Stayed at Tara Lodge for 3 nights with a family of 6, check in was fast and friendly with a bottle of wine we didn’t expect. The house was magnificent 4 large bedrooms beautifully furnished with the main room with en-suite , a 2nd bathroom was spacious and beautiful. Quality of the towels was very good, the lounge dining area was massive and also a lovely foyer to play board games, all beautifully furnished, the kitchen was very well designed and the benches were massive , this place could easily accommodate 8 guests . The spa was very nice and felt Clean you could stay in the spa for ages , kangaroos roaming around the large property which is dotted with about 7 other holiday houses of all sizes. We drive to the pool as we had elderly with us , pool could do with some shade, but the water was lovely and clean , the tennis was fun but we would recommend taking your own balls as they were a bit flat , the racquets were ok, they are free and in the pool shed , relaxing weekend you could drive to Forster and blackhead beach for a swim in ocean pools and Nabiac hotel provided a shuttle that picked you up at your front door and also drive you back at no charge , was a nice pub for dinner , property also had a well equipped laundry and lovely floor rugs ! Definitely worth a stay
I stayed at the Chapel in April this year for 2 nights with my 12 year old son. I would have loved a few more days. Lovely cottage, well equipped with a stunning view from the verandah. You are further away from other cottages on the property here which adds to the tranquility. Having the tennis courts and pool was great. You can bush walk and bike ride being able to bring dogs was wonderful addition to our break. My advise do a big food shop before you drive in. It is rather bumpy and slow going in a sedan. Then stay put and just relax. We will definitely be back, next visit we will try a larger cottage with some more family
We stayed in 1 of the 8 cottages. They are well separated and very private. They have all facilities and are clean and well maintained. There is lots to do with your own tennis court, communal pool and mountain bike and horse riding. Mobile phone and internet is poor but so what!
Dirt road access is ok and Forster/Tuncurry are nearby with good supermarkets, restaurants and a great oven pool.
We will be back.
Those three words describe our stay at Clarendon Forest Retreat. We went to have a quite weekend gateway and we got exactly what we were looking for.
We stayed in the summerhouse which was fully equipped and maintained. It is set amidst nowhere :) with awesome view towards mountain and long spread of greenery around it, it was a treat to sit on the deck, drink wine, dine and do some barbeque. The main bedroom had a big comfy coaster bed and a wooden dining table which was giving an antique feel. Other bedrooms were also suitably equipped. The kitchen had all the essential equipment and crockery and whenever we cooked (we cooked a little) we never felt anything missing. The lofted lounge area was my kids favourite where he could play with his toys and watch his favourite cartoons. Particularly for my kid he loved the place considering he had ample place to run and play be it indoor and outside and offcourse he loved the spa and never wanted to come out of it.
If you can wake up early you can see some kangaroos/wallabies roaming around making it a perfect forest retreat. There is a dedicated tennis court and basket ball court, if you are sport enthusiast and a common pool too. Considering it was a bit hot outside we submerged ourselves in the spa and relaxed.
I would recommend this place.
Stayed two nights in the Water Lily. So peaceful and relaxing. We made use of the pool and our own spa. Ordered the breakfast hamper with sausages, bacon and eggs etc and wasn't disappointed. If I had to find negatives it would be the road in because I would love to visit again but I know my husband wouldn't drive his car on the unsealed road. Hoping to talk my daughter into coming with me next time. I also paid for the stargazing experience and although the guy was really nice the experience itself was a bit of a disaster. The telescope didn't want to work and the clouds rolled in pretty much covering everything. Just a really relaxing break.