Kookaburra Cottage, 3-4 bedrooms, our best with most features
Kookaburra Cottage located just off our entrance road, is larger, better appointed and more homely than all our other cottages. It has a beautiful view over the immediately adjacent dam. It has never been rated by AAA but if it was it would be higher than our regular 4-star cottages, probably rating between 4.5 and 5 stars. Property-wide wifi available but ADSL-based with limited bandwidth.
Kookaburra is timber-framed and clad in compressed earth bricks made on site. It is fully insulated and upstairs rooms are air-conditioned. Earth bricks are also featured inside, mainly for temperature moderation reasons. Like all of our cottages, exposed Australian hardwood timber is extensively featured and downstairs floors are all tiled. As part of our commitment to sustainability, toilets are composting ones. Drinking water is separate from shower and laundry water and kitchen waste systems are streamed to allow maximum recycling.
Condition: Please note that this cottage is not available for use by a child who is not supervised and is not an expert swimmer. This restriction is due to the adjacent unfenced very deep and opaque dam and the risk of a child falling in. Voluntary swimming in the dam by guests of any age is prohibited.
Kookaburra has 3 king-bed bedrooms and 1 small bedroom with singles. Each king bed can be divided into twins if required and the standard configuration singles in the smaller room can be made into a king. Two bedrooms are upstairs (sharing downstairs facilities) and one, with an optional ensuite, is downstairs. The smaller bedroom is downstairs. Upstairs bedrooms are large enough to add extra foldup beds and it is possible to use the lounge room for another 2 foldup beds. So 10 or more people can be comfortably accommodated.
Kookaburra has a spacious farmhouse-style kitchen containing an Emilia gas stove (with fan-forced oven) and, for winter, a Stanley wood stove with a water jacket (complementing a solar hot water heater). There is an internally/externally accessed fire-wood cupboard. Large bi-folding timber windows above the sink overlooking the vege garden give the kitchen an outdoor feel. The kitchen is stocked with every appliance an accomplished cook is likely to require as well as enough crockery/cutlery etc to serve 12. The island unit has stools for social food preparation. There is a large refrigerator/freezer. The dining area, adjacent to the kitchen contains a large timber dining table with comfortable seating for 10 people. There is a sound system for use with an Ipod or similar.
Contains a Moran chaise-longue that can sleep two singles if needed as well as comfortable chair seating. There is also a coffee table, 55cm Smart TV (bring your own dongle device) and DVD player. There is a free DVD library. The room also contains a Saxon wood heater that also has a wetback to heat water. The timber bifolding windows and verandah door overlooking the dam have curtains that can be warmly drawn during the winter.
Downstairs main bedroom
The main bedroom looks out over the verandah to the dam. It has a king sized bed (divisable into singles), bedside tables, a utility unit, a fan for summer and an oil-filled electric heater for casual winter room warming . It has a walk-in robe available for guest use, an ensuite toilet and shower that can be optionally made into a shared toilet and shower room.
Downstatirs small bedroom
This small bedroom (3m x 3m) contains 2 single beds that can be pushed together and configured by our staff as a king bed. The room contains bedside tables and lamps, clothes hanging facilities, a fan and a suitcase facility.
There are two bedrooms upstairs.They are carpeted and are air-conditioned by external split-cycle systems. The king beds can be unzipped by us to make two singles for guests if required. There is space, if required in one room to put in up to 2 foldup beds. The other room has less free floor space spacious but is comfortable. Both rooms can be used for study or work, each has a large timber desk-top sitting below large picture windows that overlook the dam.
Downstairs there is a bathroom with a bath and shower-over-bath separate from the toilet (composting). This is separate from the optional ensuite separately described. There is no bathroom or toilet upstairs.
The laundry has a large washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board. Clothes can be hung to dry on the rear washing line.
Kookaburra has verandas on three sides. The east verandah allows all-weather access from the 2-car carport to the house. The north verandah allows hip-high access to the vegetable garden. The kitchen bi-folding windows also overlook the garden.To the west there is a large tiled and adjoining over-dam timber veranda which is just great for relaxing or entertaining. Outdoor tables and chairs as well as sun lounges complete the setting. A Weber gas oven-style BBQ and table-tennis table is at the northern end. There is no veranda to the south.
Dam makes Kookaburra not suitable for children
The veranda looks out over the dam which, especially during the warmer months, is fringed with flowering water lillies and is populated by native ducks and with frogs, fish and shrimp.The dam supplies garden water to the entire property and is the source for bath, shower and hot-water service water for all cottages. Such water is filtered and treated on top of the hill before delivery. It is the immediate proximity of the cottage to the dam and the diving board from the verandah which makes Kookaburra an unsuitable cottage for families with children to stay or to invite visits by casual guests with children. It is an unsuitable location for anyone who is not an experienced capable swimmer. The water is opaque, untreated, generally cold and up to 6m deep. The fencing on the verandah is not required to be, nor is it, in any way compliant with pool fencing regulations required of town residential lots or of rural lots on smaller acreage. Though there is a diving board and we, as owners, privately and occasionally use the dam for swimming we hereby advise prospective guests that the dam is a potential health, safety and drowning risk. Our accommodation contract (see under Tariff Tab) specifically prohibits the use of dams for swimming in by guests. Please inform your party of this prohibition and prevent anyone from breaching it.