Cafe Cottage, our largest
Café is a large cottage with 4 bedrooms: 3 king-bed bedrooms, a king-bed loft, a lounge room with sofa bed, dining area, catering kitchen and bathrooms. It can be the perfect romantic in-the-bush retreat for a couple or it can be the hub for a large family get-together. It is good for sleeping more than 9 people and its kitchen is capable of handling up to 120 people. It is so comfortable and has such flexibility you may need to read everything below to decide how it can best suit your needs.
"We stayed... at the beautiful Cafe Cottage whilst on a Retreat.....we painted and wrote, inspired by the beautiful surrounds. A slice of heaven!" Cathy, Theresa and Sharyn, Sydney
When booked in association with our adjacent Cockatoo celebration space Cafe provides the commercial-standard kitchen and socialising/serving-space necessary to cater for large groups. However if it is booked alone note that the adjacent Cockatoo Room may well be let to another party. That is not a problem. the two buildings and their verandas are private and separated from each other by a breezeway. See Cafe/Cockatoo Floor Plan - Pdf 105Kb for more info. If complete seclusion is an absolute imperative for you then Chef's Cottage could be a better choice.
Cafe Cottage has a commercial-standard kitchen containing plenty of space for hired help, friends or helpers while preparing food. Equipment includes domestic and commercial LPG stoves, a freezer, 2 X refrigerators, domestic and commercial dishwashers, microwave, salamander, urn, kettle and toaster. There is sufficient cookware, crockery,cutlery and glassware to serve 120 people.
For families and small groups there is a dining table with 10 dining chairs. With lounge furniture removed to the veranda and tables put in their place, 20 diners can be comfortably seated inside. A party of more than 20 seated diners could be also be accommodated on the Cafe veranda alone. There is a large hooded BBQ on the veranda.
The Cafe Cottage lounge contains a queen sofa-bed, armchairs, a large coffee table, a CD player/tuner/iPod dock, TV (free-to-air only)/DVD player and a pot belly stove. The room can seat 10-12.
For sleeping there are two king bedrooms downstairs and one upstairs. Our king beds can all be unzipped into singles. A third sleeping position can be added as a foldup bed in the upstairs king bedroom. King single foldup beds in the adjacent loft room are often put together to form a king double. In fact there is sufficient loft space for a third sleeper if required. The lounge room has a queen sized sofa lounge-bed. A single fold-up bed can also be placed in a space that adjoins the dining table.
Bathroom facilities consist of a downstairs shower and hand-basin room separate from an adjacent (flushing) toilet room. These facilities are adjacent to the downstairs king bedrooms making these rooms suitable for mobility impaired people. An Australian-standard handicapped flushing toilet and shower is accessible from the shared-access (with Cockatoo Room) foyer. There is also a (composting) toilet outdoors and a common laundry room outside the back door. There is no upstairs bathroom.
Café Cottage has a gas BBQ on the veranda, large lawns and garden nooks that provide additional entertainment or retreat space. There is a secluded outdoor claw-foot bath (hot and cold water) to laze in and enjoy the bush while bathing. The cottage is beautiful, rustic and very comfortable. While Cafe Cottage sounds grand and can cater for largish groups, it truly is also an ideal enjoyable and spacious holiday retreat for 1-2 couples. We know, because we happily lived there before we built our house by the dam and renovated it.