Originally built in 1878 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 600 meters 'down the street' from the town centre.

The cottage caters for up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. Two rooms have queen beds and the third bedroom has 2 single beds. If required, to suit your particular combination of people, there is also a sofa bed in the lounge room. The look and feel of the cottage has been deliberately left as rustic and colonial. Don't expect this to be a modern house.

'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.


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 large second 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.

2. The colonial architecture of this 135+ 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 outside toilet.

4. Warm in winter and cool in summer. All bedrooms have their own reverse cycle split system air conditioner. The kitchen is air conditioned. The lounge room is also air conditioned and 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, an electric convection oven and a big 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 children's 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. The Avon River Trail also winds its way downstream for several kilometres. All of this is directly behind the Riverside Cottage property.

11. Easy Parking. There is a big carport attached to the house, parking behind the house and ample street parking out front.

12. Little people 'stuff' such as a cot, a pusher, a high chair, a sand pit, a 2 storey cubby house, board games and a basket full of toys.

Booking information

1. The cottage caters for a MAXIMUM of 6 people.
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 then required 7 days before arrival.
3. Cancellation within one week of arrival forfeits 50% of the deposit. Earlier cancellation still qualifies for a full refund. Cancellation on the day of arrival will result in no refund at all (sorry).

Rates Explanation

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 booking add $25 to the nightly rate.

* Extra people, standard periods: $25 per adult per night and $15 per child per night. Premium periods $30 per adult per night and $20 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;

Contact Rod if in doubt about rates

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 the second half of JANUARY and all of FEBRUARY!!! Just calculate the rate as above and REDUCE THE TOTAL BY 25%.

About York


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 500 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.


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 Avon River 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.

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.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you need and more We stayed here two nights to attend a wedding in York. Cottage is in walking distance to everything. House has everything you could need. Great spot. Lovely to sit on the 'porch' and watch York go by.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quaint cottage with rose garden The cottage is a nice blend of old and new and was very comfortable (good beds and hot water). We only stayed one night so it was great that towels & linen were included. There are some great cafes in town, or the local IGA was spacious and well stocked for cooking at home. PS - if you go walking near the river in the evening use some mozzie spray :)
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In York for one night This property is conveniently located in York town centre and has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We loved our stay! We had a fantastic stay at the Riverside Cottage. Booking was simple and easy. The property itself was ideally located, very comfortable and warm, had everything you would need for a weekend stay (and longer!) and was really quite quaint! We could easily walk from there to town and explore bits and pieces along the way. Would come back again!
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Old Cottage We loved our one night stay in the Riverside Cottage.Great location loved the fireplace on the cold winter night.Quirky old cottage
Date published: 2015-07-07
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Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking

DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo
High chair, Pets allowed, Cot
Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave
Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
Airconditioning, Open Fireplace, Heaters
Clothes dryer, Washing Machine
Non-Smoking, Parking
River right behind the house, Dog and child proof back yard, Slow combustion heater, Fantastic tree covered property, Digital TV, Cubby House & sandpit, Peaceful location, 5 reverse cycle air conditioners, Extra shower in laundry, Lovely garden



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.

Special offer!

Contact the owner on for any prevailing group special.

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
This property has a standard rate of: $145
Unless specified in the rate table or exceptions listed below, the standard rate will apply.
* $140 $320 $800 1 $25 $15
* $160 $350 $960 1 $30 $20
* $120 $260 $700 1 $20 $10
* $140 $320 $800 1 $25 $15

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner. Bookings paid through the Stayz online payment system incur a 2% credit card surcharge.

Prices listed based on 2 adults. Property has 4 beds and can sleep a maximum 6 people.