July 13, 2020
There’s nothing better than a weekend away with your pet to relax and unwind after a busy week. Here are some of the best pet-friendly weekend getaways close to Sydney.
#1 Blue Mountains
Kookawood Rural Retreat
With amazing views over the Blue Mountains, this self-contained stone and timber barn conversion sleeps 4 people + 2 children and is surrounded by 200 acres of bush and grassland. Dogs are welcome inside the house and are free to roam in the secure 300 sqm area, and receive treats on arrival. The property is just a half hours drive from Katoomba, near Lake Lyell. Only well-behaved house-trained dogs are accepted and must be mentioned on inquiry.
271 Martins Road, Rydal 2790
M 0418 105543
Holly Lodge is a lovely four bedroom cedar chalet located in Medlow Bath.
This property makes a perfect weekend getaway close to Sydney. Set in beautiful natural surroundings, guests can enjoy drinking wine next to the big open fireplace and feeding the resident rosellas. The yard is unfenced. Cats, as well as dogs, are welcome. Please check for other animals. Ideal for a romantic weekend, family retreat or just to enjoy nature and activities in the Blue Mountains, just 2 hours drive from Sydney (and a 15-minute walk from the Hydro Majestic).
#2 Hunter Valley
Flamingo House is only 7 minutes to the Hunter Valley wineries!
Experience a wonderful 85-year-old miner’s cottage reinvented for the modern age. The house is fully equipped for a relaxing stay or reconnect with friends and family, cook up a storm in the kitchen and relax and unwind on the huge covered deck. Dogs of all sizes are welcome anywhere inside our outside the house and other pets by prior arrangement.
Flamingo House has also partnered with a local cycling store so if you want to hire bikes for your stay they can have them delivered to the house ready for your arrival. They can also recommend a local dog-friendly private wine tour operator who can take you and your fur-baby out for some grape action.
The house has 3 great queen size bedrooms with reverse cycle aircon throughout, modern fully equipped kitchen, 42sqm covered deck with outdoor seating and BBQ, and a huge backyard on an over 700 sqm block.
Pet-friendly Australia followers can use coupon code PFA50 to save $50 on any two-night stay before 30 Jan 2021.
72 Love Street, Cessnock 2325
M 0488 910 614
Neudorf Country Retreat
This self-contained 2-bedroom cottage is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley countryside, enjoy tranquillity far away from the city noise set on 100 acres of pristine country and bush.
With two luxurious double bedrooms, spacious lounge area, modern kitchen and bathroom, combustion stove, air-conditioning, TV, video, stereo and fly screens on all windows. All the linen and towels are provided.
Children and well-behaved pets are welcomed – pets must be restrained at night to protect the precious wildlife.
A leisurely 2 hours drive from Sydney. Close to Wollombi and Mount View; the gateway to all the beautiful wineries the Hunter Valley between Wollombi & Cessnock. Enjoy the wildlife, or just read a book on our sunny veranda.
Wollombi Road, Millfield 2325
T 02 4237 9813
#3 Kangaroo Valley
Equanimity Kangaroo Valley
This 3-bedroom luxury pet-friendly home, positioned on the Kangaroo River, is perfect for a romantic weekend away or groups of up to 8 guests.
Relax and unwind in this well-appointed secluded property which is just a one minute drive or ten-minute walk from town.
Seasonal rates, fees and conditions apply.
9 Cullen Crescent, Kangaroo Valley 2577
T 02 4465 1300
The Vale Penrose
Set on a beautiful 5-acre estate adjacent to Penrose State Forest, all house-trained pets are welcome. The luxury self-contained studio has a separate front and back entrance with a furnished front veranda and a back veranda that opens on to manicured gardens. Pets are allowed to roam free on the entire property.
80 Kareela Road, Penrose 2579
M 0411 796 315
#4 Illawarra & Shoalhaven
Sitting on the eastern shore of the Illawarra Lake with magnificent lake and mountain views, the Lakeside Inn is a good accommodation choice for leisure travellers in Windang, Shellharbour and Wollongong areas.
Located only 80 kms from Sydney, the Inn offers guests comfortable and affordable accommodation. With pet-friendly rooms, spa baths, large family rooms and suites, there’s plenty of options to suit most travellers. There are 10 cabins that are all pet friendly along with 2 pet-friendly motel rooms. It’s set on Lake Illawarra so very close to walking tracks – perfect for walking the doggies. Cats and birds are also welcome! Offering a bar, food, aboriginal art and culture, friendly staff, leisure activities and much more.
140-146 Windang Road, Windang 2528
T 02 4203 2609
Mimosa Eco Retreat
There are four pet-friendly cottages at Mimosa Eco Retreat.
Choose from Billabong Cottage, Cooee Cottage, Kiah Cottage or Corroboree Cottage on this 25-acre property.
Each unique and beautiful in their own right. It’s a great place to chill out and relax with lots of beaches close by.
Mimosa Eco Retreat is located on the Bawley Point Road which turns off the Princes Highway at Termeil.
This pet-friendly paradise on 25 acres is just a short drive to unspoilt beaches and lakes, state forests and national parks.
96 Bawley Point Road, Termeil 2539
T 02 4457 1421
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