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The Cove
The Cove

The Cove

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Denmark began in 1895 as a timber town and had a growth boost in the early 1920s thanks to the Group Settlement Scheme, designed to provide work for returned WWI servicemen.

After WWII, dairy farms gave way to cattle growing and that again boosted the region's income. From that, tourism grew and Denmark found its place on the map.

It is a place of beauty and natural environment where winemakers and craftspeople create and sell their wares. Since 1984, population has grown at an average of four percent a year.

On 24 hectares of native karri, tingle and jarrah forest on the edge of the Wilson Inlet sits The Cove. The original owners purchased the land in 1965 and began construction of the A-frame which functioned as a communal living space. Building began on the workshop complex for woodwork, metalwork and pottery. Settler's Pine, the woodwork business, grew thanks to salvaged material left by 1978's Cyclone Alby.

Owners Ilya and Susanne Cenin cut the timber used in the other buildings at the mill on the property, and glass has been cleverly used. The chalets are comfortable year-round — glass fronted log fires are so cosy in winter.

The original A-frame is an informal and flexible open plan building which sleeps up to 20 with one private and five semi-private sleeping area. It has a seven metre dining table and large open fire. There are two bathrooms, one with full disabled access shower and toilet.

Karri and Tingle Chalets are suitable for couples and families. They are two-storey with one bedroom upstairs and one down. Ziplock mattresses give flexibility as to the size of beds needed. Linen is included and there is a full size gas stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, CD player, log fire, washing machine, cot, high chair, barbecue, games and books.

The Sanctum is for two adults and its open plan incorporated bedroom, lounge, kitchen and dining. The bathroom is a step across a breezeway with a shower built against a granite boulder and karri tree. Linen is included, a gas cook top, microwave/convection oven, kettle, toaster, CD player, electric blanket, barbecue and log fire.

Jarrah Chalet sleeps up to 12. The two storey building has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a large open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge area which is central to the bedrooms. It has an extensive covered timber deck looking through the forest canopy. Linen is included, there is a fully equipped kitchen with large gas stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, barbecue, childproofing for the stairs and fireplace, CD player, books and games.

There are bushwalking trails rambling along the water's edge, to the crown of Weedon Hill, Honeymoon Island, the ospreys' nest and the Magic Circle. Boat owners can use a direct inlet access for their own vessels.

More than 50 species of birds have been identified in the area, and there is a good variety of sightseeing attractions, wining and dining and the ocean beach for swimming, surfing and fishing.


Denmark, five hours south-east of Perth.


The Cove's rooms start at $115 a couple a night.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

The Cove
Lot 744 Payne Road
Denmark 6333
Ph: (08) 9848 1770

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