Sheoaks is an award winning custom built B & B at Coles Bay on Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula. Designed by Leigh Woolley, one of the state's leading architects, the passive solar house maximizes use of its superb waterfront site and appears to float above the sheoaks and the sea.
A two night minimum stay applies from December 14 until January 31 and at Easter 2016 from March 21 to April 2.
- Sheoaks deck and guest sitting room look out over Great Oyster Bay - a perfect place from which to watch the sun set while indulging in a dozen oysters and a glass of wine - both local of course.
- There you'll find a wood heater, tea and coffee making facilities, home made biscuits, comfortable chairs, old fashioned games, books, magazines, TV and DVD's. Relax or enjoy chatting with your fellow guests.
- Keep in contact with your world by using our free WiFi in the sitting room or on the deck. Super efficient soundproofing in the bedrooms prevents it from working there.
- Three guest bedrooms each accommodate two guests in either queen or twin/king pillow topped beds. The kings can also be singles.
- All bedrooms have views to the estuary of the Swan River, en-suite facilities, individually controlled electric heating, dual control electric blankets, hair dryers, quality linen, big fluffy towels and a comprehensive room compendium.
- Walls between adjoining units and the sitting room are soundproofed.
- The décor is a pleasant mix of casual modern with restored cottage furniture and carefully chosen art works, all creating a beach holiday atmosphere.
- Delicious cooked breakfasts feature seasonal Tasmanian produce, local whenever possible. See our Rates page for a sample breakfast. There's a wide choice to accommodate all tastes. With advance notice any specific dietary requirements can be catered for.
- Meet with your fellow guests in the dining room, or choose to eat on the deck during summer.
- Walkers lunches are available, or if you're after somthing more luxurious we can provide a celebration picnic hamper. If your preference is to stay home for lunch, choose from a light meal served on the deck or inside by the fire during winter.
- Evening meals are available by arrangement, including celebration meals and barbeques. Why not share a home cooked meal with your hosts?
- Due to its proximity to an unfenced cliff, Sheoaks is not insured to accommodate children.
- Sheoaks is an entirely smoke free environment.
- View our rates here.
The Freycinet Peninsula is a special place where you cannot help but unwind. We are on the outskirts of the village of Coles Bay and 5 km from the main entrance and Information Centre for Freycinet National Park. Apart from sitting on the deck and simply relaxing, what is there for guests to do?
The coast path immediately below Sheoaks leads to the mouth of the Swan River and a small sandy beach. Inside the National Park you'll find walks ranging from short to long, easy to difficult. More walking tracks criss cross the conservation areas outside the park. Tell us what sort of walk you want to do and we'll be happy to suggest something suitable and to provide directions. We'll even lend you books on Freycinet's wildflowers, birds and animals to pop in your day pack.
A pair of sea eagles live nearby, gannets plunge dive for fish in Great Oyster Bay, while Moulting Lagoon (a Ramsar site) is a haven for all manner of water birds, including migratory waders over summer. Don’t miss a penguin tour at Bicheno where these amazing little birds walk by only feet away. From November till April watch the mutton birds come home to their burrows as dark falls on Wellington Point at Swansea. We can provide a bird list and field guides.
- Whales are in the area from May till October. Some calve in the bay. We have occasionally seen them from our deck. There's a spotting scope and binoculars in the guest sitting room.
- Cruise down the peninsula and into Wineglass Bay. A qualified guide will tell you about our special environment. You'll usually see dolphins and maybe seals, whales and albatrosses. Daily in summer. Closed June, July and August.
- Bring your mountain bike and give your legs a workout by riding to Bluestone Bay or White Water Wall.
- At the nearby Marine Farm buy a dozen of the freshest possible oysters for lunch. Rock lobster, scallops and mussels are also available.
- Take a flight over the peninsula - an absolute must for photographers.
- Explore the bay by sea kayak.
- From the Gulch at Bicheno, charter a fishing boat and guide to take you to a likely spot for flathead.
- Spoil yourself with a catered cruise on a luxury yacht. Closed over winter.
- For an adrenalin rush, abseil White Water Wall.
- Combine adventure and sight seeing on a 4-wheel quadbike tour.
- Alternatively, let a knowledgeable guide drive you along a NP fire trail in a Polaris Ranger.
- Sample the vintage at local wineries.
- Rather someone else did the driving? Book the ultimate food and wine experience with the Long Lunch Tour Co. Now available year round!
- Indulge in afternoon tea and/or chocolate treats at Kate’s Berry Farm.
- Discover marine life in its own environment from a glass bottomed boat in the gulch at Bicheno. Summer only.
- Do a DIY history walk of Swansea - one of Tasmania's oldest towns.
- At a secret location see Tassie devils in the dark and learn about this iconic species.
Check in time is between 3.00 and 6.00 pm.
Check out time is by 10.00 am.
We hope you’ll join us soon in our bit of paradise.
Margaret & Alan Morgan.
Past guests and friends of Sheoaks will be saddened to learn that we have said farewell to our beloved Jessie - old age and a failing heart. Shortly afterwards the indomitable Barney became progressively weaker, blind, deaf and disoriented. At 21 years old, sadly we said goodbye to our other furry friend.
Stay a little longer and let the serenity of our beautiful area enfold you.