When we drove into The Tops Organic Retreat, we were struck initially by the soaring hills that provide an added seclusion to the location. We were warmly greeted and personally shown to our cabin by Rachel. We stayed for 3 nights in Cabin #2 just below he main reception house.
The cabin had a lovely rustic feel without appearing worn or poorly maintained. The layout and space in our cabin suited our family ( 2A plus 2 small kids) perfectly. The beds were, without a doubt heavenly! The doonas are organic, the beds have pillow tops and even the single beds were of a large size. Our sleeps here were awesome! If you want to veg out in front of the tv, then the massive selection of Foxtel channels will keep you happy. The reception house offers a large area with a pool table, lounges and a variety of books, DVD's and even kids toys!
We were looking for a place to chill out after a busy week in Sydney so our activities were mainly around the immediate area. Just down the hill from our cabin was a communal area that encompassed a large grassed area with a pond, trampoline for the kids and a barn that housed the guinea pigs! These were a hit with our daughter. You are able to hop in the spacious enclosure and pick up the guinea pigs and feed them! We were assisted by one of the owners' daughters, who at about 7 yrs old, showed remarkable care and attention in helping my daughter (and others) enjoy the interaction with the guinea pigs. She is a credit to her parents!
Also in this area, and roaming free, are goats, chickens, ducks, geese, alpacas and a friendly horse. I might say keep a watchful eye on the geese and a stick handy as they are a bit territorial! You can pick up some feed for the animals free from reception and feed them! We only had dinner and breakfast once during our stay as our kids aren't quite old enough to let us enjoy it. Our food was so delicious that I can highly recommend it to all. John and Sharini are always around and more than willing to have a chat or offer some advice on what to do. There are many miles of tracks to explore - we will save this for our next visit! If you are considering this place for a relaxing break free from the constant distractions of daily life, then you won't be disappointed!
What a great place to get away! Plenty of walking places, lots of exercise available and a great place just to lay around and take in the environment! Would suggest at least 3 nights and you must try the open fire place! Walks are available that are strenuous and invigorating. Exploring is very rewarding. The rainforest was superb!
We stayed for 5 nights during the September school holidays at this great place. My 5 year old had an absolute ball playing with the cheeky and incredibly tolerant and friendly goats. He spent a lot of time in the barn with the guinea pigs and was thrilled when on the last day there were several brand new babies that had been born overnight. He had been nagging me for a place to find tadpoles and happily there is no shortage here. He had loads of fun finding them in the many creeks on the property. You can even see fresh water crayfish if you look carefully. He bounced on the trampoline for hours, often with other kids. He is an only child so this was great for us to see. We took our (all terrain) bikes and had a great time tearing down the main road that comes into the property and watching the surprised cows. We spent most mornings exploring the tracks on the property and in the National Park, then cooling off with a refreshing swim in the pool in the afternoons. The animals tend to be fed in the afternoons about 4 and this also attracts a lot of beautiful parrots, so it is worth hanging around and watching all the happy kids and animals. I am very glad we stayed for a bit longer than most, since there is a lot to see and do, but some of the tracks/walks are quite long and it takes some patience and time to find the wonderful but often secretive animals on the property. If you have a 4WD, take it, and you can drive part of the way then walk the rest, for example the track to the unspoiled Dilgry River. Or you can just drive and get out to listen for bell birds, whip birds and Lyre birds. Just ask John, the property owner, and he can guide you. We also explored the sights of the Barrington Tops National Park, which is World Heritage Listed and just down the road. Polblue Swamp and Gummi Falls can be visited from the retreat in a half day (each). There are ancient and unusual flora types for those interested in natural history. We also did some spotlighting at night (we have a good handheld Lightforce spotlight) and saw red necked pademelons- close to the loft cabins, and some vey large brush tailed possums. We heard an owl and tried to track it. Next time we plan to do more spotlighting further into the property and at the National Park down many of the tracks and I am sure we will see more amazing and endangered animals. We had great weather which was unseasonally hot, but it suited us fine. I think if it had been normal September temperatures, we would have been a bit cold. Take warm gear especially if you want to drive up to the Park or up the High Country Road on the property, since it is 10 degrees cooler up there. Also take binoculars- we saw wedge tailed eagles hunting on the hills both driving in and out of the property. If you have kids, take a lot of changes of clothes, long pants, and shorts, and swimmers and wet suit for them, gum boots if its wet. You can get in at some of the falls, though its chilly!! We self catered - we bought all our food for 5 days in Gloucester on the way in and had great meals at night. We would have loved to go to the restaurant for a curry but found it a bit out of our budget. We stayed in a farm cottage, which are located closer to the main building, and it was very comfortable. They even have spare blow heaters if you need extra heat. They have the most fantastic thick soft doonas, and provide organic coconut shampoo conditioner and body wash, so don't waste space and take any! We had a great time, and will be going back!
