About us

bottles in the light

November, 1986. We were on a camping holiday with our two small children, and planned only to stop in Port Fairy overnight on our way further west. It was hot and the children were begging for a swim. We had no idea how the charm of this little town would work its magic on us.

We never got further west, spending the remainder of our holiday in Port Fairy exploring with our children, then two and four. Hunting for fairies, playing on the beach, chatting to shop owners and making pyjama-clad expeditions to Griffith Island at dusk to experience the mutton birds returning home. On our last day we attended the auction of the little cottage at the end of William St, curious to see what lay behind the dollhouse-like façade. The rest is history.

We live a good five hours drive from Port Fairy on the Mornington Peninsula but were familiar with cottage accommodation in Tasmania. Even though this concept hadn’t yet hit the mainland, we felt No.1 was perfect. It wouldn’t be the usual holiday house sitting empty and unused, and was a way we could share this special little place with others.

We took our first paying guests in February 1987 and twenty seven years later we are still inviting guests to stay at No.1. From the days when guests brought their own bed linen and towels to today’s era of internet booking, the cottage and business have changed alongside guest expectation. We still get enormous pleasure from the comments in our guest book which indicate we are still achieving what we aim for.

Our children are now grown up but still enjoy their visits to No.1.

They work in hospitality and tourism and both have a strong respect for living history.  We believe their time at Port Fairy and at No.1 is part of what made them who they are. Our daughter, Jess, is a also a photographer took all the photos for this site (jessgibbsphotography.com).

“A lovely stay in the home of my great great grandparents. We have four generations here … We all love the house and felt comfortable as soon as we arrived. Love all the extras that make the house so easy to be in. We came for a funeral and thought our connection with port Fairy was over, however it will live on in this very special home.”
July 09