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Scotland Island Lodge
Reviewed April 11, 2009

We spent a weekend at Scotland Island and were delighted with the hospitality that Rosemary and Colin extended to us. The unique location of the BnB was the draw card for us and we weren't disappointed. Pittwater is a spectacular setting and the water access only to the Lodge was something we hadn't experienced before. Pittwater has a myriad of houses nestled in amongst the greenery, boatsheds, jetties, and boats, boats and more boats! From the moment we stepped onto the ferry we began to relax and it only got better! There were so many little extra things that Rosemary and Colin have included in their rooms (Information on walks, homemade biscuits, lots of books and magazines, DVDs, etc) that added to the enjoyment of our stay.
The peaceful surroundings, the excellent food, the clean and comfortable accommodation as well as hearing about the interesting lifestyle of the island made for a memorable stay. We would thoroughly recommend it. Make sure you take the ferry ride around the island if you happen use the water taxi to get to the island, it is well worth the trip to see the variety of buildings that inhabit the foreshores of Pittwater. It is a very picturesque destination and we will definitely be making a return trip to experience the delights of this unique environment.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2009

Scotland Island Lodge is an excellent 'B&B' in a beautiful and wonderful location - superb accommodation and great food. We were lucky to find this place for our first trip to Australia. Just right for Sydney - not too far away and getting there by the ferry from Manley was always a pleasure

Colin and Rosemary are fantastic hosts and looked after us very well. We particularly enjoyed the peace and quiet of the island and the breakfasts were always a pleasure watching the local parrots and parakeets come down to join in!

We enjoyed the local walks on the island and on the mainland just a short ferry trip away and gain saw plenty of wildlife In fact, we were a bit disappointed before coming to the Lodge as we had not seen any kangaroos or wallabies in the wild, yet on a walk just over the water from the lodge we came upon these and other animals in less than 5 minutes. I like swimming and thoroughly enjoyed the dip in the sea just off the jetty where the ferry comes in.

We fully recommend Scotland Island Lodge as somewhere different, of high quality and a relaxing and great experience

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2008

My partner and I had a wonderful weekend at Rosemary & Colin's gorgeous lodge. Rosemary & Colin were so hospitable, making us feel right at home, without being pushy. Our room was spacious, light and airy, with water views. And then there's the food.....Rosemary had no trouble catering for my wheat allergy & my partner's lactose intolerance. We ate like royalty. The dinners were superior to many I've had in Sydney restaurants for double the cost. And you don't get king parrots joining you for breakfast in Sydney either!
We'll be back, next time with the kids so they can enjoy the kayak and swimming....and more of Rosemary's wonderful cooking.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2008

Right from the start this is a great experience. How many places bother to greet you at the ferry with offers to help with luggage and to lead you the (short) distance to the lodge. Rosemary and Colin have something unique here, Sumptuous, tasteful accomodation combined with gourmet standard food. All this and the charm of Pittwater as well. Cannot rate this place high enough, we will return.
Ian and Cynthia Shutes

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2006

After three weeks of travel ending up in the frantic hustle and bustle of Sydney we needed to chill out in natural surroundings prior to our return to the UK.A chance newspaper article resulted in our visit to this splendid Island retreat only a 35 -40 min. drive from Sydney. Imagine a romantic water taxi that whisks you out to this beautiful location only 5 minutes off Church Point, where we left our car. No cars or made up roads on the Island.
We were met by Rosemary and Colin Who looked after us with a superb knack of being there when we needed help but absent when we needed to relax after stimulating walks around the Island. The Lodge has a very relaxing feel about it with a very comfortable, private first floor area for readng or TV
If you eat in the food is sumptious, the breakfasts a real experience of Home produce
The last day will be remembered until we go back, waking up to the sound of Kookaburras then a ferry down the Hawksberry river for lunch at Cottage Point at the waters edge watching the water planes land bringing guests from Sydney, at sunset over gin and tonics we really felt at peace with the world getting prepared for life back in the metropolis which seemed a million miles away
Pat,John Maidenhead UK

Stayed: September 2006
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Reviewed September 11, 2006

We stayed at Scotland Island Lodge for a long weekend in August and wish we could have stayed longer. It is a fabulous B&B hideaway on the North Eastern side of the island, owned and run by Colin and Rosemary. Scotland Island Lodge has got three rooms; a king size ensuite, and a queen and twin rooms which share a bathroom - ideal for a family. Rosemary is passionate about cooking; her big English breakfasts are simply to die for.

