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KOOKAWOOD a country house

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,238 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

unique country house - amazing views - pet friendly

Stone and timer beam farm house with beautiful views of the Blue mountains,

strictly an adults only property and 2 night minimum stay.

visit our own website before booking or enquiry - for super special rates - search for kookawood rural retreat

Featured in Country Style Magazine and location for the Jag/Colerado winter catalogue

and also featured Best Romantic stays in NSW by sun Herald.

Location for Macquarie shopping center mini movie.

Also available as location for photography

(please enquire about details and cost)

Step in the door and step back in time to a bygone era.

Filled with a collection of antiques and rustic country furniture / curios and constructed using recycled timber beams and reclaimed windows and doors from country properties and hotels. Everything in the house has a history and has been collected over a life time of treasure hunting.

At kookawood we aim to give our guests a unique experience so dont expect to see any modern furniture here. Except of course for modern conveniences like TV, Foxtel , Air conditioner, Bathroom inside the house has clawfoot bathtub overhead shower

and continuous hot water

Separate toilet room has a hand basin and mirror with eco friendly toilet.

Enjoy a luxurious soak in our outdoor clawfoot bath with a view

full country kitchen inc Smeg fridge/ dishwasher/microwave/gas cook top / electric double oven and grill /crockery / coffee pod machine / BBQ. Lounge room has six armchairs and two lovely 3 seat couches so lots of places to sit back and relax.

Huge open plan Lounge/dining/kitchen with large windows that have spectacular views out across the Blue mountains. Sunny upstairs reading room filled with books for those wanting to enjoy some quiet time curled up with a book on one of our comfy couches.

Both bedrooms, wrap around verandah and outdoor entertaining area have fantastic views and BBQ is undercover so you can enjoy it year round.

Enjoy a glass of wine in front of the large romantic log fire or snuggle up in front of the large screen TV and spend the night watching cable TV or choose a movie from our large collection of DVD's.

Another TV and DVD player also located in 2nd bedroom upstairs.

Telstra Prepaid wifi device is available at the house for internet access

- you will need to pay via your mobile to activate the device before use $20 will give you 3 GB of data to use within 7 days . Although there may be data remaining from previous guest stay which would be free to use.

We have a large reverse cycle air conditioner in the main living area for heating in winter or cooling during summer if you dont wish to use the

Huge romantic open fireplace at the heart of the home.

We provide one bag of wood free - please bring more if needed

lounge , dining and kitchen are open plan with 7m high cathedral ceiling.

CD's - multimedia system also takes ipod and iphone

great mobile reception.

Sleeps:- 4 adults maximum

( sorry no children - due to dams and ponds on rural property and the many antiques and collectables which are not easily replaced if broken )

King size bed upstairs - 2 adults ( 1 couple)

King size bed downstairs - 2 adults ( 1 couple)

(both bedrooms have dual control electric blankets,antique wrought iron beds/feather doonas / pillows/ pure cotton sheets)

please bring your own pillow if you have a preference

Under cover parking for 2 cars

We like to maintain a tranquil wildlife friendly environment so no motorbikes or shooting permitted on the property.

For your added security, this property is only managed in Australia and we never request payments be made to overseas bank accounts.

Read on for more property information


Only a 20 minute drive to shops and restaurants

Entry to the property is via a private 1 km long driveway off a quiet country road.

our driveway is unsealed

Japanese bathhouse / hot baths over looking the lake / nearby - 8 mins drive

Only a short drive to:-

Lithgow town - 20 min (supermarkets,cafe's,shops)

Zig Zag Boutique beers / tours and lunch on saturdays - 25 minutes

Lake Lyell fishing/swimming/water sports - 5 mins

Japanese Bath house 15 minutes drive ( massage and spa's)

Truffle hunting / mushrooms in Oberon

Lovers of goats cheese ( Jannai goats cheese dairy )

Jenolan Caves - 35 mins

Horse riding /quad bikes - oberon high country trail rides - 35 mins

Blue Mountains attractions - 30 / 40mins

Bathurst - 40 mins

local country pubs - 10 - 20mins ( Rydal Pub only 8km)

Enjoy bush walking and exploring the 200 acre property

Swimming water sports and fishing - Lake Lyell 5 minutes drive away

Catch freshwater yabbies in the dam just behind the house.

Gas BBQ and entertaining area overlooks the pond and views

Outdoor CD player for music outside. BBQ is on the balcony / undercover so can be used year round .

Meet and feed our friendly pet cows / horses .

Watch kangaroos and wildlife from the house / balcony

Upstairs bedroom and library room have windows overlooking the dam so you can watch the animals drinking at the waterhole.

Please note: weekend rate is charged for any dates that include either a Friday or Saturday night. - public holiday long weekends 3 night minimum stay

( we do sometimes take 2 night stays at a higher rate - so please enquire)

This not a B&B so we do not provide food or any other services


Your pet will love a holiday here too!

