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The Rangers Cottage Manly Sydney

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About the property


Our Ranger's Cottage

A unique and welcoming guest cottage, set in a quiet, leafy cul de sac, with a bush reserve on one side of the street and a secluded arm of Sydney Harbour just a stone's throw away. Nestled in the grounds of a 1920's property, The Rangers Cottage is fully self contained to give you peace and privacy in proximity to the beautiful harbour foreshore and iconic Manly Beach. Originally the local forest ranger's dwelling, it has been completely refurbished and offers a sun drenched living area with kitchenette, a bedroom with king bed, bathroom, laundry facilities and private outdoor courtyard.

On the Harbour

The Cottage is located on the famous Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway, with Manly about 25 - 35 minutes' walk away (or five minutes by car). Picturesque Forty Baskets Beach ( a sandy and safe harbour beach with enclosed swimming area, jetty, rock pools, free barbecues and swings) is an easy eight minute walk through the bush reserve on a sealed path. A great cafe serving delicious coffee, breakfast, lunch and ice cream is a three minute walk via a pedestrian bridge across a cascading stream. Opposite it is North Harbour Reserve, which features a popular children's play area.


The Cottage sleeps up to four including king bed or two singles in the bedroom and double sofa bed in main room. With all the conveniences of home, it is ideal for short and medium term stays and is family friendly. No Smoking or pets.


Main room: comfortable L shaped sofa, dining table (seats up to four), LCD TV, mini stereo system with ipod dock, USB and stereo jack inputs, ceiling fan.

Kitchenette:combination convection microwave. Refrigerator with ice box. Cesar stone bench tops. Cookware, crockery, glassware, cutlery, kettle, toaster.

Bathroom: shower, toilet, vanity, heated towel rail, heat lamp and fan.

Laundry: washing machine, drying rack, iron and board available.

Bedroom: Wardrobe with drawers, ceiling fan, very comfortable king size bed that can be split to make two single beds.

Parking: Available on street. The Cottage has its own entrance from the street.

About us

We live in the main house next door and are on call to answer any of your questions and help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The Cottage is cleaned and serviced weekly during your stay including fresh linen/ towels at no additional charge.

We offer special rates for stays of a week or more.

If you're travelling with young children, a travel cot, high chair and selection of toys can be provided if needed. You will also find a range of books for all ages.

Getting Around

A free Manly Council operated shuttle bus (to Manly ferry wharf and local shopping destinations) runs past the end of the street (100m). Normal buses also operate along this route including a peak hour service to the Sydney CBD. The closest supermarket, along with a selection of over 20 restaurants is 10 minutes walk away.

Natural Australian Beauty

The Ranger's Cottage is so-named because it was originally inhabited by the local forest ranger about 100 years ago. Because we are so close to the bush we do enjoy a wide variety of bird life in the garden so don't be surprised if you find your self being observed by the inquisitive Kookaburras or chatty Rainbow Lorikeets. On your way to the beach or cafe you may also spot Pelicans and other sea birds or shy lizards sunning themselves on the rocks.

If you're looking for stylish, comfortable self contained accomodation in an enchanted corner of Sydney Harbour, you've found it. With the added benefit of friendly local hosts who are happy to help but also happy to leave you to your own devices if you prefer.

So far our first guests have given us the following feedback:

"I love what you've done, it's a stunning renovation"

"It's such a quiet and peaceful location"

"The beds are very comfortable and we love the bedding"

"We have found everything we need in the Cottage"

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
15 October, 2017


Other Activities:

Manly Beach, Sydney Harbour


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Balgowlah, Australia

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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The Rangers Cottage Manly Sydney
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
Rhodes, New South Wales, Australia

Nice cottage

  • 4 of 5

We stayed 8 nights and the cottage was well appointed and comfortable. It is on the Spit Bridge to Manly walk which means the walk to Manly Pier is stunning (approx 3kms). Public transport is close and an Uber ride will cost around $11 to the wharf. Felicity was very warm and friendly and filled us in about everything we needed to know.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Eco friendly retreat

  • 5 of 5

Husband and I stayed at Rangers cottage for 4 nights. Restful, comfortable abode with everything to make it feel like home away from home. Friendly welcome from beautiful host Felicity. Great tips on local swim spots the closest is 10 minute walk away, BBQ and kids swings too. Beach towels in cottage. 30 minute walk to Manly cove and ferry. Free hop on and off bus to shops and Manly too, 1 minute walk to bus stop. Very comfortable bed. Great local shopping centre fresh seafood, fruit and veg worth a look. Plenty of local dining out options. Very quiet space opposite reserve so plenty of birds around. Eco friendly stay well done to hosts!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia

Perfect spot for a family visit to Sydney.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 3 nights with young grandchildren. Owner could not have been more helpful. The children enjoyed their stay as much as we did, thanks to the availability of toys, books and DVDs.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Scotland, United Kingdom

A perfect base for a stay in Sydney

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Ranger's Cottage for three weeks while visiting family who live nearby. It has everything you could possibly need, and is very convenient for transport to the city and to Manly and all other nearby places. We used the free buses, and also walked to Manly sometimes on the Spit to Manly walk. Felicity was a great host - always there if we needed her and very friendly. We would love to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: We loved having you come and stay with us and look forward to seeing you again!
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San Diego, CA, United States

Perfect property

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was really cute and comfortable. A pretty and quiet street with a beautiful walk down to Manly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are lucky to live is such a lovely street and so happy you enjoyed your time here. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for two weeks in November. Everything about the Rangers Cottage was perfect. It was a complete home from home. Everything you needed was catered for (even beach towels and beach bag!). I would give the cottage 100% in every category - location, cleanliness, layout, facilities, everything was thought of. Felicity was a delight - so helpful and thoughtful. I would recommend the cottage to anybody travelling to Australia - we hope to be back as soon as possible. A complete treasure in the most beautiful part of the world!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Balgowlah, 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 Rate
25 Apr 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 2 guests. Property has 3 beds and can sleep a maximum 4 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $500 per stay

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