We have just returned from a fabulous three-day break here and it is hard to know how to describe the time we have spent away from computers, tablets, mobile phones just chilling out with nature. We took our two-year old away for a long weekend and she could not have been happier with the time we spent there. She was in her element, playing with the animals in the barn ALL day. Where else can you go and pick up a baby goat, get chased by geese, feed Buddy the horse and pet gunea pigs whenever you want?
I was thoroughly impressed with the accommodation (clean, warm and cosy), the food (better than most restaurants in Sydney - especially those AMAZING curries!) and the staff. The owners were instantly welcoming, encouraging us to borrow things from the main house throughout our stay. We even borrowed a backpack to carry our toddler around the rainforest when we fancied a walk. Nothing is too much trouble. The two staff on a travelling holiday visa who are working there (Richard and Sara) were uber friendly and you certainly felt that they were genuinely interested in your stay and your questions, especially the care and attention they showed towards our daughter (during dinner and feeding the animals).
I cannot recommend this place highly enough to families who just fancy a break from the big smoke and who want to do nothing more than spend time together being a family and enjoying the smile on a toddler's face when they realise that they can, if they want to, spend all day holding a goat or jumping on the trampoline at the front of the property!
"A family Retreat"
Traveller rating *****
Reviewed 5 August 2013 NEW
Where do I start, well we stayed for 3 nights during the end of the school holidays. Everyone staff member was so friendly even the owners children went out of their way to say hello to you.The accomodations was unbelievable we stayed in a loft cabin. The beds and bedding were so soft and comfy you didn't want to get out, it was so nice to have a spar bath and glowing log fire we didn't want to leave the lodge. Fire wood was replenished daily by staff member and left outside. The farm area for the kids was so nice the kids were able to freely pat and play with the animals, and also roam freely with out getting lost. There was nothing for miles just rolling hills and country side. It was such a relaxing break, for both adult and kids. Certainly a contrast from Sydney. It was like having your own private luxury retreat on a farm just gorgeous.
Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
Traveller rating *****
Reviewed 21 July 2013
Well, what a fabulous place! Set on a site of sweeping, open hills and rich rainforest (one of the walks even lit up at night with glowworms!), Tops Organic Retreat is built out of love, care and sensitivity to guest needs. The family and I were kicking ourselves that we hadn't locked in more time here. The farm is littered with goats, chooks, alpacas, horses, sheep, bunnies and guinea pigs for kids to love, while a pair of irascible geese kept the farm under control and the whole experience colourful!There's more activities than you can count and they're thoughtfully settled into the landscape so that you can also choose to do nothing but listen to the birds, sink into the verandah chair and let nature work its magic on you.John and his family are great hosts and helped us to make our holiday whatever we wished it to be.This is a truly magical spot and highly recommended. My husband and I are just sad we missed the curries!
Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
Reviewed 8 July 2013
The perfect family getaway, The Tops Organic Retreat is every bit as good as the website suggests. Three nights was all we had which although was enough to fully relax and enjoy the stunning surrounds, we could have stayed on as there was still plenty to explore and enjoy. It was fantastic to meet and talk with John and Sharini who have clearly worked very hard to create such a special experience with a sensitivity to all things natural. We loved our cozy loft cabin which with its own log fire (complete with precut wood and kindling provided) and electric blankets, felt most luxurious! It goes without saying the location is stunning and the many walking trails allow you to really make the most of it. It was great to have the option to cook for yourselves but the restaurant really is fabulous. The prices reflect the quality which is of a very high standard - not to mention delicious and of course, nutritious! I wish we could've had another one of Sharini's to-die-for curries! Our drive home was one big debrief on the great fun had by us all....befriending the animals and swinging over the creek were great fun, and eating eggs collected moments before breakfast was a definite highlight, as was the trail ride taken at nearby Camp Cobark. A very special place run by very special people - we will be back!
