Located in Port Fairy's historic precinct, No. 1 William St is a magical limestone cottage that has retained its rustic charm from the mid-nineteenth century. Nestled under one of the giant Norfolk Pines that line the avenue, this little cottage is tastefully appointed with loads of character, modern facilities and all that you require for a very comfortable stay. Self contained, you'll find a cosy sitting room with an open fire, a high-ceilinged master bedroom, and two more bedrooms off the central passageway. The once external kitchen has been incorporated into the house, creating a light and spacious kitchen/living room. French doors open out to a private sheltered cottage garden, perfect for relaxing with a book in the sun, or an evening barbeque.
Wake to the sound of magpies warbling in the pines. Listen to the waves crashing on South Beach from the garden. Take a stroll through the nearby reserve, or along the beach at sunset to Martin's Point and cross the causeway to Griffiths Island. Here you can see mutton birds return en masse at dusk to their colony, each to its own burrow on the sand where mate and chick await them, calling as they close in, a cacophony of sound that reverberates until every last one of them is home. To see them fill the sky at dusk is breathtaking - a living canvas. Nesting from September to April, when they return to the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, these beautiful seabirds are a protected species in Port Fairy.
With its four pubs, numerous cafes and takeaway food options, Port Fairy has something for every taste and mood. There are also a number of good restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the cottage, such as the wonderful Coffin Sally pizza restaurant and bar, Portafino or The Stag. Port Fairy's creative heart is expressed through the many local galleries just waiting for you to discover. See some fantastic creations at Eclectic Designs Glass Studio, wander through the Old Market Inn Studio and Gallery with its vibrant and contemporary works, or visit the Risk Studio for some very original jewellery and beautiful photography. There are also antiques and collectibles shops to explore.