The Salt House, Robe, South Australia
During our five day stay last week in Robe in the south-east of South Australia we stayed in a cottage called the Salt House. While Robe is a very historic town with many of the original buildings still in use after over 150 years (this is old in Australian terms), this building has no particular historic value that I am aware of. Certainly there were no plaques or other signs to indicate its vintage or any historic significance.
This small cottage was quite adequate for our needs for the five day stay. It had a well appointed kitchen, a spacious bathroom and three bedrooms. The lounge room was on the small side, but this was an advantage for us. Each evening we would all gather in the small room hovering over the little heater that struggled to keep us warm. This is the only gripe we had about the house.
During our trip down to Robe the weather was bitterly cold with wild wind and frequent showers. The following four days were still cool but much nicer with long sunny periods. The sun didn’t penetrate the house however, so each evening was a challenge to keep warm. I’d imagine that this cottage would be perfect in warmer weather, and that is when most visitors come to seaside towns like Robe.
The Salt House had two major plus factors. It was only a two minute walk to the main street of the town. This meant we were able to walk almost everywhere – the beach, shops, supermarket, newsagent, art galleries and restaurants. The shopping area is quite small, typical of so many small Australian country towns.
Another big plus for the house was the back yard. Fully enclosed with a good fence and mostly under pavers and lawn, it is ideal for young children (or pets, which are allowed). This area would be very relaxing in the warmer months. Unfortunately we got very little use out of this wonderful back yard.
I’ll write more about our holiday in coming days, so stay tuned.