Reviewed 7 July 2013
We had a wonderful 2 night stay with our 3 young daughters. As the many reviews here already describe very well, the area is stunning. We played tennis, went on bushwalks, played with the animals and even drove up into the sub-alpine National Park, which is world heritage protected. The lodges are terrific and fully equipped with a kitchen, spa baths, cable television, heating and of course a fire. Runners - some of the runs from the property are the best you will ever do, just incredible scenery and beauty.John and the team are very professional indeed and were constantly making sure that we had our needs met (which in my case includes many organic beers - John also being an expert in this area!). It really is a must for anyone who wants to escape the rat race, even for a short time. These types of places are very rare and force you to open your eyes to the spectacular country we have on our doorstep in Australia.
Room Tip: The best thing is to talk to John direct.
Traveller rating *****
"A great getaway... & leave the world behind!"
Reviewed 19 May 2013
Wow! What an experience my family & I had visiting this beautiful part of the world & staying at the Organic Retreat. It was only a short 3day break but driving up to Barrington Tops you really feel like you leave the hectic world behind & enter a magical place. My husband, our 2 girls (8yrs & 12yrs) & I stayed in the family cabins. It was clean, well appointed & had a beautiful outlook over the running creek. We cooked all our meals in our cabin & thankfully it had a full size fridge. There is plenty to do on the retreat, our girls loved feeding the animals & collecting fresh eggs in the morning. Lots of beautiful walks to explore, we did the rainforest walk - it was amazing. An absolute must is the drive up over 'The Tops' to Moonan along Forest Road, you actually feel like you are on top of the world at an elevation of 1510m. Fresh clean crisp air & the scenery is breathtaking... definitely worth the bumpy roads. Lots of wildlife to be spotted, we saw brumbies, wild turkey, wedge-tail eagles & an echidna! Don't drive past 'The Firs', it is a dark forest of very tall conifer trees. Worth stopping & exploring. Thanks John for all your local knowledge.
Reviewed 19 May 2013
Traveller rating *****
"Great Break for families"
Reviewed 8 May 2013
We only had time for a short break, 2 nights, and the whole family had a great relaxing time. My 10+ years boys enjoyed themselves very much, had a good time exploring and bush walking as well as feeding the farm animals. The loft cabin was clean, comfortable and having the log fires at night made the whole cabin warm and cosy. Meals were good and very tasty, the hosts were excellently friendly. Travelling by car to the retreat was not too bad even though the last few kilometres were on unsealed roads. In fact, by slowing down on the unsealed road going towards the main office allowed everyone a chance to take in the greenery & beauty of the landscape including the farm animals by the side.
Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
"This place is outrageous."
Reviewed 27 April 2013
You can never, ever find a better place to spend your whatever holyday time in a nicer environment. Be there and enjoy and do it. All of the wildlife and also very kind local humans will support you in the quest for a wonderful experience. Take the opportunity now!
"The Tops is a delightful retreat"
We (two couples) stayed for 3 nights and loved it. John was very welcoming and fun in his various guises as; Manager, Cook, Guide....... The cabin was very well designed and well appointed. If you wanted more seclusion The Lofts would be a better option. Getting up into the Barrington Tops was very special and we will return to explore some more. Highly recommended.Grant McT
Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
"blissful short holiday"
Reviewed 25 March 2013
Took advantage of the March special 3 night deal. We had a loft cabin with a good kitchen and lounge area downstairs along with the bathroom and spa. Upstairs was a double and a single bed. Loved the scenic setting, no phone coverage (whoopee), didn't turn on the TV at all, ate on the deck for most of our meals, listening to the whip birds etc. The walks are quite taxing as the terrain is hilly but we loved going out with Jessie the dingo, appreciating her waiting for us at every hill as we struggled up. Lots of feathered and woolly critters to pet and feed. The leeches tried to have a good feed on us but we were prewarned to take salt with us on our walks and this soon got them off. All in all a perfect get-away-from-it-all holiday. Cook yourself or eat in the restaurant, laze by the pool or attack the longer walks, it is up to you. Lovely friendly service, thanks Sharini and John.
