Slow Living

When you set foot in Sugarmill Stay, you surrender to slow living. The charming wooden home is in fact a century-year-old shed from the historic Broadwater sugar mill and has since been lovingly renovated and redesigned by the owners with their refined style and great attention to detail.

Set on a 15-acre parcel of land, the space exudes an air of serenity and offers something unique with each season. Revel in the warmth of winter with a wood-fired heater. Let your mind drift off with the birdsong in the springtime. Soak up the sunshine at endless beaches and swimming holes in the summertime and as the days grow shorter in Autumn, find comfort in all the cosy corners of the space.

The home welcomes animals of all kinds, be sure to keep an eye out (or an ear) for the Koalas hanging about the gums. Even in our short stay we found our routine drinking chai in the late morning on the wooden deck, which backs onto the raw remnant rainforest and watched the pet cows feed.

The wooden cabin style bedroom is dressed in soft linen bedding, and the open-plan inspires relaxation. You could get lost in a book in the comfort of this space. The kitchen is small and sufficient, stocked with all the necessities and you’re treated to roasted coffee beans from Moonshine in Federal, a must-visit as well as Doma for modern Japanese only a few doors down. If you keep the main door open, you’re practically asking for a visit from the two chickens and friendly cat who like a little small talk with guests. The bathroom is something else - open plan and contemporary in design, fitted with copper, brass & recycled wood from the property and with a wide bi-fold window you feel like the spring-fed creek surrounds you as you shower. Don’t be surprised to find two green frogs that like to keep guests company.

The cottage had everything we needed to ease into the weekend, as well as explore further afield with friends (be sure to stop in at the nearby swimming hole), not to mention being run by the warmest hosts I’ve been blessed to come across.

Things We Did

  • Waterfall
  • Farm
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    A local secret - a large swimming hole located on private land on Dalwood Road, Rous. You will see a dirt pull-off area on the side of the road under some trees, climb through the fence and follow the track......
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      The walkable 15-acre property invites you to discover the flora and fauna....

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