This is an excellent place to stay in the Milton/Ulladulla region on the Illawarra/Shoalhaven coast of New South Wales, if character counts and you are a couple(s) without kids. Times Past b & b is situated in a charming weatherboard cottage, heritage-listed and a former dairy-farm homestead, originally built in 1890, with a stunning circa 180-year old fig tree on the boundary. It is adjacent to a nice little park, and the property has lovely uninterrupted views to the Budawang Range. Times Past is on the outskirts of the village of Milton, yet is walking distance to Milton's boutique shops and cafes, a renowned antique store, and a very good restaurant (I don't mean Bannisters). To my mind, Milton is more attractive and less commercial than Mogo or Kangaroo Valley, and has a well-nurtured historical background dating from 1828. Back at the b & b, there are two tastefully decorated (barely a doily in sight) and comfortable, clean and thoughtfully provided-for Queen rooms, sharing a private verandah; and each has a spacious ensuite with a bath (one slightly larger). As well, there is a private kitchenette nook for tea/coffee (and sneaky late-night indulgences). A 'continental' breakfast is offered each morning - including a generous fresh fruit platter, yoghurt, cereal, toast and plunger coffee - in a cosy lounge/dining area. Louise and Trevor live on site but are the perfect hosts: friendly, relaxed, and discreet. They are there for you if you wish (Trevor is knowledgeable about fishing and beach spots), but otherwise you are free to carry out a peacefully separate existence. Other than that, it should be borne in mind that this is an authentically old cottage, and while the rooms are delightfully light and airy, one of them might get a bit warm in high summer; and both of them open out towards the nearby busy Princes Highway. A bypass of Milton is mooted but until that happens, if you are a light sleeper, consider bringing earplugs. And since there are gaps under and above doors etc., there is also the potential for creepy South Coast wildlife to make an unwelcome appearance. Our hosts thoughtfully provide door 'snakes' and a tin of repellant but, in summer in particular, mozzies and large huntsman spiders are a possibility (we had both). If in doubt, just bring someone to deal with them.