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THE BOOK BARN COTTAGE
Located in the grounds of the historic 1839 Bendooley property, the Book Barn Cottage is a dream country getaway for booklovers, couples, friends or family.
ELEGANT, CONTEMPORARY CHARM
Spacious and self-contained, this two-bedroom weatherboard darling will charm you from the moment you walk through the door. The Book Barn Cottage has been lovingly refurbished in contemporary style and you will feel instantly welcomed by its warmth and elegant ambience.
Formerly the gatekeeper's residence, the cottage comfortably sleeps 5 adults or a family. Complete with two bathrooms, a beautiful open fireplace, a private garden and idyllic valley and vineyard views, it is an unsurpassable country retreat.
All the comforts of home are here, along with some little luxuries including crisp white linen, organic bathroom toiletries, flat screen TV, DVD/CD player and iPod dock and of course, a vast collection of books.
ENJOY WITH FRIENDS
As a getaway for grown-ups, Bendooley Estate's Book Barn Cottage is unique. Our iconic book barn has recently been renovated, so you can now wine and dine at our fabulous new Cellar Door and Brasserie - bendooley bar & grill. Open for coffee, lunch and dinner (see the Bendooley Estate website for opening times), you will never have to leave the property! Put your feet up and relax.
If you feel like exploring the Highlands, the book barn cottage is conveniently located withing an easy drive to Berrima, Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale.
The Book Barn Cottage is a wonderful place to spend time with your children. With a fully fenced garden, complete with an old fashioned swing hanging from the ancient radiata pine, you can relax and truly breathe in the fresh country air.
Our little guests love to wander down the lane to the homestead to visit our hens. Help them collect the eggs or take them on a nature walk around the property. You might end up in the Book Barn, where we have an array of delightful new and second-hand childrens' books to ponder over while you enjoy a cup of tea.
For rainy days, we have a cupboard full of board games and books. A high chair is available for tiny tots and a travel cot can be arranged upon request.
King size bed, 2 king single beds + single trundle (sleeps 5)
Quality linen, towels and luxurious organic toiletries
Generous built-in wardrobes in both bedrooms
Complimentary tea, coffee, drinking chocolate and milk
Breakfast basket and pantry shopping service available on request
Meal delivery service from Bendooley Estate Kitchen (from November 2012)
Ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning, fireplace (wood supplied) & electic blankets
Gas BBQ and outdoor settings
Fully equipped kitchen and laundry
Flat screen TV, DVD/CD player and iPod dock
Fully serviced for extended stays
Pets on request only
THE BERKELOUW BOOK BARN
With the help of award winning architects, the Book Barn has been extensivly renovated and re-opened with a dual function. The beautiful old barn is still a book shop filled with thousands and thousands of books and also an exquisite event space for weddings, parties and corporate events.
Terms and conditions:
The Book Barn Cottage is full of quality furniture, books, paintings, prints and possessions. We've invested a lot of time and love in renovating the property, so we ask that you treat the cottage as if it was your home. It is a beautiful, relaxing and comfortable place and we hope you enjoy it and will return often.
1) Check-in is no earlier than 2:00 pm unless otherwise arranged with the owner. Please call into the Book Barn (a little further along the lane) to collect the keys. Should you intend to arrive after 5:00 pm we make arrangements with you personally regarding the key collection.
2) Check-out is no later than 11:00 am on the day of departure, unless otherwise arranged with the owner.
3) Use and guest numbers: The cottage is available for holiday rental only, ie. no parties or functions without prior written approval from the owner. We can not accommodate more than 5 adults in the cottage ovenight. Children under the age of 24 months are welcome. Please provide your own travel cot, unless otherwise agreed. The cottage is non-smoking. There is an extra linen charge of $35/5th person/night.
4) Excess cleaning and damages: Please respect our lovely cottage and leave it tidy. Furniture must be left in the same location in which it was found. Please ensure that dishes and cooking utensils are washed and put away prior to departure. Additional cleaning time will result in a charge of $38 per hour.
