Robertson Cluster Stays
An authentic taste of the local, pastoral lifestyle, Laurel View is a grand old farm house nestled among the rolling green pastures of a working farm that runs cattle and sheep. On all sides you are surrounded by spectacular valley views of Kangaloon and Burrawang.
Enjoy comfortable, country ambience complete with wood fire and tasteful furnishings. Boasting generous living spaces, 3 spacious bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen the homestead is an ideal getaway for families or groups keen to experience tranquillity or explore the surrounding small farms, cellar doors and eateries of the Southern Highlands food and wine clusters. Although its secluded setting feels a world away, Laurel View is conveniently located just minutes from the hamlets of Robertson and Burrawang as well as the many captivating bush walks and waterfalls the region is renowned for.
Breakfast provisions include melt-in-the-mouth bacon and moorish chippolatas made from the farm’s own premium meats.
Address: Opposite Pearson’s Lane, Robertson
Contact: 02 4885 1385
The Robertson Hotel
Deemed ‘the most luxurious hotel in the commonwealth’ back In the 1920’s The Robertson Hotel has retained its endearing, Gatsby-esque ambience despite a contemporary refresh. Nestled in heritage rainforest, the grand manor is set in 14 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens with moss-covered rock walls, ornate fountains and a grotto built by Franciscan friars. Guests are greeted by red carpet and chandeliers with towering ceilings and colossal fireplaces throughout.
Accommodation ranges from a family wing with rooms suited to larger groups to King Deluxe Rooms, the character filled Heritage Room or Grand Manor Suite and a dedicated Bridal Suite.
Melt into oversized sofas and share a cheese platter with fine wine and friendly conversation in the intimate Salon; enjoy a sundowner in the art deco bar or experience dining in The White Room; with its towering ceilings and white tiffany chairs. A magical setting for weddings and celebrations, there is an elaborate grand ballroom flanked by a white-on-white sunroom where the light streams in during breakfast and lunch, looking out to manicured grounds. Guests can request a picnic lunch to be set in the grounds or have an elegant dinner catered out under the stars.
Hours: Accommodation – Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Dinner – Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm (bookings essential)
Bar – Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 4pm, snack menu, cocktails and absinthe dispensary.
Devonshire Tea – Saturday 11-3pm
Address: 1 Fountaindale Road Robertson, (corner Illawarra highway)
Contact: 02 4885 1111
The Cottage at White Birch Farm
Celebrated Sydney artist John Olsen is among artists to have found inspiration at film makers Tony and Anna Williams’ little patch of paradise on White Birch Farm. Flanked by 12 acres of pristine rainforest the 25 acre hobby farm is home to a charming country cottage. The sunny, self contained retreat is equipped with all the home comforts and nestled in 3 acres of captivating gardens. Alive with colour, year-round the grounds include Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, hundreds of bulbs and several fish ponds with an exquisite Japanese Garden underway. Abundant in birdlife, some 70 species and countless Rosellas have been spotted in the gardens. Explore the arboretum or Tony’s track through the rainforest, thoughtfully sign-posted by Anna.
The cottage itself is North facing with spectacular valley views, all the way to The Blue Mountains, from every window. There are 2 generous bedrooms, each overlooking the farm pastures, a verandah with BBQ and a well equipped kitchen stocked with cooking essentials. Plenty of local farm produce, small farm cheeses and other supplies or eateries can be found just 3 minutes away in the village of Robertson.
Kids will revel in friendly livestock including sheep, alpacas, donkeys and cattle.
Several documentaries have been produced at the farm by the owners, including A Place Called Robertson which premiered at Bowral Cinema. Artist John Olsen’s biggest canvas since The Opera House Mural was created in the large studio on the farm.
Address: 19 Lemmons Road, Robertson
Based on the design of a traditional Mongolian yurt, the Robertson Roundhouse sleeps up to four guests. Featuring a central living room with dining table, couches and beautiful combustion fire along with a well-equipped kitchen, this is the perfect setting for a relaxing retreat.
Outdoors the expansive verandah makes for a beautiful place to read the papers and soak up the sun or listen out for the sounds of nature. Enjoy a visit from the local King Parrots, Rosellas and Bower Birds that call the gardens home. Robertson Roundhouse is also surrounded by local farms so don’t be surprised to see sheep dotted in paddocks, or hear the occasional moo from nearby cows.
When nestled by the fire inside, make sure to look up to the beautiful timber ceiling and watch as day turns into night through the many glass windows in this treasured home.
Address: 1 Ranelagh Street, Robertson
Contact: 0411 183 994