Room Tip: We loved our loft cabin, would go for one of these again.
"Great place, quiet and clean"
Reviewed 15 March 2013
Quiet, clean and well presented cottages with all the facilities you can ask for. very well looked after by the staff. they even let us borrow their fishing rods.Very beautiful place to stay and lot of activities to do nearby, the staff will give you ideas on how to go and what to do..Look out for leeches outside in the bush especially if its wet. good to carry some salt to sprinkle on them.
Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
Reviewed 27 February 2013
We enjoyed a relaxing drive from Newcastle with short stops at Stroud and Gloucester on the way.While the last few klms are dirt road it was suitable for even the most fastidious car owner. The welcome and hospitality from hosts Sharini and John during our stay was absolutely first class. The property is in a beautiful quiet wilderness area with only the sound of birds and native animals to break the silence. The options are unlimited - although seniors, we are fairly active and enjoyed several bushwalks, swimming and tennis as well as quiet times relaxing on our cabin deck with a glass or two of the lovely organic wine while taking in the ambiance of the surrounding scenery (including a pair of eagles soaring above us). Sharini's cooking in the restaurant was "to die for" and we can certainly recommend John's breakfasts. My wife being coeliac and lactose intolerant often finds it difficult in mainstream restaurants but it was a non issue for Sharini and John. We must also mention "Jessie" the resident dog. She accompanied (guided) us on all our bushwalks and slept beside the tennis court while we played tennis. All in all a great experience.
Room Tip: We stayed in one of the loft cabins which are only a short stroll to restaurant, tennis court, swimming pool
"Paradise at Barrington Tops"
January 2013, travelled as a couple
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon and could not ask for more. The surroundings were beautiful and peaceful. No trains, planes, just the sound of birds.The cabins were clean and very functional, with our own kitchen to cook. The food at the resturant was great, The hosts John and Sharini were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. We had lots to do, tennis courts, feeding the animals, bush walking, swimming pool, four wheel driving, etc. We went sight seeing in the surrounding towns, broke down and the country people were so helpful, assisting us in getting us going again, fantastic retreat, fantastic sightseeing and fantastic people. Mousa and Rada Azar
Reviewed 14 January 2013. We Stayed in a loft cottage over the Xmas break( 3 nites ) to escape the crowds and we were not dissapointed John the owner made us very welcome and we had few chats over the time we stayed there! All the staff are friendly the food was great at the resturant..We live on the coast and was a breath of fresh air to be in the countryside....There a 4 loft cottages next to each other and down lower there is 4 family cabins hidden in the bush. You know your going off the beaten track once you hit the dirt road which is no problem for a standard car. My 4 year old daughter loved the place collecting eggs in the morning and patting all the free roaming animals and the odd kangaroo hanging around. The tap on the spa bath broke and John had to fix due to his plumber been on holidays he was determined to fix it no matter what and did!! and offered a bottle a wine i declinded due to the fact was out of his control but he insisted LOL.
Stayed December 2012, travelled with family Source - Trip Advisor
Reviewed 26 November 2012. We recently stayed at one of the loft cottage at The Tops Organic Retreat for three nights. Not only were we made very welcome by Sharini and John, but our beloved canines were too. Sharini is an excellent cook to say the least and she took into account my husband and my dietary requirements. The scallops and ginger dish was too incredible so I politely asked for seconds! Ssssshhh. The place is so far removed from "civilisation" but we certainly weren't roughing it. The 2 storey loft cottages are very well laid out and got all the mod cons. Spotted a few wallabies early in the mornings. At night we enjoyed delicious dinners cooked by Sharini. John was a great host too and has many a story to tell. They have some incredible organic wine that we just had to buy there and then from Rosnay. The bed was very comfortable and we loved the organic toiletries provided based on coconut oil. Definitely would recommend people stay for at least three nights. A very relaxing place to visit and just be together as a family without the interferences of iPads, mobile phones, etc. Would love to revisit when time permits. Source:TripAdvisor
“Great hosts - lovely place for a relaxing break - saw a koala too!”