Accidental breakages occur. Please advise us of any breakage so we can replace the item(s). Damage through misuse will incur a repair or replacement charge plus a 15% administration fee.
5) Payment policy: We require a deposit of 50% at the time of booking and the balance of payment 30 days prior to arrival. We will also require that you provide us with credit card details to keep on file as security against loss or damage and/or excess cleaning.
A registration form will be emailed or faxed to you. Please pay the deposit and return the registration form along with a photocopy of your driver's licence or passport to confirm the booking.
*special rates do not apply during holidays.
6) Cancellation policy
Cancellation charges will apply as follows:
No cancellation fee will be charged up to 30 days prior to your arrival.
14-29 days prior to your arrival, 20% of accommodation charge as booked.
less than 14 days, 50% of accommodation charge as booked.
less than 48 hours or no show, 100% of accommodation charge as booked.
If you have to cancel your booking please let us know as soon as possible. We will not charge a cancellation fee if we are able to re-book your dates.
Directions, attractions and activities:
The Book Barn Cottage is located in the picturesque Southern Highlands just 3 km from historic Berrima and ten minutes from beautiful Bowral, Mittagong or Moss Vale. It is a leisurely 90 minutes drive from Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong.
THINGS TO DO
There is plenty to do on and off the property for all ages.
On the property:
Browse the Berkelouw Book Barn - a leisurely walk from your front door
Unwind and relax, stroll through the vineyard and sample some of our excellent cool climate wines at our NEW cellar door
Pack a picnic to enjoy by the lake or have friends to visit for a BBQ
Visit Bendooley Bar & Grill, our brasserie to enjoy some great food, good coffee, handcrafted beers or a glass of wine in a friendly place where life is to be enjoyed and not taken too seriously.
The food is simply fabulous!
Off the property:
Visit historic Berrima - two minutes drive away or Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale and Robertson which are also close by.
Wineries and Cellar doors
There are now over 60 vineyards in the Southern Highlands and 14 Cellar Doors, all showcasing cool climate wines of exceptional quality. Pick a wine trail and explore or book an organised wine and food tour.
From fine dining to casual country fare, there are numerous great cafes and restaurants in the Southern Highlands.
Antiques, furniture, books, art, clothes, jewellery, gifts - all sorts of eclectic finds.
The International Cricket Hall of Fame and the Sir Donald Bradman Museum is a must for any cricket lover. There is also the Berrima District Museum and the 1834 Harper's Mansion.
Art and Antiques
There are some fabulous antique and preloved furniture stores in the area as well as a number of great art galleries like the STURT- Australian Contemporary Craft & Design, the Bell Gallery and The Milk Factory Gallery.
The Empire Cinema is located on the main road of Bowral and usually features some great art house and foreign language movies along with new releases.
On weekends there are markets at Berrima, Bowral, Mittagong, Bundanoon and Robertson. Please check Tourism Southern Highlands site for dates.
Play golf on one of the five major 18 hole courses in the area.
Some of the most magnificent private gardens are located in the Southern Highlands and Fitzroy Falls are spectacular.
Bushwalking, bike or horse riding, canoeing, abseiling and rock climbing are all on offer.
A little further afield
You might like to visit the underworld of the Wombeyan Caves or do the Illawarra fly tree top walk.
Pamper yourself with a massage or beauty treatment offered by numerous spas and salons of the area.
