The Cottage, Tumut review

Snowy Mountains, NSW

21 Wynyard Street, Tumut
phone: 0488 183 525

The location Tumut is a forestry town in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, about two hours' drive from Canberra. It has a sturdy, well-established feel and an air of quiet prosperity. The 6000 residents take pride in some charming old buildings as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

The place The cottage, thought to have been built about 160 years ago, has been lovingly renovated and accommodates up to four people. Decorated with a mix of antique and reclaimed-timber furniture, it has two double bedrooms, a cosy little lounge and a long, narrow sunroom with a polished wood floor. The kitchen is large and well-equipped, with marble benchtops and decent cookware. Guests are invited to use herbs from the garden and sample the fruit of the splendid lemon tree. They also have the use of a barbecue, and two bicycles (with helmets).

The experience When in Tumut, it is almost compulsory to fish for trout in sparkling mountain streams. Hiking in Kosciuszko National Park is another option, as is simply taking a stroll through the town: a booklet from the visitor information centre (Old Butter Factory, 5 Adelong Road) gives directions for a 60-minute walk that takes you past fine civic structures such as the court house, post office and an Edmund Blacket church, as well as the fabulous 1920s Montreal Theatre.

Don't miss The Taxidermy Shop (0429 884 420), where resident artist Jessica Wrobel specialises in whimsical creations (kittens with doves' wings, mice tucked up in bed), but will also preserve family pets: cats, dogs, birds ... anything, really. She's gone as small as a goldfish and as big as a calf.  

Need to know
Cost: $250 a night for two, $275 for three or four (minimum stay two nights).
Where: 410km (about 4.5 hours' drive) south-west of Sydney.
Children: Yes.
Pets: No.
Wheelchair access: No.