Clarendon Forest Retreat
Possum Brush, New South Wales
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Pet Friendly Charming Country Retreat in NSW

Escape to the countryside, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend two nights at Clarendon Forest Retreat - a boutique property offering secluded and luxurious cottages in the middle of nature. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of the Kiwarrak State Forest, just three hours' drive from Sydney, and reconnect with nature with family and friends and bring your fur baby with you as accomodation is pet friendly. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival and free parking onsite.

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Picture yourself sitting on your private veranda, a good book in your hands, taking in incredible views of the rolling hills and native Australian bush, no cars or traffic around you, just nature. Or imagine relaxing in your very own private spa bath overlooking the forest, the only noise the water bubbling away. If this sounds like the perfect getaway, the blissful NSW countryside may just be the place for you, and Clarendon Forest Retreat the undisturbed sanctuary you have always dreamt of.

What You'll Love...

The Accommodation – A luxurious bush retreat

Nestled between the Manning Valley and Forster in the Kiwarrak State Forest - just 25 minutes from the region's best beaches and three hours' drive from Sydney – Clarendon Forest Retreat offers secluded, luxurious self-contained accommodations. The seven, charming cottages are spread over the 100-acre property and are a secluded hideaway from the crowds - your only neighbours will be the lush forest and native wildlife.

The property also offers a lavish salt water swimming pool and tennis court with complimentary racquets and balls. And if a horse riding holiday tickles your fancy, or even just a horseback riding lesson, Clarendon Forest Retreat is well-known for its riding lessons, trails and horseback riding adventures (additional charges apply). Four legged friends can enjoy a break with pet friendly accomodation available (at an additional charge of $20 per dog per night - see fine print).

The Cottages – Pick your favourite, they all come with blissful Spa baths!

You will be spoilt for choice at Clarendon Forest Retreat. Pick one of the seven luxurious cottages, each featuring stunning fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, all appliances, BBQ facilities, private Spas and more!

The Sanctuary

Sleeping up to two people, the Sanctuary is a spacious sandstone and cedar cottage, shaded with trees and surrounded by private gardens. Beautifully decorated and boasting a granite kitchen with Smeg oven and a log fire, this cottage is perfect for a romantic escape.

Hideaway Cottage

As the name predicts, the Hideaway is a luxurious cottage nestled amongst the forest valley, away from everyone and everything, designed to accommodate up to four people. With two large bedrooms, a fully equipped country kitchen and a lavish spa, this cottage is perfect for a nature escape.

The Chapel

This romantic sandstone chapel disguises a luxury split-level cottage within - beautifully decorated with cathedral ceilings and gothic windows, creating a unique ambiance fit for romance. Snuggle up in front of the log fire, or head to the mosaic terracotta spa pool and forget the rest of the world.

Talawahl Eco Lodge

Perfect for up to six people, this three-bedroom architect designed lodge boasts a spectacular veranda overlooking the valley and the lily filled lagoon. The cottage also lists an impressive hand crafted kitchen, a stone BBQ and a lavish heated spa pool, featuring waterfall and massage jets on the private veranda.

Waterlily Cottage

Up to six people can fit comfortably in this three-bedroom cottage, offering panoramic vistas over the lily filled lagoon and surrounding nature. Unwind on the private balcony or head to the private spa with special massage jets.

The Summer House

This beautiful split-level sandstone and cedar cottage sleeps up to six people, offering panoramic views of the valley and forest, a spa, a tennis court and a volleyball net.

Tara Lodge

A spacious four-bedroom cottage ideal for two families or four couples, Tara Lodge boasts impressive forest views, a huge veranda where to relax, a spa pool and a fully equipped kitchen.

See & Do - Make the most of the surrounding nature

The great outdoors has never looked better: Kiwarrak State Forest covers an area of around 12,000 hectares and offers an incredible number of activities amongst nature. Take your bike with you and go mountain biking around the forest, go bushwalking on the numerous tracks available or try horseback riding around the area.

Just 25 minutes' drive from the property you will find some of the best beaches around the area, and The Big Buzz Fun Park, an amusement park perfect for kids with slides, mini golf, trampolines and more.

Perfect for couples or families wanting to escape the city

Gather friends, family and your four legged friends and leave it all behind for a getaway in a natural paradise, just three hours away from Sydney CBD.

Valid for travel until 6 June 2019 (bookings must be made before 31 March 2019).

Blackout Dates: Not available for travel on

28 September - 16 October 2018

25 November - 1 December 2018

21 December 2018 - 29 January 2019

12 - 27 April 2019

*Weekend Surcharge: *A non-refundable surcharge per room, applies on Friday and Saturday nights and is payable at time of booking. Dates and prices are identified in the Booking Calendar.

