We travelled in autumn to witness the colour of the leaves change from an earth green to a feverish red as well as to see the slate-coloured haze that gives the mountains their name. (It comes from a fine mist of oil exuded by the huge eucalypts that form a dense canopy across the landscape of deep, often inaccessible valleys and chiselled sandstone outcrops). Arriving at sundown, we settled smoothly into Kookawood - the air was fresh so we started a roaring log fire and spun some tunes on the record player - finding ourselves a bottle of wine we discussed a plan for the following day’s adventures. Kookawood felt like home, not just in itself but in its surroundings. The peaceful location, the furry farm friends, the ever-changing outlook of hovering fog through the hills and valleys. We could feel the immensity of nature.
When you step inside Kookawood you step back in time. This unique and charming country house was lovingly hand-built by the owners over 10 years using stone, recycled timber, reclaimed windows and doors and is filled with a collection of antiques and collectibles. Perched on a hill in the heart of Rydal, Kookawood steals a magnificent 200 acres of the Blue Mountains. North facing, the wrap around veranda and outdoor entertaining area makes time at home far more enjoyable with its ever-changing outlook.
The cottage had everything we needed to ease into the weekend, as well as explore further afield with friends. At the crack of dawn, we awoke and warmed up with some hot coffee and a soak in the bubbly outdoor claw-foot bath (a definite stand out for us). The sky was slate and the wind was brisk. Crisp clean cold air filled our lungs and the vast landscape slowly revealed itself on the horizon. We set out for a day fuelled by adventure - hiking, driving, gazing and feeding. Following a wet day of wandering, we returned to the comfort of the country house, dug into a smorgasbord of cheese, charcuterie and wine and got lost in conversation around the stone fireplace. We'd found a good thing and we weren’t leaving anytime soon!...
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