Welcome. Let’s step into the high-ceilinged rooms with beautiful jarrah floors and explore.
In Annie's air-conditioned bedroom you will find an old fashioned double brass bed, a writing desk and an antique cot. In Rosie’s Retreat, depending on the time of day you can either slumber in the ornate single day bed or nestle in the comfortable old lounge chair. ‘The Dormitory’ is also the grandchildren’s play room. Here you can flop on one of the two single beds or put your feet up on the double sofa and perhaps tap away on your tablet.
Annie and Rosie’s rooms become quiet areas by simply closing the hallway door. ‘The Dormitory’ is adjacent to the family room. There is hanging space in all bedrooms. Freshly laundered, lovely, bed linen, plumped pillows, toiletries and towels are provided with compliments.
The air-conditioned family room has an amply cushioned day bed and comfortable lounge chairs. It is the hub of the home. If you enjoy jigsaws or games then this is the place to be. Simply open the bookcase cabinets then let the fun and challenges begin or, you can just sit back and watch TV or a DVD.
The light filled kitchen overlooks the treed backyard with a paved area shaded by a beautiful old peppercorn tree. Young ones assure me that this is a fairy tree.
The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, fridge/freezer, gas cooker, microwave and utensils galore. You are welcome to create culinary delights or simply eat on the run. You are also welcome to sample the assortment of coffee and teas provided.
The kitchen abuts the dining area and combines the old with the new. For example, if you enjoy supping from fine china and etched glassware complemented with damask napkins, then the dining dresser is the place to explore. If you prefer a more minimalist style then simply use the practical, plain, dishwasher proof setting. The dining room has an old oak table that is perfect for a game of bridge or similar and can be extended to seat six at meal times.
Friends and family asked that mention be made of the front verandah. It is a favoured place to sit and gaze out at the hills, enjoy a cuppa or a glass of wine, listen to music, read and relax, or watch the sunset. On a balmy evening simply turn on the ceiling fan and the misting system then top up your glass.
At a more practical level there are appliances such as a washing machine, iron and ironing board. If there is anything like this that you need just ask and I'll let you know whether or not it is available.
The cottage accommodates 6 people nightly price is for 4 people, additional costs for more people. You can park behind the home or on the front verge.
The Blackwood River, with its walking track, canoeing potential, BBQ/picnic area, playground and markets every second Sunday is a stone's throw away. You can meander down to town along the old railway track through the Ashbil Community Garden with a market on the last Saturday of the month or over the little bridge, down the footpath past the old church and the deli.
The main street hosts cafes, restaurants and hotels that cater to a broad range of tastes. The Cidery, with locally made premium ciders and award-winning beers, is several blocks away. Tucked between these eateries you will find two supermarkets and a variety of unique outlets. For example, there are the diverse works of local artists and artisans, vintage clothing and wares, crafts and exquisite quilting fabrics, a bookshop, and even special extras such as organic flower bouquets and locally made skin care products. Around the corner from these is the laundromat and the newsagent.
The Visitors Centre website lists even more things for you to see and do: upcoming events, forest and bush walks, scenic drives, cycling, Greenbushes natural swimming pool, wineries, tours and places of interest. If you are interested in the history of Bridgetown then call into the Old Gaol Museum.
The Winter Festival, Bridgetown Blues and Garden Festivals are included in previous visitors' favourites. Other events, just down the track, include the Balingup Medieval Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Manjimup Cherry Festival and Pemberton Unearthed Festival.
We look forward to your visit to beautiful Bridgetown.