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Yanada Country Retreat

Bedrooms 6
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Yanada Retreat is a beautiful six bedroom country property with swimming pool, set on 38 acres of bush by the picturesque McDonald River, bounding the Yengo National Park and 2km outside the historic village of St Albans. We are 15 minutes from Wisemans Ferry and the Hawkesbury River.

The setting is remote and idyllic with complete privacy assured. Nestled between the river and the Yengo Mountains, you will unwind as soon as you enter the driveway.

All this only 1½ hours drive from Sydney CBD.

We can offer, for groups of up to 21 people;

• Holiday rental for families and groups

• Therapy, Yoga and Meditation retreats for groups

• Uniquely tailored Corporate Wellbeing Packages

• Individual bed and breakfast room rentals mid-week and for special events

Yanada is a luxury 350 m2 country home (built in 2003) set within bushland overlooking the McDonald Valley and river.

We have a new 15m x 5m swimming pool and pool pavilion with sumptuous Balinese Day Beds.

Yanada has two stunning 90 m2 spaces on two levels each fully surrounded by deep cool verandahs. Each space can be open on three sides with views over the grounds, the trees, the valley and the river.

The lower space is the meditation and yoga hall, softly and simply furnished with meditation cushions and blankets and yoga equipment all provided. An audio system is available. The space is draped with curtains and opens on three sides, as required, to a surrounding terrace, outdoor seating and access out into the grounds. It can be cooled by floor fans and heated in winter.

The lower space also includes a relaxing cushion cinema / media room with beanbags, a cinema screen, projection system and range of DVDs. Satellite television is available through the projector providing free to air digital channels. The DVD player includes an internet connection allowing access to Netflix etc. There is no TV, other than the projector, unless specially requested in advance.

The upper space includes a huge fully equipped open plan kitchen, two dining tables capable of being combined to seat up to 24 people, and a sumptuous living area of sofas and cushions. There is a wood fired stove to sit and play board games around on cozy winter evenings, ceiling fans and ducted reverse cycle air conditioning.

The verandahs include outdoor sofas, loungers, tables and chairs offering any number of possible configurations for dining, sitting or relaxing. Furniture is placed in optimal locations to take full advantage of changes in sun and view during the course of the day.

We provide free wi fi and use of our local phone for urgent and emergency calls. There is currently no mobile phone service in the valley although an Optus tower has been funded, due 2018.

Check for upcoming events by following us on Facebook - Yanada Retreat, Instagram or on our Website.


• 90 m2 Cathedral Ceiling Living / Dining / Group room

• 15m x 5m Swimming Pool

• Pool Pavilion with Balinese Day Beds


• Dining Tables to seat up to 24

• Modular sofas to seat 10 (additional seating and cushions available), all with tree top views over McDonald Valley

• 90 m2 Meditation and Yoga Hall

• Cushion Cinema

• Ducted Reverse Cycle Air conditioning or ceiling fan options

• 5 min walk to the McDonald River for swimming

• Kayaks available on river from our neighbour - $20 per day

• Bush walks of various levels of difficulty, both within the property grounds and into the adjoining Yengo National Park

• Free Wi-Fi Internet and local phone calls

• Board games

• Wood Burning indoor Stove

• Outdoor Fire Pit (April - September)


Accommodation for up to 21 as follows:

15 in the main house (or up to 17 including two roll out beds):

• Four twin bedrooms (single bed configuration, king size possible)

• Two shared bathrooms (one with shower and bath, two with showers)

• King / Twin Bedroom with ensuite WC and shower.

• Master Bedroom / Family suite, King Size + 2 single beds or or four single beds with ensuite WC and shower.

'Glamping' Accommodation for an additional 4 people in 2 bell tents in luxury king single beds, including electricity, fans, heating and wi fi

1000TC cotton bedding, towels and shower products provided in the house and tents.


Self Catering Whole House Retreat or Holiday Rentals available for 10 - 21 people. The rate includes free internet, all bedding and towels + use of yoga / meditation equipment for retreat bookings (extra cost per person per day).

We also offer Fully Catered Retreats for 10 - 21 people. This includes use of yoga / meditation equipment, all meals, tea, coffee, free internet, bedding and towels. With over 10 people we can guarantee than you will have Yanada to yourself.

With whole house rentals you will have Yanada to yourself. The owners have a separate residence elsewhere on the property and may occasionally need to be stay there but will not impinge on your privacy. If any maintenance is required during longer stays we will check this with you first.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is also available mid week and during special local events such as the St Albans Folk Festival in April and Writers Festival in September. The rate is per night per room based on 2 people sharing. Single or King configurations available. The rate includes Continental Breakfast for 2, tea, coffee, free internet, bedding and towels. There is a minimum stay of 2 nights. Individual room bookings are taken up to 3 weeks in advance. You will be sharing the facilities of Yanada with the owners, staff and other visitors.


