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Desiderata - luxury, breathtaking views, child & pet friendly, affordable price

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,906 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

Breathtaking views, tranquillity, design and luxury, all at an affordable price

***MID-WEEK SPECIAL, Stay any 3 nights mid week (Sunday to Thursday nights) and only pay for 2, plus booking fees. Dose not apply during school holidays or over public holiday periods. Please send enquiry and discount will be applied and adjusted for your booking*******



> 6 guests in 3 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 suitable for children

> 2 port-a-cots for infants (no charge)

(We do have a 4th bedroom that is used as an overflow room - that is available upon request and is charged at $150 per night. It is a very private room, under the main roof line with its own entrance of the deck. To access house go through laundry.)


>PRICES QUOTED on page is an average price per night and based on 6 GUESTS in 3 bedrooms

>ADDITIONAL FEES apply for numbers over 6 guests - $75pn adult and $25pn children

>Weddings, receptions, functions are NOT PERMITTED

>Bridal and/or Groom parties are NOT PERMITTED

>ALL weekends (not attached to school holidays) are a minimum of 2 nights (Fri & Sat)

>All LONG WEEKEND bookings are minimum of 3 nights (Fri, Sat & Sun)

>All SCHOOL HOLIDAY bookings are a minimum of 4 or 3 nights, depending; discounts apply for weekly bookings

>all other bookings are a minimum of 2 nights, except for Christmas and Easter which is a minimum of 4 nights

Pet dogs are allowed - rules apply

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

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 are plenty of options.

The house has a large open plan feel with private areas available.

The Master bedroom has bi-fold doors that open up on its' own private balcony with outstanding views - see photo's. It also has its own en-suite bathroom.

The other 3 bedrooms have queen size beds and have views as well. The 4th bedroom has complete privacy and its own door to outside. Enter room off verandah and enter house via laundry this will only be opened up upon request and additional rates per night

Every room has reverse cycle air conditioning, fans and electric blankets and the bedrooms have their own TV with 2 of the quest 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 has 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. The living room also has reverse cycle air conditioning and fans. It has a 8 metre high stacked volcanic rock fireplace and stunning fire

Dinning areas - there are 2 main dinning areas. The dinning room with contains a 10 seater timber dinning table and the outside BBQ area containing a 6 seater timber dinning table. The bi-fold doors open up to connect the dinning room with the BBQ area. Please see photos

We have a mezzanine floor which is used as a study and library or sanctuary for meditation. We have quite a collection of books available to suite different tastes for you to enjoy. The mezzanine floor also has the sofa bed which is suitable for 2 children or 1 adult and we can also place 2 single bed mattresses on the floor for children if needed

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 & pepper, ground Italian coffee & sugar

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

No further words are necessary, the photos speak for themselves

Features include

Modern and luxurious self-contained accommodation

Quality, stylish furnishings throughout

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

4th bedroom with complete privacy and TV

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 with 2 reverse cycle air conditioning units and ceiling fans

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

BBQ and outdoor seating

Outdoor cocoons and day bed available to lounge around

Goats for kids to feed

Messages from our guest book

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

Thank you for an amazing stay

Best wishes


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 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

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

More Details

Property Manager
Vittoria Borazio
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Vittoria, Wow thank you for an amazing country escape after a crazy term we all needed to have some R&R. We cant wait to come back again soon to re-charge batteries.
Sep 2017
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Kangaroo Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2906 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Pets not on furniture, in bedrooms or be left locked in the house while Guests are absent. Outdoor secure area for this purpose.
  • Only guests accommodated at the property are allowed to be on the property. No wedding/commitment ceremonies
  • House & property left in same condition as arrival. Excess cleaning over and above standard cleaning fee will be deducted from bond.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite to Master Suite - toilet , shower
    Main bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king , 1 baby crib , A port-a-cot can be placed in this room for an infant
    Mezzanine Floor - 2 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 2 single bed mattresses on floor, sofa bed for 2 children
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , A port-a-cot can be placed in this room for an infant
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.984127 based on 65 reviews
Sydney, Australia

Spectacular property with stunning farm and mountain views!

  • 5 of 5

This property was so comfortable and felt like your own home. The kitchen cupboards were filled with everything and more, making cooking at the residence easy. One thing that stood out for us when we first arrived was how quiet it was. Perfect place to come to unwind from hectic schedules and just be. The main living area is amazing with cathedral ceiling and everyone gravitated to it for the whole stay, enjoying the views of a lush heavenly landscape. We had both extremes in weather for our stay and were very comfortable as each room had aircon which was very effective. The bedding is luxurious, we loved it so much we had to check the labels so we could buy same sheets for our own house ! My favourite thing to do at this property was just to sit in the egg chair on the verandah in the sun and look at the beauty. It is truly breathtaking. Vittoria, was so lovely to deal with over the phone and made you feel relaxed about staying in her home. Thanks for a magical experience, and sharing this gem of a property with us! We hope to be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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  • 5 of 5

That was the best holiday for us ,view and the building it’s amazing .

