0439 313 020 lee.windram@bigpond.com

Message from the Owner

As the new owner and custodian of the premier Second Valley Settler Cottages Self-Catering Tourist Accommodation on the Fleurieu Peninsula since early 2014, I wish you an enjoyable stay and a pleasantly memorable experience here at ‘Second Valley Settler Cottages’.

As the new owner and custodian of the Second Valley Settler Cottages Self-Catering Tourist Accommodation here on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia since early 2014, I wish you an enjoyable stay and a pleasantly memorable experience.

The first stage of enhancements of what was previously called ‘The Mill Cottages’ has happened. It was a significant ‘freshening’ throughout and addition of several extra features. These included building of the Courtyard deck/gazebo/outside cooking area, self-catering provisions in the larger Suites, double party-doors, four other external seating areas and many extra guest facilities.

With much assistance regarding bookings, guest-preparation and from many good trades-people, we are still improving on some details and will always continue to do so.

The intent is to maintain a good standard of reasonably-priced accommodation and to share this unique historic precinct, so everyone enjoys the experience.

Thus, regarding standard, we seek as a team to provide at least a ‘3 Star-plus level’ at this character historic facility i.e. aiming not for ‘excellence’ (which costs much more to provide!) but rather to give a ‘more than reasonable’ encounter.

Although marketing for ‘3 Star-plus’ as right for The Cottages, we certainly aim to give ‘5 out-of 5’ re value-for-money!

I guarantee we will try hard to achieve that.

The location has a special significance for my family. In February 1839, little Amy Mills with family arrived on the ‘Resource’. Then in 1848, young  Thomas Messenger arrived on the ‘David Malcolm’. They later married, in 1852, and became my great-grandparents and later had connection with the Yankallila district. Their headstone is at Yankalilla cemetery.

In September 1839, Corporal Henry Ide with wife Mary, my great – grandparents on my mother’s side, arrived on the ‘Recovery’.

Henry was part of Captain Frome’s contingent of five surveyors, arriving to plot the lands of our state further – after Colonel Light’s initial work.

Henry was actually the first to survey the area here, from Inman Valley to Cape Jervis, late in 1839. On another expedition, Henry journeyed north with Capt. Frome to explore the Flinders Ranges area, where Mt. Ide was named after our ancestor. What adventures Colonists would have had!

Thus our first family members would have been amongst the initial 10,000 Colonists to establish South Australia. How things have changed since their arrival – and that of Alexander Florence, the first land-owner of this site, who fathered 16 children here!

Regardless of that, with Australia’s short 200+ history since white settlement, I believe that heritage such as you are now experiencing deserves to be preserved and appreciated. Further, I feel that the key historic sites of ‘Randalsea’ should be clearly identified, their history shown and their owners encouraged to preserve them.

So please enjoy ‘The Cottages’ and we hope to see you here again.


Ken Messenger
For The Messenger Family


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We believe that Australia's heritage, such as you can experience at Second Valley Settler Cottages deserves to be preserved, enjoyed and appreciated. Come to Second Valley and experience the wonders of the Fleurieu Peninsula and beyond.

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Phone: Lee 0439 313 020

Email: lee.windram@bigpond.com