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Yarrawa Hill - An Art Lover's Retreat near Robertson with Bush and Ocean Views

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Overview
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
2 nights minimum 
Holiday Rental House
As featured in Home Beautiful magazine and Highlife magazine, Yarrawa Hill is the stunning home of British actress Miriam Margolyes, star of the Harry Potter movies and many others, including Romeo + Juliet, Ladies In Lavender and Babe, filmed in Robertson. It was whilst filming Babe that Miriam fell in love with the area and lead her to create this wonderful home. Only two hours from Sydney or Canberra, it is a true escape into a nature and art lover’s paradise. ARCHITECT-DESIGNED WITH RAINFOREST AND OCEAN VIEWS Yarrawa Hill is an architect-designed contemporary house, perched on the Illawarra escarpment just a few minutes outside Robertson, with spectacular views through native rainforest and bushland, out to the Pacific Ocean. Nestled in 156 acres of tall Eucalypt forest, rainforest a...As featured in Home Beautiful magazine and Highlife magazine, Yarrawa Hill is the stunning home of British actress Miriam Margolyes, star of the Harry Potter movies and many others, including Romeo + Juliet, Ladies In Lavender and Babe, filmed in Robertson. It was whilst filming Babe that Miriam fell in love with the area and lead her to create this wonderful home. Only two hours from Sydney or Canberra, it is a true escape into a nature and art lover’s paradise. ARCHITECT-DESIGNED WITH RAINFOREST AND OCEAN VIEWS Yarrawa Hill is an architect-designed contemporary house, perched on the Illawarra escarpment just a few minutes outside Robertson, with spectacular views through native rainforest and bushland, out to the Pacific Ocean. Nestled in 156 acres of tall Eucalypt forest, rainforest and rolling paddocks, Yarrawa Hill is a private and peaceful retreat, with the wallabies, lyrebirds and rosellas your only neighbours. With three large decks and a large patio with rainforest garden, and the central Great Room with floor to ceiling windows, it is a house that connects you to nature and its beautiful surrounds. AN ART AND ANTIQUES PARADISE The Great Room is at the heart of the home, with soaring ceiling and double height glass walls on three sides to maximise the sea and bush views. The huge open fireplace and large leather couches make this space ideal for relaxing in summer and winter. The modern glass and steel design of the home is balanced by the blackbutt timber floor and a stunning collection of antique Indonesian furniture and artefacts, adding a deep sense of warmth and character: • 19th century Indonesian teak doors throughout • Dutch colonial four poster beds, one from the 18th century and two from the late 19th century • Early 20th century colonial furnishings including tables and mirrors, crafted by Javanese and Chinese makers • Antique round Indonesian dining table for lazy brunches and long dinners • Javanese wooden figurines • Large antique chests from Madura, an island off the coast of Java • Earthenware jars and plates from Lombok • Floor tiles from Surabaya • Antique daybeds • Original artworks, Mexican terracotta collection, theatre posters, music sheets, and other curios from global travels BEDROOMS The three bedrooms at Yarrawa Hill offer privacy and space. Bedrooms 1 and 2 are near to one another in what is called the East Wing. Bedroom 3 is on a lower floor. Bedroom 1 is on the ground floor, near Bedroom 2: • Double bed • En-suite bathroom • Adjoining study and conservatory sitting room, opening onto one of the decks with remarkable views over the bush and towards the ocean; hammock, teak lounger and outdoor table and chairs. • The conservatory sitting room also has a bar, fridge and microwave, in addition to the kitchen facilities in The Great Room. Bedroom 2 is on the ground floor, near Bedroom 1: • Double bed • En-suite bathroom with full bath (not spa bath) • Adjoining study and sitting room Bedroom 3 is on the lower floor: • Very large double bed • Open fire • Lounge area • En-suite bathroom • Under-floor heating throughout • Private deck FACILITIES • Open fireplace in the Great Room, firewood provided. • Two woodburners • Central heating, double-glazing throughout and excellent insulation mean comfortable temperatures in winter and summer • Three large decks with remarkable bush and ocean views, hammock and outdoor furniture • Open plan state-of-the-art kitchen with stainless-steel work surfaces, breakfast bar, gas hobs, electric oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and walk-in pantry • All kitchen equipment and crockery provided • Gas and wood-burning barbecue facilities • Large rear paved patio with rainforest garden • Large flatscreen TV and sound system • Double carport • Good 3G reception ACCESSIBILITY There is parking adjacent to the front door at ground level. The common areas and two of the bedrooms are wheelchair accessible and have walk-in showers. WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY “The reaction of visitors, including us, upon entering the main room is WOW! It is elegantly and eclectically furnished with beautiful Indonesian furniture, and film and music memorabilia. It is a wonderful mix of large space and private areas. “Light filled, with spectacular views from the many windows and balconies of all the main rooms including the bedrooms, the house feels part of its natural environment. It does not seem to matter what the weather is like. We have been there during hot summers, cold weather, storms and racing fogs, the house allows you to observe in wonder but still be comfortable and protected. “Part of the joy is the flora and fauna. In season, the bush is full of flowers. There are lots of rosellas, lorikeets, cockatoos and the occasional eagle off the escarpment as well as resident lyre birds. Wallabies are regular visitors and wombats are around most nights (best seen around dawn or after dusk).“ – Des and Anne-Marie, May 2018
House Rules
Pets not allowedNot suitable for childrenNo smoking
Be aware that the property is located on a steep escarpment with significant drops from decks. It is for this reason also that the property is not suitable for children under 12 years. No pets allowed. Strictly no parties or events.
Bedrooms
3 Doubles
Bathrooms
3 Full baths

