazines Supplied, CD Player, Cooking facilities, Electric stove, Fireplace, Hair dryer, Heaters provided, Iron and ironing board, Kitchen, Linen supplied, Local telephone calls included, Log fires, Microwave, No smoking, Parking, Pets not allowed, Stereo, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities


Bird-watching available on-site, Bird-watching available nearby, Binoculars provided

Bushwalking & wilderness

Bushwalking and wilderness experiences located nearby, Bushwalking maps provided, Located near a National Park.

The Deep Creek Conservation Park, Talisker Silver Mine and the Heysen Trail are all within a 15 minute drive from Duck cottage. Each offers unique bush walking and coastal views.


Solar powered accommodation, Recycling facilities available


Fishing spots available nearby, Located less than 5 minute drive to water, Boat storage/parking available onsite.

Excellent Jetty fishing is available at Second Valley Beach ( 5 minute drive from Duck cottage) and at Rapid Bay -a 15 minute drive south.

Gay & Lesbian friendly

Offers a high degree of privacy, All guests welcome


Golf course located nearby.

An 18 hole golf course is are located within 15 minutes drive from Duck Cottage at at Wirrina Cove.

Romantic getaway

Accommodation just for two, Wood fire, Private living and recreation areas, Bathrobes available for guest use

Scuba diving

Scuba diving available nearby

Rooms and rates

Bookings for Fri/Sat must be for both days.


Duckcottage will confirm pricing, availability and answer any other questions within 36 hours.
(current average response time for this property is 11.8 hours)

Please note that sometimes your computer's spam filter or your ISP may inadvertently block the operator's response email. If you do not receive a prompt response, taking into account that  Duckcottage may not be able to contact you after hours, you should check your 'junk' mail folder or contact the property with the details we will send in your confirmation e-mail.

The telephone number and contact details for this property will be emailed to you once your enquiry/booking has been sent.

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