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Eckert’s Old Place

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· Head Of The Bight, South Australia
10 acres
2 sites
1 Glamping
1 Vehicle/Tent
We are a Poll Merino sheep stud and a wheat/barley cropping farm at Emu Downs in the Mid North of SA. We have resurrected this character old workers quarters which we've turned into a rustic, peaceful abode for you to enjoy. Sleeps four (double bed, single bed and old miners couch,). Bring your own bedding. There is a flushing external toilet and a bush shower (ie: a shower bag, provided). The room with the open fire can be utilised as a kitchen/living area. We've provided crockery, cutlery, glasses, kettles and a camp oven. There is running cold rainwater into the sink. Cooking can be done on the open fire, or use the small camp gas cookers. There is also a gas BBQ with side burner in the open end room. If you are really brave, try your hand at camp oven cooking in the campfire. There is no power, only lighting provided from a small solar panel/battery. Extra guests welcome in tents, swags or vans adjacent to the cottage. To ensure only one group of campers at a time, the cottage has to be booked first, then book the extra campers through the additional campsites listing. Talk to me about your needs. Campfires welcome when not in fireban season. You are welcome to bring your own firewook, or I can supply for $25 a wheelbarrow load. Book this as an extra. Dogs are permitted, but please understand, we are a sheep stud and need to ensure no disturbance from dogs. Please advise if you intend to bring your dog.
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Head Of The Bight, South Australia, AustraliaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Chris And Philip R.Joined in June 2020
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63 Ratings · 48 reviews
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Tom D.recommends
May 29, 2023
Eckert’s Old Place
Great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a good base to explore the beautiful mid-north.
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Cheryl Anne C.recommends
April 23, 2023
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Peaceful getaway
A wonderful place for a peaceful weekend. So well looked after and has a beautiful vista to lookout to every day.
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James K.recommends
April 9, 2023
Eckert’s Old Place
Magical glamping experience
Eckerts was such a wonderful place to stay. We spent 3 night here with kids and all had a blast. This old workers cottage has been lovingly restored and provides all the essentials for a very comfortable camping experience. We’ll be back!
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Karl W.recommends
April 1, 2023
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Loved it !
Stunning spot, great facilities and lovely friendly hosts !
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Kimberley E.recommends
October 30, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
We loved staying here! Beautifully restored old cottage. Peaceful and quiet. Will definitely be back!
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Anthony B.recommends
October 21, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Step back in time
The restored workers cottage was a real step back in time. It had all the necessities, the charm of an open fire for the colder evenings and an outdoor bbq for summer. Clean and all you could ask for if you’re looking for an escape from civilisation with a few comforts. My dad and I stayed for two nights and would stay again in a heartbeat. Thanks.
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Kate G.recommends
October 4, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
We loved everything about this place. The gorgeous well restored cottage, it has everything you need in it. The kids loved the freedom on their bikes and the spacious grounds to play on.
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Leanne T.recommends
September 26, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Perfect country retreat
Wonderful property and so beautiful. Loved the cottage and cooking over an open fire was so much fun. The space and views were photographic - great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of town. Within easy (20 mins) of the Clare Valley and wineries etc. best of both worlds for us.
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Mariska T.recommends
September 19, 2022
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Great to combine camping & cottage
Loved our stay here. Please see my review of the cottage.
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Mariska T.recommends
September 19, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Rustic charm and genuine vibe
Eckerts was the perfect stay for us. We were celebrating my Mum's 75th birthday. She hasn't been able to go camping for years, but Eckerts allowed her to enjoy a pseudo "camp" with us. We parked our camper trailer on the lawn and our son had a swag. We loved the country peace and quiet with some home comforts. So many old niknaks to discover.
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Kirsty S.recommends
September 17, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Beautiful location, peaceful and away from others. Easy directions. The cabin has a lot of history and lovingly restored. Great fire indoors which kept us warm all weekend - the weather was very windy, cold and rainy but we’re were cosy. Plenty of fire wood was provided. Great to have a flushing toilet and rainwater tank providing water inside to the sink. Clean, tidy and comfortable. No one around so the stars are amazing! Definitely stay again. Thanks Chris and Philip.
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Neil B.recommends
September 15, 2022
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Back to the old ways
Being able to step back in time is what I was wanting to experience, and that I did at Eckerts Old Place a real credit to Chris and Phillip bringing this place back to life.
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Brian M.recommends
August 7, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Rustic Trip Into The PastW
We loved staying in "Eckert's Old Place". It is like stepping back 100 years staying in the old restored worker's cottage. We were there in the middle of winter and the log fire warmed up the cottage room very nicely.