Maximum of 1 large to medium dog - or 2 small dogs upon prior approval

please advise breed and number of dogs

Dangerous, aggressive or noisy dogs are not permitted on the property.

Plenty of room to run around and lots exploring to do.

We are dog owners so understand that your pet is an important member of the family too! and of course you want to take them on holidays with you.

Kookawood has a fenced backyard (250 m/2 + area just outside the back door or access via a doggie door - plenty of room to run and play ) not suitable for dogs that may jump over or dig under fence!

We also have a doggie door that leads out onto the front balcony so they can come and go as they please while you sit out on the balcony and soak up the beautiful views. (Front garden is not fenced - only back yard is fenced ).

There is a large pond in the front garden - we do ask that people keep their pets out.

If your dog goes for swim in the dam on the property please dry off before entering the house.

- we do have a few simple requests for all guests with pets.

Linen in the house is for human use only ! please bring your own dog blankets.

Cleaning will be charged if there is a need to wash blankets due to dog hair or paw prints.

Dogs must be on a leash when walking thru paddocks where farm animals reside

( injury to our animals can be caused by them having to run away from excited pets and or injury to your dog if they kick to protect themselves)

We do require that all owners with pets that shed hair use the vacuum before departure to remove any hair from carpets and floors.

If your pet does not like to be left alone and barks or is destructive please do not leave your pet at the house or in the garden unattended. We have a list of pet friendly cafe's and other places so you can take them on your days out.

Please pick up doggie poo from the garden surrounding the house and put in garbage bin before departure.

Our very friendly hand raised cows and horses and are known to pop their heads in the car if you stop to say hello - do not open the window if your dog is going to hurt them ( carrots and apples welcome !)

More Details

Fiona or Michael
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

Why Fiona or Michael chose Rydal

truly unique property built using recycled bridge beams, stone and

recycled materials. But with all the modern comforts of a new home.

spectacular views and private/ peaceful location

only 15 minute drive to shops and restaurants

or visit world famous Jenolan Caves

Ideal spot to see native wildlife - kangaroos / wombats / kookaburra

What makes this house unique

enjoy seeing native wildlife at the doorstep

we even have nightly visits from wombats who like to

graze on the lawn. Kangaroos in abundance on the property and right outside the front door.


Rydal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2238 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • no parties or loud music pets must be friendly and well behaved ( we do not allow aggressive or noisy dogs ) house must be left tidy on departure
  • only guests booked to stay overnight are allowed on the property if you wish to have visitors we must be advised and it approved prior to checkin
  • cottage must be left tidy on departure this means dishes washed and put away all items back in their original positions.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Clawfoot bath with overhead shower in bathroom plus seperate toilet room with additional washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - king size bed
    Bedroom 2 - king size bed
  • there are 2 king size beds fitted with quality cotton sheets / feather doonas and pillows each bed has dual control electric blankets
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


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KOOKAWOOD a country house
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Great weekend

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, wonderful quiet and relaxing weekend. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Beautiful and stunning location and property

  • 5 of 5

Words cannot describe the beauty of Kookawood. It is a stunning and unique property that is perfect for a weekend getaway away from the hustle and bustle of life in Sydney.

Our time at Kookawood was very relaxing with such a homely feel, that you cannot help but be in awe of the time and effort that the owners have put into the place.

I would highly recommend Kookawood to anyone. I know we will definitely be going back in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Beautiful Spot.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely owners, beautiful property, and wonderful house. I'd definitely recommend it to others - especially those who like to take along their dogs on holidays.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Unique Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

It is with hesitation that I write this review as I would like to keep how fantastic this property is to myself! Just a short drive from Lithgow but a million miles from anywhere with views that are spectacular at anytime of the day. The yesteryear cottage has so much character - big comfy lounges, grand fire place and decent stove. Gorgeous old things everywhere but no lack of comfort. Beds really big and comfortable and high quality linen and the water pressure for those hot showers is excellent. I would have no hesitation in staying again, that is if there is ever a free booking now everyone knows how good it is.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
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We had a magical time at Kookawood. Thankyou so much for babysitting our Buddy! You have done an ama

  • 5 of 5

We had a magical time at Kookawood. Thankyou so much for babysitting our Buddy! You have done an amazing job on this home, it really is a dream home!See you next time! Donna, Charlie and Buddy.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
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Again a wonderful experience to share your outstanding home, you must be so proud of it. Lovely view

  • 5 of 5

Again a wonderful experience to share your outstanding home, you must be so proud of it. Lovely views and walks again and our dogs had a wonderful time. Thankyou for looking after us so well in all aspects, it makes it so restful!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Other Activities:

Jenolan caves / Blue mountains

35 minute drive to the jenolan caves

or tourist attractions in blue mountains

Lake Lyell for fishing/ swimming and water sports

only a 5 minute drive away

15 - 20 minute drive to lithgow town / shops etc


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund