The Cottage

Auntie Eileen’s is set on sandstone piers and has double brick walls which help keep her cool in summer and cosy in winter. The north-facing lacework verandah has clear views to the Upper River escarpment and wraps around the house to the shade of the old plum, quince and pear orchard and beyond to the native plant hedge. It is here you can dine out, have a good belly laugh at the antics of the waddling duck quintet or just relax to the sight and sound of the local Australian native birds.

Inside, the house is decorated in a funky eclectic mix of approachable antiques and collectables to create an old world romance which changes tempo from room to room.

There are three bedrooms which can comfortably sleep a family of six or up to five adults. The front bedroom has a queen-size bed and a fresh French Provincial feel. The second bedroom has a wood frame country double bed and offers a sense of cosiness. The third bedroom has a set of bunk beds and leads to a small adjoining playroom complete with children’s book, games, toys and dress ups. This room can also be used as a hideaway nook to do the crossword. All rooms have views to the garden.

The cosy lounge room has a slow combustion wood fire. Here, you can snuggle up with a good book, play board games, or watch a DVD, all of which are available from the book shelf. Bake to your heart’s content or whip up a fantastic meal together in the country style kitchen and serve it in the warm glow of the separate dining room or in the bright breakfast room away from the preparation mess. And when it’s time, relax in Auntie’s big claw-foot bath.

Like anyone of her grand age, Auntie Eileen’s is a little quirky with a character all her own.