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Bawley Bush Retreat
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Absolutely perfect very well kept. Total paradise stayed there for 4 night (not long enough) we stayed in the cafe cottage and it was perfect. There was an out door bath (very romantic) we enjoyed bush walking sitting by the fire inside and out looking up at the stars whilst in the bath. Cycling into the town of bawley enjoying the beach and fishing. The cottage was clean and home like we had no disturbance. The whole cottage is beautiful we were in orrr. I would definatley recommend staying there, great place to sit back and unwind

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed here at the Bawley Bush Cottages for two nights over the weekend. We chose the Chef's Cottage. We have stayed at many 4 - 5 star hotels before and was amazed when we first opened the door to our cottage - it was absolutely stunning! For the price we paid, it was immaculate and LARGE! It was honestly a great getaway from the city life, quiet, relaxing and all you could hear was nature. We couldn't recommend this anymore - we will be definately coming back...!!! Great family getaway especially if anyone loves the country and the bush.
The owners were also very accomodating, and we do love the open door policy they have there with their guests.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Every owner would loves to receive reviews like this and we are delighted Sandra F and partner enjoyed their stay so much they put were moved to write a TA review. However as an owner-partner I point out to readers that the reviewer's heading describing us as a "5-star retreat" is happy-customer over-statement and not describing our actual rating. We are in fact rated by AAA at 4 stars.

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Reviewed July 31, 2012

A group of quilting friends have stayed here several times now. Each time we absolutely love it and find it hard to leave.

We arrive to find beds made up and fires laid, ready for a match. The cottages are cosy and well designed, and having the possibility of separate places means that many different women each have their own bedroom and often their own cottage. Bedding and towels are generous and adequate and we have not bothered to bring extra since our first visit.

Working space is fantastic, and if the weather is kind as it was this weekend there is also a table on the verandah. Hand workers might want to bring a small lamp.

It is as another review said - a perfect retreat. It is absolutely quiet, the cottages are nestled into a bush surrounding with a small lake in view and walks available for those who are more energetic than we were.There was even Wifi so we could keep in touch with the world, despite an absence of an Optus signal!

We cooked together in the Cafe Kitchen and kept the Cafe cottage as our base with three of us in the the three bedrooms. One person also had her dog.

For groups wanting more formal working space the Cockatoo Room can be booked and that is large and spacious with great light.

Bill checked on us a couple of times but always with great discretion. I really appreciated constant supplies of chopped firewood and kindling and newspaper - there was no stinginess in the supplies. The Cafe Cottage where I stayed was spotless.

It is fantastic value and I cannot imagine a place to beat this as a location for a group of people to meet and work together - when they choose to!

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

We have been staying at Bawley Bush Cottages roughly twice a year for the past 5 years and love it. There are 5 cottages in total and of various sizes and now I understand the owners' house can also be rented. For winter months we prefer Chef's Cottage which is more secluded but in summer we like the Seabird (Oystercatcher & Cormorant) appartments. The latter have an interconnecting door so can rented together but we like them because they give out onto a large grassed area with views to Willinga Lake. The big attraction for us, though, is that the whole property (40 acres?) is dog-friendly. You can take your dogs on walks of up to 45 minutes without leaving the property. There is a charge per dog per night and that has gone up somewhat since we first started going there but it hasn't detracted from our enjoyment. The 4 cottages we've stayed in (never used Cafe Cottage) all have wood burning stoves so you can be snug in winter. Bill & Pip, the owners, are very friendly and helpful and have thought of just about everything in terms of creature comforts. As a small example, Chef's cottage has an outdoor shower so you (and your dogs!) can rinse off after a trip to the beach.
There is abundant wildlife on the property including the rare Glossy Black Cockatoo. Black swans glide on Willinga Lake where you can often see magnificent White Bellied Sea Eagles.
The nearby beaches are almost always deserted and we can recommend the Bawley Beach Cafe as well as Merry Beach Cafe.
In summary, Bawley Bush Cottages are the perfect retreat.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

I organised a three day (week-end) conference in the Cockatoo room and catered to and accommodated everyone on-site. The facilities were excellent and everyone was delighted with the food and the accommodation - indeed the whole venue. Even though it rained a good deal of the time, the paths and driveway remained mud-free and no one noticed any inconvenience. The retreat staff were very helpful and went out of their way to cater to our every need. The Cockatoo room is delightful and very adaptable, with good sound and AV systems. The wood-heater worked brilliantly and it was cosy even in the very cold snap. I recommend it very highly.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Stayed with friends in Wattlebird Cottage. No-one at the reception area, so just filled in the form and drove down to the cottage. Key was in the door. Just big enough for 4 adults to sleep in.
The upstairs bedroom was a big open space, with a heaps of books to keep you happy. A chair and desk and a veiw through the gumtrees down to the lake. Fold-out divan in the lounge roomwas comfortable and the wood-fired heater was very inviting and kept the whole house warm all night. The bathroom was reasonably clean. Shower recess could have been slightly cleaner. Small kitchenette, but we managed to make some dinner on the BBQ outdoors one night and ate out the other night at a motel on the main road about 20 minutes away. The lake down the bottom of the property is beautiful in the early morning light. Heaps of birds there to look at, but be warned, wear closed in shoes, as there are leeches lurking in the damp water's edge. Did not see the owners at any stage, which was a shame, I always like to see who runs and/owns the place. Maybe next time.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

We appreciate the shower recess critique, more attention will be paid to this. Sorry we weren't seen during your stay. We are mostly here and love talking to and responding to guests. But even when we are here we try to respect the need of most guests for private enjoyment. Sometimes we travel/socialise off site and on such occasions be assured we, or our nearby off-site staff, are always available to respond promptly to telephoned guest questions or issues. An outdoor phone is provided at the office for such a contingency if guest mobiles lack reception..

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We attended a wedding at Bawley Bush Cottages and it was a lovely setting. The accommodation is spacious and elegant, and the events venue is intimate and inviting. The only issue as an events venue is the rocks used for a drive way, when in heals in the dark this is a bad combination, and there were more than one or two near falls.

It is a long way from Sydney but it was great to get away for the weekend.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

Thanks for the rocks (road gravel) critique. In addressing road erosion problems we overlooked high heels. Researching affordable solutions.

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Address: 101 Willinga Rd, Bawley Point, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2539, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Shoalhaven > Bawley Point
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Bawley Point
Price Range: $68 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bawley Bush Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a secluded self-catered eco-retreat specialising in 4-star accommodation, weddings and yoga retreats on 36 lakeside acres just 3km by car and 15 mins by kayak to beautiful NSW south coast beaches. We offer beautiful grounds, natural forest and lakeside bushwalks. You can almost always see kangaroos. We have 7 self-contained cottages that sleep from 2 to 10 people, a luxury caravan (for 2) and a little capacity for self-contained campers/RVs. Our function room is capable of catering for sit-down events of around 100 people. A local 24/7 fuel stop and an IGA supermarket provide food options for self-catering and there are several nearby eateries. ... more   less 
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