Situated on the quieter more intimate end of Bruny Island this charming, eclectic beach house was built with an artists eye using many recycled materials . It is a relaxed, romantic, light filled sea side home and peaceful retreat.
Perched amidst the privacy of the tree tops, wander down thru its rambling bush garden and cross the road onto a gorgeous gentle swimming beach.
The panoramic outlook and wonderful water views invite you to sit back, unwind and watch the clouds roll by.
This lovely sea side home set in a coastal bush garden at Dennes Point offers relaxation, peace and comfort, with wonderful all round views, expansive sunny decks and great access to the beach, walks and swimming just a stones throw away.
Cloud garden has a timeless quality, owner- built by an artist using a mix of new and recycled materials and fitted out with interesting finds , paintings and a few old world treasures. It has a few quirks and plenty of character but most of all it has a lovely feeling.
The large open plan living space has vaulted ceilings, a wood fire heater that amply heats the whole space, a grand old chandelier that twinkles above the dining table, french doors leading into a separate bedroom, a spacious bathroom and separate laundry.
There are two decks. A large north facing deck has oversized chairs where you can curl up with a book, as well as a BBQ and a dining table with views across the water. From here you may also spot an array of native birds and the occasional wallaby, quoll and resident echidna that regularly visit the rambling bush garden . The smaller west facing deck is a great place to catch in the late afternoon sun , enjoy arvo tea or an evening drink and watch the sunset across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
The home made ( but very well equip) kitchen has ample prep space, a good sized fridge for all your supplies and Champagne glasses - the essentials in life!
Ideally suited for couples, small families , solo travelers or friends traveling together Cloud garden has two beds- a double and a single , both with comfortable, supportive mattresses. The sheets may not necessarily match,in fact very little matches in this house, but all fresh 100% cotton linens are supplied along with some nice feather pillows. There are mosquito nets above the beds and wire screens on windows where the sound of gentle lapping waves flow in on a warm summers night.
Cloud Garden also has a washing machine, TV/ DVD, CD player, books, DVDs, straw hats, wet-suits, fishing bucket/ oyster knife, day pack, thermos etc... all the homey touches of a well loved beach house that you are welcome to use during your stay.
As a relatively recent build Cloud Garden is extremely ergonomic, very well insulated and solar passive . Winter sun fills the main living area for most of the day but less so in summer because of the overhanging eaves. In the summer months there are shade blinds for the decks , a large ceiling fan in the central living space and most often a sea breeze will flow through the house.
Cloud Garden has solar panels, rainwater tanks, compost bins and we aim to recycle, re-use and repurposed as much as possible. Like all homes on this island, Cloud garden relies solely on the heavens for its water supply. Our rainwater is pure, clean and excellent for drinking but also finite so I would be most grateful if guests are mindful of this precious resource and are water wise during their stay.
The combination of wonderful views, sense of peace and tranquility, access to the water, personal touches , individual character and beautiful surrounding environment make it a special place to spend time.
Sorry no WiFi but we get excellent mobile reception( we are not in one of the island's black spots*) .
* Good reception with Telstra and Optus networks. Things may have changed but when a friend visited a couple of years ago she got no reception at all, on any part of Bruny with Vodaphone network!.
If you make your way down through the bush garden path you will cross the road onto a lovely swimming beach ( child friendly) which is also great for kayaking and snorkeling around the rocks.
There are several other nice beaches within walking distance.
Head north along the beach front and in 5-6 minutes you will see steps leading up to the local café and gallery (The Jetty Cafe) that keeps seasonal hours so check the website. It serves espresso coffee, breakfast and lunch. You can book for Friday night fish and chips and it has some very basic supplies such as milk and newspapers.
If you keep walking an extra minute you will see our local jetty where you can fish for squid or flat-head . You will find a fishing bucket and rod in the laundry, oyster knife and fish scale tool in the kitchen (BYO own squid jig).
If you keep walking another couple of minutes north along the beach you will see a gate leading into a paddock (it’s okay to enter) and follow the path and history trail signs . Make your way around the tip of the island to ocean cliffs on the eastern side of the island (wonderful at sunrise!). Suggest you wear long pants walking through this grassy area in the summer months.
Alternatively you can head south at the bottom of Cloud garden : turn left and walk along the beach front road or around the rocks at low tide and you will reach the very beautiful Nebraska beach- an exceptionally long beach dotted with Shacks, where there are sandstone caves at its southernmost end ( this is a good 40 minute walk there and back) . You might find a few oysters on the rocks at low tide.
Further afield- Beyond Dennes Point
North Bruny is the less touristic end of the island, so it is generally quieter, and many travelers prefer this, but it can also serve as a good base for exploring the rest of Bruny Island. Jump in the car and head around the point along Killora Road to cruise around the back roads of nearby Barnes Bay.
OR for a longer outing, head to the South Island along Main Road back to the Dennes point turn off, and turn left . You will pass an Oyster Bar ‘Get Shucked’ at Great Bay (they make a good Bloody Mary). Bruny Island Honey supplies are located on your way to The Neck. Climb the stairs at the Neck for a spectacular lookout over north and south Bruny.
There are many lovely day walks in the national parks (through bush, rain forest and coastal trails) on South Bruny Island. I recommend Cape Queen Elizabeth at low tide or Fluted Cape (steeper but spectacular).
* Feel free to borrow the Thermos under the kitchen sink and the small back pack in the laundry for your excursions.
There is a good surf beach for swimming at Adventure Bay. There is a surf break at Cloudy Bay but be prepared to be fully wet suited and it is best suited to experienced surfers. The lighthouse on South Bruny is quite a drive but there can be spectacular sunsets in winter around 4.30pm with snow-capped mountains in the distance on a clear evening.
On South Bruny there are several tourist facilities if you feel like a bit more worldlier interaction. There is a pub, shop, pharmacy and health center at Alonnaha and a winery further south. Pennicott Wilderness boat tours ( need to book ) , a chocolate factory and tiny local museum are in the vicinity of Adventure Bay where you will also find a well-stocked general store with take away food and petrol pump.
Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia