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.