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  1. Australia
  2. NSW
  3. Sydney
  4. Hawkesbury River
  5. #111394

Barakee Creek - The Old Shack

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bathroom


The Old Shack - is a self catered cottage and has been tastefully renovated with an abundance of unique character for couples to sit back and relax, to slow down and unwind. It is filled with furniture and fittings handcrafted on site from reclaimed materials. Set on 26 acres nestled in its own valley with Cattai Creek meandering through, there is only one guest cottage so you can be assured of your privacy. (sorry no children or pets)

The Old Shack was built around 1890 by the first landowner. It was built mainly from materials found on the property, rubble sandstone for the walls and round poles for the roof structure. It slowly fell into disrepair as a result of termite damage, fire and disuse.

For the first ten years of our ownership the Old Shack was deteriorating, with large cracks in the stone walls, and holes through the rusty corrugated roof. Repairs began with the intent to house the chooks and store hay. As the renovations took place we got a little carried away, creating the distinctive retreat that you see today. We have always called it 'The Old Shack' so I guess the name will stay.

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The Old Shack is located at Cattai, New South Wales on the tidal section of Cattai Creek approximately 60 minutes North West from Sydney CBD. It is situated on 26 acres in a very private valley with a short stroll to the wharf and bush walking tracks. Access to the creek by kayaks/canoes is by a gentle ramp. It is a short (4km) paddle downstream to the Hawkesbury River where you can picnic at Cattai National Park. The creek has a 4 knot speed zone which ensures paddlers are not disturbed by speeding watercraft.

Vehicle access - There is about 800 metres of maintained gravel driveway to the Old Shack which is suitable for all standard vehicles.

Boat access - You can access The Old Shack with your own boat (height restricted 1.4m at high tide at Cattai Bridge on Wisemans Ferry Road), 16km from Windsor boat ramp, 69km from Wisemans Ferry boat ramp and 125km from Berowra Waters boat ramp.

Things to do

We have a TV for watching DVDs (with limited TV reception). There are DVDs, board games and plenty of books and magazines for your enjoyment. If you are the type that can't sit still you can take the canoe for a paddle or follow the tracks though untouched native bush. Visit the local National Parks, there are great drives around the Hawkesbury River area, visit some historic sites, browse the shops have an ice cream, enjoy a cappuccino or play golf at the local golf courses.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Dishwasher, Parking

Books Ceiling fan Deck/Patio Dishes and utensils Dishwasher DVD player Fireplace Games Hair dryer Heating Iron and board Kitchen Lawn/Garden Linens provided Microwave Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Parking Refrigerator Stereo Stove Television Toaster Towels provided Video library
Barakee Creek - The Old Shack is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 29.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful restored shack Peaceful, relaxing and picturesque old shack. We only went for two nights but wished it was longer. Too many places to sit and relax and the plunge pool was fantastic. Great pizza oven too. Would definitely recommend The Old Shack and will definitely rebook.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding The most amazingly relaxing place ever! The attention to detail and the skill that has gone into this property are beyond belief.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Relaxation Everything was exactly what we expected and needed. Was far enough away from the city, but not too far to have to be in the car for hours. Could not fault this property at all. Everything was clean and fresh. The owners out did themselves.. from the greet to when we left. Will definitely be going back here again an again.
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immaculate This is a truly wonderful place to stay. 'The Old Shack' itself is immaculately conceived and finished. Everything is provided, the hosts are warm yet discreet and the firebox plunge pool is fantastic, if a little slow to heat up in winter. Give yourself plenty of time to get it to temperature! My wife and I had an amazing time and we will definitely return.
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love love love it!! Quiet. Clean. Relaxing. Secluded. Amazing cake and lovely hosts.
Date published: 2016-03-18
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