Reviewed 25 November 2012. Just got back from a really relaxing 2 day break at the retreat - Perfect hosts, cabins were great, clean, very functional with kitchen to cook if you really must. We never did, as the cooking in the restaurant was delicious. Bushwalks were great and varied - saw our first Koala in the wild on one of them, which was a great highlight.
All in all, a really nice family retreat. Source:TripAdvisor
“Relaxing break in nature”
Reviewed 5 November 2012. We have just returned from a relaxing long weekend in The Tops, and had high expectations after reading the reviews on here. We were not disappointed: The self-catering accommodation is very comfortable and clean, and the food in the organic restaurant is delicious. We loved the sounds of the birds, great walks, and the farm animals on site. We saw wallabies, kangaroos, and many different birds. The friendly owners have created a very special place. Source:TripAdvisor
“An excellent place for a relaxing holiday”
Reviewed 4 November 2012. My boyfriend and I just had three nights at the retreat and can't wait to go back! We stayed in one of the farm stay cabins and found it to be comfortable and well presented. We did make use of the kitchen in our cabin to prepare some meals, but we decided to eat mostly at the restaurant as the organic meals were so delicious (and healthy!). We also explored the private bushland (on foot and bike), which was well sign posted, and saw many of the things that make barrington tops an amazing place to visit, for example, areas of rainforest, the dilgry rivers and wildlife! We are now recommending the retreat to our friends because it was such a great experience really can't wait until our next trip up there. Thanks to John and Sharini for making it so enjoyable! Source:TripAdvisor
“A breath of fresh air”
Reviewed 23 October 201. Just had the pleasure of a 5 day stay here and it was just wonderful. The lodges are comfy and some are self catering. But who needs that when the food in the retreat's own restaurant is so good. And, being totally organic, also good for you. There's lots of great walks on the property and also up the road at Barrington Tops. The couple that run the Retreat made our stay even more special with their friendliness and desire to help. Be warned if you go, that there is no mobile reception. You'll just have to relax and enjoy yourself. Source:TripAdvisor
“Great family farm stay”
Reviewed 13 October 2012. This was our first farm stay experience and we are glad to have chosen the Barrington Tops Organic Retreat. We stayed 5 nights with our two daughters (aged 4 and 6) in one of the loft cabins on the hill. It was an excellent experience for us and the children really enjoyed being amongst the animals.Our cabin was clean and very comfortable and, on the few chilly nights we had, the fireplace made it very cosy. The loft cabins face the forrest and are private and quiet (apart from the lovely sounds of nature of course).We chose the restaurant breakfast and diner option and found the meals to be of excellent quality. The cabin's kitchenette was basic but adequate for our self-catered lunches. The organic wines were a surprise treat and we recommend them.The retreat is very relaxed with adequate facilities for either relaxation, exploration, or entertainment. Owners John and Sharini, and all staff were very friendly and always happy to help.Overall, an great family experience. A big thank you to John, Sharini, and Ella. Source:TripAdvisor
“Perfect for a Family Farm Stay!”
