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“A hidden gem for a perfect weekend get-away” 5 of 5 stars
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Nowra Braidwood Road | Nerriga, New South Wales 2622, Australia   |  
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“A hidden gem for a perfect weekend get-away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Old Timberlight Guesthouse is a great find!! Following a dirt road for about 10km from the tiny town of Nerriga, we arrived at the property to be warmly greeted by Matt, who turned out to be a fantastic operator who made us feel like we were visiting an old friend, whilst still providing us with fantastic service - the perfect balance!
The cottages on the property were spotless, private and charming, with a toasty warm wood fire, which perfectly complimented the tokay and home made chocolates waiting for us on arrival.
After lazing away the afternoons, when its time for dinner you grab one of the torches and wander up across the dam to the main house where Matt whips up gourmet 3 course meal - we were extremely well fed the whole weekend. ;)
The property itself is fantastic, with easy walks to both old gold mines in one direction, and a stunning view of the gorge in the other.
We loved our weekend here and hope to go back. Soon.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We stumbled upon this place quite by accident, and found the owners very very rude.
I would never ever stay there nor reccommend it to anyone I know.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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NerrigaMatt, Owner at Old Timberlight Guesthouse, responded to this review, April 18, 2012
It would appear that this response is from a group of people who were trespassing on Old Timberlight property, people like to drive where ever roads take them, not caring whether they are on private property or not. This group did not stay at Old Timberlight but drove up to the main homestead and then turned around and drove off as I approached, then continued down a private access route to the gorge. And yes appropriately I was rude when I caught up to them.

This incident is not a reflection of my attitude towards guests who stay at Old Timberlight Guesthouse,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

Found this place via online search - we were looking for a few days away from Sydney over the long Easter weekend, ideally without the jacked-up flight costs. Tried all the usual suspects within driving distance (Hunter, Blue Mountains) - all either fully booked or ridiculously over-priced. Some good comments on TA steered us here, and Matt (owner/host/chef) did a great all-round job at making us feel welcome. Best description of the set-up is like a "ski chalet" insofar as you dine together with Matt in an informal setting at his main house. Accommodation is in individual huts located close to the main house before you get out into the surrounding (owned) couple of hundred acres of fields and woodland. Each hut is well-spaced from its neighbour, so you get the feeling of privacy. Camping gas stoves are used to make tea or coffee on the veranda. Log fire stoves provide the warmth inside and are more than sufficient once you get the hang of them! Bathrooms are clean and modern, and each hut has plenty of room for a few days' worth of packing. The venue itself is 6km up a passable dirt road. The main road through the local town of Nerriga is now fully surfaced and gives fast enough access if you're coming from the Pacific Highway or Hume Highway sides of the Bungonia National Park. In terms of things to do, definitely bring some books and walking boots. There are some good walks surrounding the property, leading down to the Shoalhaven gorge. There's plenty of Aussie wildlife ('Roos, wombats, birds) on-site, which is nice to see. You can even spot some old goldmining relics on a walk which date from around 70 years ago, giving a sense of the history of settlement in the area. Further afield, Morton National Park is a fair drive away, but worth a go. As is climbing Pigeon House Mountain, which is around 1.5 hrs' drive from the property. If you come in the Summer months, you're about 45mins drive from Jervis Bay, so there's a beach option as well. Overall a very pleasant, comfortable get-away-from-it-all experience with a welcoming host running the show.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

I chose Old Timberlight Guesthouse for a romantic birthday weekend & it was a perfect choice. Although the weather was cold outside the log fire kept us warm & cosy, almost too hot during the night.
Matt our host was incredibly welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. Dinner was excellent and hard to chose.
The bushwalk to the gorge was an easy walk and fantastic views across the escarpment. Everywhere you looked there were kangeroos grazing in the paddocks.
Loved the boathouse! Could easily have spent the afternoon on the couch in the sunshine with a good book and glass of wine.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2009

Just in case anybody out there wants a lovely, peaceful place to stay that is off the beaten track, let me recommend Old Timberlight. Sue and Matt are the owners/hosts/cooks (Sue will not be called a chef!) of the six rustic looking cabins set just far apart from each other to be quite private. Once inside, however, the cabins are quite luxurious. We stayed in cabin 1 and the bed and pillows were superb. You know how too often you don't sleep because the bed is too hard, soft, old, new? These were just right. This cabin has the corner bath and candles were supplied to set the mood. Others are dressed in a differnt style and have different bathroom configurations. Just ask if you would like a cabin with a double shower.....

All cabins have balconies with a table and chairs where you can sit peacefully and watch the kangaroos and wallabies loping around the property. There are no minibars in the rooms as the property is solar powered and they use up just too much energy. The kitchen is always open if you just have to have that coffee before breakfast. Forget your computer and mobile phone - you are truly there for a relaxing timeand there is no coverage!

To get to the main house and dining room, follow the track around to the boathouse, which is perched on a once full dam - and may one day again be full! - where there are a couple of lounges, a CD deck and tea/coffee making items. Somewhere for you to chill out if you don't want company. Up to the dining room and Sue and Matt don't mind a bit of a chat!

It appears that Old Timberlight is Matt's dream and Sue has come on board over the last few years and calls herself a "cook". I have never seen a cookbook collection such as Sue has and Matt assured me she has read them all from cover to cover. Dinner is included in the price (at the time of writing) with a choice of two entrees, two mains and two desserts, and includes a bottle of wine (not crap stuff either!) Dietary restrictions are taken into account and you can still be guaranteed of a wonderful meal. There was another couple staying on the weekend we were there and we ate together, although the option is there for you to eat separately.

I found this place listed by accident whilst internet surfing but I hope a lot more people find and enjoy it after reading this!

When staying for more than a night, lunch is also included and, let me tell you, Sue's woodfired pizzas are truly moreish. Yes, just outside the kitchen is a woodfired pizza oven that Matt built. It was stoked up after breakfast and after going for a walk to the abandoned goldmines on the property, we were well ready for pizza for lunch. I think we went through quite a large number!

The drive in is along 6k of good dirt road from Nerriga itself. We drove in via Marulan and out via Nowra. The Nowra road is obviously undergoing a major upgrade so a bit of careful driving is still a must.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nowra Braidwood Road | Nerriga, New South Wales 2622, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #410 of 1,629 Specialty Lodging in New South Wales
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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Old Timberlight Guesthouse Australia/New South Wales

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