Lloydeena, Burrawang

Read our writer's views on this property below

Southern Highlands, NSW

5725 Illawarra Highway, Burrawang

Phone: (02) 4886 4165

Email: ros@ianrayner.com.au

Web: stayz.com.au/108928

The location Nicely chilled out in the heart of the Southern Highlands, about halfway between the Devonshire tea-eating population of Berrima to the west and the surfboard-toting folk of Kiama to the east, Burrawang is a pretty little country hamlet of 180 or so people, about two hours' drive south of Sydney.

The place Lloydeena is a homely, comfortable, north-facing, three-bedroom cottage set on verdant dairy-farm acreage about three or four Long John Daly golf drives west along the Illawarra Highway from the Burrawang township. Drive in past nonchalant cud-chewers and gigantic ancient firs and gums, up the hill and you're there. The Dallas ranch homestead it ain't, but it'll more than do for an undemanding family of up to six people. The beds are comfy, the open-plan living and dining area is roomy and gets plenty of sun, the kitchen is well equipped, the bathroom boasts a beautiful claw-foot bathtub and the garden is lush, well-kept and an ideal spot in which to enjoy a beer, wine, barbecue, book, spot of backyard cricket - or all of the above.

The experience Although Burrawang has limited opportunities for activity, it does lay claim to one of the finest country pubs in the region - Burrawang Village Hotel (burrawanghotel.com) - and its General Store Cafe will appease any city-slicker caffeine snob. But you should consider the village the gateway to other points of interest in the region, including more cascading water than a Norsca commercial, antiques store/cafe-hopping in Berrima, Bowral and Robertson (where Babe was filmed), Kangaroo Valley to the south and, of course, the area's numerous wineries.

Don't miss Two scene-stealers are nearby - the majestic Fitzroy Falls, and the rainforest-set Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk (illawarrafly.com), with its views across the Illawarra Escarpment and out to the sea. Vertigo sufferers be warned, the latter's highest point is a whopping 750 metres above sea level and you'll be navigating narrow, cantilevered walkways. Just pick a spot on the horizon, focus and cling, white-knuckled, to a railing. robert badman

Need to know

Cost: $495 for four people for two nights (extra $50 per additional person).

Where: 135km (2 hours' drive) south of Sydney.

Children: Yes.

Pets: No.

Wheelchair access: Limited.