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The Church at Laggan, Luxury Weekend Getaway

Bedrooms 2
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

The Church @ Laggan is located on an elevated block on the edge of the historic village of Laggan, 8km outside Crookwell in the beautiful rolling hills of the southern highlands.

Built in 1876 from local stone and timber by the Presbyterian congregation surrounding Laggan the church was used until 1943. It was then bought by a local farmer and used as a shearing shed until the early 2000's. Purchased by the current owners in 2009 it has been lovingly converted to luxury residential accommodation.

The original Church building is solid local granite stone buttressed walls with pointed arched timber windows and original handmade double entry doors. It sits on over an acre of grassed land with 2 stands of large eucalyptus and a courtyard of white cedars on the northern side creating a shady haven for warmer days. the elevated position gives the church beautiful views over the village of Laggan and to the hills beyond.

Heating is provided with a wood burning fire in the main space as well as a gas heater to provide instant heat for late arrivals. There is another wood fire in the bathroom to provide a little luxury to go with the large free-standing bath.

Kitchen facilities are extensive and all new including fridge, combination convection + microwave oven and dishwasher. A large lounge and separate tub chairs with footrests provide fantastic spaces for relaxing and chatting. The tub chairs invite you sit and slumber in front of the fire with some local wine and cheese. The dining table seats six for family meals in front of the fire.

The original church space contains a large lounge / dining / kitchen area and a separate TV lounge area which allows for separate activities for couples or family groups. There is a queen bed on the mezzanine in the church area, a separate queen bedroom in the corrugated iron addition, a single folding bed and single sofa bed in the TV area under the mezzanine and a single bed size lounge in the main space.

The large bathroom contains a free-standing bath, separate shower, toilet and vanity and a wood burning fireplace. The bathroom has a large picture window with views across the rear yard and adjoining farmland, very private and picturesque, and an original pointed arched window which can be opened up for views into the church and out the opposite side window.

Designed to cater for 1 or 2 couples or a family the sleeping and living arrangements are flexible and functional.

Original features were retained when the property was renovated and as much of the new work was done using materials recycled from the original building. The floor of the church is beautiful original timber. The narrow floor boards in the 'shed' side were recycled from the shearing shed and are soaked in lanolin from the fleeces. The orange colour on the kitchen is derived from the coloured glass above the entry doors when the sun streams through it.

The property was featured in the Sun Herald property magazine in June 2012 with a story on the history and renovation.

The historic village of Laggan is located 2-3 hours from Sydney and 1 hour from Canberra on the tourist route from the Southern Highlands to Bathurst or Oberon to the north. Nearby are boutique wineries, Willowvale Mill, Lavender Farm, Willowtree Sculpture Garden, Country markets, heritage buildings and interesting tour drives.

Willowvale Mill is located in the village and is highly rated by SMH Good Food Guide and other food and wine sources. It provides quality food from local produce in a quirky setting with good wine list and many regulars. Bookings are essential and recommended for a good night out.

The Pantry in Laggan is a restaurant and coffee shop set in landscaped gardens serving quality food for late breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is available for a single meal or for group functions.

The Laggan Hotel exists in a time warp. It is a genuine small town country pub which provides a comfy rustic venue for a quiet drink and chat with friends and locals.

Willowtree Sculpture Garden in Laggan is a beautiful landscaped garden including significant outdoor sculptures, they run sculpture masterclasses and an annual exhibition over the first weekend in November commencing 2016.

Crookwell is only a five minute drive and provides a supermarket, cafes, pubs, restaurants, banks, shops and a hospital. There are many interesting historic buildings and local businesses in Crookwell which service the tourist and local farmers including Big River Produce and The Sock Factory.

The Upper Lachlan Tourist Association office provides advice on the local area with maps, produce, gifts, tours and excellent local tips.

The town of Tarralga is another local town approximately 20 minutes drive away with many heritage properties and interesting shops including a saddlery, pubs, take-away and produce store. On the road to Tarralga is the Lavender Farm where lavender is grown, harvested and made into a large number of products for sale. Drop in for a look and a tour around the farm.

Wineries in the locality include Lochanni and Kingsdale wineries, while the vineyard to the rear of the church is Nick Bullieds' Hatherleigh pinot vines, an excellent local wine which is available in the IGA in Crookwell.