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Love the Desiderata embrace so much we will beback

  • 5 of 5

Luxurious, thoughtful, intentional, inclusive, embracing to the superlative ... Desiderata captures 360 breathtaking views of the Kangaroo Valley.. this isn't a property that one visits once, but want to keep returning to. Aptly named, it is a balm to the soul, one comes here to renew, refresh, replenish, regenerate. Our family absolutely fell in love with it. And we are coming back in Autumn... and perhaps Spring too. In December 2017, I had organised a pre-Christmas family huddle here to celebrate mum's 90th - so only the best will do. Desiderata delivered that. It draws you in and knits you together ... makes you content to just stay in, cook and eat together and talk about things that matter. Vittoria is a gracious most accomplished hostess extraordinaire, she makes it all come together seamlessly, she is such a delight to deal with, and preempts everything. Her state of the art kitchen has all the utensils one needs, serving cutlery and we found a pantry thoughtfully stocked. She thoughtfully makes possible the elixir of early morning and late night chats, her wonderful coffee machine. It is a huge drawcard for my nephew the family barista, makes amazing coffee because Vittoria has also provided her special aromatic coffee beans ! That was possibly the hardest working machine during our stay there… and we would love to find out what beans they are =)

An architectural/ interior design delight, the main living area and dining room gives every gathering and meal a sense of warmth and occasion - we love your wrap round balcony for quiet meditation at sunrise, sunset and in between, overlooking the huge backyard meadow. The BBQ "room" is great for breakfast and barbies comes replete with sink. The loft offers a private moment with a book, the TV/games room and thoughtfully stocked first class library - books of great current appeal - whichever room one is in, every which way one turns, the views are breathtaking from main living area to bed and bathrooms. We didn’t even get to touch the 400DVDs. And she entrusts this to her guests. Including one's beloved pet, which in our case was the Harvie the cavoodle. Harvie just loved the backyard, he couldn't believe his good fortune he got to come along - we put him on a long leash to explore/roam outdoors. Indoors we kept him monitored and tethered on his own bedding. He was just happy to be included. We never slept so well, Vittoria chooses the best beddings. Laundry is 5star. Thank you, Vittoria

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Gorgeous family accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Desiderata is a beautiful experience. We stayed with our 9 month old who is crawling and pulling up, I was concerned about possible dangers in an unknown place and I was pleased to find it is very child friendly. There are even plenty of toys to play with. The kitchen, living area and outdoor areas are just perfect for adult time, we didn't turn on the TV once, rather just took in the view. All the bedrooms and bedding are luxurious. Recommend for families and couples.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Illawarra Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Kangaroo Valley Pub
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Berry Train Station
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Princess Highway
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Kangaroo Valley Village
Nearest Beach
26 Kilometres
Seven Mile Beach, National Park
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Kangaroo Valley Village

Shoalhaven Zoo & Adventure World, formerly the Nowra Animal Park: Only a 20-minute drive from Desiderata this is a great place to take the children. They have specifically tailored experiences for children with animals like lions, monkeys, meerkats. Check it out

The Berry Country Fair: is held the first Sunday of every month except February when there is no market. There is also an animal farm for the children and free entertainment throughout the market.

Jamberoo Action Park: Albion Park is a theme park, water park and family fun park. It’s about 50 minutes – 1-hour drive from Desiderata.

Beaches: Seven Mile beach at Berry – 30 minutes’ drive from Desiderata; Gerroa Beach – 36 minutes’ drive and Gerringong Beach- 34 minutes’ drive.

Jervis Bay – whale/dolphin watching cruises: leaving from Huskisson; 45 minutes from Desiderata. Two tour operators to choose from or

Picnic/Kayak/Swimming: Tallowa Dam is about 27kms up Mt Scanzi Road and is a scenic place for a picnic or kayak on the dam.

Swimming Pool: Local swimming pool at Showground, Moss Vale Road – 4 minutes’ drive. A 25 metre public pool and toddlers’ pool, with lifeguard supervision, operated by Kangaroo Valley Lions Club under licence from Shoalhaven City Council. Hours: -

Weekends and school holidays: 7am - 6pm

Weekdays outside school holidays: 7am - 12noon & 1pm - 6pm

Public holidays: 9am - 5pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Natural rock pool - swimming: Flat Rock at Kangaroo Valley is a natural rock pool and stunning beautiful and not too many people know about. The locals try and keep it a secret. I’ve attached a link so you can check it out.

Golf: The Kangaroo Valley Country Club is about 10km from the house. It’s a very picturesque course will gorgeous views of the Valley. The course is fantastic, about $75 for 18 holes w/ shared cart – a must do for any golfer.

Kayaking/Cycling: There are 4-hour self-guided kayaks from near the bridge to the pick-up point. If anyone is keen, it’s very scenic.

Bushwalking: Best option is Fitzroy Falls – fabulous 1.5-2 hr trek on the eastern rim (I think), it’s the one that offers views back to the main waterfall and several other waterfalls.

Art Galleries: The Gallery in Kangaroo Valley town or Galeria Aniela Fine Art on Mt Scanzi Road.

Shopping: Kangaroo Valley Village, Berry and Bowral are the best.

Mountain Biking: Kangaroo Valley has plenty of tracks to choose from depending on your skill level – from beginners (fire trails) to experienced cyclists (McPhails Trail - Cannonball Run and Meryla Pass ride (Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley)). Please let us know if you are interested and we will be able to give you more details based on your skill level.

Horse-riding: Man From Snowy River Trail Rides – (02) 4465 1912

Markets: Best to check with the KV tourist information in the township – there is typically at least one market operating within the Shoalhaven or Southern Highlands region every weekend. However, the best known are the Berry Markets which is held the first Sunday of every month or the Gerringong markets which is the 3rd Saturday of every month. Kangaroo Valley has their own markets, but they are smaller. This is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Local café’s restaurants: As to local dining/ cafes, the best options for food are, Bistro One146, The General or Jing Jo Café – if you like Thai food. The Friendly Inn Hotel offers pub food.

Berry: Berry is only 20 minutes over the mountain – turn left out of drive way and climb up and over the mountain. It is a great little tourist town with plenty of shops, café’s and restaurants.

Wine tasting: The better wineries are in the Bowral/ Southern Highlands region. Maps are readily available in the KV tourist information in the township.

Some wineries to visit - Mount Ashby Estate; Tertini; St Maur and Centennial.




Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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