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Grey Gums - feel the serenity

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom house on a 12 acre property, outdoor tub and firepit, close to town.

Grey Gums is an owner built, eco friendly, charming, unique house, offering great value accommodation, hand crafted from recycled materials and sandstone coloured Timbercrete bricks. Surrounded by tall gums, the house is set on 12 acres. It features quality, woodwork fittings and furnishings for you to enjoy. It is light and spacious and exudes serenity.

There are 4 bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed and one has a king single also. We supply quality linen for you. There is a 3 way bathroom and an ensuite bathroom with the master bedroom. 3 spacious showers and 2 bath tubs add to the comfort of your stay. This will enable many guests to get ready for a wedding or to relax after a long day in the outdoors.

We can accommodate a small 10th person on our fold out bed.

There is a hot outdoor shower and bathtub in which to soak providing soothing relaxation under the stars amidst the serenity of grey gums, scribbly gums and other native bush, rain or shine.

Enjoy al fresco dining in our new outdoor, covered area.

There are 4 sets of outdoor tables and chairs for different uses.

Outdoor fire pit surrounded by rustic seating enhances your stay on cosy nights.

We provide all the wood for the outdoor fire pit and the indoor wood heater.

View the night sky and constellations with no light pollution.

There is a large, well equipped modern kitchen with a coffee maker and an outdoor barbecue.

A selection of teas, coffee, milk and olive oil are provided.

You are welcome to add to your meals with tasty treats from our kitchen garden and citrus trees when the veggies, herbs and fruit are in season.

As we make our own electricity and solar hot water, collect rain water, and take care of sewage on site, you can minimize your environmental impact. We recycle all the plastics, metal, glass, paper and organics in the bins provided. You don't need to bring bottled water as the rain water is very clean to drink and tastes fantastic but is safe as we use a UV light to kill microbes, not chlorine.

Relax in front of the cosy, wood fired heater to watch TV ----- or lose yourself in a good book. There is a variety of indoor games and lots of perfect holiday reading in our collection of books and magazines for both children and adults and many nooks for relaxing.

Kangaroos, wombats and a variety of native birds frequent the property, which backs on to a nature reserve overlooking the Kangaroo River. Spring time is the time to see the echidnas out on a walkabout. For those energetic souls, or those who love a casual stroll, this provides for some very scenic bush walking. There is also a 250m bush walk on the property with many local plants identified and discussed. Due to our natural setting, with many wild animals and that we border the Kangaroo River Nature Reserve, which has fox (and DOG!) poisoning bait stations, we cannot be a pet friendly accommodation.

Bushwalk (medium difficulty) for approximately 30 minutes to the Kangaroo River through scribbly gum forest and dry and shallow creek bed for a refreshing swim.

A ping pong table and a pool table are also provided for your enjoyment. There is plenty of space for backyard ball games too.

We realize that it can be difficult to keep connected in Kangaroo Valley so we offer free WiFi and a cordless phone for local calls and incoming calls. There is also phone docks on which to play your music.

We are keen to keep it rented and will do what we can to accommodate you. The owners/managers live on site and will do whatever we can to assist you to make your stay an enjoyable experience. An early check in or a late check out can usually be arranged at no extra cost. This is only possible if we have no other guests arriving or departing on your dates.

It is only 5 mins by car or a 30 minute stroll to Kangaroo Valley's boutique coffee shops and cafes, as well as interesting shops and galleries to browse.

Kangaroo Valley is a cyclists' paradise. There are a number of excellent road and mountain bike trails to enjoy.

For those people who would like to enjoy the 'Flavours of the Valley' cooking classes, it is only 2 minutes drive from Grey Gums.

For groups of 6 or more, 'Flavours of the Valley' are happy to conduct classes any time, any day. To enquire, please visit the 'flavours of the valley' website.

Visit the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Farm Museum to learn about Kangaroo Valley's intrepid forebears.

Rent canoes to paddle the Kangaroo River or fish for carp and bass.

Horse riding, swimming, tennis, golf, cooking lessons ..........

Situated half way between the Highlands and the Coast, Kangaroo Valley is an excellent base for exploring these regions.

The base rate is for 6 people.

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE. Give a special time away as a gift for those special people you know.

There are many other attractions in the area.

More Details

Dennis Nickell
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Tongan
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Dennis Nickell

Retired woodwork/science/outdoor education teacher who built the house with the help of friends and tradesmen. I like to mtn bike ride, fish, garden and bushwalk. From Montana, lived in Australia for 25 years.

