Peace, privacy and a complete escape was what I was looking for. I wanted to completely switch off, relax and unwind in the middle of nature. I chose a place that seemed perfect but not knowing much about it, you never can be certain, but as I drove up the dusty road and passed a small mob of wallabies lazed in the nearby grassy patches, I started to feel more confident. We climbed up a winding gravel road and finally laid eyes on Boulder Lodge all alone by itself with spectacular views over the plains below and New South Wales Tablelands in the distance. I knew I had found what I was looking for.
The weather on arrival was perfect for a day of guilt free indulging – overcast and rainy.
When you check-in at Boulder Lodge, you have the entire property (sleeps up to 8 comfortably) to yourself, so it seemed only logical to invite my family – Paul, our baby and dad along for the weekend retreat.
Once there, the property owners, Barb, John, Sharyn and Merv came to welcome us and explain all there is to know about the history of the house and the 514 hectare property it lies on. The location is ideal with borders with on 3 national parks – Boonoo Boonoo, Bald Rock and Basket Swamp. The Lodge is inspired by the granite boulders that surround the area and makes this home fit with a real real sense of place.
You have to appreciate people with a dream for design and those that go out of their way to create it. This accommodation is not like any you will find nearby. The interior, just as the outside, works with the natural rock shapes and is very fluid and organic. Originally built but not finished, Barb and John constructed a delight to rest and feel like home for any traveller or weekend retreater
There is plenty of room as soon as you enter in here with just the right amount of nooks for quiet time tucked in close to the rock for extra cosiness. They really did think about spending some time to consider at the end (or beginning) of the day, there is no rush to head anywhere when you can just relax. The open plan living area with fire place and large dining table make it perfect for a great meal and relaxing. Upstairs you have three bedrooms and a verandah perfect for an afternoon wine (with bar fridge to save a walk back down the stairs..) that is perfect to take in the view especially at sun down.
This thoughtful renovation has brought new life to an granite stone dream.
After spending a few days resting, relaxing and unwinding, you might want to tear yourself away from the sanctuary of this place – at least for a little bit. There are so many National Parks to explore.
This was the perfect place for me. I love good design and while I don’t need a lot of luxury, I appreciate it, especially when it is done right. Not just for show. I never wanted to leave and this is the first place, in a very long time, where I genuinely found myself very sad to leave.