Bawley Bush Retreat
Kookaburra Cottage located just off our entrance road, has been our 3 bedroom residence and office since it was completed in 2005. We are sometimes away travelling and during such times we make Kookaburra available for booking just like other cottages. It will be available over the peak period 2012/13, March-May 2013 and occasionally at other times.. A maximum of 8 people can be accommodated.
Kookaburra is larger, better appointed and more homely than our other cottages. It has a beautiful view over the immediately adjacent dam. It has not been rated by AAA but if it was it would be higher than our 4 regular star cottages, probably between 4.5 and 5 stars. Our ownstairs office will be locked off from guest access but will be visited through its external door for short periods from time to time by staff.
Soft external lighting enables night-time arrivals to view beautiful reflections on the adjacent dam. Kookaburra is timber-framed but clad in compressed earth bricks we 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 waste systems are streamed to allow maximum recycling.
Condition: Please note that this cottage is not available for use by children under 12 or an older child who can't swim. This restriction is due to the immediate proximity of a very deep opaque dam and the risk of an unsupervised child falling in. Voluntary swimming in the dam by guests of any age is prohibited.
Kookaburra is capable of sleeping up to 2 in each of its 3 bedrooms -- 1x king bed downstairs, 1 X king (or 2 king singles) upstairs and 1 X queen bed upstairs. Extra people (but max 8 in cottage altogether) can be accommodated in a third or fourth bed in the king room upstairs or in the lounge room (up to 2 singles on lounges or in foldup beds).
Kookaburra has a spacious farmhouse-style kitchen containing a Stanley wood stove with a water jacket (complementing solar hot water heating) and an Emilia gas stove (with fan-forced oven). There is an internally/externally accessed wood cupboard. Large bi-folding timber windows above the sink 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 10. The island unit has stools for social food preparation. Though the owners fridge will be stocked with private supplies, a separate fridge and drinks bar fridge is provided for guests The dining area, adjacent to the kitchen contains a large extended-leaf english oak dining table with seating for up to 10 people. There is a sound system for use with an Ipod or similar.
Contains a Moran lounge and chaise-longue that can sleep two singles if needed as well as a separate 2-seater lounge. There is also a swivelling lounge chair, coffee table, large format TV (set-top box receives all digital stations), DVD and CD. 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.
The main bedroom looks out over the verandah to the dam. It has a king sized bed (not divisable into singles), bedside tables, TV and DVD player and an oil-filled electric heater for casual winter use. It has a walk-in robe available for guest use, an ensuite toilet and shower.
There are two bedrooms upstairs.They are carpeted and are air-conditioned by external split-cycle systems. The king bed can be unzipped by us to make two singles for guests if required. There is space, if required in the king room to put in another foldup single bed.The queen bedroom has less free floor space spacious but is comfortable. Both rooms can be used for study or work having large timber desk-tops sitting below large picture windows that overlook the dam.
Downstairs there is a bathroom with a bath and shower-over-bath separate from the main bedroom ensuite mentioned above There is also a separate toilet (composting). 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.
Locked downstairs room/office
Kookaburra contains the Bawley Bush Cottages office off the eastern verandah downstairs. This room will be separately locked when the cottage is being used by guests. Access to it by staff may be required once a week on a Tuesday for a few weekday hours or at amy time in an emergency (such as failure of on-site internet services). As far as is possible, if access is required it will be done with notice to booked guests.
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 also an unsuitable location for anyone else 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 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.