WHY STAY AT RIVERSIDE COTTAGE IN YORK?
Originally built in 1884 this lovely self contained holiday house is a wonderfully restored classic York heritage cottage on a magnificent one acre property that backs onto the picturesque Avon River. Located at 198 Avon Terrace (the main street of York) it is only 500 meters 'down the street' from the town centre.
The cottage caters for up to 7 people in 3 bedrooms and a Granny Flat.
'Riverside' is the perfect base from which to enjoy this fabulous old Western Australian country town and the surrounding towns of the Avon Valley. The cottage has a very special ambience that you will see and feel as soon as you set foot onto the property.
York, WA's oldest inland town, is a fantastic example of Western Australia's earliest colonial history and architecture and the townspeople take great pride in preserving and promoting this fascinating past. The townsite is situated on both sides of the Avon River and is nestled comfortably between Mount Bakewell (456 meters) and Mount Brown (312 meters).
York is an easy 97 km (80 minute) drive from the Perth CBD through some of the prettiest country you will see in WA.
A DOZEN GOOD REASONS TO LIKE RIVERSIDE COTTAGE
1. A home away from home! The cottage consists of a huge front verandah, an imposing entrance hall, a queen bedroom (with electric blanket), a second double bedroom, a third twin single bedroom, a large country kitchen, a lounge room, a small separate dining room, a bathroom and a self contained laundry. There is also an additional roomy 'granny flat' bedroom outside the house that contains a single bed and a comfortable convertible settee.
2. The colonial architecture of this 125+ year old house is really interesting. It is a high pitched brick cottage with verandahs at front and back, massively thick internal walls, polished jarrah floorboards and quaint wood plank ceilings that are almost 4 meters high.
3. Extra bathroom facilities include an extra shower in the laundry and an extra toilet attached to the outside 4th bedroom.
4. Warm in winter and cool in summer. All bedrooms have their own reverse cycle split system air conditioner. The lounge room is air conditioned and also has a big slow combustion wood heater for those cold winer nights. In addition, five of the rooms have variable speed ceiling fans.
5. Modern kitchen appliances are available in a big and quaint country style kitchen. And yes, it does have one of those old Metters stoves that grandma used to use, but don't worry, there is also a gas stove, a microwave and a big new fridge.
6. Entertainment resources include a TV, DVD player, stereo system and board games in the lounge room. A substantial library of novels, general interest books and childrens books can be found in the large entrance hall.
7. BBQ facilities are provided. You will find a gas BBQ (gas supplied), a roofed BBQ area and a grassed area out the back for your outdoor entertaining requirements. Comfortable outside furniture is also provided for your picnic pleasure. You can even see the Mount Brown lookout from the back lawn while you drink a glass of wine and enjoy your BBQ meal.
8. The huge one acre back yard 'park' will appeal to most people. The grassed inner back yard is fenced and ideal for BBQs, for kids and for pets. Pets are welcome but not inside the house! The larger outer back yard ('the park') has some magnificent trees and it slopes gently down to the Avon River. There are convenient gates for you to easily access the river and the river trail. About once or twice a day a wheat train will rumble past the front of the house - at a civilised distance of about 200 meters
9. Tranquility and crystal clear night skies. The peace and tranquility of the property will appeal to all nature lovers and the usual view of the night stars is simply stunning.
10. The Avon River and nearby walk trail. Running behind the back fence is the Avon River Trail that follows the river upstream to Mongers Ford, the swinging bridge and Avon Park, the main picnic park in York. All of this is within within 500 meters of the cottage and between the cottage and the townsite.
11. Easy Parking. There is a big carport attached to the house, a second driveway and ample street parking.
12. Little people 'stuff' such as a cot, a pusher, a high chair and a basket full of toys can be provided on request - just ask the owner.
1. The cottage caters for a MAXIMUM of 7 people. It can take 8 if you are prepared to use the bed sized foam rubber mattress settee in the Granny flat.
2. Linen is supplied and included in all bookings. Linen includes sheets, pillow slips and towels.
3. Infants under 2 are free.
4. Arrival time is 2 pm. Departure time is 10 am.
Payment and cancellation policy
1. A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking. The owner will send you the bank details needed to transfer funds.
2. Full payment is required 7 days before arrival.
3. Cancellation within 48 hours of arrival forfeits 50% of the deposit. Earlier cancellation still qualifies for a full refund.
NOTE: Premium rates apply for Xmas, Easter, school holidays, all other holidays, long weekends & York 'special event' weekends.
Standard rates: $140 per night for week nights and Sunday nights and $160 per night for Friday and Saturday nights.
Premium rates: $160 per night for week nights and Sunday nights and $175 per night for Friday and Saturday nights.
The above rates are for one or two people!
Please note that for a one night bookings add $25 to the nightly rate.