Meet the host
Miriam M
Hosting since February 2010
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsThe property is managed by Michael Robinson on behalf of Miriam. Michael lives close to Yarrawa Hill and welcomes guests on arrival, and is contactable by phone during their stay should they have any questions or need assistance.

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melindam635
melindam635
2 contributions
A home that captures the essence of tranquility & beauty.
Yarrawa Hill beautifully captures the essence of tranquility, warmth, & fun. The views all the way to the coast, & private bush surroundings, are amazing - whether enshrouded in mist & rain or bathed in sunshine. There are numerous balconies, a massive atrium style lounge room & several sun rooms to take it all in. We have stayed many times as a family over the last few years, & will continue to do so. It is the perfect place to unwind. The fire place in the lounge is wonderful to relax in front of, & the bookshelves are well stocked. The kitchen & pantry are nicely equipped for preparing & enjoying a home cooked feast. We love taking our favorite foods & wine & having a great time! Although spacious, it is cozy & charming. The house is tastefully decorated & fun to explore. There are plenty of tracks to go for a walk, & beautiful birds to listen to & see, including lyrebirds, & wombats can often be seen waddling around. Michael does a superb job of making sure your stay is comfortable & welcoming. We are looking forward to our next chance to get back there!
Visited October 2017
Written 18 June 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

DW785
DW785
1 contribution
Serene and Special with Spectacular views
Yarraw Hill is the perfect place to stay. It has everything you could wish for with great attention to detail, is very spacious, and quiet with magnificent views across the forest and ocean. It's wonderful to relax in front of the open fire place in the Great Room after a leisurely day exploring the surrounding country side and towns. The double glazed windows and central heating keep the inside of the house comfortable throughout the day. You can relax anywhere inside or outside on the decks on the deck chairs or string up a hammock. Breakfast in conservatorium, watch birds in the nearby treetops from the deck. Ideal spot for writers, artists and anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. Michael the agent is very helpful and goes out of his way to ensure your stay is all you could wish for. Highly recommended.
Visited March 2013 Travelled as a couple
Written 13 April 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

HLINSTEAD
HLINSTEAD
12 contributions
If you want guaranteed kanagaroos and the perfect luxurious hide-away Yarrawa Hill is the answer.
Take luxurious snacks, booze and whatever you want to eat and settle in. No need to leave the building . It's superbly isolated so you will have the peace to finish writing the best-seller. The kids can go exploring, you can cook up a storm in the perfect kitchen, and the sea is a easy drive nearby. If you don't fancy cooking, nearby Bowral is awash with restaurants. The wonderful extra about this property is the interior decoration which is so beautiful and clearly gathered with love and affection. Everywhere you look you have the perfect vista, inside and out. Michael, the manager, was extremely helpful and attentive. 1 1/2 hours from Sydney - hard to find, but that is part of the adventure.
Visited December 2012 Travelled with family
Written 25 February 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

