The Nest at Bush Hideouts
Set on our 500 acre slice of valley paradise, The Nest is a charming and fully equipped two story off-grid cabin with a 15m x 15m footprint. The open plan cabin contains a comfortable collection of colonial and period furniture, epic stone fireplace and panoramic vistas. It also has a kitchen with gas cooker and a vintage wood burner oven for your convenience.
Come to Bush Hideouts and simply switch off, reconnect with your loved ones and meet our many furry and feathered friends who call this landscape their home. We are located next to the Horseshoe Lagoon forest and fauna reserve.
We have a large Wombat population and the reclusive Platypus is spotted regularly in the Lagoon and Goulburn river. A battalion of Kangaroos also pass through in the mornings.
IMPORTANT NOTE (Bushhideouts provides initial wood but please bring your own as we have seen guests go through $200 worth in one night which is not environmentally cool or economically viable. Guest tend to burn their own wood more frugally. We even provide a Gransforsbruk wood splitter)...
Features and Amenities
- Check in after 12pmCheck out before 12pm
- Weekday minimum booking: 1 nightWeekend minimum booking: 2 nights
$280 for 2 adults
Accommodates a maximum of 8 people
Extra guests $50 a night
1 queen bed
6 camp beds
3 tents sleeping 2 each are available if you wish to spread out.
Bush Hideouts is truly a place to commune with nature and reconnect with family and our furry marsupials! Although we don’t have wifi or good phone reception - you’ll be giving your tired eyes a break while you enjoy as much or as little of Hill Walking, Swimming, Fauna & Birdwatching, Cycling, Kayaking, Board Games, Bocce, Picnic's, Wine tasting, Wood Chopping, Evening Bathing in clawfoot baths, Stargazing and well, just being....
- Base Price $280 / night
- Extra People $50 / night after 2 people
Adventures on the Property
These are the exclusive natural wonders and outdoor activities within the property boundaries.
Bush Hideouts Property
The map shows the listing location and awesome adventures nearby.
Here are some details about the adventures nearby. Refer to the map for their location.
Mountain Bike Riding
Having said this, this is the first time I've ever booked with Riparide, and I think that the issue with the site's encouragement of "stories" as one of the main ways of advertising the properties is that the images and texts used are overly stylised, and use a very specific tailored narrative which glamorises all the wonderful aspects of the accommodation without mentioning any of the not so glamorous. This is in no way the owner's fault, however I do feel like the description of The Nest needs to include a few details which would at least more realistically provide an expectation of what to expect.
The Nest itself is beautifully rustic, the timber trusses and columns are amazing and the spiral stairs leading to the bedroom are super cool, the 360 degree view from the bedroom is mesmerising. I booked the weekend as a surprise weekend intending to propose to my boyfriend, and I spent weeks whittling down a shortlist of accommodation trying to find a cosy, romantic getaway with a not over the top, but decent level of luxury.
I have to be honest that The Nest would be awesome for a bunch of mates going away for a summer weekend, but was not so suitable for a couple wanting a cosy weekend away in the country.
For starters, the entire weekend was freezing. We had the fire going the entire time and barely strayed a metre away, as the building just refused to heat up due to no insulation and gaps between the rafters. We slept with 8 blankets on and 4 hot water bottles and in the morning could see our breathes.
A previous review said there was a dripping cistern right next to the bed, this also kept us awake all night. The second night the owner (who is really friendly) told us a way to fix it, which worked for an hour, but for some reason the cistern water level kept going down and every hour we had to get up again and fix it repeatedly. This unfortunately made for 2 nights in a row with no sleep, which didn't make for a particularly relaxing nor romantic weekend. I'd originally arranged a late check out but we ended up leaving as soon as we got up as we just wanted to go home and get warm and have a nap from lack of sleep.
We love camping, and had we been after a no frills, bush stay, The Nest would have been a perfect weekend. I think that the listing needs to say that the toilets are outdoor drop toilets and that the showers are also in a semi-open outhouse.
With the booking fee, we paid over $300 per night, and for this price for 2 adults there is not an unreasonable expectation of a little more luxury, especially given the description calls it an "outrageously luxury cabin".
In conclusion, sharing this price with a bunch of mates, in the warmer months, The Nest would be ideal and a super awesome weekend away.
But for a cosy, romantic, couples weekend, the price and description give you higher expectations than the reality....
When we booked we didn’t realise the rooms were tents, we ended up moving all the beds inside so we could be warm by the fire.
The house had bats living inside, we managed to get a few out but they were swooping throughout the night.
The upstairs room was next to a super loud drip that kept us all awake all night.
The owner was really nice and helpful but we felt the description and price online wasnt in-line with the reality of the accommodation....
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