Frequently Asked Questions

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When can I check in?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM onwards. We recommend that guests plan to arrive during daylight hours. If you have a special request regarding check-in, please contact this site manager at least 72 hours before arrival.

What is the check-out time?

Check out this by 11:00 AM. This allows housekeeping to come to service Cowrie Retreat. If you have a special request regarding checkout, please get in touch with the site manager no less than 72 hours before arrival.

Can we bring children?

Given the design, luxury furnishing and types of exclusive experiences available at Cowrie Retreat, it is an adult-only accommodation.

Can I bring pets?

Cowrie Retreat is situated on the primary dune and has no fencing. Pets are strictly prohibited for their own safety and the safety of native wildlife.

How do I check availability?

You can easily check by going to “Book Now” and clicking on the show availability icon. Available dates will be displayed.

How long does it take to get to Cowrie Retreat?

It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive from Adelaide CBD.

Where can I buy groceries?

In Normanville and Yankalilla. Most guests pass through Yankalilla, and we recommend stopping at Drakes for groceries and Yankalilla Bakers for bread and treats. There is a Romeo’s Foodland in Normanville.

Can I self-cater?

Yes, you can, and in fact, most of our guests do self-cater. The well-equipped kitchen provides everything needed for self-catering, and the pantry is well-stocked. Alternatively, you can order platters and pre-prepared meals or have a dinner party catered at the retreat by our preferred caterers listed under Dining and Wineries.

Normanville is 5 minutes away with numerous restaurants; our favourites are One Little Sister, Aqua Café (Beachside) and Fork Tree Brewing (Carrickalinga) 

Can I bring more than eight people?

Cowrie Retreat is an award-winning house professionally designed by Troppo Architects and beautifully appointed to accommodate up to 8 guests. Camping on the property is prohibited, as are motor homes and caravans.