The Connoisseur's Cottage @ Garden Hill Spa Retreat is a well-appointed, aesthetically designed and tastefully decorated two-storey sandstone masterpiece, which nestles at the foot of the Cambewarra Mountains. Straddling between picturesque Kangaroo Valley and fashionable Berry, it has been meticulously conceived to give the most demanding connoisseurs a most memorable experience in country living.
Many of our guests have enjoyed our Magnolia Spa Cottage, situated on the eastern end and overlooking the rose gardens and gazebo. Standing elegantly on the western end of the property, the Connoisseur's Cottage enjoys a panoramic view of Brown's Mountains, the mirror lake and the French-inspired kitchen garden.
Enjoy breakfast at the sun-drenched courtyard and feast on the breathtaking view of the Australian bushland amidst the manicured rose and gourmet kitchen gardens. Recharge with an energising game of tennis. Swim in the indoor lap pool as you relax to the setting of the sun behind the Brown's Mountains. Wind down with your favourite Shiraz or Chardonnay at the gazebo and watch the ducks dive in and out of the mirror lake.
Savour cooking over the sandstone wood burning barbecue and pizza oven as you watch the sun set behind the mountains. Or book at table at the fabulous restaurants in Berry: South on Albany, Burrows, The Wharf or the Silos Estate.
Awaken your senses with a visit to the delicious wineries: Two Figs, Silos Estate, Coolangatta Estate, Cambewarra Estate and Mountain Ridge.
Leave your footprints on the exhilarating walking trails at Shoalhaven Heads, Nowra Grotto Walk or Bomaderry Creek Nature Reserve. You will be blown away by the sheer majesty of these spectacular and subtly hidden heritage sites.
Read our wonderful reviews on our sister property Garden Hill Spa Retreat (The Magnolia Cottage). Visit our blogs and video clips on Garden Hill Spa Retreat on wordpress and youtube.
To make your holiday relaxing, we provide farm fresh eggs, breakfast provisions, a bottle of wine and chocolates, linen and towels. Simply chill out and be mesmerised by the sublime beauty of Garden Hill.
Message or email us if you have a special celebration: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, honeymoons and even babymoons, and we would do our best to help make your stay unforgettable.
Following is the wonderful review we received from a very happy guest:
The Connoisseur "Sandstone" Cottage is a love affair between the Arts and English heritage. The dwelling features an indoor wood fire place, master bedroom, shower amenities, indoor plus outdoor dining, veranda with a garden patch that have various herbs such parsley, coriander, mint, and thyme. In addition to the above luxury amenities the stay included an outdoor wood fire "sandstone" oven.
As my wife and I sat outdoors during breakfast we can we see the transition from the dwelling to the lake and were taken away by the hills in the backdrop. There afterwards, we played a sporting game of tennis then took a wonder around the garden and the lake. Later the evening we would relax by the indoor pool, which can be used throughout the year. In addition to the above, we learnt the site will feature a playground for Croquet, which is a gentleman's/woman's game.
The Garden Spa is also within proximity via vehicle to Queen Street in Berry, which has diverse restaurants and cafes plus much needed body message services in the area. Berry has a local history of both English convicts and Aboriginal settlement so check out the local museum (Free entry).
My wife and I travel quite a lot and we rarely give 5/5 but this place is an exception. Overall, we loved it and look forward to coming back!