About This Listing
The Artists Cottage is the perfect romantic retreat to laze away your holiday. Voted by Grazia as the 'best summer escape', featured in magazines internationally - it suits those who want a more inspired, stylish and relaxed holiday.
The Port Douglas Artist’s Cottage is a unique and affordable holiday rental in the heart of the seaside village of Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, Australia.
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage is spacious, contemporary, eclectic and fully self contained. The cottages has been designed to capture the essence of the tropics and your imagination - it is like stepping into a work of art. If the conventional and bland is not your style in holiday rentals, come and stay at the cottage. It offers a one of a kind experience in Port Douglas
The cottage is owned by artist, Tina Gonsalves and chef, Matthew Wild who have been based in Port Douglas for many years, and are extremely familiar with the region and its diverse tours and attractions.
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage is a spacious, open, tropical-styled cottage featuring classical Queensland architecture, set against luscious gardens and looking outwards to towering paperbark eucalyptus. The cottage is a standalone structure tucked away in the local residential block of "Full Moon Terraces", both quiet and secluded. Situated on the second story (with garage and storage below), it takes full advantage of the breeze and light.
The Port Douglas Artist's Cottage comprises of one large comfortable bedroom with private verandah, fully contained kitchen, large bathroom and laundry, living room and indoor dining, leading to french doors opening to tropical outdoor dining area. On ground level there is deck with a setting for four, to enjoy the colourful gardens. The tropical landscaping and sparkling pool, the cottages finds the perfect balance between comfort, and cool artistic contemporary style.The size of the apartment is 98 square metres, and its known as the largest one bedroom unit in Port Douglas.
The large bedroom has a queensize bed, with french doors opening onto verandah with 3 seater couch. There is a large built in robe, drawers, television and DVD player. On most nights the verandah doors are left open, for the fresh seabreeze to cool off. Their are also a ceiling fan and air-conditioning.The cottage also is filled with timber louvres providing further airflow. The airflow is essential both for cooling and keeping the insects away.
Next to the bedroom is a large bathroom, with bath/shower. The walls are filled with mirrors collected over the region. The laundry has a washing machine, dryer and sink.
A hall way leads to the open plan living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen has a 4 burner hot plate, oven, quality china, cutlery, glassware, saucepans and fridge and freezer. The living room has a large modular couch (can be slept on) with TV. French doors open to verandah for tropical outdoor dining, with a setting for four people.
Downstairs, on ground level is a deck with small pond and sitting area for four. Filled with colourful tropical plants and vines. 20 metres away from the cottage is the pool, with area for lazing about in the sun.
150 low season
185 per night high season
The Artist's Cottage was just as we'd hope it would be from the listing. We wanted to stay somewhere that was homely and welcoming enough to want to spend time there and this was very much the case. Our hope was for a lazy holiday, taking things very easy and enjoying some free time and this is what we got. We felt as though we were living in Port Douglas not just staying somewhere on holiday. The Cottage is very comfortable and we particularly enjoyed the fresh breeze through shutters, especially when lying in bed. We had a fantastic time and would certainly stay at the Cottage again when we get time to get back to Port. Thanks Tina and Matt for a great holiday.
We loved Artists Cottage! Large apt. open windows on all four sides. The whole top floor above garage/storage units so you don't share any walls. Two lovely balconies either side. Watch the fruit bats at sunset fly through the trees to wherever they go--amazing! The apt is located at the very back of a small complex (10) of smaller units. There is a lot of privacy. Lovely well maintained grounds, beautiful foliage all around. There is a refreshing salt water pool. I could float on my back at night and see the (for me) upside down stars.
At first I was concerned at seeing all the luscious green foliage that the mosquitoes would be out in droves and I would have to slather in deet but the grounds are treated so that was not a problem and we could have all the louvered windows open with the fans whirling all night (do bring deet for your rainforest journeys, though, such as to Daintree).
The apt is large and has everything you might need. And, the kitchen has SHARP KNIVES! Plural! I rent a lot of places, and Tina's is the first place ever I have been to that is equipped with sharp chefs knives as well as those fun little brightly colored pairing knives. There's a large L shaped couch with lots of comfy pillows as well as extra chairs around to provide different places to sit. The front balcony, where we spent a lot of time, has a little couch as well as a table and chairs (watch the bats from this vantage point) and a grill. The bed was fine for me, but too soft for hubby (he likes a firm bed).
Tina is an excellent communicator, from the initial contact seven months before the rental time, all the way through to when the cyclone hit Port Douglas! She was traveling in Asia when we were in PD so we didn't get to meet her, but she had heard there was a cyclone and emailed to ask if we were OK. We actually loved the cyclone, cooled everything down so we could walk a long way during the day, and enjoyed the wind and the pouring rains. We had been warned the weather was coming so fortunately did our dive trip to the reef with Quicksilver (loved them) before the rains hit. Tina has Mia nearby to help with anything we might need. Tina always answers email promptly and is generous with suggestions and advice, as well as a lovely person to deal with.
We stayed at the cottage for a week and were sorry to have to leave. We enjoyed the short walk into town, it was great to not be in the hotel area. Tina has an information booklet with many suggestions of things to do as well as the local restaurants and stores.
I would not hesitate one second to book Artists Cottage. What a joyful respite.
We had a wonderful time staying at the Artist's Cottage. It was the perfect location in Port Douglas, with only a short walk to the main street and four mile beach. The apartment was very spacious and comfortable, not to mention filled with character. Tina was exceptionally helpful and provided a lot of information about the area.
We had the most exquisite stay at Tina and Matt's apartment. What a stunner. We loved the quirky, artistic interior and the size of it was amazing - huge for a one bedroom. It was perfect for our toddler, too, with toys available for him to enjoy. The dual balconies meant we could have the space open to the elements and it really felt like we were soaking up the warm breezes of a spring/summer - a great defrost coming from cold Melbourne! Matt and Tina were available when I foolishly locked myself out of the house, coming to the rescue quickly! The neighbours were also friendly and welcoming.
Access to the beach was easy, as was the walk into the main part of town.
It really was such a privilege to stay, and I'd rush to book it again when we next head to Port Douglas.
This cottage exceeded my expectations. We truly loved the space and felt very much at home. The cottage was a few streets away from the main drag of town, tho this was good as it was a little get away from our get away. The cross ventilation throughout the house meant we didn't even need the aircon, tho the facility was there to use if wanted. We have 2 little toddlers with us as well and there was plenty of room for all of us. There were kids toys that entertained them for hours. We ended up cooking there every night instead of eating out. I highly recommend staying here.
Such a great place to stay! It really was a home away from home. The welcome booklet was full of very useful local information and telephone numbers, the cottage is fully equipped, and we really loved it's location walking distance to town and Four Mile Beach. The Cottage is highly recommended!! Thanks so much Tina!!
The Artist's Cottage is wonderful. Location is great - just a short walk to the beach or into town. The apartment it self is fabulous, beautifully maintained and thoughtfully stocked with everything you might need for a brilliant holiday. All in all, the perfect place to chill out.
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About the Host, Tina
We love airbnb - We travel the world staying in airbnb apartments, so we know what makes a great holiday rental, so you will love to stay in our abodes. I am an artist. My husband, Matthew Wild is a chef. Our son, Pablo Wild is seven and sees the world as his home. Our baby, Hugo is loving the adventures. We travel a lot, but when we are not, we live between Beautiful Port Douglas, amazing Berlin and the fascinating world.