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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:
20 September, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Cattai

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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(56 traveller reviews)

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Barakee Creek - The Old Shack
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews

The smile didn’t leave our faces!

  • 5 of 5

We walked into this accommodation and were amazed at the detail and care of every aspect. A well appointed kitchen, big open fire with a stack of wood, big bathroom with 2 different types of showers, a bedroom with doors opening to a patio area where there is a plunge pool and the creek at the bottom of the rise where you can choose between the row boat or the canoe to cruise the river in. Oh, and don’t forget the pizza oven, barbecue, maintained gardens and games to keep you amused. There is a TV with a great sound system but if the weather is great, enjoy the outdoors!

Everything is spotlessly clean and there was nothing that we reached for that wasn’t there. A really remarkable place!

Judith and Mark are friendly and hospitable, the yummy chocolate cake went down a treat. The quirkiness of the place had us in awe.

We can’t wait to share our experience with friends!

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated, spotless and very relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

It was a great stay at The Old Shack. Everything has been made to the very last detail by the owners - was very impressed with the interior. Also, the bed linen and bath towels are very high quality and lovely.

It was a very relaxing stay and I would definitely recommend. Was also very close to Sydney CBD, if you are looking to get away for the weekend.

Will definitely be recommending to friends! Great value and exceeded expectations.

  • Review Submitted: 26/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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