Lounge Area with wood fire, large lounge, 2 x large tub chairs.

Dining table for 6.

Study desk and lamp.

TV area with flat screen TV, Satellite TV tuner, BlueRay player, ipod connection, 3 seater lounge / sofa bed + single seater lounge / bed.

2 Queen bed bedrooms - 1 is on the mezzanine in the church, the other is a separate room.

Kitchen with convection / microwave oven, fridge, dishwasher.

Cutlery, crockery, pots + pans, coffee plungers, sandwich hot plate, toaster, kettle. Bathroom with free-standing bath, separate shower, WC, heat lamps and woodfire.

Freshly laundered towels + linen provided.

Laundry with washer + dryer, ironing board + iron.

Boot room / airlock at side entry for wet shoes and jackets.

Over an acre of garden / lawn area around the church.

Tea, coffee, milk (individual serves) + biscuits provided.

Espresso coffee machine provided (not pods), occupants to provide ground coffee + milk.

Books, jigsaws, kite and games provided.

4G internet service is available at the property.



Fri - Sat (single night stays accepted)

Base rate is $295 / night for 2 adults, $350 / night for 3 adults, $400 / night for 4 adults, $25 / head for extra people. Children $25 / hd / night.

Please contact owners to check rates as reduced rates may apply for short notice or drive in bookings.


Sun through Thursday

$195 / night for 2 adults, $250 / night for 3 adults, $295 / night for 4 adults, $20 / head for extra adults / night. children $20 / hd / night.

Please contact owners to check rates as reduced rates may apply for short notice or drive in bookings.

Discounts for stays longer than 2 nights apply - please contact us for a quote.

Infants under 2 are free. Cot is not provided.

Tea, instant coffee, biscuits provided.

Deposit to secure booking is 50% of booking cost, balance of tarriff required a minimum of 14 days prior to occupation.

Refundable Security Deposit of $100/ night booked, or $500 for weekly bookings is required, taken as direct debit transfer or credit card details.

Preferred payment method - direct bank transfer. Other payment option is credit card secure payment though Stayz.

Cancellations - please refer to policy in Stayz conditions.

More Details

Michael Sandberg
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Michael Sandberg

We are a husband and wife team of architects that saw the Church for sale and made a snap decision to buy it and convert it from a sheep shed to a weekend accommodation for us and friends.

Michael Sandberg purchased this house in 2009

Why Michael Sandberg chose Laggan

The saw the potential to create an interesting property incorporating the mixed history of the church and the local farmer that used it as a sheep shed and to restore it to a contemporary home that would keep the building and ensure it would survive into the future.

What makes this house unique

The character of the stone exterior and the large spaces internally combined with the shearing shed and a contemporary take on the interiors is a unique combination that makes the Church an interesting place for a stay.


Laggan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , fireplace in bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    TV Area - 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1 x folding bed, 2 x single sofa beds
    Lounge - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 x single sofa bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • winery tours


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The Church at Laggan, Luxury Weekend Getaway
average rating of 4.75 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Love this place and will be back

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Like an oven in summer

  • 1 of 5

We were very disappointed at the lack of air conditioning at this accommodation. The two fans provided did nothing to make the stay bearable. We were hot and uncomfortable day and night. I could have stayed in a cheaper motel and had a cooler and far more comfortable experience and I will next time. I imagine it is freezing in winter too. such a shame as I was really looking forward to a relaxing stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Get away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at The Church. The location is quiet and tech free. Easy drive to Crookwell for supplies.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Glebe, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely time

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed out stay the place was very trendy and clean

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Albion Park, New South Wales, Australia

An amazing property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this property. Everything we needed was supplied. Amazing atmosphere, even provided snow on the last day. We will be back. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A Unique Gem

  • 5 of 5

Our stay this past weekend at the Church@Laggan is a reminder of how an innovative and creative mindset can breathe new life into an old building. The rich history of the Church along with modern day creature comforts made our stay relaxing, inspiring and very enjoyable. We enjoyed exploring the area too with recommendations to eat at The Laggan Pub and The Laggan Pantry (book early to avoid disappointment - something unfortunately we failed to do). We also enjoyed the drive to Wombeyan Caves and found the cave tours to be interesting and highly enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your beautiful corner of the world with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
The Pantry at Laggan
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Historic Laggan Village




Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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