I booked the Gardener's Retreat (usually B&B) as self-catering because the other B&B room was unoccupied, which meant I had the lounge and kitchenette to myself.
Everything was spotless, with great attention to small details, like a jug of water and a glass on the bedside table, fresh flowers in the room, the wood burner restacked each day, and fresh oranges and a glass juicer appearing in the kitchen while I was out one day.
The decor is lovely with lots of framed prints and ephemera, as well as original paintings by Phillip. Architectural details such as high ceilings, reclaimed doors and leadlight windows give the feeling of a historic house, although it is in fact quite new.
The B&B rooms share a combined lounge/ dining area (see photos) and kitchenette (forgot to take a photo sorry). The lounge has a wide range of books, magazines and DVDs, and the kitchenette was well provisioned with a microwave, large frying pan, plenty of cutlery, crockery, and necessaries like cooking knives, tea, salt, pepper etc. In the absence of a cooker, Susan kindly made me some hard-boiled eggs to go with my salad.
The bed was blissfully comfortable with sumptuous pillows, and the bedroom was warm and bright with large windows, a comfy chair, bedside tables, lamps, a small bench and a small table. There's plenty of room to settle in without tripping over your belongings. French doors open directly from the bedroom onto the small verandah, which is private and comfortable. I visited in spring and enjoyed ending the day out here, with a lovely view of the back garden with fruit trees in full blossom, and native birds visiting in the evening.
The house is at the end of a quiet road and it is a short walk from the end of the driveway to the river, where you'll see more birds and evidence of resident wombats. There is a trodden path for an easy walk along the river bank.
It was a perfect place to rejuvenate from city life - falling asleep to the sound of frogs in the garden rather than to traffic and sirens - and a lovely place to experience some of Australis'a lovely bush and birdlife without having to go "outback". The location is perfect for easy access to historic Southern Highlands towns, waterfalls and short bushwalks, and would also be suitable for visiting Wombeyan Caves (about 60km away I think) or for a daytrip to Shoalhaven.