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Desiderata - luxury, views & pets

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Named by Qantas Travel as one of 52 most romantic getaways in Australia - see Qantas Travel Insider!!!!!

STANDARD MID-WEEK SPECIAL - STAY 3 NIGHTS FROM SUNDAY TO THURSDAY NIGHT AND PAY FOR ONLY 2 NIGHTS. Can not be used during school holidays or long weekends. Send an enquiry to have the discount applied.

Desiderata has 4 bedrooms and a mezzanine floor and can accommodate as follows:-

> 8 guests in bedrooms;

> 1 adult or 2 children on pull out sofa bed on mezzanine floor:

> 2 single bed mattresses on floor either mezzanine or master suite;

> 2 port-a-cots for infants:


> PRICES QUOTED are based on 6 GUESTS in 3 bedrooms. Additional fees apply per guests per night for numbers over this - $100 per adult per night and $25 per child per night.

> We love families and so give discounts to families. Conditions apply so please ask for quote.

> Weddings, receptions, functions are NOT PERMITTED, so please do not enquire.

> Bridal and/or Groom parties are NOT PERMITTED to stay, so please do not enquire.

One of Kangaroo Valley's most prestigious properties and rated in 2011 as one of Shoalhaven's most Amazing Homes. Additionally Desiderata won the MBA's award for best house in its category in 2009. Desiderata is now available for guests to come share in the wonderful experience that is Kangaroo Valley while staying in luxury....

Desiderata is Latin for "desired things" and is a stunning home set on 10 acres and has breathtaking 360 degree views of the valley with mountainous landscapes surrounded by farmland.

Go for a walk up Walkers Lane; relax in the hammock or cocoons on the large sun drenched veranda; sit in front of the volcanic rock chimney fireplace with a glass of wine; entertain in the indoor/outdoor living room; cook up a storm in the gourmet kitchen; read a book in the mezzanine library or just watch a movie in the entertainment room....there are plenty of options.

The house has a large open plan feel with private areas available. The main King bedroom has bi-fold doors that open up on its' own private balcony with outstanding views...please see photo's. It also has its own en-suite bathroom.

Other 3 bedrooms has queen size beds and have views as well.

Every room has air conditioning, fans and electric blankets and the bedrooms have their own TV with the 2 queen bedrooms having their own DVD player, if sanctuary is needed or agreeing on which movie to watch is difficult.

The TV room is sound proof and set for comfort and enjoyment with a very large flat screen TV and blue ray DVD player. We have over 400 DVD's to choose from and we cater with children's movies as well.

Living areas also feature bi-fold doors which completely open to the outdoors, both at the entertainment areas and back of house opening it up to the amazing views outside.

We have a mezzanine floor which is used as a study and library or sanctuary for meditation. We have quite a library of books available to suite different tastes for you to enjoy.

The house is primarily aimed at couples/families wishing to have a relaxing break. The house has a beautiful warm feel and has been designed to cater for every need or desire.

The gourmet kitchen is a chefs delight including sunbeam cafe series espresso machine.

We provide free broadband internet wireless via NBN wireless also free basic food essentials - olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper

There are two portable cots and two hi-chair available upon request.

No further words are necessary, the photos speak for themselves.

A security bond and a booking fee applies to all bookings - please see tariffs below for 6 guests. Additionally

- all weekends (not attached to school holidays) are a minimum of 2 nights (Fri and Sat) $1,800 plus booking fee

- all long weekend bookings are minimum of 3 nights (Fri, Sat & Sun) $3,000 plus booking fee;

- all school holiday bookings are a minimum of 4 nights (midweek $800 per night; Fri & Sat $1,000 per night) plus a booking fee - a discount rate applies if you book a full week

- and all other bookings are a minimum of 2 nights, except for Christmas and Easter which is a minimum of 4 nights - confirm prices below.

Some pets allowed so please enquire.

Features include:

Modern and luxurious self-contained accommodation

Quality, stylish furnishings throughout

10 acre property just 4km from heart of the Village and 5 kms to Berry

Master bedroom very private with king size bed and surround glass windows with amazing views and own private verandah and also own TV

Two Queen bedrooms with own TV and DVD player and views

Sound proof TV room with extra wide flat screen TV and over 400 DVDs to choose from

Full quality Sheridan linen supplied

Electric blankets

Each bedroom has its own reverse cycle air conditioner and ceiling fan

Sunbeam cafe series espresso machine with Italian ground coffee supplied

Huge pavilion deck with sweeping views

Large living area opening onto entertaining deck

NBN Wireless internet available

Magnificent fireplace with wood supplied

Separate library

2 bathrooms including deep bathtub

Hairdryers in both bathrooms

Gourmet kitchen with gas cooking, dishwasher, microwave

Washing machine, dryer, iron, ironing board

Bluetooth wireless sound system connect

Ceiling fans in all living areas and bedrooms

BBQ and outdoor seating

Hammock and outdoor cocoons available to lounge around

Goats for kids to feed

Messages from our guest book:

We could not have found a better place to relax and recharge. A truly hypnotic location. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house.

All the best


Amazing, peaceful, luxurious, comfortable, serene and breathtaking views!!!!

Thank you for an amazing stay

Best wishes


Dear Vittoria

A wonderful place to unwind & escape the fast pace of Sydney. A gorgeous house, beautiful setting. Thank you for allowing us to stay.

