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Barakee Creek - The Old Shack

Bedrooms 1
Space 60 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Old Shack - is a self catered cottage and has been tastefully renovated with an abundance of unique character for couples to sit back and relax, to slow down and unwind. It is filled with furniture and fittings handcrafted on site from reclaimed materials. Set on 26 acres nestled in its own valley with Cattai Creek meandering through, there is only one guest cottage so you can be assured of your privacy. (sorry no children or pets)

The Old Shack was built around 1890 by the first landowner. It was built mainly from materials found on the property, rubble sandstone for the walls and round poles for the roof structure. It slowly fell into disrepair as a result of termite damage, fire and disuse.

For the first ten years of our ownership the Old Shack was deteriorating, with large cracks in the stone walls, and holes through the rusty corrugated roof. Repairs began with the intent to house the chooks and store hay. As the renovations took place we got a little carried away, creating the distinctive retreat that you see today. We have always called it 'The Old Shack' so I guess the name will stay.

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The Old Shack is located at Cattai, New South Wales on the tidal section of Cattai Creek approximately 60 minutes North West from Sydney CBD. It is situated on 26 acres in a very private valley with a short stroll to the wharf and bush walking tracks. Access to the creek by kayaks/canoes is by a gentle ramp. It is a short (4km) paddle downstream to the Hawkesbury River where you can picnic at Cattai National Park. The creek has a 4 knot speed zone which ensures paddlers are not disturbed by speeding watercraft.

Vehicle access - There is about 800 metres of maintained gravel driveway to the Old Shack which is suitable for all standard vehicles.

Boat access - You can access The Old Shack with your own boat (height restricted 1.4m at high tide at Cattai Bridge on Wisemans Ferry Road), 16km from Windsor boat ramp, 69km from Wisemans Ferry boat ramp and 125km from Berowra Waters boat ramp.

Things to do

We have a TV for watching DVDs (with limited TV reception). There are DVDs, board games and plenty of books and magazines for your enjoyment. If you are the type that can't sit still you can take the canoe for a paddle or follow the tracks though untouched native bush. Visit the local National Parks, there are great drives around the Hawkesbury River area, visit some historic sites, browse the shops have an ice cream, enjoy a cappuccino or play golf at the local golf courses.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in The Hills District, Australia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Double shower heads ( no bath )
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
Private and secluded setting


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(49 traveller reviews)

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Barakee Creek - The Old Shack
average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews

How's the serenity!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place!!! Can't recommend highly enough and have been raving to anyone who will listen. Judith is a great host and the chocolate cake she made was delicious. Came in very handy as it was my husband's birthday.

The place is fantastic and has the cleanest windows I have ever seen. Thanks for the cleaning tip Judith :) Everything is spotless and well thought out. The building has been restored beautifully and my husband who is a tradesman was in awe of some of the work!

The outdoor pizza oven was the best and already set up with firewood ready to throw in a match. The plunge pool can be heated and we used it every night. A word of warning, 42 degrees is too hot :)

The bird life is fantastic and we need to recreate the natural stone birdbath that is in constant use. We spent most of our time just sitting on the deck watching the birds.

Loved this place and will be back in winter so we can take advantage of the huge fireplace!

Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise with us :)

  • Review Submitted: 10/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Weston, NSW, Australia

We wish we were still there!

  • 5 of 5

The Old Shack is every adults dream getaway. From the moment we drove down the driveway we instantly felt relaxed. Everything has been thought of. Words cannot describe how much we enjoyed our stay. Such an amazing find. Thank you Judith & Mark for your hospitality!! We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 03/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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NSW, Australia

Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

We loved every bit of inside and out OWNERS very nice and welcoming

  • Review Submitted: 21/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia

The Old Shack - The New Favourite!!

  • 5 of 5

I genuinely cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was. From the minute we arrived we realised that we had lucked into something amazing. Judith and Mark have created a very special place with 'The Old Shack'.

In desperate need of a break from the relentless whirlwind of our lives, my wife and I decided to run away and relax for a couple of days. We couldn't believe our luck when we arrived at 'The Old Shack'. If you are looking for something that takes you away from the hustle and bustle then look no further.

From the open fireplace to the chocolate cake, the woodfire pizza oven to the friendly Kookaburra and Butcher birds eating from our hands (and once straight out of my sandwich), from the plunge pool to the fantastic walking trail, this place has everything we could have asked for.

If we hadn't gone in the dead of winter I would've taken the chance to take the canoe or boat for a spin along the Hawkesbury River. I'll be counting the days until we get another chance to get there and take up that opportunity.

If you're looking for that fantastic getaway for a couple of days that is really not too far away, then grab yourself a book, leave your phone on silent and head on down to 'The Old Shack', it really is a little slice of heaven on earth.

  • Review Submitted: 10/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Daniel, Thank you very much for your review. It was great meeting you and Emma, we are very delighted that you enjoyed your stay and left feeling rejuvenated and hope to see you in the future. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the couple of nights of serenity with my wife, thank you, very clean.

  • Review Submitted: 03/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we've stayed at the Old Shack and we loved it even more than the first! Quiet, relaxing, has everything you need. A beautiful place for a weekend away from the city.

  • Review Submitted: 17/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sophia, It was great seeing you again. We are happy that you enjoyed your second more than the first stay, hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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Nearest Airport
68 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Pitt Town
Nearest Golf
6.5 Kilometres
Riverside Oaks
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
11 Kilometres
Lynwood Country Club
Nearest Beach
58 Kilometres
Mona Vale Beach
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Cattai Creek/Hawkesbury River


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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