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Red Dog Retreat

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Simple rustic charm - a place to chill out in the peace and tranquility of the forest.
Snuggle up in front of the fire.
Savour the view and the sound of birdsong from your bedroom.
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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
2 nights minimum
Cottage
The hideaway of your dreams nestled high up on the edge of an ancient rainforest. With only two cottages this secluded retreat offers peace and privacy, helping you to escape the stresses of everyday life whilst admiring the beauty of a rainforest teaming with wildlife. Whether its a romantic getaway or a relaxing break with friends and family, Red Dog Retreat is the place for you. We also welcome your dogs.Only a 15 minute drive to both Kangaroo Valley and Berry, where you will find great shops, cafes and restaurants. Another 10 minutes will take you to Seven Mile Beach.You can snuggle up in front of the wood burning stove or have a barbeque on the verandah while keeping an eye out for the local wombats, wallabies and birdlife. After that take time out to soak up the atmosphere in our spa...The hideaway of your dreams nestled high up on the edge of an ancient rainforest. With only two cottages this secluded retreat offers peace and privacy, helping you to escape the stresses of everyday life whilst admiring the beauty of a rainforest teaming with wildlife. Whether its a romantic getaway or a relaxing break with friends and family, Red Dog Retreat is the place for you. We also welcome your dogs.Only a 15 minute drive to both Kangaroo Valley and Berry, where you will find great shops, cafes and restaurants. Another 10 minutes will take you to Seven Mile Beach.You can snuggle up in front of the wood burning stove or have a barbeque on the verandah while keeping an eye out for the local wombats, wallabies and birdlife. After that take time out to soak up the atmosphere in our spa baths or have a massage from a therapist that will visit the cottage, before hitting the sack to recharge the batteries and awaken to the sound of native birdsong, welcoming in the next day. Both cottages have two bedrooms and are designed with a rustic feel to blend in with the tranquil rainforest setting. To compliment this each is furnished with an array of eclectic furniture providing all the creature comforts of home. The main bedrooms have ceiling fans and French doors opening up onto the verandah to catch the cool summer breezes. Whilst during the winter months you can enjoy the warmth of the wood burning stove in the cozy living room. With mountains and beaches virtually at your front door there is an endless list of activities to entertain you during your stay. All this can be yours in just over 2 hours drive from both Sydney or Canberra so why not book your next escape today! Please indicate if you want linen to be supplied for $50 when making a booking and also indicate if you are bringing a dog.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
No more that 4 guests can stay at any one time. No parties are permitted. Pets are not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms. No outside fires at any time. Absolutely no smoking indoors.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Half bath
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Meet the host
Sally L
Hosting since February 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a day
Interaction with guestsWe find that our guests welcome privacy and a feeling of remoteness. Therefore, we make it easy for you to enter and leave the property via key access. We are always happy to meet our guests but we leave you to your own devices unless you contact us. We are almost always available and our house (although you can't see it) is a couple of minutes away. Before your stay, we provide you with some suggestions of things to in the area. If you have any questions or issues during your stay, please don't hesitate to call us.
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Reviews (26)
Ryan C
Ryan C
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
My family of 4 spent a very comfortable long weekend here. The cottage was clean and rustic with personality hidden in every corner. Amazing rainforest location with wildlife scurrying by and only a 15 minute drive to Berry or Kangaroo Valley. Sally, the owner, was very responsive and welcoming. Do yourself a favour and experience this hidden gem. We will be back.
Visited July 2022
Written 10 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Megs H
Megs H
Te Anau, New Zealand10 contributions
We had four adults and 3 small dogs for a lovely weekend away. Everything was lovely and clean. Easy to get around and the fire at night was lovely.
Visited March 2020
Written 10 March 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Traveler35506790923
Traveler35506790923
1 contribution
A group of friends and I had the best weekend stay here. The cottages had everything we needed and had lovely little personal touches by the owner. Extremely comfortable stay and our favourite part was sitting out on the deck watching the sun set to a magnificent back-drop. Our host was excellent and responded to our questions promptly. I would highly recommend this spot for a relaxing break away.
Visited November 2018
Written 6 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Connector811643
Connector811643
1 contribution
This was the perfect setting for resting after stressful year, a pet friendly small cottage with everything required for comfort. The birdlife was amazing and although I was only there for three nights, I saw wombats, lyrebirds and an echidna. It really is important to drive slowly on the mountain, both of the occasions I saw the lyrebirds and echidna, they were foraging right at the side of the road.
Visited October 2018
Written 27 October 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Danielle S
Danielle S
2 contributions
What a magic spot! I took my partner here for his birthday and we had the best weekend at this beautiful, cosy cabin in the forest. Amazing view over the valley, comfy beds, fireplace, barbecue on the verandah, the cabin had absolutley everything we needed - and even better that we got to take our own red dog with us, who loved exploring the property. Sally went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful, and we can't wait to come back here again and again!
Visited August 2018
Written 26 August 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jblaikie
jblaikie
7 contributions
Spent four glorious nights here, so quiet and peaceful. Just what my husband and I needed, and coming from QLD in Feb, it was oh so cool!! Even though the cottage is quite small, there is everything and more that you need. Communication with Sally was exceptional, very prompt when booking. My biggest thrill was to see my first wombats in their own habitat. We explored Berry and Kangaroo Valley which are short drives away. Would imagine that the fire would get a work out in winter as the cottage receives very little sun due to the surrounding rain forest. Overall all a much needed break in a little piece of paradise.
Visited February 2018
Written 15 February 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Bethelz
Bethelz
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
A wonderful place to stay when you're looking for a rest and a place you can go with your doggies. I loved that it was so dark and quiet at night - had the best sleep. Also loved sitting in front of the combustion fire with my knitting (and sitting on the verandah in the sun).
Visited June 2017
Written 28 June 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Brooke G
Brooke G
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
What a lovely stay we had over australia day weekend to celebrate a birthday. Our dog loved the space to explore, a big beautiful indoor spa awaits for you with candles and a window view of greenery, a cosy living area with fireplace and every creature comfort of home. Picturesque to say the least, an absolute blood pressure reducer! Not far from movies and shopping and far away to stay disconnected from the world. Would love to stay again.
Visited January 2017
Written 14 February 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reddogretreat
Reddogretreat
Thank you for your lovely review, Brooke. We look forward to you returning. Sally
Written 15 February 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cassandra W
Cassandra W
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
where do we start.. the directions provided we're spot on. We arrived to the sound of birdsong, sunshine on the lawn and a cottage smelling so wonderful as if we had walked into a day spa! not forgetting to mention the extras provided by our lovely host, Thankyou Sally! The cottage has a beautiful country style kitchen, lounge room equipped with music and movies, a glorious massive spa bath and the bed! was! so! comfy! We were lucky enough to see a lot of the wildlife Red dog has to offer: A Wallaby, Lyre birds, wombats, an echidna and if that couldn't get any better there were 3 tiny baby shrike thrushes nesting at the property! what a magical experience! This is the perfect place to get away, sit on the balcony, listen to the birdsong and watch the mist roll in.. Thank you for sharing this sanctuary Sally, so glad we found Red Dog Retreat! We will be back very soon!!
Visited November 2016 Travelled as a couple
Written 12 November 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reddogretreat
Reddogretreat
Thank you for your lovely review. Hope you come back soon.
Written 13 November 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Commentator Oz
Commentator Oz
Sydney, Australia47 contributions
Very much enjoyed my stay at Red Dog. The cottage was largely as anticipated and Sally very thoughtful. Largely peaceful and very pretty surrounds, clean, very comfortable lounge room, fabulous fire. The kitchen is tiny, but well equipped. Loved lying in bed in the morning with curtains open, or chilling on the veranda, and looking out at the view. 20 minute drives to some good bushwalking in Moron National Park and Seven Mile Beach. A few small things took it down to a 4 out of five for me, and more about what I am looking for as an individual - I think the main bed could do with an upgrade. I ended up with a very sore lower back. Since I was staying for a week, I came well equipped with food etc, but found storage for this difficult with the bar-sized fridge and lack of free shelving, so a lot of it ended up on the kitchen table - which also needs to be used for prep space. Great gas stove/oven though! (Just bring large knives if you need them). Strangely for several of the nights, there was some mechanical sound going on at night - and I couldn't work out if it was planes or machinery or a generator being used nearby. Not an issue the owners can deal with, but just a little disappointing that the peace was interrupted, and I was trying to go to sleep. The second cottage on the property is a little bit further down the shared drive, so they and anyone else passes Red Dog when they go there. It is a very steep drive, so a low front wheel drive is not great. I was there during wet weather, so ended up parking my car up the top of the drive for the whole stay at the smart suggestion of Sally. Just a warning for those with small cars.
Visited August 2016 Travelled solo
Written 10 August 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reddogretreat
Reddogretreat
Hi, thank you for your lovely comments and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. I just wanted to respond concerning the bed, in case people are put off. All of the mattresses were replaced with high quality new ones in early June this year. Your bed also had a feather mattress topper for additional comfort. So sorry that, in this case it didn't suit your requirements - a very disappointing outcome. We have had many guests commenting on how comfortable they found the beds. Regarding the noise at night, I am completely at a loss to know what it was. As you know, we are on 18 acres of rural land so I can only assure you that it would not have been any form of machinery, generator, or pump running at night. If it was some sort of air traffic, it would be a very rare occurrence. Thank you for your other comments, we appreciate you taking the time as we are always looking for ways to improve our guest experience.
Written 11 August 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Grill
Ceiling Fans
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Fireplace
Refrigerator
Hot Tub
Kettle
Parking
Stereo System
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Toaster
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Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighbourhood
Both Berry and Kangaroo Valley are very popular places to stay because of their great shops, cafes and restaurants. Red Dog Retreat is situated in the ancient rainforest above Kangaroo Valley and is teeming with birds and other wildlife. It's a great place to visit if you want to get out of the city and experience some beautiful countryside. Beaches are only 20 minutes drive away with dog friendly areas. There are great opportunities for kayaking, walking and cycling nearby.
Getting around
You will need a car to get around this area as there is no public transport that comes to our suburb. Cycling is also a very popular way to get around. If you want to go out to the local restaurants during your stay and don't want to drive, you can get a taxi to come up and get you.
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  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Red Dog Retreat

Red Dog Retreat is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

Red Dog Retreat has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

Red Dog Retreat has 2 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at Red Dog Retreat must last at least 2 nights. See all property details.