SpiritedAway
SpiritedAway
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Pure Magic
We were privileged to stay at Yarrawa Hill recently for our wedding anniversary weekend, and it surpassed our expectations in every way. We knew this would be something special from the get-go, but were in no way prepared for the ways in which this property would take a stranglehold on our hearts! As the name suggests, the house is perched amidst the trees, atop a hill at the edge of Robertson, with breathtaking views across the valley to the ocean. The property has been designed as such to take advantage of the incredible light and views, with several outdoor decks strategically placed to soak in the glorious landscape. The house itself is massive, with split levels and separate wings, each with its own self-contained living areas, including ensuites, study areas, decks and kitchenettes. It really is quite an adventure exploring the many nooks, with surprises at every turn! For this reason, the house would be wonderful for small groups or families. However, it was just us and the dogs and despite its size, Yarrawa was incredibly cosy and intimate. It was also a joy studying the memorabilia on the walls, documenting actress Miriam Margoyles' stunning career, who apparently built the house with friends, having fallen in love with the Roberston countryside while filming Babe many years ago. As an avid cook, the kitchen was a show-stopper for me. Beautifully designed and open plan to take in the views, and perfect for entertaining. As Yarrawa is a home, first and foremost, it has all of the comforts and luxuries you'd expect and we were not left wanting for anything. The grand library in the hallway/entranceway is truly a thing of beauty and the various fireplaces throughout the home added to its special ambience. We didn't want to leave the house, but when we did venture out, we took in the incredible beauty of the bush via the many walking tracks and look-out points around the house. Michael, the agent who manages the property was fantastic, highlighting some of Robertson's best kept (and not so well-kept) secrets in town, such as the Robertson Pie Shop and Pizzas in the Mist (best pizzas we've had, hands-down). We frequented the local hotel for a beer and enjoyed hitting the local gallery and antique trail. The locals are incredibly friendly and down to earth and despite its Babe-fame, it's a lot quieter and less 'touristy' than other parts of the Southern Highlands (such as Berry and Kangaroo Valley), which we appreciated. We really did feel as though we were uncovering a hidden gem. Out if pure selfishness, I did consider (albeit, fleetingly) not posting this review in fear of everyone being let in on what I consider to be one of the best kept secrets in the Highlands, but it's too special a place not to share it with others. It was with a heavy heart that we left Yarrawa and made the journey home, but we've taken with us some magical memories that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives. We will be back - again and again, for it is truly a home away from home and I'm happy to say that this enchanting part of the world, in one fell swoop, has stolen our hearts.
Visited August 2012 Travelled as a couple
Written 11 August 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Christine S
Christine S
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
Charismic, charming, away from it all.
Yarrawa Hill was a charming, charismatic home. A home away from home with total privacy. Glorious views on the south coast of NSW, especially at night. We felt we were amongst the trees ,but yet so close to Robertson. A fun weekend with great friends. A wonderful host greeted us without much fuss and left us to explore this enchanting house. Thoroughly recommend Yarrawa Hill to any of our friends.
Visited November 2011 Travelled with friends
Written 14 November 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
So glad you had a good time. Many thanks for this nice review; do come back one day.
Written 14 November 2011. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

