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Bower Retreat Cottage


Bower Retreat is very comfortable, fully self contained, self catering accommodation in a four bedroom country cottage. It is situated at Main Creek, near Dungog, in the Barrington Tops area of NSW, Australia, Bower Retreat is just 2 1/2 hours drive from Sydney. It is great for couples, family or group getaways, weekends, holidays and vacations.

Children are catered for, with an open area in front of the cottage great for games and riding bikes. . Children also enjoy feeding the cows and poultry and collecting eggs. A table tennis table is set up in the double garage for family games.

Three bedrooms open onto the verandah and garden which is alive with native Australian birds. A popular feature of Bower Retreat is the outdoor shower and "loo with a view" (curtain provided for the more modest guests), which looks out to the subtropical rainforest creek directly behind the cottage. The cottage accommodation has views to the imposing Black Bulga Range and its forests.

The rainforest creek is just perfect for exploring along with the rest of the 56 acre property. A well marked track leads from the cottage and guides visitors to the far end of the property through beautiful rainforest and bushland. Bower Retreat is a bird watchers paradise, (with our own resident satin bower birds of course). Approximately 90 species of birds have been sighted on the property including bower birds, glossy black cockatoos, and lyre birds.

Enjoy a dip in the swimming pool with spectacular views of the Black Bulga range and forest. Marion, the Bower's owner is an experienced, fully qualified Austswim accredited swimming instructor and is available to give swimming lessons in the pool on request.

Main Creek, the Barrington Tops and the Dungog area offer fabulous views and scenic country for trailriding. Guests are welcome to bring their own horses. Bower Retreat has a secure paddock near the cottage for visitors' horses. Guests who do not bring their own horses can take a guided horseback ecotour with Top Line Park, nearby.

Bower Retreat features:

4 comfortable bedrooms containing 1 queen, 1 double and 5 single beds, doonas, blankets, pillows & pillow cases, sheets and cot.

Spacious lounge room with: TV and video, radio, CD, cassette player, DVD player

Wood log fire heater

Reverse cycle air conditioning

Outdoor shower and "loo with a view"

Indoor bathroom with: separate shower and bath, hair drier, towels, bath mat, washers, hand wash.

Laundry with: automatic washing machine, tub, iron, ironing board, basket, pegs, clothes horse

Modern, well equipped kitchen with: refrigerator, stove, microwave, electric frying pan, toaster, kettle, electric beaters, crockery, cutlery, saucepans, utensils, washing up equipment, highchair.

Also included are: tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper, oil, tea towels.

Dining room

All linen supplied


Inground pool on property with Austswim qualified instructor available for lessons

2 car ports

Rainforested walking tracks

Bower Retreat is pet friendly with enclosed yard for dogs.

BYO horse or horse riding ecotours available nearby at Topline Park

From $130 per night

Bed layout:
1 queen, 1 double 5 single plus double fold out sofa.

Accommodation Rates:

* Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.

season1 (1 January, 1970 - 19 December, 2018)

$65 per night per personMin Stay: 2 days

Max Stay: 59 nights

Special Conditions:
  • No of Bedroom: 4
  • No of Bathrooms: 2
  • Kids allowed: yes

  • Smokers allowed: no
  • Pets allowed: yes
  • Linen supplied: yes

  • Cleaning expectations: Property cleaned by owners at end of stay

  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbeque
  • CD player
  • Carpeted Floors
  • Cot
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • High Chair
  • Iron
  • Oven
  • Radio/Stereo
  • Swimming Pool
  • TV
  • Washing machine

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Check-In Time: 2pm
Check-Out Time: 10am

Minimum Stay: 2 days
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Guest Reviews

It's been about six years since I was there, so I won't have exact information for you but it'll be close enguoh ;)First of all, the must see items are obviously the Dom and the Romanisch museum right next door to it. Climb to the top of the Dom (marvel at all the graffiti along the way) and check out the view. Go to the Roman museum next door and check out all the stuff they found when they were excavating for the train station expansion.Then there's the Ludwig museum which I believe is next door to the Roman museum. That's the contemporary art museum and has all the great screwball stuff you love from modern German art. Smashed pianos glued to the wall, etc. That sort of thing.The Nieumarkt area sometimes has a bunch of cool booths set up for wine tasting, so you can grab a glass or two and wander around a little bit, munching on some street food. I don't know if this goes on all the time or just when I was there.Further south from the Dom is a cool little area of bars, clubs and restaurants tucked in winding little streets in old buildings. Very cool, but I don't know how lively everything will be in March. I was there in some unseasonably warm May weather and people were everywhere enjoying life on the banks of the Rhine.There is a big ol' youth hostel south of zentrum (that's the downtown), a little bit past the zoo, where you can get cheap beds. Cologne is a pretty popular convention town, and budget lodgings aren't quite as ubiquitous as the average traveler would like. I think it's an IYH hostel, but don't quote me on it. Loads of beds, clean, safe, and right by a tram stop so you're only about 15 minutes from zentrum.Finally, in regards to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, I simply do not know of any place that specializes in that. You might be able to order a decent salad or some pasta in most places (as in most of Europe), but Germany is pretty much a meat-eating destination.


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