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Barakee Creek - The Old Shack

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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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Location

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

Owner
Stayz
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Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

Amenities

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

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • forests

Reviews

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Barakee Creek - The Old Shack
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
5

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: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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
5

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney
5

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: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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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5

Perfect place

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful in every respect. Most relaxing weekend. Brilliant hosts. Superb.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Paul and Jess, Thanks for coming, so happy you enjoyed and had a relaxing stay. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5

Incredible weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly incredible and very memorablr weekend at the Old Shack. Mark and Judith were fantastic hosts and had catered for our every need. The house was spotlessly clean and Judith made us feel very welcome upon arrival. Really enjoyed sitting in the hot tub enjoying a glass of wine and taking the canoe out for a paddle down Cattai Creek. Complete bliss!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Charlotte, So happy that you had a wonderful weekend at The Old Shack and enjoyed the plunge pool and going for a paddle on the creek. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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5

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding accommodation. Has everything you could possibly want, Judith and Mark really have thought of everything and it's super clean. The bed is lovely and comfortable. Would highly recommend, you won't be disappointed if you want some time out with peace and quiet!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Suzanne, It was lovely meeting you and that enjoyed your time at The Old Shack. Hope enjoy rest your time in Australia. Kind Regards, Mark and Judith
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Map

Other Activities:

Cattai Creek/Hawkesbury River

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in The Hills District, Australia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Australian Dollar
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event
 
Standard 2
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
A$240
From
A$270
A$540
A$1,740
 

Notes

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