Are you sick of the city life? How about you head to a genuine outback, sheep grazing & wool growing property?
Portee has been a sheep grazing property since 1841 and was once the largest pastoral property in the Adelaide area. It is next to the Moorunde sand bar which meant it was part of unloading and carrying vessels and freight over the sand bar at times of low tide or river flow.
The homestead was built in 1873 on the wetlands of the Murray River floodplain. It was the second homestead for the property. The first one, which was on the western bank, was destroyed by the flood of 1870. Its ruins remain however. The setting now allows guests to enjoy the birdlife around the river.
Portee is well-known to South Australians as a place to get away from the city and many either go there for a hands-on visit or to enjoy a stay of total relaxation. Even those intent on the latter tend to get caught up in farm life and end up joining in with the work.
When Ian and Sue Clark purchased Portee Station 15 years ago it was seriously overgrazed and the buildings were totally derelict. They soon rebuilt the homestead and shearers' quarters and set about developing the property to thrive once again.
Along with everyone else, they have suffered from the drought and were down to just 2000 sheep. Accommodating visitors has helped them survive the hard times.
Up to 18 people can stay at Portee. There are four rooms with a queen and single room, two queen rooms and two rooms with two single beds. Every room has an ensuite, phone, reverse cycle air conditioning and electric blankets.
The rooms are the original rooms of the homestead, and each is different in shape and size. They all stem off a main corridor.
The kitchen is modern with all facilities and the dining room is cooled in summer and has an open log fire for winter. Meals are taken in the dining room, but can be served on the lawns or verandah if preferred. Breakfast is full hot or cold, lunch is picnic style and dinner is three courses. The station is fully licensed and has a wide range of South Australian wines.