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Observatory View Cottage - a place of pure escape

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

One of our recent guest reviews ;

Tanya's cottage is the perfect little place for a tranquil getaway! The moment you arrive you feel like you're in another world. The expansive views are just something. The cottage is so cosy, beautifully laid out and have 360 views. It's a quintessential country style cottage with all the modern ammenities. Tanya was very easy to deal with and a very attentive host. We will definitely be back :)

* 3 hours north of Sydney is your 'best of both worlds' getaway

* Unique, recently renovated, clean, cozy and just beautiful, 2 bedroom private cottage with a selection of beautiful beaches from just 30 mins away

* The gorgeous Tallwoods Golf Course only 30 mins away, with Blackhead Beach, Blackhead Markets and recently renovated Hallidays Point Tavern just minutes from the golf course

* Local village - Nabiac is a 10 minute, picturesque drive, offering gorgeous giftware, vintage, craft and op shops, variety of eateries inc The Greenhouse Cafe, Magnolia Teahouse (open Friday's and Saturday's) for light lunch and high tea and pub (with courtesy bus available on Tues, Fri and Sat nights), tennis court, swimming pool, park, plus the convenience of a grocery store, chemist, hair and beauty - even the National Motorbike Museum!!

* The village of Krambach also 10 mins has an old traditional pub and cafe. Follow the Krambach Rd to the gorgeous Gloucester Shire/Barrington Tops for a day trip - only 40 mins away!!

* Villa d'Esta Winery 5 mins, Great Lakes Paddocks about 25 mins away

* Bike/walking track behind property

* Sitting pretty atop the hill, with uninterrupted skies, the cottage surrounds are perfect for setting up a telescope and star gazing

As the song goes, I found my thrills on (blueberry) - observatory hill. Observatory View Cottage sits atop a hill, boasting the views once enjoyed by the old observatory which stands beside it, taking full advantage of spectacular and uninterrupted views of the starry nights. This fully renovated 2 bedroom light filled cottage takes pride of place on 100 undulating acres in Firefly, just a 10 min drive off the Pacific Highway, in the hinterland of the mid north coast of NSW. Only 3 hours north of Sydney, or 1½ hours from Newcastle or Port Macquarie, this holiday cottage is bursting with its own unique style.

The main bedroom featuring a king sized bed opens upon a view of distant dams, forest, and paddocks, with a large grassed clearing in the foreground. The second bedroom with a queen sized bed overlooks the other side of the hill, which complete with hills hoist empties into the valley beyond. Both beds are fitted with high quality crisp linen, with a large sofa lounge in the sitting room providing another sleeping option for further guests.

The sitting and dining areas front an open plan fully self contained new but rustic kitchen, complete with stone sink and coffee machine. If cooking inside is not for you, a 2 burner gas BBQ is available – that is, if you can motivate yourself to move off the comfort of the timber deck first.

There is a separate toilet and bathroom with large shower, and a laundry with the full complement of whitegoods to cater for any cleaning incurred in a rural lifestyle. Air-conditioning or an electric log heater make the cottage comfortable for all seasons.

Enjoying fresh tank water, and an outdoor garden setting amongst the trees, soak up the tranquil landscape whichever way you choose. This freshly painted weatherboard country cottage offers a taste of both modernity and history, where city comforts blend with rustic charm. With views from every window and the village atmosphere of Nabiac, the sandy white beaches of Forster, the glory of the mighty Manning River in Taree and Wingham, or the dramatic escarpment of Gloucester and Barrington only short drives away, this is a newly listed getaway that should not be missed.

Property owners Tanya and Troy are available nearby should you need any assistance, but otherwise the privacy of this retreat and all it has to offer can be yours to enjoy.

Please note:- Check-in and Check-out times can be made flexible subject to availability. Please ask if you have a special request.



We enormously enjoyed four relaxing and indulgent days at this beautiful cottage. A fantastic breath of peace and fresh air, in gorgeous surroundings. 

Thanks very much for rescuing our Easter and for looking after us so well. We had a great break. Our two year old is still talking about it (misses the puppy)! On the way back to Sydney, she kept on asking to go back to the “Holiday House!”. 

