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RooTreat B&B

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

John Medcalf and Jolieske Lips
‘Flatlands’, Clandulla, New South Wales

Tel: + 61 (0)2-6379-4318
Cell: + 61 (0)429-794-318
No fax number available

You just won’t have enough eyes to cope with your first impressions of RooTreat. You break out of the trees after a few kilometres of gravel road (I saw rosellas, a fox and a tortoise en route) onto clear ground collared by forested hills on three sides.....

.... An impossibly idyllic 1830s stone and corrugated-iron homestead faces towards the fourth point of the compass, a wide valley that plunges down from the garden and ranges forth for miles and miles. The setting is not one inch short of exquisite. Closer to home, you are surrounded by green lawns, flowers, butterflies, birds, visiting kangaroos, fruit trees… with birdsong and the swish of air moving through gum leaves for musical accompaniment. There is a swimming pool with sensational views and a boating lake where mobs of kangaroos and the occasional wombat come to drink at dusk. By day, explorers will be out in the hills or peering into the house’s rickety outbuildings. Inside, this is the perfect rustic cottage, with wood floors, open fires, fresh flowers, faded rugs, brass beds, antiques, Aboriginal art works and an old wooden kitchen a-clatter with hanging pots and pans. John and Jolieske (‘Yoleeska’) live further up the mountain and come down to cook the breakfast and welcome their guests to heaven. You can visit the Mudgee wineries from here, but for me this is far too precious a find to waste a minute of my time somewhere else.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fully Child-friendly    Historic House    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 1 cottage with 3 bedrooms sharing 2 bathrooms (1 with bath/shower and 1 with shower). Also one outdoor shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included and served until midday. Dinners $100 (per couple) for 3 courses including a bottle of quality local wine.
Directions: RooTreat is near Rylstone, near Mudgee, 3 hours from Sydney - a map will be faxed to you when you book. ‘Flatlands’ is the postal address.

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