Dennis Nickell purchased this house in 2010

Why Dennis Nickell chose Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley is such a lovely place in so many ways and we decided to settle down here.

What makes this house unique

We love the outdoors and lifestyle in Kangaroo Valley. It has so much going for it in so many ways.


Kangaroo Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , 3 way bathroom can be used simultaneously by 3 people
    Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower , This is attached to bedroom 1
    Outdoor Bathroom - tub , outdoor shower , Hot water for luxurious bathing under the stars.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Grey Gums - feel the serenity
average rating of 5.0 based on 50 reviews
Sydney NSW

Fantastic House - wonderful surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

Sit back and unwind or get out and get amongst nature at this beautifully appointed property – this house offers you plenty of options during your stay. My 3 boys especially loved the big backyard (as they are all cricket mad), the fire pit (amply stocked with firewood), the outdoor bath, and last but not least, the pool table. It's close to the river for the kayak/canoe enthusisasts and only a few minutes into town for supplies or a pick-me-up coffee or pub meal.

Our hosts, Helen and Dennis, were very welcoming and were happy to give us tips on what to see and do during our stay. A highlight being Flat Rock, a wonderful swimming spot, only 15 minutes drive from the property. We would definitely visit Grey Gums again - next time with a bigger group. :-)

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jeff, it was lovely meeting you and your well mannered boys. We hope your wife can make it here next time.
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Excellent tranquil property

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 had an amazing holiday at Grey Gums. The house was perfect with great size bedrooms and ample living area...especially the kitchen. We loved the outdoor area and spent much of our time by the fire pit cooking marshmallows and telling stories. The herb and vegetable garden was also a bonus and the parrots that came twice a day to be hand fed was certainly a nice surprise. I would definitely recommend Grey Gums as the perfect family getaway.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming Megan, the birds will miss you!
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely house!

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a beautiful setting. Love the house, it has a good flow and a very well equipped kitchen! We did lots of bush walking and also lots of relaxation outside. Love the fire pit. Once there it is hard to tear yourself away! The owners are very friendly. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was nice meeting you and your family Anna, thanks for the kind words. We hope you can return for more bush walking.
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Clean & Tidy House, Very Well Equipped!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property in Kangaroo Valley with everything you need for the whole family!

From kitchen appliances to plastic ware for the kids, and plenty or space and games for the whole family to enjoy.

I loved the little touches throughout the entire house, the owners Dennis & Helen have put a lot of effort into maintaining the vegetable garden and the abundant amount of fire wood was amazing!

The pool table and table tennis were a bonus, with the whole family able to enjoy the property.

The Kangaroos come right onto the property and laze around if you're lucky! We saw lots of different animals whilst here, and we also enjoyed the little bush walk with the little statues for the kids to find!

Another bush walk was just down the driveway with a fun walk about 1km long leading to the river to either swim in or take in the scenery. Lots of fun, my son loved the space on the property to run and have a ball.

Would love to return to this property in the future, perfect for friends to stay as well!

xxx Alexandra & Family

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comprehensive review. We hope we can change the 4 stars to 5 when you return.
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A really great house

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Grey Gums!! The house is so beautiful, great rooms, a kitchen with everything you can think of, a huge fire pit and an outdoor bath! We will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Daisy, we do hope you can return sometime.
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

So peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful house! Kitchen well stocked with all the appliances/utensils you will need and all the linen provided is such great quality. The kids had a great time running around outside in the open, and we as parents felt safe enough to let them as the house is well back from the road, set on a nice secluded bit of land. Information provided by hosts was excellent, and they were very approachable if we had of needed anything. Definately recommend Grey Gums, nice and relaxing and the house itself is beautiful. We will definitely stay again!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Ali, we are glad you had such a good time here. We hope to see you again.
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Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Friendly Inn Kangaroo Valley
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Kangaroo Valley Resort
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Hume Highway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Bistro 147, Kangaroo Valley
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Bush retreat 5 minutes from KV

Kangaroo Valley is nestled in the mountains near the coast and has many natural and man made attractions. There is a large lake for fishing, swimming and non-motor boating/canoeing, national parks for walking sightseeing with many streams/waterfalls/canyons, wildlife abounds. There are also many cafes and other shops, horse riding, golfing, tennis, etc.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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