Where to stay in the Southern Highlands? Great question – and one that is so easily answered!
Whether you’re heading to the Highlands for a weekend away, attending one of our many ‘Open for Inspections’ that we hold each weekend at belle property Bowral, or simply looking for somewhere for extra or unexpected guests to rest their head, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to accommodation in the Highlands.
Here are a few of my favourites:
The Robertson Hotel
1 Fountaindale Road
02 4885 1111
Undoubtedly Australia’s most historic hotel, staying at this grand manor is like stepping back in time. With its Gatsby-style bar, 14acres of sprawling gardens and its very own Harry Potter-esque train station, each room boasts views that will wow, especially when the iconic Robertson Mists roll in. Be sure to stroll through the impeccably maintained heritage rainforest gardens, which are filled with centuries old trees and magical surprises like the Grotto, which was built by one-time residents, The Franciscan Friars during their tenure in the 1940s. You’ll even find a Statue of Mary, which was imported directly from the Vatican, as well as a statue of Pan, resting with his flute.
The Hidden Door
17 Bundaroo Street
0428 231 110
A hop, skip and a jump from Bong Bong Street, this charming 100-year-old weatherboard cottage comfortably sleeps four people in real style. In the unlikely event you tire of Bowral’s restaurant choices, it has a contained kitchen in which you can cook up a storm. There’s also a gas log fireplace that keeps you toasty in winter and plenty of throw rugs to snuggle under should you decide to while away an afternoon with a bottle of local wine and a movie. Behind the cottage, you’ll find a modern villa, which also sleeps four and is equally as beautiful.
6 David Street
02 4861 1177
Never mind that this ivy-draped manor has recently been refurbished. It still boasts a timeless elegance that you’ll find inviting, sophisticated and welcoming. Even though it’s just 10minutes walk to town, you’re in danger of never wanting to leave, thanks to the stylish bar, bustling tapas bar and on-site Italian restaurant, Bistro Officina. There’s also a pool and gym, should you wish to work off any kilojoules consumed during your stay, and an Endota spa, for the ultimate in relaxation.
Howard’s Lane Vineyard
91 Howard’s Lane
0408 509 955
Owned and run by Grand Bistro’s Damien and Justine Monely, this enchanting B&B sleeps two people and has sweeping views of Mittagong that you can take in from the wide veranda as you enjoy a glass of the vineyards’ own wines.
The Briars Country Lodge and Historic Inn
653 Moss Vale Road
02 4868 3566
Conveniently located half way between Bowral and Moss Vale, these are the ideal digs if you’re in the Highlands house hunting.
The 30 King or Twin Share rooms sit in the lawns behind the famous local pub (which incidentally is reputed to serve the best steak in the Highlands) and overlook a private lake. There’s also one luxury King Suite and a three bedroom self-contained apartment, each with a sofa bed should your guest numbers become more than anticipated. It’s noteworthy that the room closest to reception is a handicapped room with all the appropriate requirements and space to move around.
Boronia Street via Centennial Road
02 4862 8600
Set on a top class 18 hole golf course, this modern, stylish hotel is close to Bowral’s town centre and boasts a gym with indoor heated pool, a luxury day spa, a casual bar and a fabulous restaurant called Harvey’s, named after Aussie legend, pianist and composer Geoff Harvey, a long time Highlands local.
1300 737 444
With 72 guest rooms spread across two wings, this elegant property is ideal for special occasion getaways, conferences or simply a weekend to wind down. The 100year old building has been meticulously maintained and sits on its own private golf course.
Peppers Manor House
1300 737 444
This grand country house has recently been refurbished and it’s the ideal place to stay if you’re after peace and quiet, away from all the action in the townships. It’s close to wineries including Sutton Forest Wines, St. Maur and Sally‘s Corner and is just a leisurely drive to the quaint villages of Exeter, Burrawang and Bundanoon.
Enjoy your stay!
Love, Di xx
If you wish to learn more about life and property in the Southern Highlands, please contact me via www.belleproperty.com/bowral