SHEOAKS Bed & Breakfast
Sheoaks on Freycinet is a custom built B & B. Designed by Leigh Woolley, one of Tasmania’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 15 until January 31 and at Easter time.
- Sheoaks deck and guest sitting room look out over Great Oyster Bay - a perfect place to watch the sun set while indulging in a dozen oysters and a glass of wine, both local of course.
- In our sitting room you'll find a wood heater, tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable chairs, old fashioned games, books, magazines, TV and DVD's. Relax there or enjoy chatting with your fellow guests.
- Free WiFi access is provided for guests at Sheoaks B&B.
- Three guest bedrooms each accommodate two guests in either queen or twin/king pillow topped beds. Of course they can be singles too.
- 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.
- Full cooked breakfasts feature great Tasmanian produce, local whenever possible. Meet your fellow guests in the dining room, or choose to eat on the deck during summer.
- Packed lunches are available for walkers and luxury hampers for those treating themselves to a celebration weekend. If your preference is to stay home, we can provide a light meal served either on the deck or inside by the fire.
- Evening meals are available by arrangement, including celebration meals and barbeques.
- Any special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.
- Due to its proximity to an unfenced cliff, Sheoaks is not suitable for 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, 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 and some calve in the bay. We have occasionally seen them from our deck. There's a spotting scope and binoculars.
- 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.
- Hire a tinnie then go fishing and barbeque your catch for dinner.
- 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.
- 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.
- For an adrenalin rush, abseil White Water Wall.
- Combine adventure and sight seeing on a 4-wheel quadbike tour.
- Be driven along a NP fire trail in a Polaris Ranger by a knowledgeable guide.
- Visit Grasstree Art Studio (by appointment) for that perfect memento of your visit.
- Sample the vintage at local wineries.
- Rather someone else did the driving? Book the ultimate food and wine experience. (November till April)
- 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.
- Do a DIY history walk of Swansea - one of Tasmania's oldest towns.
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 in June we said farewell to Jessie, old age and a failing heart. For the past few months Barney has been getting weaker, blind, deaf and disoriented. So we have also said goodbye to our other furry friend.
phone: (03) 6257 0049
fax: (03) 6257 0059
mobile: 0400 001 119 (though reception on the east coast is not great)
mail address: PO Box 247, Coles Bay, Tasmania, 7215.
Stay a little longer and let the serenity of our beautiful area enfold you.