Hill at Bream Creek. Photo: Geoff Lea.
Hill at Bream Creek. Photo: Geoff Lea.

Bream Creek Weekender

Our weekender is a small open plan bungalow with broad views of Marion Bay, from the southern tip of Maria Island to the ‘Narrows’ leading to Blackman Bay. We are situated in the middle of lush dairy country, five minutes from Marion Bay Beach, within easy access to the East Coast via Weilangta Forest and south to the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas.

Our celery top pine weekender boasts a wide covered verandah on three sides. It has a cathedral ceiling and mezzanine master bedroom, new galley kitchen and new gas stove. Heating is by an efficient wood heater. The building includes a small bedroom / anteroom leading to the bathroom. The bathroom has spectacular views of farm and ocean and a clawfoot bath.

The lounge/living area is simple with natural timber finishes, floor to ceiling windows, Tasmanian artwork, comfortable couches and piano. The verandah is accessed by double sliding doors.

Two people will be comfortable on the mezzanine and the anti-room has a single bed. The house is pleasant in all conditions: open the sliding doors to the sea breeze or close to the comfort of the wood heater on a chilly day. Bream Creek’s climate is mild, perfect for a sunny winter break by sea and countryside.

We share our house and garden with local wildlife, sometimes possums on the roof at night or little forest bats coming home to roost in the eaves in the early morning. The garden is a refuge for small birds like the superb fairy-wren, fantail and flame robin. The field in front is home to native hens and marsh harriers, with wedge tail eagles and sea eagles in the sky. Bird-lovers and naturalists will enjoy the Marion Bay saltmarsh that is home to a variety of wildlife.

Our sunny cottage garden includes European and native flora, orchard and veggie garden. The block was formerly the site of the Pembroke Butter Factory, removed in the 1960s. Our neighbour’s house was the manager’s house and once included the post office and general store. Other homes in the hamlet were farmhouses attached to small dairies. Today the neighbourhood includes a larger dairy, other farms and award-winning vineyards.

The house has broad views from the southern tip of Maria Island to the ‘Narrows’ at the southern end of Marion Bay, and over Blackman Bay to the high hills of the Forestier Peninsula. The view is bucolic, across dairy country and remnant forest to the ocean. You may spot the shape of a migrating whale in the bay. Behind us, the ‘Ragged Tier’ protects us from westerlies.

We are five minutes from gorgeous Marion Bay Beach. There is easy access to the East Coast via Weilangta Forest and to the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas in the south. The neighbourhood roads and beach are ideal for walking and bicycling. Dunalley is the nearest town, 15 minutes south, for groceries, coffee and fabulous fish and chips at the Dunalley Fish Market, and delicious oysters and wine from the Bangor Vineyard Shed. A community market garden and stall is two minutes walk down the road.

We are on tank water and visitors should be mindful of water use. The house is accessed from the garden via two steps up to the verandah and the mezzanine is accessed by a railed staircase. The claw-foot bath/shower does not have support handles/rails.

The house is ideal for short term stays, and is well set up as an artist’s retreat. We welcome enquiries for longer stays. The house has Sorell Council holiday accommodation accreditation while the owners, a graphic designer and writer, are rated as ‘super hosts’ on Airbnb.

We hope your stay at our house is enjoyable and relaxing.

Contact gordon@breamcreekweekender.com.au
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