Scotland Island is in the stunning Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Pittwater (north of Sydney) - less than an hour from the centre of Sydney. The whole area is home to superb waterways, wharves, boatsheds, ferries, and secluded beaches.The native bushland contains rainforest, rivers, creeks, waterfalls, sandstone headlands and a wonderful collection of Aboriginal rock art. It is an island only accessible by boat or ferry. There are plenty of fantastic walks on the island or in the nearby National Park. There are so many fantastic things about Scotland Island, you'll just have to experience them for yourself - go on treat yourself !!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2006

Scotland Island is located in Pittwater with extensive views over the Kuringai National Park. We arrived at Church Point within 60 minutes of leaving Sydney Airport, courtesy of Collaroy Airport Services. Access to Scotland Island is via either the ferry or water taxi. We took the ferry which was a mini cruise of the southern end of Pittwater. Pittwater took our breath away and we fell in love with Scotland Island, at first sight, with its rustic charm, laid back lifestyle of yesteryears and islanders who passed us by with friendly greetings. We were enchanted when we caught sight of Scotland Island Lodge and were made very welcome by our hosts Colin and Rosemary Haskell. A lovely vase of island flowers greeted us in our room which had its own en-suite bathroom. The room was spacious and clean with a little sitting area for extra privacy – although there was a cosy guest lounge available for our use. Tea-making facilities were accompanied by little extra touches such as a jar of home-made cookies which were so delicious that we finished the lot in one go as soon as we arrived! We sat outside in a delightful garden for lunch and ate delicious sandwiches and cake that Rosemary had made for us and later, after a walk around the island breathing in its clean fresh air, we arrived back to a wonderful gourmet dinner prepared by Rosemary. Rosemary is passionate about her cooking and she uses home-grown ingredients (when seasons allow) such as vegetables and herbs, courtesy of Colin who works very hard on their produce patch! Rosemary’s desserts were mouth-watering and even though we were full after the generous portions of appetizers and main course, the desserts were extremely hard to resist! After a good night’s sleep induced by the clean air, incredible peace and darkness on the island we woke refreshed to the smell of home-baked bread. Breakfast was sumptuous and served on the verandah with its lovely views and sounds of nature. Rosemary and Colin are the perfect hosts. If we were looking for privacy, we were left discreetly to our own devices, but when we wished to have a friendly chat, Rosemary and Colin took time off their busy schedules to chat with us. They are extremely well travelled and have had many years of experience running award winning bed and breakfasts. There were many activities available in the locality such as swimming and kayaking in Pittwater, trekking in the beautiful Kuringai National Park, with a packed lunch, exploring the many wonderful northern beaches and cruising on the Hawkesbury. We could be as idle or active as we wished! Although there are no cars on the island, with the exception of emergency and community services and a few local tradesmen, the regular ferry service or water taxi took us over to Church Point where local taxis or the public transport service took us wherever we wanted to go. Sydney is a mere 27 kilometres away. We were never bored. We stayed for four nights at Scotland Island Lodge and have been back several times. We are hoping to go back again to refresh our bodies, mind and senses!

  • Stayed: November 2005, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2 Kevin Avenue, Pittwater, Scotland Island, New South Wales 2105, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Pittwater > Scotland Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Scotland Island
Price Range: $165 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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An island retreat an hour north of Sydney. Rosemary and Colin invite you to experience the magic of Scotland Island Lodge. The delicious homemade food, comfortable accommodation and the attention to detail will make your stay memorable. All the city attractions, The Opera House and Harbor only an hour away, while you can enjoy the wonderful scenery of Pittwater and exciting walks to aboriginal rock drawings nearby, or maybe kayak around the bays. ... more   less 
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