South Coast Accommodation - Luxury Accommodation
Much more than beautiful cottages to sleep in....
If you are comparing us with other getaway options bear in mind that we are nothing like a guest house, motel or beach-side holiday house. We are an eco-retreat and apply just as much effort on making our 36-acre outdoor lakeside experience (landscaping, vistas, large lawns, bushwalks) as pleasurable for our guests as we do on making our cottages clean and comfortable to stay and sleep in. Guests return to us because we provide an out-of-the-ordinary south coast eco experience. We are more expensive than town-lot accommodation-only options because we maintain large grounds and walking spaces for your enjoyment. Our aim is for you to enjoy and interact with an iconic NSW mid-south coast forest and lakeside environment so you can leave expanded and contented. We have been peer-recognised for the uniqueness of our property. Weddings, celebrations and retreats that make use of our facilities, grounds, water views and accommodation are our specialty. Our cottages are well spaced so when we are not booked for weddings or retreats we are equally suitable for secluded romantic stays for two as for large family getaways.
"Dream location"..."Our hats go off to Bill and Pip - this is a dream location and a dream to stay here. Best place, best cottage ever!!" Mick, Nicole and Olivia
So which cottage should we choose to stay in?
All Bawley Bush Retreat cottages are self-contained, have BBQ's, dishwashers, wood fires and have high quality linen provided. All are suitable for a couple but, using extra beds/bedrooms and using fold-up beds as required, all can sleep more. If you are looking for a very secluded and very comfortable couple's retreat experience then the 3BR Chefs Cottage located in the bush with water glimpses is the ideal cottage for you. If you enjoy water views and open spaces (perhaps you have a dog you want to watch cavort on the large lawns below you) then either of our two 1BR Cormorant and Oystercatcher Bush Apartments (Seabirds) will suit perfectly, they even have dog yards at rear. If you are a large family or a group for whom plenty of space is important then either the 4BR Cafe Cottage or the Cockatoo Room (as a cottage over summer) should be checked out. Cafe and Cockatoo rented together would suit up to 5 families wanting to stay together...great for Easter or Christmas. If you're a couple or a family up to 4 looking for value-for-money in a weekend getaway then the 1BR Wattlebird Bush Apartment is our most economical cottage option. For a couple only, we have Wombat, a fully self-contained luxury 23 ft Jayco caravan with expanding walls, toilet, shower, queen bed, TV and air-conditioning. It is our most economical accommodation option. It has an annexe and a beautiful and private hilltop location with outdoor living facilities overlooking south coast forest. All accommodation can be booked on line using the Book Now button at right.
Our "best" cottage at Bawley Bush Retreat...
Self-rated 5-star-equivalent Kookaburra Cottage with 4 king bed-bedrooms is our most luxurious. It's many luxury appointments and unique dam-side location offers the ultimate coastal accommodation experience for up to 8-10 people. It is our only cottage with air-conditioning though this is available only in the upstairs bedrooms. Please note: swimming by guests in the adjacent unfenced and opaque dam is prohibited and no children of any age who are not very-accomplished swimmers in their clothes may stay in this cottage.
Milton Village Retreat
From 1 December 2018 an 80sqm, a very comfortable 1-bedroom cottage managed by Bawley Bush Retreat will be available for rent in the heart of of historic Milton Village, a half hour drive north of Bawley Bush Retreat. It is suitable for up to 2 people sharing a queen bed. No pets allowed.
Please note that all stays and events are governed by a contract between you and us that comes into force once you have paid your deposit. This surpriseless contract, which outlines our mutual responsibilities, can be viewed as a sub-tab under the Tariff tab above.
For a group using all our standard accommodation we can sleep about 44 people (more using additional foldup beds). We also have campsites for overflow use by group guests. There are no campsite amenities so such guests use function area toilets/showers or their own self-contained facilities. Group organisers can download our Event Readiness Form here. It enable you to think through your requirements for room and bed-configurations as well as any requirement you might have for marquees or food vans. Check it out. Later you can complete it electonically or print it, scan and send it to us when you are ready. Note that all stays at Bawley Bush Retreat are subject to the terms of our Accommodation and Events contract.
Cottage bed configurations and maximum capacity
Our standard tariffs are based on 2 people using standard bed configurations. We charge extra for more than 2 people in any cottage and also for splitting or joining beds away from our standard configurations. We also charge extra for departures on Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day. All our king beds can be divided into singles. Bedrooms are all private with doors but lofts and lounge rooms (with sofa beds) are open, therefore less private when used for sleeping. There is room for guest-owned portacots (we do not supply) in each room. Except in Kookaburra we have no ensuite bathrooms thus, for bookings of more than 2 in a cottage, bathrooms are shared. Our group accommodation matrix, available for download here contains all of the possible bed configurations in each cottage.
We have free wifi available throughout the property but our internet connection is still ADSL with download speeds available to guests of only about 3Mbps total. Fine for browsing etc, not great for streaming.
Secluded and rustic eco-theme
All of our retreat buildings are similarly finished featuring earth brick or corrugated iron cladding, exposed local hardwood features, internal pine panelling, wood fires, BBQs and comfortable furniture creating one of the best eco friendly Function Centres with South Coast Accommodation in NSW. We use sustainable building, water and waste practices. All cottages are set in the bush, well separated from others and most have water views or glimpses.