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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 an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Cattai, 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


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(54 traveller reviews)

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Barakee Creek - The Old Shack
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews

Excellent Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The property is superbly designed and finished with romantic fireplace, hot tub and wonderful amenities. We had a great get away, very much enjoyed the local beauty and Judith and Mark were wonderful hosts. It is a real treat so close to Sydney yet has a feel of a distant hide away. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning as always

  • 5 of 5

We have now visited the old shack several times and it was stunning as always. Words do not compare to the actual experience in this place.

So much love and thought has been put into this property.

I work in a realestate specialising in holiday accommodation and am amazed every time i visit, there is no other place like this one.

Mark and Judith are such beautiful hosts and have thought of every little thing to ensure comfort and satisfaction.

The only negative i have about my current stay is that i was unable to stay longer :)

Will see you again very soon xx

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing property with private warf where you can row a small boat through the national park waters. Woodfire oven was a plus. Will return again. Thanks for the pleasant experience.

  • Review Submitted: 09/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Askin, Thank you for your comments, they are very much appreciated. It was very nice meeting you and your wife and that you enjoyed your stay. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful in every way. Nothing has been overlooked, even had a cake sitting on the countertop for us to enjoy. If I could give 6 stars I would have.

  • Review Submitted: 07/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Thank you for coming and staying at The Old Shack, so happy that you enjoyed your stay and the cake. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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Unique, tranquil, romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend The Old Shack highly enough! The cottage is set on a beautiful property that feels remote but is only 10 minutes from town. The property offers activities at your door from kayaking to bush walking or you can while away your day reading, in the outdoor hot tub or watching the abundant local fauna.

Judith & Mark have put the most incredible thought into every aspect of the property from the selection of local historical books to the waterproof case for phones when canoeing! There was a home baked chocolate cake on arrival & the cottage was immaculate (I didn’t know it was possible to make windows that spotless)! I have raved about our stay to anyone that will listen & give it a 6 star rating!

  • Review Submitted: 04/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anastasia, It was lovely meeting you and your partner. It is so great that you enjoyed all the different aspects of The Old Shack, our property and the chocolate cake. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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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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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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