Brigadoon at Bundanoon, Tulip time in Corbett Cardens
Beautiful cosy cottage with all the home comforts. Great open fire and a multitude of books to choose from. Lots of garden space, ideal for children and hiding Easter eggs. This really is a relaxing place which you can't help falling in love with!0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
Loved this place. Really pretty setting. Beautifully kept green lawns & garden with swing. Timber cottage with lots of character & fire place inside. Everything was so clean and fresh flowers in the bathrooms. Very homely with all the mod cons. Suited a country stay near Berrima. Book Barn had an amazing collection of books, which I want to go back & spend more time there. Restaurant was great, good food, nice atmosphere and friendly service.0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
What a wonderful place to celebrate my 60th birthday. The Book Barn Cottage is set amidst a sea of green with the most glorious sunrises and sunsets shimmering through the gums, pines and poplars. A bucolic delight indeed ��� cows grazing in the paddocks across the road, grapes on the vine, a tree swing out the front ��� and only minutes from all the attractions of the Southern Highlands. The cottage is so cosy and comfortable, it felt like home mere minutes after settling in ��� fetch me my pipe and slippers, I am here to relax! And surrounded by books in every room, to browse through or purchase (we couldn���t resist a couple), it���s also a bibliophile���s paradise. Katja made us feel most welcome and made sure that our stay was pleasant and care-free. All in all, highly recommended (5 stars).0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
There are so many wonderful things to say about The Book Barn Cottage. We have stayed there four times this winter and always felt like we never wanted to leave. There are many wonderful things to say about this unique holiday spot and it's owner, Katja. This property delivers so much more than others in a similar price range that I've rationed myself to a few highlights in this review. Highlight one is the huge crackling cozy fireplace complete with cut wood that invites you to relax upon arrival. Highlight two is the well-stocked, comfortable, beautifully decorated and organized kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms. Highlight three is the plethora of interesting books scattered about the cottage just begging to be read while trying not to be distracted by the vibrant and colourful rosellas in the garden. Thanks for a wonderful seasonal experience in the beautiful Southern Highlands!0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
We loved browsing the books (we bought quite a stack too) and relaxing on the deck, watching the sun go down over "Bendooley", with a vino in hand. The cottage is a true home away from home - having a garage to store your car in stormy weather was a real bonus too. The addition of special touches such as fresh figs and mango was much appreciated. And yes, they are the best eggs we have eaten in ages! Thanks Katja for making us so welcome at your lovely property. We enjoyed it so much we will be back and have already recommended it to friends.0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
A wonderful cottage in a truly wonderful part of the world! My family had a lovely stay at Book Barn Cottage with all the comforts of home and fantastic hospitality. The cottage is beautifully furnished with everything you need for a relaxing stay in the southern highlands. Nice and handy to Berrima and with the Berkelouw Book shop and cafe just next door - we will definately be back! Thanks again.0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
The Book Barn Cottage was a delight to stay in, clean, cozy, relaxing, plenty of books to read (and purchase), a stroll down the lane to the Book Barn for a coffee was a real treat; Katja is a lovely host and has done a wonderful job of refurbishing the cottage and adding lots of little homey touches to make your stay simply bliss. The perfect base to access all the highlands have to offer visitors; we want to come back!0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
We fell in love with this place, superb location,less than 2 mins drive to town, 1 min walk to book store. It s cosy, clean, tidy and beautifully decorated. It is just the perfect place to unwind. Katja also look into the tiniest detail to make the stay special. Thanks for the christmas treats and we will definately come back in near future. :) Love the tree swing as well.0 people found this review to be helpful. 0 people found this review to not be helpful.
Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher
- Clothes dryer
- Conference Facilities
- Cooking Facilities
- DVD player
- Electric blankets
- High chair
- In-house Movies/Videos
- In-house library
- Ironing Facilities
- Linen Supplied
- Off-street parking
- Open Fireplace
- Organic toiletries
- Towels Supplied
- Washing Machine
- book shop
- cellar door
- large, private, fenced garden
Linger a little longer! Enjoy the Berkelouw Book Barn, our new restaurant Bendooley Bar & Grill and the Bendooley Cellar Door. Food is most delicious! Special rates for three consecutive nights: $695 midweek and $995 weekends (Fri, Sat & Sun).
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 4 adults. Property has 4 beds and can sleep a maximum 5 people.
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