The Property

Nestled between the river and the Yengo Mountains, you will unwind as soon as you enter the driveway. Sit on the cool veranda which girts the building, listen to the sound of bellbirds, watch the Kookaburras and Kangaroos and look out along the silvery McDonald River or over the fields and across the valley.

Swim laps in the new 15m long pool or sit in the cutout and look over the gully and hillside.

There are numerous bush walks possible on the property; around the cleared lands, up to a flat rock peak to watch the sunrise or across adjoining farmland for a swim or kayak in the river. We have walking access to the McDonald River across the road at the front of the property and we adjoin the Yengo National Park to the rear.


Yanada is in the McDonald Valley 2km outside the historic village of St Albans. We adjoin the Yengo National Park and are 15 minutes from Wisemans Ferry and the Hawkesbury River. Yanada, meaning 'moon', is at the southern tip of Darkinjung country, very close to the borders with Dharug land and the Erora nation.

This place is hidden and remote (known since first European settlements here as the Forgotten Valley) yet only 1½ hours drive from Sydney.

The drive itself is beautiful. From Sydney, once you leave the M2 and Pennant Hills Road you will follow the original convict built route north from Sydney. The Old North Road takes you along the Dural ridge with stunning Blue Mountain views, through Marramurra National Park and down into Wisemans Ferry, set on a picturesque loop in the Hawkesbury river system. Cross the free Webbs Creek vehicular ferry, a 4 min ride, then along the McDonald Valley, with steep sandstone cliffs and the meandering river, to Yanada, just before the National Trust village of St Albans.

The McDonald Valley and Hawkesbury area

Leaving Yanada, you can walk, drive or cycle into Historic St Albans Village with its famous Settlers Arms Inn. Further up the valley you can visit old cemeteries and commons, venture into the Yengo National Park or walk or cycle along the Old Great North Road, built by convicts following tracks shown to them by the Darkinjung people. This was the original and only route north of Sydney, now closed to traffic and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Well-preserved Darkinjung and Dharug engravings can also be viewed in a number of locations in Yengo National Park as well as further north in the Wollombi National Park.

Further north the drive takes you through the Wollombi National Park, to Cessnock and the Hunter Valley Wine Region.

A few minutes south, Wisemans Ferry provides a number of leisure attractions including golf, swimming and bowling. There are local amenities at Wisemans; resort, bowling club, pub with bottle shop, small supermarket, restaurants, service station, post office, police and doctor.

More Details

Lewis Adey
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018


Hawkesbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 21
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 16 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing


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Yanada Country Retreat
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews
Central Coast, NSW

Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, amazing well equipped kitchen and room for everyone. The owner was very lovely to deal with

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Beautiful & spacious

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time with our extended family here. The house was beautiful and clean. The bedrooms were comfortable and spacious. The pool is amazing! So much room and perfect to swim laps or just sit on the big step and relax.

Communication from the managers was great from the initial enquiry through to the end of our stay.

We would love to stay again in the future.

Definitely look at booking here if you want some peace and quiet in beautiful surrounds.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Great House to stay in

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The house was awesome with so many chill out areas that we were not living on top of each other. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was just amazing. Apart from the BBQ being very dirty everything else was immaculate.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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Bondi, NSW, Australia

Beautiful Property

  • 4 of 5

Perfect house for a family get together. Superb location, facilities, outlook and surrounds.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Heavenly and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Our family of four spent the long Easter weekend here with two other families. We were 6 adults and 7 kids in total. We knew that the house was remote but wanted to bring our dog so were happy to stay in the house for the vast majority of the time. We were warmly welcomed by the hosts and then left to our own devices. The house is beautifully situated, surrounded by green and extremely peaceful. Although it rained non-stop on Easter Saturday, the house is so cosy with so many comfy open-plan places to lie and read, chat, eat or sleep that none of us minded! The kitchen and massive dining tables made for wonderful evening meals. The pool area is divine. We used the yoga room for yoga sessions as well as movie afternoons. All in all a great place for a large group as long as you are happy to 'stay home' a lot as there is very little to do nearby. Thanks Lewis and Curt

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

My extended family and I booked a weekend stay at Yanada during the July holidays to celebrate a milestone birthday. The property ticked all the boxes for us; warm, dry lodgings, beautiful surrounds and lots of space. From the initial enquiry up until the weekend of our stay the owners were fabulous and extremely gracious and accommodating and were prompt with all queries and correspondence.

The second we entered the property it felt incredibly warm and inviting and my family and guests all commented on how relaxed and welcoming the house felt. This was not achieved at the expense of decor and functionality however and the house was well equipped and stocked and we literally had to bring only our consumables. We would love to return in the warmer months and try out the stunning 15m pool.

Would definitely recommend this property as quality lodgings for a large group / family - the only 'negative' experienced this weekend was that the experience was over too quickly. Absolutely loved Yanada... And would be proud to call ourselves Yanadians!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
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  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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