Jimmy Smith’s Dairy: A luxury Getaway in Port Elliot


Jimmy Smith’s Dairy: A luxury Getaway in Port Elliot

Long before Jimmy Smiths Dairy became the luxury masterpiece it is today, local legend Jimmy Smith ran his cows on the property. And while Jimmy did not need the modern luxuries you will find here today, we’re sure he would be proud of his humble property’s transformation.

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Robyn and Noel have owned 263 Waterport Road for over three decades. Noel, a city kid keen on the country, and Robyn, a country girl with eyes for the city, found their compromise, buying the property, house, decaying dairy and big red shed package at the foothills of Port Elliot. They raised their four boys, two dogs and Bob the sheep here, while through the years upgrading everything – except Jimmy Smith’s former dairy.

With the boys all grown up and scattered across the globe, the time came to make good on a plan they had been hatching for years. Jimmy Smith’s old dairy was transformed into what Port Elliot and the Fleurieu Peninsula was missing; a truly regenerative luxury retreat: Jimmy Smiths Dairy.

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Noel and Robyn enlisted the expertise of Amy Grundy – a former Fleurieu girl herself and owner of Studio AKA architectural firm – to design the building. It was important for all three that Jimmy Smith’s Dairy retained the essence of Jimmy’s original dairy, right down to the kitchen’s original colour scheme. A local construction firm was chosen for the build, with Noel and Amy keeping a close on on progress.

Noel is a man of many talents, having his own furniture making business and specialising in one off, modern bespoke pieces. He turned his skills to the construction of Jimmy Smith’s Dairy, taking on the task of stone work, flooring, kitchen building, painting, paving, landscaping, furniture making and much more.
Robyn’s involvement is in everything interior. She is the reason you sleep on the best quality, hand ironed, organic sheets and why the open-plan living space breathes absolute peace.
The connection and detail in Jimmy Smith’s Dairy is astounding. From the original kitchen colour scheme, to the red brick paved carport matching Noel’s factory – the pavers an original part of the shed; no detail in was spared deliberation.

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Noel’s custom furniture factory stands across the paddock. It’s more than just a furniture making factory; it’s a red brick, wooden rafter shed which formerly housed Syd Wilmot’s surfboard business. It has hosted several AFL grand finals – a high point being the Adelaide Crows 97/98 wins. The after parties would carry on for days. It spent many years as an indoor skatepark – constructed by the boys, with Noel’s help and materials. It’s a storage container for friend’s and family’s “junk”. A retreat. A gym. A cricket and golf training centre. A local art museum. But above all, it’s an inspiring, creative space.
You are more than welcome to take a look through The Shed. Just ask Noel during your visit and he will walk you through the dusty history.

Once the neglected corner of this property, Jimmy Smiths Dairy is now a jewel in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s crown. Jimmy Smith’s Dairy is a prefect location to stay and see the best of South Australian tourism. Kangaroo Island, McLaren Vale, Willunga, Yankalilla, Goolwa, Middleton, Port Elliot, Victor Harbor, Encounter Bay and Adelaide are right here.

Enjoy a round of golf at Victor Harbor Golf Club or McCracken Country Club. Visit the local breweries and wineries for a tasting or many. Tempt yourself at the Goolwa markets or Victor Harbor markets. Go whale watching from the cliffs of Chiton Beach. Eat and swim at Horseshoe Bay. Wander the boutique streets of our seascape towns. Or simply sit on the deck and enjoy the serenity and seclusion provided by Jimmy Smiths Dairy.

Whatever your reason is for visiting Port Elliot, we know that Jimmy Smith’s Dairy is the perfect location for you.

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