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The Garden Suite is perfect for one couple with its king-sized bed and double spa (separate shower). Miele appliances in the kitchen, and leadlight windows in the bathroom and bedroom. TV with Foxtel and DVD and a lovely open wood fire in the cosy lounge room makes this an experience to remember. Outside, the verandah, complete with BBQ, and art deco table and chairs sits at the edge of a five acre wood.
Walk down the steps next to your suite and open the gate to Cloudehill or go the other way into Rangeview with its meandering paths, lyrebirds, azalea maze and the dell.
Woolrich Retreat was built in the 1920's and was home to members of the Woolrich family who started the nursery that operated on this site until the 1960s. Ted Woolrich was one of the first nurserymen of the Hills and helped establish the National Rhododendron Gardens. Iris Woolrich his wife, started the Cuckoo restaurant, then named Quambie. The cottage has now been transformed into a character-filled home with art deco features and resonating with local history, providing space, light and comfort in idyllic surroundings. This is a private, quiet hideaway for lovers, friends or corporate guests, with everything supplied.
The unusual gardens for both Woolrich properties show what can happen when a plant nursery has been abandoned for 40 years. Beds of rhododendron and camellia seedlings have grown into tall trees, crowded together and reaching for the sky. Azaleas create a colourful maze, and there are many specimen trees about the garden, including a magnificent weeping beech and an American tulip tree. It is like a secret garden where myriad paths and steps have been restored to create some fascinating walks. Lyrebirds are common visitors and delight in digging up the garden; in the early morning they are not hard to spot but likely to run off when disturbed.
Cottage guests have free entry to Cloudehill Gardens next door.
The colours in Spring and Autumn are spectacular, but the garden provides a green haven at any time of year.