Booking Confirmation fee: Once a booking has been confirmed, a AU$40 admin fee is payable to the property for amending the booking.

Check Availability: To confirm your dates of stay at purchase, click on 'Check Availability' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates. Dates with a surcharge are identified.

Buy Now Book Later: If you want to secure this offer and don't know when you want to travel please select 'Buy Now & Book Later'. This will secure your package and give you the flexibility to choose your travel dates - within the book by and validity period and subject to availability. To select dates post purchase, simply select 'My Escapes' under the 'My Account' tab and follow the prompts.

7-Day Change of Mind ‘No Questions Asked’ Refund Guarantee: Things don’t always work out. Our 7-day Change of Mind Guarantee is there to help. Within 7 days of purchase we’ll happily provide a full refund on cancellation of your escape (so long as you don’t have a confirmed booking/stay in the next 14 days).

Can I change my check-in date post-purchase: Once you have purchased your package and received confirmation your dates cannot be changed without contacting the hotel directly. This decision is strictly at the discretion of the hotel and subject to availability, so please ensure you have selected your intended travel dates.

Please note, you can request your preferred cottage/lodge in the 'special requests' field of your booking. While all requests for specific cottages and lodges will be tried to be met, they are subject to availability and your preferred cottage/lodge cannot be guaranteed.

Hideaway Cottage, Sanctuary Cottage & The Chapel - Package valid for two adults.

Please note: Strictly no children over the age of 6 months are allowed, due to unenclosed spa.

Maximum Occupancy: The maximum occupancy is two adults and one infant up to 6 months. No extra guests can be accommodated.

Baby Policy: One infant (aged 6 months and under) may stay free of charge and will not count towards maximum room occupancy. A cot can be provided by the retreat for a surcharge of AU$30 per stay.

Summerhouse, Talawahl Eco Lodge, Tara Lodge & Waterlily

Package valid for six people.

Maximum Occupancy: **The maximum occupancy is six people and one infant under 12 months. **No extra guests can be accommodated.

*Baby Policy: *One infant (aged 12 months and under) may stay free of charge and will not count towards maximum room occupancy. A cot can be provided by the retreat for a surcharge of AU$30 per stay.

Clarendon Forest Retreat is a pet friendly retreat. Dogs are allowed with management permission, a fee of AU$20 per dog per night is payable directly to property on arrival.

If you wish to travel with more than the included number of guests – please contact Clarendon Forest Retreat to ensure there is a lodge/cottage suitable on your preferred dates.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply. Refer to website's terms and conditions.

  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Garden
  • Horse riding (additional charges apply)
  • Hiking
  • Tennis court
  • Free parking
  • No internet access

Getting to Clarendon Forest Retreat is easy! The retreat is located 3 hours' drive north of Sydney, on the inland side of the Pacific Highway or 1.5 hours' drive from Newcastle airport.

Need Flights? We have a dedicated team who are able to assist with all your flight requirements. If you need a stopover or are looking at travelling to more destinations, our team can help. Contact our flights concierge team using the phone number on our website.

Clarendon Forest Retreat
150 Coates Road, 2428 Possum Brush
We were given a weekend away to this beautiful place for our wedding anniversary from our children. We basked in the wintery sun and totally unwound in this peaceful setting. Dom and Nick were wonderful hosts who worked with our children to give us many lovely suprises. We enjoyed many treats and massages. The best of all was the amazing seafood playter brought in by Dom from the Foster co op. Thank you very much! The house was beautifully clean and prepared on our arrival with everything we could have hoped for! The spa on the back deck was private and a perfect way to watch the sun set! And chopped wood ready for our fire place. Just to name a few! We would love to come back again!
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Just had a couple of nights at this stunning place, staying in The Hideaway cottage. The location is simply incredible, beautiful hills, lakes and lush gardens. There's a pool and tennis court on-site, plus Horse Riding if you want it. The cottage was 5 star. Quality kitchen and bathrooms, comfy beds, and an out door hot tub over looking the gardens and forest. In winter, there's a wood burner in the sitting room which I'm sure would be amazing. Only twenty mins away are great beaches and the town of Forster. Hamilton's for lunch! I thoroughly recommend this place, from the moment you are greeted by the super friendly and helpful reception and management team, to the moment you stretch your legs around the forest trails, you (and your dog) will love it!
- TripAdvisor
Clarendon Forest Retreat is beautiful, peaceful and has lots to do. Our daughter loves horse riding and we have been for weekend stays many times in different cabins which are all decorated differently. The cottages are well maintained, clean and the decor is lovely plus the kitchen means we can self-cater. The horses are well behaved and the instructors are experienced and try to accomodate requests according to skill level. Love sitting out on the verandah at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset. Highly recommend.
- TripAdvisor