The cottage itself was beautiful – stylish, tastefully renovated, offering city comfort with country charm. Super comfortable beds – we all slept better than we had in we had in months - gorgeous bathroom, lovely open plan kitchen. 

We also loved that the cottage has such a soulful history - with the old observatory on the grounds. Lovely to have our own private lawn and gardens - and the view from both lounge and main bedroom over the rolling country hillside was amazing, the deck perfect for relaxing with a nice glass of wine – or two. It was a great launching point for adventures to the surrounding area, and just for relaxing, cooking and reading a book…

Thanks again and we will be back!


Breakfast Option

Stay more than one night and receive a complimentry breakfast hamper for the first morning - bacon, eggs, bread and juice. Milk is always provided along with tea and coffee. At your request (with notice), for an additional cost of $10 per person, we can supply breakfast for each morning. If your break away is purely for rest and relaxtion, pop into Nabiac where the Greenhouse Cafe (open 7 days per week with the exception of public holidays) serves up delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch meals and a selection of amazing cakes and slices, all made in house by the pastry chef. The Nabiac Hotel is also open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner and offers a courtesy bus on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The bus can pick you up from the cottage and bring you 'home'.

Dinner option

Homemade dinner option available upon request. Details can be provided to make your own arrangements.

Subject to season availability, selective seasonal fresh herbs and produce grown on the property, will be left in the cottage for your culinary use. Some of the produce the farm grows is lemons, oranges, chillis, lemongrass, shallots, rocket, macadamia nuts, with additional crops being planted regularly.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017


Firefly House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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Observatory View Cottage - a place of pure escape
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Well worth the visit - highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Observatory View Cottage was out of this world. The cottage is well equipped and beautifully situated. The Nabiac Hotel is a must for dinner, fantastic fare if you can drag yourself away from the ambience of the cottage. The Greenhouse Cafe is also worth a visit for breakfast. Our host, Tanya, was friendly and attentive with all booking details and instructions provided. A delightful stay for anyone looking for a romantic and peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Peaceful with charm and country hospitality

  • 5 of 5

My husband my 2 daughters and I spent a much needed break at this cottage. Tanya and Troy were lovely hosts providing us with wonderful breakfast which included a very memorable home made granola. We also enjoyed the open fire pit and marshmallows which were a highlight under the starey Sky.

we recommend this place highly. It's location is perfect 30min to foster and 30min to diamond beach providing guests closeness to wonderful beaches while being embedded with nature and farm life. My young ones enjoyed seeing all the farm animals, as well as wild ones. We will try to make time to come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was perfect. Everything at th cottage was perfect, clean and very well thought out. We enjoyed our stay. It's felt like home:

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Quiet and Cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great spot to unwind and take in the Amazing view, highly recommend. The Owners were always on hand if needed and the extra supplies were a nice touch. Once again thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

My kind of country style

  • 5 of 5

I always read reviews and it was the reviews that convinced me to book a stay at Observatory View Cottage. We were not disappointed, in fact it lived up to our expectations and more. It's one of those places that has everything going for it: the location, the glorious views from sunrise to sunset. And then the cottage itself with its mix of history and stylish country comforts, thoughtfully and artfully arranged by our accomodating host Tanya, creating all the ingredients for a homely, relaxing stay in the country. On a spectacular starry night, toasting marshmallows over the fire, as my teenage son photographed the night sky, we reflected on how thankful we were to have found this special place under the Southern Cross.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Charlestown, New South Wales, Australia

Absolutely outstanding. Best relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

The ambience and setting were spectacular. The hosts were exceptionally accommodating. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of every day. Red wine by the open fire followed by a luxurious bed. Fresh local breakfast on our own deck. What more could you want?

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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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 2 guests. Property has 3 beds and can sleep a maximum 6 guests

    Optional Costs
    1 hr Rem. Massage: $90 per stay
    Breakfast, 2nd morn: $10 per night and person
    2 guests - 2 beds: $50 per stay
    1 night long wkd/hol: $50 per stay
    1 night stay/3 beds: $50 per stay

    * Ask the owner to arrange these

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