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Half Moon Retreat Braidwood

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

The house is a beautiful 1903 Federation weatherboard which was moved from Hornsby (Sydney) and lovingly restored with an additional section added to make it a luxurious five-bedroom house with magnificent sweeping views on three sides of the Budawang Mountains and surounding countryside. Spectacular sunrises over the misty mountains just take your breath away! Brilliant night skies, dotted with shooting stars.....

Timber floorboards, high ceilings, french doors that open to huge balconies which run around almost the entire house, where you can sit and watch the sea eagles soar overhead or the wombats graze nearby.

The lounge is amazing! Comfortable sofas, a cosy fireplace and lots of books so you can just curl up, read a good book and savour the peace and tranquility. Lots of books for children too!

It's a place to recharge the batteries and feed the soul!


There are five bedrooms. The main bedroom has a king size bed, a fantastic view through the french doors that open to the side balcony, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.

Two queen-size bedrooms, beautifully presented, cosy and comfortable.

A boys bedroom with 2 bunk beds, one a double and another single, so sleeps four. A girls room with 2 single bunk beds and a double bed, also sleeps four.

An extensive library with a huge range of excellent books is a key feature. What better way to spend an afternoon than reading a good book amidst such divine suroundings!

The kitchen is made from recycled wool-shed floor boards and boasts a bright fire-engine-red AGA stove which is just stunning! It is great for keeping the kitchen area warm in winter and also for cooking the most delicious roasts ever!

The Aga stove also heats the water that goes to the water heaters in each bedroom to keep them warm and cosy in the winter months.

Double-glazed windows on three sides of the loung/dining/kitchen keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer.

This is a truly GREEN house - a house of the future. It is powered by the sun, made primarily from recycled timber and has a very small carbon footprint!

The Surrounds

Half Moon Retreat is set in 335 acres of virgin bush which has been designated as a Wild Life Refuge. It is a very special place, teaming with flora and fauna some quite unique to this area. The property has a rich history with many diggings and water races, testament to the bustling Gold Rush period of the 1800s and originally part of the range of the Walbanga/Wandandian Aboriginal tribes.

Its boundaries on three sides are the Mongarlowe River, Bob's Creek and Feagan's Creek. A chain of lagoons on one boundary is home to an incredible range of wildlife, featuring a family of stately black swans with their cygnets trailing along.....

You can take the most amazing bush walks or, in summer, swim in the Mongarlowe River along side the platypus! Or you can just sit and read quietly and listen to the hush of the bush! It is a place to relax and restore your energies.

Half Moon Retreat is indeed a magnificent luxury bush paradise!

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018


Charleys Forest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 6 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • winery tours


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Half Moon Retreat Braidwood
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
Narooma, New South Wales, Australia

Simply stunning

  • 5 of 5

If you want to meet up with friends or family in southern NSW, you can't beat this wonderful property. Unlike most properties, the photos don't do this property and house justice. The central living area is extremely comfortable with sweeping views. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils. There are 5 bedrooms, one with an ensuite. The deck is spacious and perfect for relaxing. There are lovely walks on the property and the bushwalking track network into the Western Budawangs (Wog Wog creek access) is nearby. We stayed there as a group of 7 bushwalkers and had a marvellous time.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Excellent property

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect place for celebrating a special birthday with 5 couples. Plenty of room, comfortable beds, and a wonderful view of the Budawangs. We had a good frost while there and also found platypus. Reg had left plenty of wood for the 2 fires so we were very cosy.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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We absolutely adored Half Moon Retreat! The photos on Stayz do not do the property justice. The hous

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely adored Half Moon Retreat! The photos on Stayz do not do the property justice. The house is beautiful, spacious and very well kept. There were so many extras that made our stay absolutely brilliant. Hundreds of books, stacks of boardgames, kites and rafts, even a blow up pool! This property had absolutely everything. We used the rafts and took our own kayak on the river - simply fantastic! I would not have asked for a better place to stay and the manager Reg was very kind and welcoming. Thank you for a brilliant, relaxing retreat!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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My family including our inlaws from the UK enjoyed our stay very much thank you. The view took our

  • 5 of 5

My family including our inlaws from the UK enjoyed our stay very much thank you. The view took our breath away as we walked into the living room and we enjoyed it for the entire weekend. The beds and pillows were comfortable and there was plenty of space for all of us. We appreciated the extensive book collection and kids DVDs, not to mention the numerous bush walks on your expansive property. We'll bring our kayak next time to enjoy your beautiful waterhole.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2012
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Other Activities:

Budawang National Park


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 6 guests. Property has 10 beds and can sleep a maximum 14 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $600 per stay