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Raelene K.recommends
July 21, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Wonderful restored stone hut. Lots of atmosphere. Comfortable and warm with open fire place. All you need for a stop over as a couple or group of friends. Chris was friendly and happy to have a chat about their farm and surrounds. Would recommend.
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Nicole G.recommends
July 20, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Loved it. The building and its history was wonderful. A great place to relax and disconnect from the world.
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Ian T.recommends
July 17, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Cosy cottage
Although the weather was not the best , wet and blowing a gale , the cottage was cosy with the large open fire . The renovation of the cottage was well done considering the “ before” pics … Chris was a delight to chat to on our meet and greet … definitely a place to come back to 👍
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Mary S.recommends
July 11, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Took the camper and was the perfect spot to get away from the world for a while. Fabulous weekend away for hubby and I.
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Fiona M.recommends
June 15, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Rustic little drop over
Cutest little place - warm fire and some lovely touches No power and no shower made it especially rustic but well appointed for an overnight stay View beautiful and hosts lovely
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Casey B.recommends
June 15, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Casey and Dwayne's Experience
Absolutely beautiful. This place is ideal for the couples getaway or even for the larger gatherings with plenty of room for swags, etc. With little phone service this was a great time away to recharge, relax and cook over the fireplace. Couldn't recommend this place enough. The views are amazing and there are even a few walking trails right up the road.
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Maximilian M.recommends
June 13, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Chris and Philip did a great job renovating the old settlers cottage. We were a little worried that we would be cold before going but there was plenty of fire wood and we stayed cosy the whole time. I would highly recommend the cottage if you are looking to spend some time disconnecting from digital devices and have a camping-like experience that is weather proof.
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Megan M.recommends
April 29, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Great family stay
Perfect family retreat! We found all that we needed at Chris and Philips beautifully restored cottage, with plenty of space for our two campers as well. So peaceful. The bbq and fire pit were all that we required for cooking, with the running water and flushing toilet a bonus. The owners are very accommodating and easy to communicate with. We will return
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M V.recommends
April 25, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
A bit of magic
A beautiful setting with a magical air. We had cooler weather that was perfect for a constant kettle boiling in the fireplace providing an unlimited supply of tea and coffee. The surrounding gravel roads are perfect for exploring on bike, one could spend days cycling all the back roads. It is an easy drive to the Clare Valley wineries, providing a perfect balance of being remote and isolated, while within reach of towns for activities and groceries (The Magpie and Stump in Mintaro is well worth a visit for dinner). Chris and Philip are great hosts and made us feel at home. We look forward to visiting again!
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Jaya B.recommends
March 21, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Eckerts Old Place is a great location and wonderful experience. The history of the place and the farm is interesting - my partner and I couldn't get over how many clydesdales the property needed to keep the farm running! The place has a rustic charm, and we would definitely come again.
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Bowen W.recommends
February 28, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
We loved the quiet location set on a no through road with beautiful views across the farm. The patch of green grass is definitely a winner with the kids and dogs. We stayed with two family’s with self contained vans. Chris is a pleasure to communicate with. We will be back for sure.
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Lisa B.recommends
February 6, 2022
Eckert’s Old Place
Peaceful. Wide view of the farm and beyond. Really interesting farm history. Historical dwelling with comfy beds and lots of old memorabilia around.
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Kate L.recommends
December 4, 2021
Eckert’s Old Place
We really enjoyed staying here, it was quiet and peaceful, and we had everything we needed. Missed not being able to enjoy a campfire but the barbeque area and view made up for that. Thanks for a lovely stay
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John G.recommends
November 22, 2021
Eckert’s Old Place
Really lovely rustic old farm house
Fantastic stay. It was cold so we were able to have the open fire which nice & cosy. Lovely outlook sitting on the verandah & plenty of space for our pooch to explore which he loved. Very rustic, cosy & comfortable. Highly recommended.
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Doan N.recommends
November 18, 2021
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Lovely camp with friends
Beautiful, Peaceful and isolated farm. Our dogs had a ball! The host was great at communicating with us re: bookings and directions. It was lovely having a flushing toilet and the cottage was great for shade.
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Georgette M.recommends
November 8, 2021
Eckert’s Old Place
A great weekend getaway not too far from the city. Really enjoyed our time here. Wish we could have stayed longer. The book demonstrating the effort taken to restore this cottage is recommended viewing. Thanks Chris and Philip!
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Tracey S.recommends
November 7, 2021
Eckert’s Old Place
Breath of fresh air
What a lovely little gem - it had everything we needed for a comfortable stay, in the most charming little cottage full of history. The view from the verandah is amazing, and sitting around the fire pit at night was lovely. Thanks for a really relaxing little break - will definitely be back.

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