peterbalding
peterbalding
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
If you want the best of the southern highlands and a view of the ocean this is the place
This place is designed so that you can enjoy the company of your friends and be sure that you will all still be friends when you leave. There is lots of space - lots of bedrooms, bathrooms, separate living areas and decks - all uniquely styled and beautiful. Want a barbecue on the deck with a view to the sea? Want a fantastic kitchen to cook a dinner party? Want to find a book and relax in a quiet space? Want to watch a movie in front of an open fire? Want to head off for a walk in the rainforest? Want a short drive to some great restaurants? Then look no further than Yarrawa Hill. There is one downside though - leaving.
Visited July 2011 Travelled with friends
Written 4 July 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ruth Brown -:- Cremorne
rainfoest and wildlife experience
The moment one turns off the road into the forest all the city stress falls away. The house, large and comfortable. The main feature of the house sunshine streaming in and the open fire at night creates a warm ambience and relaxation. Beds extremely comfortable.Robertson people are extremely friendly it is so central to bush walks ,waterfalls ans if it shops and restaurants you want a lovely drive to Bowral. The high light for me was the Rainforest ,and gum trees a great place for macro photography.
Visited April 2010 Travelled with friends
Written 6 April 2010. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kopilow -:- Barton
Peaceful & relaxing Southern Highlands bush retreat
We spent three nights in this amazing house. It is nestled high in the treetops overlooking the Wollongong escarpment. Beautiful views out to the ocean and surrounded by bush. The house itself is a very interesting architectural design with huge living areas, open fireplace and three separate self-contained living areas. We had the whole place to ourselves which was way to big, but it would be the perfect place to have a holiday with your whole family or a group of friends with private units for each couple. The house has large decks to exploit the view which provide a lovely please to relax and enjoy a good book. The house is also tastefully decorated with beautiful antique wooden cabinets and furniture. But this is combined with very large modern bathrooms. There is also a very well stocked library so you don't even need to bring your own reading material! The property is a little of the beaten path but we found it quite easily even at midnight in the fog with the help of good instruction from the local agent. All in all we had a lovely stay and would highly recommend the property to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing retreat in the Southern Highlands. And it's only a few miles down the road from the famous Robertson pie shop!
Visited March 2010
Written 22 March 2010. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Amblers -:- North Ryde
Beautiful home with warmth, relaxing vibes - you won't want to g
We have stayed at Yarrawa Hill twice. It works well as my parents have<br /> always joined us and the house is big enough for everyone to enjoy<br />their privacy. The house is tucked away in the country with the most<br />magnificent views. At night we saw wombats and during the day the<br />kangaroos and native australian birds visited. The owners have<br />thought of everything for their guests - it has a well stocked kitchen<br />and rooms have all you need. There is plenty of wood to build fires<br />every night, books and CD's for everyones tastes, outside furniture to<br />enjoy the views from the balconies and inside the house is tastefully<br />decorated. We love it. We have such fond memories of both of our<br />holidays at Yarrawa Hill. The gentleman who organises the bookings is<br />so helpful and accommodating. He makes a great cappuccino and has<br />super home-baked cakes at his local coffee shop in Robertson. He too<br />has added to our enjoyment of our stays. Highly<br />recommended. Thanks
Visited October 2008 Travelled with family
Written 11 March 2010. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Deirdre Evans -:- Sydney
Yarrawa Hill Heaven on a Hill
This beautiful home is the best place in the world for a holiday to totally rejuvenate yourself. It will be so unlike your own home and yet it feels like home, with every comfort provided. High among huge trees with a magnificent view down to the coastline you can be toasting yourself by the large open fire (plenty of wood provided) and cooking a gourmet meal (well trying too!) in the fabulous kitchen. You can stretch out and read from a selection of interesting books, sit out on one of the many verandahs and just experience this magical place. Township is not far away if you need to stock up, but you will find yourself hurrying back to Yarrawa!
Visited October 2009
Written 5 March 2010. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Parking
  • Parking available
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Countryside area
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Ocean views
  • Waterfront views
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Terrace
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access

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About the neighbourhood
Robertson is the ideal holiday base for exploring the Southern Highlands, Illawarra and South Coast, or for a stress-free weekend escape. Robertson village (3 mins drive) has all the essential services you will need including groceries, a doctors surgery, pharmacy, restaurants and more. Nearby conservation areas offer outstanding walking, photographic opportunities, waterfall viewing, mountain biking and more. Fitzroy Falls, Carrington Falls and Minnamurra Rainforest are must see experiences, and for the adventurous the Illawarra Fly Tree Adventures offers a treetops walk above the rainforest canopy. There are also numerous gorgeous historic villages within easy driving distance including Bowral, Berrima, Kangaroo Valley, Berry.
Getting around
The property is secluded offering total privacy and relaxation. There is however no public transport to the home. You will require a car or need to arrange private transportation to access the property.
Access
Car required
Activities nearby
Golf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilities

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Rates in AUS dollars, per night min two-night stay. $500 per night for two people. Additional guests charged at $75 per person per night with a two-night minimum. 50% deposit secures booking

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