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Thank you to our previous guests for their feedback:


"Pristine accommodation" We have stayed in a few of the Encounter Holiday Properties and have been so impressed by the level of cleanliness and thoughtfulness sought after by the lovely owners. They are always friendly and always at the other end of the phone and nothing is too hard. Linen is always fresh, kitchens are always spotless and very well set up right down to dinner settings and champagne glasses! There is always a supply of necessities on hand to get you started (i.e. soaps, wash powder, detergent, dish washer tablets) so it is a very easy move in process. Nautilus is no exception and has very good heating - very cool nights in June! Beautifully furnished and so well maintained. We walked to the beach each day for morning coffee at Flying Fish Cafe and in the evenings walked to the Hotel Elliot on the Strand for dinner and drinks. Great location right in the middle of town. The kids loved having downstairs to themselves and using the billiard table. My choice for Port Elliot stays is definitely Nautilus or any of the other Encounter Holiday properties. We have already booked our next stay! Rachel and family SA.

Long weekend stay: "My family and I enjoyed a long weekend recently at Port Elliot.  We found Nautilus to be beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean and in a great location.  Just & a very short walk, to the beach, Flying Fish cafe, bakery, shops and hotels.  We would highly recommend Nautilus to anyone looking to be spoilt & enjoying a stress free holiday." The A Family SA.

"A well situated comfortable property." The property met all of our expectations as a venue for an extended family holiday. It was clean well maintained and resourced lacking nothing in regards to comfort. A quieter destination than nearby Victor Harbor and Goolwa we would recommend the property to people requiring a larger venue for a holiday. The J Family SA and TAS.   



�Exceeding Our Expectations�!

From the moment we made our booking through to our wonderful holiday at Beachcomber, Port Elliot, our expectations were more than exceeded.

Owners of Encounter Holiday Rentals, Wendy and Philip, were an absolute delight - friendly, caring and clearly passionate about their holiday rentals. Wendys experience with guests requirements quickly allowed her to assess mine and she recommended the ideal house for us at Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot. Helpful documentation all the way through answered every query and Philip was always as close as a phone call away should help be needed.

The highlight was to open the door of this delightful two storey house and find it spotlessly clean, fluffy white towels, quality linen, sets of crockery and saucepans, (none chipped or scratched) and everything in top working order eg TV and DVD Players (yes - upstairs as well as downstairs), air-con, overhead fans, toaster, jug, games/Videos for that rainy day we didnt have etc. They had thought of everything - helpful compendiums of inventory and guidance for all equipment in the house.

There was nothing to do except unpack (loads of cupboard space/hangers) and enjoy the tranquillity of the blue/green interior decor which mirrored the azure sea across the road beckoning us for a swim. Topped off with breakfast on the balcony watching the sunrise over the ocean, glorious clifftop walks, great places to eat just minutes away and shopping for unique Christmas gifts in Port Elliot and close by Victor Harbour and Goolwa - and the weekend markets too - what a treat!

Thank you Wendy and Philip for a truly fabulous stay and your thoughtful follow up correspondence on our return - we look forward to returning next year.

PS One recommendation to potential guests - bring your binoculars - the ocean is alive with fascinating things to watch from the balcony - dolphins, schools of fish and whales when migrating. Sylvia and Guests SA.

” This is THE place to stay in Port Elliot!

Port Elliot Beachcomber was a superb place to stay. Wendy and Phillip are exceptional hosts. The location is opposite Horseshoe Bay, just a walk across the street and you are there. The water views from the verandah at the Beachcomber are even better than in the photos show. The accommodation itself was very clean, tidy and comfortable. Even if the weather turns to rain, you can still sit on the verandah and just watch the waves roll in. 100% happy with everything. There was nothing to fault with my stay at Port Elliot Beachcomber”.  Raimunda, Australia.

Stunning property with excellent views ★★★★★

Beachcomber is a fantastic house with super location overlooking Horseshoe bay. It is very well maintained with everything you could need for your stay. perfect for two couples with 2 bathrooms one upstairs and one down, also third bedroom so comfortably sleeps 6.  We hope to stay again.
I would recommend Beachcomber, it is perfectly situated close to centre of Port Elliot as well as the beach. The bakery is great too !! Maureen SA.

