HI. We are a professional couple both on leave from our jobs until the start of the academic year in 2019. Tiziana is a language teacher and Charles is an artist and educator in Landscape Architecture.
There are many projects we would like to accomplish on our historic property. We are hoping to one day be self sufficient and Tiziana dreams of hosting cooking demonstrations from the award-winning chicory-smoking kiln conversion. Charles co-designed this and it has won a design award and garnered much attention in the press. There are three dwellings scattered across the acre and a quarter property. The kiln house is separated from the “guest” home which Charles also uses as his studio. There is a historic settler’s cottage adjacent to the organic vegetable garden as well. Dating from the 1880’s, Tiziana uses this as her textiles studio where she spends a lot of her time, designing outfits for discerning clients, making bags, cushions and all manner of things.
No smokers please.
As Tiziana is a language teacher she is expertly able to help others improve their English or alternatively, loves to keep her skills up in speaking other languages. Cooking is one of Tiziana’s passions (so dinners should be healthy, satisfying and varied) - she is willing to share her skills with any guests. Her other passion is textiles and sewing. We are both keen readers and have an extensive library covering literature, art and philosophy which we are happy to share. Tiziana loves beach walks and yoga and would welcome a buddy (or teacher!)
We think our place might best suit a couple who enjoy as bit of autonomy and a bit of their own time out.
We are hoping to host someone with building/ carpentry experience who will be able to work on projects with Tiziana (Charles may be busy working on his art) who is very practical and keen to help but has no knowledge in this area and will need guidance. A retired builder would be great as we are slowly adding some finishing touches to the historic cottage and we would also like to convert a shipping container into a gardening and tool shed with a water collecting tank attached and perhaps solar panels on top. Having two wooden houses on the property means there will also be some maintenance jobs such as carpentry, sanding, painting, revarnishing, as well as window cleaning, gutter cleaning, etc.
English, Italian, French, Japanese and a smattering of Spanish
Accommodation will be in the guest house. There are 2 comfortable bedrooms there. We would prefer to host either a couple or a pair of friends so that you won't feel lonely. There is a spacious bathroom, separate toilet and laundry. Sheets and towels, blankets, pillows, etc. will be provided. The fully functional kitchen opens onto the living area which Charles currently uses as a studio so there is no room to sit there, however, there is verandah with a table and chairs. We have a full internet connection.
As Phillip Island is indeed an island and quite isolated, having your own transport is highly preferable. The local beach, less than a ten minute walk away, offers a relaxed place for sun-bathing, swimming, and lazily exploring inter-tidal rock pools; most days it feels like it’s your own private island paradise! At both low and high tide the beach provides opportunities for long beach walks along our wonderful sandy beach. Along the length of the coast birdlife and wildlife abound. From late September to May, after sunset, view the Shearwaters returning to their burrows in the sand dunes to feed their young after a day’s fishing. What a sight! Late afternoon, you may see our resident wallabies in the sand dunes, catch a glimpse of the extraordinary but very shy echidna, or even spot a koala asleep in a eucalypt.
Only 5-15 minutes away by car there a wide range of experiences and activities available. Across the island there are a range of magnificent surf beaches including the spectacular Cape Woolamai and Surf Beach for experienced surfers looking to catch some waves against a backdrop of incredible landscapes. There is vibrant Smith’s Beach offering calm waves and gentle surf for beginners, and Shelly Beach ideal with its quiet atmosphere and superb views.
Five minutes up the road is Summerland Beach, the setting for Phillip Island’s famous Penguin Parade, one of Victoria’s premier tourist attractions. You can access the white sandy shores until dusk, when the area is cleared to make way for the penguins coming ashore as night falls. Close by are the Nobbies, with breathtaking views of the Western Port headlands and the rugged Bass coast. Walk amongst the extensive penguin rookery, observe the seal colony gathered off the basalt coastal edge, or just watch the ocean waves moving in from the southern oceans to pound against the rocks below. Around the island there are a variety of nature walks to enjoy, as well as attractions such as the koala reserve, Churchill Island reserve, the scenic Rhyll boat harbour, and two island wineries where you can sample local vintages. Also, if interested, you can even check out the vernacular architecture and discover the other few remaining chicory kilns on the island.
Cowes is the main town of the island. Here you can find supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, trash and treasure stores, the local Historic Society and a welcoming public library with free internet.
At Cowes you can also find the Cowes pier. Stroll along it eating an ice-cream or catch a ferry to neighbouring French Island, or further afield to Hastings, Crib Point and the Bellarine Peninsular.
And of course there is the famous Grand Prix Circuit, the home for all things motor sport, including the Australian MotoGP in October, a range of annual vintage car rallies. Go Go-carting and experience the thrill of the island race.
We feel our property is a sanctuary so we would prefer to host non-smokers and nature lovers who can appreciate and respect the beauty of the surrounds as well as our efforts to create a unique environment.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
1-2 hours on weekdays and then fuller days at the weekend