Welcome to our little slice of paradise.
Located on Thunderbolts Way between Gloucester and Tamworth/Armidale, this cottage is the perfect location for those looking to take an overnight break when travelling from Newcastle or Sydney through to Armidale or even Queensland.
Aysgarth Cottage is completely self-contained. It offers 2 bedrooms (one with a queen bed and the other with 2 king singles), full kitchen (with microwave, oven, cooktop and dishwasher), living area and a bathroom (with heated towel rails for some extra luxury). You will even be able to stay nice and warm during the winter thanks to the wood fire.
Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a welcome pack that contains farm fresh eggs, bacon, fruit juice and milk – everything you need to prepare a delicious breakfast in the tranquility of the rural surrounds.
Due to the remoteness of Aysgarth Cottage, there is no mobile phone reception and no television reception – but we’re sure you won’t miss it! There are plenty of books and magazines available for your enjoyment. If you would like to keep up with the outside world, however, you will be able to enjoy satellite television.
During your stay, you will have ample opportunity to explore the towns in the surrounding area – Gloucester, Barrington, Taree, Forster, Nowendoc, Moonan Flat, Scone, Willow Tree, Stroud, Coolongolook and more.
If you’re planning to stay at Aysgarth Cottage, you’re probably wondering about some of the local attractions and things to do. At only 20 minutes drive from Gloucester, rest assured that you will never be bored.
If you’re looking to get back to nature, you’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of natural attractions in the area, including: Woko National Park, Gloucester Tops National Park, Barrington Tops National Park (World Heritage listed) and Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. There are plenty of walks to suit people of all abilities, from the scenic Buccan Buccans walk that gives you views over Gloucester to walking with dinosaur ghosts in Barrington Tops.
Planning to travel during the winter? Barrington Tops is the highest subalpine region in Australia (outside of the Australian Alps), so it gets a regular dusting of snow each year. Snow falls are most likely from May to August and are usually of very short duration. Be sure to bring your snow gear and prepare your car for the icy roads. Visit the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre for a free map and advice on where to go (plus road conditions).
If you’re the kind of person who would prefer to get their adrenalin pumping, you might be surprised at how many adventure based activities the region has to offer. There are ample opportunities for a canoeing or kayaking adventure on the Barrington River, try your hand at abseiling, or you could visit The Steps Mountain Bike Park (a purpose-built mountain bike park). For something a little more sedate, horse riding tours are also available.
If you’re interested in the region’s art and culture, there are a number of attractions for you to enjoy. Check out Gloucester Arts Cultural Council (GACC), which brings shows and performances of all sorts to the area. Or the Gloucester Museum, which is home to a number of fascinating and historical artifacts from early European settlement times. Or the Gloucester Gallery, which is known as the town’s cultural centre and hosts many exhibitions each year.
The region is also known for producing some delicious table wines, so you should visit one or two of the local wineries if you have the chance. Villa d’Esta Winery produces both wine and table grapes; Gap Hill Winery specializes in verdelho wine that is dry, fresh, fruity and flavoursome; Tugwood Winery provides more of a relaxed atmosphere; Gloucester River Winery is known for its chardonnay and rose; and Faulls Ridge Winery offers spectacular views.
To get a real taste of local life, we recommend visiting one of the local markets if you happen to be in town. The Gloucester Community Market is held at Billabong Park on three long weekends during the year, as well as a fourth weekend close to Christmas. The Gloucester Farmers Market is held at Billabong Park on the second Saturday of every month – rain, hail or shine. Both are perfect for anyone wanting to sample the local produce or pick some up for cooking.