Dear Philip Thank you for the opportunity to stay in your superb property, Beachcomber, it was very enjoyable and so pleasant to go to a place so clean and well presented. You present your properties to a very high standard which is appreciated. Thank you regards Graham. SA.

Dear Philip and Wendy Enjoyed our stay at Beachcomber immensely. Accommodation was excellent, service was faultless. Highly recommended. rating 5/5 Many Thanks Phillip T . SA.

Dear Wendy We had a fantastic time in Port Elliot, loved Beachcomber, will be recommending it to our friends and will be back sometime. We were particularly impressed with the condition and quality of everything in the house - how rare to find a beach house with good quality, sharp knives! The little things sometimes make the best impressions. Thanks again. We look forward to our next visit and will ensure that we book early. Jamie, Melbourne Vic.

OMG! Can't believe our eyes! We planned the day to go whale watching (with amazement and delight), when having breakfast on the balcony at Beachcomber , there in the Bay were two whales! We watched them for a while "Fantastic" (and we didn't have to go far). We loved the house and loved the area, we plan to return one day. The Green family x 5.      


Tradewinds - you'll love it ★★★★★

Tradewinds is a great property. Location brilliant, 5 minute walk to Horseshoe Bay or the shops - so central. Our family of 5 was extremely comfortable with a lot of room and 3 living areas - upstairs dining and living, downstairs tv area and pool table room. Perfectly clean with all the facilities you need for a great stay. The fact of not having to pack linen and towels (and high quality at that) - makes for a more easier holiday. Booking Tradewinds was easy, Wendy and Philip are extremely professional. We really appreciated the earlier check in too - thank you. Location tops it all off - no need to get in the car. Beds comfortable, benefited from having 2 dvd players, bbq easy, instructions available for appliances. Definitely recommend Tradewinds. We have booked for next summer. Sophie and family VIC.

Dear Wendy We most definitely enjoyed our holidays in Australia and especially at Encounter Holiday Rentals whilst staying in your area. We had the good fortune of visiting your beautiful towns when they had their pageant on the evening of 14th Dec. We had great fun! I must say your homes are among the best holiday 'apartments' we had ever stayed in while in Australia. We will definitely recommend to others to stay at your homes. Best Regards from us.

Tham KW and family, Singapore.

Hi Philip & Wendy I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful Easter break at Tradewinds. The home was amazing inside and out and furnished beautifully. We had a great stay and again would like to thank you both for making our Easter that more special. We were so sad to leave yesterday, as was Ollie!! Thank you again and I hope you both had a wonderful Easter as well. Belinda SA.

Tradewinds is a delightful beach house situated in very close proximity to Horseshoe Bay and the historic town of Port Elliot. The amenities provided in this luxurious beach house are of a very high standard and maintained in an excellent condition. Having recently stayed at Tradewinds I can highly recommend this property to persons wishing to spend time in the delightful town of Port Elliot. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the beautiful Horseshoe Bay and less than 10 minutes to the centre of the town itself. The standard of the beach house is 5 star, in impeccable condition with contemporary decor and a well equipped kitchen and laundry together with comfortable beds and quality linen. Having stayed in other Encounter Holiday Rentals during the past ten years, Tradewinds certainly maintains their very high standard. I have also found the owners to be courteous and very efficient in dealing with any queries or personal requirements we may have had. I unreservedly recommend this beach house to any forthcoming visitors to Port Elliot. Liz H SA.



Meridian....perfect accommodation and location!★★★★★

We have returned to Meridian many times, short and longer stays (all seasons), they have all been excellent. If you are looking for somewhere to relax, enjoy the views, short walking proximity to local shops/eateries/safe swimming, this is the place. Many easy walking trails in the area with stunning views of the sea/cliffs. Overlooking beautiful Knights Beach and Victor Harbor in the distance. Stunning sunsets & lights of Victor Harbor at night & can hear the crashing waves on the beach at night. We have always found Meridian to be very well maintained and spotlessly clean. Recently newly appointed kitchen has everything you need. Wendy and Philip are very helpful and always respond promptly to phone/email enquiries. We are looking forward to returning many more times in the future. Ian & Cindy SA 

Beautiful home.......exceptional views! We were very impressed by the Meridian. It was spotless and well maintained and the view overlooking the beach was absolutely breathtaking!! A prime location to enjoy a relaxing weekend away. The Meridian was close to shops, restaurants and the beach, we enjoyed beautiful days taking in the breeze off the beach from the upstairs balcony. Wendy and Phillp were very helpful in the lead up to our stay, making the booking process very easy. Overall a fantastic, relaxing getaway in the stunning Meridian! Thank you Wendy and Philip! 5 Stars. Frances SA.

