Pet-friendly accommodation just two hours from Sydney

Any dog lover sans offspring would understand these furry friends are more like our children. Sure, we’d love to be whisked away for a weekend, but not if it means having to leave them behind with just an automatic feeder at their disposal.

Sniffing his way through the house, he makes his way to the hippie-inspired doggie door that leads to animal nirvana.

Enter Kookawood. Hidden in the lush greenery of the Blue Mountains, this country house is a place you can all call home. Walking in, it’s almost impossible to believe this huge estate houses pets and their owners needing a break from the big smoke; one small candle has enough power to fill the space with the refreshing scent of fig (no dog smell around).

Barney, the beautiful three-year-old pug often referred to as ‘my son’, usually lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Sydney. And though he loves it there, as he’s walked every day and has a room dedicated to his toys, he feels like pug of the world at Kookawood, completely in awe of the vast area he finally gets to reside in.

Sniffing his way through the house, he makes his way to the hippie-inspired doggie door that leads to animal nirvana (aka the fenced rear garden). The smile he sports as he gallops along the pebbles and grass, complete with beads of rain, is priceless.

Before sunset hits, it’s time to take a stroll through the paddock to meet some kangaroos, cows and a radiant horse – all while keeping in mind these adorable animals are still wild and protective of their home.

Even the dreary weather can’t dampen this little one’s spirits right now – and it has the same effect on his owners. Set on 200 acres of private bushland, the self-contained two-bedroom retreat evokes feelings of nostalgia, what with the collection of antique tools and photographs, classic fireplace and eclectic mix of crockery.

Thankfully – for those of us who don’t like to clean up after a big meal – Lithgow town centre is just a 20-minute drive away. It offers popular chains as well as boutique eateries that serve delicious meals made with local produce. If dining out as a family is more your style, Kookawood owners Fiona and Michael Bruyn supply a long list of nearby restaurants and cafés that allow pets.

After a long day of exploring and relaxing with Foxtel on in the background, it’s time for bed; get ready to sleep like a baby (thanks, fresh mountain air!).


By Sarah Friggieri


Kookawood, Rydal


t: 0418 105 543

a: 271 Martins Road, Rydal NSW


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