Rustic but charming renovated old cottage on 84 acres of beachfront
About Carolyn Parish
We are a retired couple, Carolyn and Leon, a former English teacher and a clinical psychologist. This was our holiday cottage and we later built a home to retire to and where our grown children and grandchildren can visit and enjoy the beach and countryside.
Carolyn Parish purchased this Cottage in 1984
Why Carolyn Parish chose Bawley Point
Leon loved surfing (body surfing) and both of us had always lived near the beach in Sydney. Carolyn and our daughters loved horses. Our ideal was to find a place where we could enjoy country, beach and keep (and possibly breed) some horses. We would come here for weekends and school holidays and keep some horses on agistment with our own. We did breed two foals, and still have one of the children's horses still living on the property, who has reached the age of 35years. He was two and a half when we bought him. He has two, also aged, mares (not ours) sharing with him. They have also lived here for most of their lives.
What makes this Cottage unique
The property has changed since we bought it. It had almost no trees, and was stark and bare. Now it is wooded and much prettier. We could see the beach from the cottage. Those views have been lost, but it is more attractive now. When we came here first there was no shopping centre and only a scattering of houses nearby. We would go into the forest to see kangaroos. Now they live on our land. There are always some to be seen and joeys in many pouches. There are also wallabies and possums, including sugar gliders (though they're very shy) and echidnas (also shy)
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100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
My partner and I found this property to be somewhat old school but it worked. We had a very comfortable stay and the property is just breath taking! Such a peaceful location and we will definitely stay there again, sooner rather than later I hope!
Bed is very comfy too.
Rustic cottage in a handy, quiet location
My partner and I spent three nights at Millgrove and really enjoyed it. We very much appreciated the enclosed verandah and the functional kitchen. While the road is probably only 25 metres away, we really didn't hear much traffic at all. Being just a 5 minute walk away from a really decent take-away / fish and chip shop was also very handy. We'll certainly come back.
Very very basic accommodation which we shared with rodents and cleanliness left a lot to be desired
I regret that the cottage did not meet your expectations. It is old, rustic, rural, set among trees and grassland with many kinds of native wildlife: kangaroos, wallabies, possums and even the tiny sugar glider. In 30 years of holidaying and living in the cottage itself, I have never seen any of these inside. However we have updated the electronic deterrents.
a kangaroo haven in rustic old charm settings
The accommodation was very basic but clean and kitchen was well stocked. Beds were comfortable. We had 2 nights there, the first night watching TV, second night playing scrabble. There were loads of kangaroos on the property, it was good to see they can enjoy the open space of an old dairy farm to roam on. The place also has lots of birds, black cockatoos were quite vocal while we were there. It was nice to get up in the morning and look out into open grass land, and feel you are in a timeless era.
The website did not mention that you can drive close to the beach, not having to walk 600m each time. You can walk to shops, quite convenient.
A review mentioned the dampness. We did not have that problems, the sheets smelled freshly laundered too. Considering the cottage was old and no ventilation in the bathroom with a large palm tree close on northern side, it could be quite damp in wet weather particularly when bathroom get used often.
We did not leave food lying around at night so did not have rodent problems as another review mentioned. Also did not notice any trace of pest in the premise.
One problem is the mosquitoes, not many but if you are sensitive to mosies bites then make use of the insect repellent provided.
It would have been great if the cottage was not so close to the road, during the night the occasional car/truck noise were audible. Only a minor set back.
Overall I think Milgrove cottage is a unique place, offering a glimpse of old time and quite restful for the souls . For the similar price, you can be stuck in a tiny motel room or shared facilities in caravan park. If your pets like to chase living animals, I would leave them at home. The place is not dog proof.
Unfortunately more rundown than rustic
We loved the location of Milgrove Cottage - it's a very special place. The house was as clean as possible, little touches like the fresh flower arrangements were lovely, the host was friendly and our dog enjoyed the large grassy backyard. However, the cottage would greatly benefit from a little TLC. I don't want to run it down - I just want to make sure people are given the correct information so they aren't as shocked as we were when they arrive. The (asbestos!) roof and gutters really need to be replaced - evidence of previous water leaks and poor ventilation have resulted in serious damp issues. The bedrooms in particular were very damp and musty - when we went to bed the sheets were damp and we slept with the pedestal fan on all night to try and keep the air moving and the smell of mould down. When we were at the house we spent our time out on the deck or in the small TV room that was not as damp. It's an old house so I expected a few issues but the damp and mould were too much. If this could be resolved we would definitely holiday here again... Murramarang beach is beautiful and we often had it to ourselves even though we were there during the summer holidays. The shops are in walking distance and the new volunteer built pathway is great - walk the dog to the Bawley café one way or Racecourse beach the other. Note that the yard is not securely fenced so your dog needs to be well controlled. There were a lot of kangaroos around and they even came into the house yard - our dog was just intimidated by them but if your dog is a chaser then this could be an issue. We would love to come back and holiday at Milgrove Cottage again if the damp and mould issues can be resolved.
Beautiful property/rustic cottage
This cottage was good value for money. The cottage is rustic with all the necessary requirements. The property is really lovely and so good being on the beach. Great place for dogs but they need to be well controlled as there is no fencing. Thankyou for a relaxing stay.