* Extra people, standard or premium periods: $25 per adult per night and $15 per child per night;
* Full week (7 nights) standard rate: $800 for a couple;
* Full week (7 nights) premium rate: $960 for a couple;
* Extra people for a week long standard or premium booking: only $70/week for an adult) and $50/week for a child;
For a longer weekend, why not take a late stay on Sunday, up to 7pm, for only an extra $60.
Mid week special (but not during premium periods): 3 nights for $360 for a couple - extra people (adult or child) charged at only $15 per person per night.
SUMMER HOLIDAY 'hot season' SUPER SPECIAL - FOR ALL OF JANUARY and FEBRUARY!!! Just calculate the rate as above and REDUCE THE TOTAL BY 25%.
HISTORY IN BRIEF
York is full of history and is a fascinating place to experience and explore. It is the oldest inland country town in WA. York was 'discovered' in 1831 and settled soon after, just a few years after the Swan River settlement which began in 1829.
An English naval officer, Ensign Dale and his exploration party, were the first to explore this area and the town of York quickly became a thriving farming community supporting the needs of the growing Swan River colony. York later became a very important first stopover for early settlers and gold prospectors travelling from Perth to the Kalgoorlie goldfields nearly 600 km east of York. Just imagine, all those hopeful gold prospectors and would be millionaires crossed the Avon River at Mongers Ford which is literally just behind Riverside Cottage.
York is now a thriving tourist destination for Perth, WA country, interstate and international tourists. It remains an important town serving the Avon Valley farming community.
HISTORY IN BRIEF
WHAT CAN YOU DO IN YORK?
Here are 14 sights or activities to choose from:
1. Dine at any of the numerous alfresco cafes and restaurants in the main street of York. The York restaurant strip is just a 5-10 minute walk from Riverside Cottage.
2. Walk along the Avon Walk Trail running next to the Avon River - just behind Riverside Cottage. You could also cross the suspension bridge at the foot of Lowe Street.
3. Drive to the Mount Brown Lookout for a birds eye view of York. Have some fun and see if you can pick out Riverside Cottage from the lookout.
4. Visit the Old Mill Gallery (free entrance) at the old flour mill in Broome Street. Here you will see pieces of art and some truly sensational furniture pieces that are for sale to the public.
5. Visit the many local shops that sell handcrafted goods, local art, second hand colonial style goods and antique furniture. Just browsing the main street of York is great fun and full of nice surprises.
6. Enjoy a visit to any one for the 5 local pubs that pride themselves on capturing the flavour of 'Olde York'.
7. See the vintage and veteran cars at the fascinating car museum in Avon Terrace.
8. Photograph the magnificent old convict built architecture that lines the main street and which makes York a quite unique WA town.There are also many old stone built colonial churches scattered around York. Most of these were built by convicts in the 19th century.
9. Enjoy some of the numerous special events that this progressive country town hosts throughout the year. Vintage car rallies, a Jazz Festival, a spring Garden Festival, the York Show and the annual York Photographic Exhibition are just some of the events on the annual calendar.
10. Take day trips to other nearby towns such as Beverley, Quairading, Greenhills, Northam and Toodyay to experience life in the Avon Valley. The York Visitor Centre* can give you more information.
11. Picnic at the lovely Avon Park on the banks of the river just one street east of Avon Terrace. BBQs and children's play equipment are provided.
12. Visit some of the several open farms in the York district. Discovery Farm is one of these. The York Visitor Centre* will give you the latest information about farm locations and available times.
13. Search for 'stories of York history' at the Residency Museum in Brooke Street. This is reputed to be a haunted building! It has a fascinating and spooky historic story of its own.
14. For the more adventurous you could try your hand at some of the extreme sports that operate in the Avon valley. Hang gliding, gliding, rock climbing, 4x4 adventure tours and bush hiking are but some. Ask at the York Visitor Centre* for more information.
*Note: To capture all that York and the Avon valley have to offer it is recommended that you go to the York Visitor Centre located in the Town Hall at 81 Avon Terrace.
Come and enjoy the old world atmosphere of charming country York! The owners of Riverside Cottage will do everything possible to make your stay both enjoyable and memorable.
Airconditioning, Washing Machine
- 5 reverse cycle air conditioners
- Clothes dryer
- Cooking Facilities
- DVD player
- Digital TV
- Dog and child proof back yard
- Extra shower in laundry
- Fantastic tree covered property
- Granny Flat
- High chair
- In-house Movies/Videos
- Ironing Facilities
- Linen Supplied
- Pets allowed
- River right behind the house
- Slow combustion heater
- Towels Supplied
- Two storey Cubby House
- Washing Machine
Premium rates apply for all holiday and special York 'event' days. Standard rates apply for most weeks of the year. Super special rates apply during the January and February hot season. A late stay on Sunday (up to 7pm) can be added to a weekend booking for just $60.
Contact the owner on for any prevailing group special.
Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.
Prices listed based on 2 adults. Property has 7 beds and can sleep a maximum 7 people.
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