Meridian, Beautiful house, with wonderful location. Walking distance to the Main Street of Pt. Elliot, Horseshoe Bay and across the road from beautiful Knights beach. Lovely view.  The house was beautifully fitted out with everything included that was needed. Bonus was to be able to bring our little dog, who also thoroughly enjoyed her holiday!  Caprice.

Philip and Wendy We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Meridian, very relaxing. We really appreciated just walking in and having everything prepared to make our stay stress free. All the finishing touches were great. 5/5. Karin. SA.

We had a wonderful time! Meridian is well equipped, and we loved the views and sunsets! We've stayed in similar places for about the same price,but this was like staying in a brand new house. Rina, The Netherlands.

Meridian has a wonderful view overlooking Knights and Boomer Beaches. The unit is very well appointed and maintained with all you need for a pleasurable and relaxing getaway. It was wonderful to be able to take our pets and have them accommodated for as well. Highly recommended. Janet SA.

We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Meridian. The unit was beautifully clean, bright and airy with a very holiday feel to it. It has great views of the ocean, and we loved the sound of the crashing waves. We will definitely come and stay again, for a longer break next time. A real bonus was being able to take our dog along, and include him in our holiday.  Sheena SA.

Philip and Wendy, Thank you for the advice before, the house was simply perfect! A special thank you! We also left some books in German, perhaps you will host some German speaking guests in the future? And we have also left you some flowers for you for our stay. Auf Wiedersehen! The and Otto P. Austria.



Hello Philip, Yes we enjoyed our stay at Neptune and would recommend it to anyone. It is a beautiful place to stay and well appointed with everything you need. The peace and quiet only punctuated by the waves crashing on the beach below.  Could have stayed another week!  Thank you, Howard & Clare.

Neptune is in an ideal location with beautiful views, 5 stars! We have stayed several times before and keep going back because of the ideal location, the superb views out to the ocean and the very clean, comfortable and well equipped accommodation provided. An excellent place to relax and unwind in walking distance to Horseshoe Bay. The service from the owners is always excellent and we would highly recommend this accommodation. We hope it won't be long before we're able to stay there again. Stuart, Betty and Julie

We stayed at Neptune for 3 nights recently with family from Ireland. Absolutely beautiful. Beautiful view and spotlessly clean. Walk to everywhere in Port Elliot, we enjoyed early morning walks along beaches and joined the early morning swimmers at Horseshoe Bay. Highly recommend and we will definitely return - often. Thanks very much Philip & Wendy. Bill SA.

Neptune was exactly what we needed, 5 stars!  It is an excellent town-house with a stunning view and balcony to enjoy it on.  Only steps to beach and a quick walk to shops at Port Elliot. Clean, easy parking and great helpful owners. Michelle SA.

Neptune, a great place to stay"  We found the Neptune holiday apartment a perfect to place to stay to get away from the normal busy life we lead. It is well appointed, and very close to the local beaches, a wonderful walk around the headland to Horseshoe Bay as well as the local shopping precinct. We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go; a real pleasure for us being able to leave the car behind under shelter. With great views of the ocean and being a little protected from the cold southerly winds, we will certainly keep this holiday accommodation in mind when next we take a break at Port Elliot. Rob H SA.

"Perfect Family Get Away on the Fleurieu" Encounter Holiday Rentals provide a home away from home in an idealic location. The properties are always well presented, maintained and comfortable for that family get away. We have been holidaying in these properties for the past 10 years and the owners Phillip and Wendy provide exceptional customer service and are always available to assist. We continually recommend their properties to our family and friends who wish to holiday in this area. We will be back soon to holiday in one of the lovely holiday homes available. Frank S SA.

"Home away from home in a sensational location." Neptune's location was even better than we'd expected. The views were amazing and ever-changing. We spent many relaxing hours soaking up the sights and sounds of the ocean, all from the comfort of our 'home away from home'. We love the 'feel' of Neptune - (it's a testament to the care you put into presenting your properties) - and its proximity to great walks, beaches and food. We can't wait for our next visit ! Helen A, SA.



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