Best wishes

Sue & Anthony Whipps

What an amazing start to our holiday! From the perfect house with an AMAZING view, to the peaceful country has been the most relaxing weekend we can remember. Watching the kangaroos in the morning from the front verandah, while a fox caught breakfast in the front yard...just perfect! JUST MAGICAL!!!!

Kirstie, Mike, Danielle & Jason

Staying here @ Desiderata & in Kangaroo Valley has been the perfect start to our honeymoon & life together as husband & wife. The ability to unwind, be with nature & get back to the simple things is what your house has offered us - much needed after planning a wedding! Thank you

Alyce & Myles Young

Dear Vittoria & Norris

Every year we celebrate Easter at a different locale. This year was particularly special - we thank you!

'Desiderata' is enchanting, with its unique energy and warmth - qualities which are an extension of the owners.

Loved everything - a special thank you to Carol for her kindness and help when we needed it and friendly nature.

We will return again & refer Desiderata only to those deserving & worthy.

Kind regards

Phillipa, Kevin and Maureen

All we can say is WOW! What an amazing home you have in the most exquisite location. Our weekend away was perfect with all creative comforts at hand.

Could not think of a better location and place to stay for our wedding anniversary.

Thank you

Marc & Melissa

Hi Vittoria

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. It was our (dream) home away from home, set in breathtaking surroundings. I can't describe how impressed we were with the furnishings, amenities and ambience in your home. You have put so much love and thought into every possible detail.

Our daughter (3 yo) isn't happy about being home tonight. She loved your home so much she did not want to leave. It could have been the 'new kitchen' or 'egg chairs' or 'fluffy blanket' she described, but I think it was the warmth, character and positive energy you have imparted.

We are very lucky to have spent a weekend at Desiderata.

Thank you again

Sofia & family

Dear Vittoria

We would like to say that Desiderata made each one of us feel home. We found this beautiful house full of love and that's how we want to leave - also leaving our love in the house. Thank you for sharing your home with us. Everything was perfect.

A very happy New Year filled with health, peace and prosperity.

Families Pereira Blanco, Crosara and Wahab

Dear Vittoria

Desiderata is a perfect place to celebrate a 60th birthday! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in such a perfect location with everything we needed supplied in your beautiful retreat. Thank you

Marg + family + friends


Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home. We had a wonderful time with our grown up children who all lead such busy lives in Sydney. Just fabulous to wake up to amazing scenery and be in gorgeous surroundings. You home is just stunning. Thank you again!

Jane & Chris Hogart + family

P.S. Carol was a great help!

Dear Vittoria

What an amazing house you have. We have all enjoyed the serenity of your beautiful home in amongst the hills of Kangaroo Valley. We have loved every moment of our holiday and we are already planning a trip back to your home! I've already begun the recommendations!!!,

Thank you, Elisa and Lindsey

Thank you Vittoria for the privilege of staying in your beautiful home. It exceeded all of our expectations and just what we needed - some peace and tranquillity and a break from our city lives. We will definitely be back, if you'd have us!

Elaine, Tim, Caroline, Dan, Rachel, Vince and baby Connor

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017


Kangaroo Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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Desiderata - luxury, views & pets
average rating of 4.983051 based on 59 reviews
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

One of the best place we have ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

This is the fantastic place to stay for relax getaway. We have enjoyed a lot.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2015
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Vittoria has created a special place with ease of access from Sydney into a world of class , peace and tranquility.

The photos and wonderful pictures still don't do Desiderata justice when you first enter the wonderful property.

With my two mates, going away for the last 25 years together to different places ... Desiderata is the first time we agreed we'd come back again and we'd also visit with our families.. very child friendly and ease of access to shops and services .. with age comes the experience of knowing what's great ... Desiderata will never disappoint.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Spectacular and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

it felt like home in many ways.

everything was beautiful and you can see how much hardwork was put in.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Perfect holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We were so looking forward to staying at Desiderata given the beautiful photos and great reviews on Stayz. The property absolutely did not disappoint.

We came with our 8 month old baby, two small fur kids, two sets of in laws and my brother. Each of us was well catered for, with so much space that we never felt like we were living on top of each other.

It was our first trip away with bub and we were delighted to find that almost everything was provided - a travel cot, change table attachment, high chair, baby bath with support and bath chair, high chair, baby feeding utensils, amazing toys...!

The views from the property were the highlight for me. We saw unforgettable sunrises and sunsets over the mountains. The goats were also very friendly.

We had a delicious three course meal catered with Mingle Meals on our first night, to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was such a luxury to turn up to a home like Desiderata and have a chef come and cook for us on arrival! But we had no trouble cooking for ourselves for the rest of our stay in the well supplied kitchen.

The property is feels very remote, but is a 15 minute drive to Berry over Berry Mountain. It's a scenic drive but narrow in parts with sharp bends, so best attempted in daylight hours.

We would definitely return to Desiderata and have already recommended it to a number of our friends!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Superb property , superb host , great experience and hope to be back

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Relaxing Family Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights with our three children at Desiderata over a weekend in June and had a lovely time. The house is perfectly equipped and immaculately prepared, presented and maintained. It's only 15 min over the hill to Berry (where there are some great cafe's and bakeries) and only another 5 minutes to the coast. The views are spectacular, the accommodation is luxurious and it's a great place to explore Kangaroo Valley and the South Coast from.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Other Activities:

Kangaroo Valley Village


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • 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 3 beds and can sleep a maximum 6 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $1000 per stay
    Booking fee: $120 per stay

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