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Ilkley Cottages

Privacy, essential ingredient of romance and other dirty deeds

664 Black Springs Rd Mudgee NSW 2850


All of our three cottages have been designed and decorated by us, and each is different within the broad style of Australian country . Calving Gully is for one couple, Blackman's for two couples or small families (bedrooms at opposite ends of the cottage), and Maggies for lots of friends or big families.

The common theme is the use of farmhouse style antique furniture, recycled materials and natural timber. All have wood fires for romance and warmth, backed up by reverse cycle air-con for frosty Mudgee mornings. The air-con similarly backs up the ceiling and pedestal fans in the occasional summer heatwave. Each kitchen is equipped for cooking so you can do your own romantic candle lit dinner at home. Of course, for a special treat we have excellent deals with two of the best local restaurants nearby. And for total indulgence your chef prepared meal can be delivered to you in the cottage. If cooking on a wood fire is your thing, each cottage has a BBQ and outdoor setting, with no neighbours.

Cottages are stocked with three cereals, milk, juice, tea (leaf and bags), coffee (instant and ground), home baked bread (usually), and a bowl of fresh fruit. As well as condiments, sauces, jams etc, and a sample of the local wineries products. Bacon and egg breakfasts, home made soup and Mudgee-meat BBQ's are available. Ilkley is a 33 acre property named after the Yorkshire Moor where Carol spent her youth.

Just 10 km north of Mudgee as the crow flies, Ilkley is barely on the outskirts of town by country standards. In fact all cottages look down the valley to the town, and the nest of distant lights at night completes the feeling of being away from the cares of the madding crowd. We have encouraged native critters over the years, with a local family of kangaroos, and birds ranging from a resident pair of Little Eagles to Magpies, Owls, Blue Wrens, Yellow Robins, various honey eaters, parrots and many less common fowl. As with any wild animals we cannot guarantee they will deign to visit you.

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