Have a break from the hustle and bustle and spend a couple of nights in the quiet, peaceful surrounds of the Valley.
Welcome to Charlies cottage in Yarramalong Valley. This is one of the most picturesque country areas of NSW. Charlies Cottage is an Historic Heritage Cottage (circa 1901).
This character filled, pet-friendly, 2 bedroom cottage with all the charm of yesteryear. An unforgettable hideaway you will definitely want to revisit. Whether you are a family wanting a relaxing getaway with plenty for the kids to do; or a couple who want a romantic getaway set against a backdrop of the gorgeous Yarramalong Valley, we are certain you will have a great time at Charlies Cottage.
Bedroom Set Up
The main bedroom has a queen bed with wool blanket & doona, very snug to sink into! The second bedroom has a double bunk bed (2 in the bottom bunk and a single on top) and another single bed, complete with wool blankets & doona. All linen is provided (incl. towels).
Working to Make the Cottage Shine
We have owned the Cottage for close to 10 months to date. It has been much more popular than we had expected, having been occupied for all but about 6 weekends over that time.
The guest book dates back to Sept 2005 and contains approx 170 comments, 22 since we have taken ownership. All but one are effusive with praise and joy for the stay experience.
We have improved the cottage in between these stays; replaced all bedding with new sheets, pillow slips, blankets, doona's and covers etc; new bath towels; new kitchen appliances; all window dressings renewed; old floor rugs and seat throws have been removed or replaced.
Currently interior trims and floors show the character of a 100 year old cottage, they are however tidy and clean. Two small roof leaks (discovered in the recent heavy rainfall) have been repaired by replacing the offending roofing material.
Starting now we are embarking on some more improvements; timber floors to be renovated, sanded and polished, bathroom renovated and kitchen enhanced and some trim maintenance/painting.
We do appreciate your support, regards Julie and Michael.
While You Are Our Guest
First night breakfast provisions are included. This includes cereals, milk, tea/coffee etc. BBQ available outside.
The Yarramalong Valley is only 50 minutes from Wahroonga, 1 hour from the Hunter Valley and only 30 minutes from the Central Coast.
There is a lot to see and do, such as:
The Springs Golf Club and Restaurant @ Peats Ridge (15 minute drive away)
Visit the Riding schools on Yarramalong Rd
The Hunter Valley wineries only 1 hour away
The Great North Walk just down the road
"Tree Tops" adventure park
Delicious and locally made cheese at "The Little Creek Cheese Factory"
Enjoy a great cuppa at Yarramalong Cafe or the Tin Shed Cafe
Dine at The Little Frog Restaurant in Wyong
Amazement is a child-friendly wonderland where you can wander through the
mazes, meet and pat the friendly animals and enjoy your surroundings
Alpaca Farm Wyong Creek
Historic St. Barnabas Church (circa 1885)
THE HISTORY OF YARRAMALONG
Yarramalong (Place of Cedars) was first permanently settled by the families William Stinson (Stinsons Lane) Erekiel Waters, (who came from Maitland in1856.) Prior to this the hills and valleys had been logged by timber cutters driving oxen teams from around Wollombi and Maitland.
The Stinson family settled in Stinson’s Lane, the Waters family in what is now Yarramalong Village.
Other early settlers included William Beaven of Brush Creek, who was the first person to be buried in St. Barnabas graveyard. Others who came to live in the valley include the Hill, Boyd, Palmer and Fernance families, many of whose relatives are to be found in the local area.
As the numbers living in the valley increased, the need for a church building became apparent. Earlier, services had been held in the homes of the settlers. So originated St .Barnabas Church.
- The early pioneer Australians, (mid 1800’s) from which many of the residents originate.
- The Cedar Heritage (The red cedar trees were logged from this Valley in the last century, and the sawmill still exists) also still existing surrounded by beautiful flora and Red Cedar trees.
- Indigenous/nature history with abundant wildlife (Platypus – Wallabies/Wallaroos and wombats etc).
- Historic Wyong River which winds itself throughout the valley.
- Horse Heritage – Horse Studs/ Riding schools etc.
- Alpaca Farm.
- Manor House – lunch, afternoon tea / dinner plus entertainment.
- 150 Year Old St. Barnabas Church (restored) with original Cemetery.
- One of the oldest Cemetery’s in NSW.
- Local Public School established 1870.
- School of Arts, built in 1904.
- Popular destination for artists', cyclists & Sunday drivers.
- Local arts & Crafts.
When returning to Sydney, also try the Tourist drive from Bumble Hill . Follow the Road through to the T section on George Downs Drive, turn left and follow the sign to Sydney (a shorter trip). This will bring you back to the F3 at Calga (after Peats Ridge.)
A poem by a guest from 2010.
Teapots and canisters, lavender and lace,
Hydrangeas in vases, bound books in case
Verandahs of cedar and chairs made of cane;
You will find "Charlies Cottage" down Ravenswood Road
The kitchens so rustic with its old fuel stove;
There's so much to see, the eyes do rove
Round the shelves-to see an era gone by
What memories,or secrets, here do lie?
Peaceful, guiet,calm and serene
Are before me in the lovely scene;
A long chair with pillows invites me to lie
And happily watch the world go by
- poem by Marg Ress (Byron Bay - Jan 2010), a guest.
*It is a requirement of your booking condition that you leave the cottage in a reasonable and clean condition and all rubbish removed to the larger bins provided near the tree.
- DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo
- Pets allowed, Cot
- Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave
- Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
- Airconditioning, Heaters
- Non-Smoking, Parking
- Heritage Style, Wool Doona's, Covered Verandah, Cereal/Milk/Tea/Coffee