Reviewed 8 October 2012. We had 5 nights at the Tops. We loved it and now that we are home, we miss it. Very relaxing place. Hosts John and Sharini were very friendly and happy to help in any way. We self catered for the kids and we adults enjoyed the delicious dinners in the restaurant. Acommodation was clean and comfortable. All the animals were great - the kids loved collecting the eggs for their breakfasts. The canoes on the lake were a big hit also. We adults enjoyed the downtime - plenty of time to read, eat, relax and chill out and enjoy a glass or two of organic wine. Bliss! Source:TripAdvisor
“Holistic experience, awesome for the kids and parents, just gorgeous all round”
Reviewed 6 October 2012. The kids were so happy to explore, pat the animals, make friends, play, read the books not to mention enjoying the owner's daughters' hospitality. It was a place that I felt sad to leave as we realised we hadn't been guests in their 'resort' but more like a part of their home. The food was so fabulous we wanted to stay one more night to sample the Prawn Curry! Thank you Sharini, John and girls for a wonderful experience. See you again soon. Source:TripAdvisor
“The Paradise of being 1 with Nature”
Reviewed 7 September 2012. We stayed at The Tops Organic Retreat for 3 nights. We bush-walked a lot in the companionship of Jessy the faithful tour guide and protector. She's the resident Dingo Dog. Remember to take plenty of water and food for yourself and of course wonderful Jessy. The cabin we stayed at was great. The only thing with the cabins was there was no oven in the 'new' kitchen and their spa bath needs more jets! Other than that, it is an amazing place, and the staff are warm and friendly. We ate once in their restaurant and the food was divine. Highly recommend this sanctuary, you'll love it! :-) Source:TripAdvisor
Reviewed 14 August 2012. We stayed at The Tops for two nights on our way south for the skiing. The retreat is pretty rural and there is a stretch of road which is unsealed and pretty bumpy and that was in a 4x4. However, once at the retreat you can relax, there are plenty of walking trails through the bush and into the high country. The bird life is amazing. It was pretty cold when we arrived and the cabins were unheated. However, once we got a fire going and also turned on the additional heaters we were very cosy. We had one of the loft cabins which had its own kitchenette, but we ate in the restaurant. Food was fine and the breakfasts were amazing. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Source:TripAdvisor
Reviewed 13 July 2012. Just back from 5 nights at The Tops Organic Retreat. Our hosts were excellent, John, Sharini and their staff are friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. It really is a get away from it all experience, beautiful scenery, lots of walks, playing by the creek, petting animals; the Retreat is well equipped with a tennis court, pool and trampoline for the children. Our 10 and 7 year old had a super time. Evenings were spent round the fire with games, books, organic juice for the children, and good wine and a cold beer for the grown ups. The dinners are magnificent, a real highlight of the trip, the children's meals were just right and the Sri Lankan curries were superb. The focus on fresh, quality ingredients is clear. Highly recommended! Source:TripAdvisor
“Retreat and Relax!”
Reviewed 8 July 2012. Our family had a wonderful 5 day trip to Barrington Tops Organic Retreat. We started unwinding from stress as we drove through the beautiful countryside and mountains towards the Retreat. Once we parked the car we were able to completely relax by the convenience of going for walks on trails starting outside our cabin. Our 12 and 14 year old kids also loved the unstructured, help yourself activities available to entertain themselves: tennis (one of the best court locations surrounded by a serene countryside setting), mountain bikes, pool table in the dining room, outside pool, feeding the farm animals and DVD borrowing all at no extra cost. We were welcomed with warm, friendly staff and a glass of complimentary organic wine. We enjoyed some of the best organic dinners and breakfasts cooked by Sharini. We are still talking about her great curries! We highly recommend Tops Organic Retreat for families to relax and "retreat" from city/suburban stress. We returned back home feeling recharged and reconnected, craving to do it again soon! Source:TripAdvisor
“Fantastic country getaway”
Reviewed 8 July 2012.We've just returned from a week at the Tops Organic Retreat......and it was perfect! John and Sharini are fantastic and knowledgable hosts, and their staff are friendly and go out of their way to help. Our family cabin had a babbling stream nearby - very special!! It was also very well equipped and set up for every little comfort. The food and restaurant are particularly great - Sharini made beautiful organic food for the two in our family with special dietary requirements - and seemed to enjoy the challenge which is very refreshing - thank you! The daily menu was varied and delicious for every one. Another thing that is really impressive is the geniune commitment to organic food and products and sustainable practices across all aspects of the retreat in a really positive and inspiring way!
The retreat's setting allowed us to have a total get away from city life. It is tranquil and very well set up. We enjoyed bush walks on the property (and managed to spot two koalas!), feeding the farm animals, having a casual game of tennis on a court that is surrounded by rolling hills and a few games of pool in there too. There is a fantastic horse riding stable just down the road (the best we've ever been too) which topped off our overall experience and holiday. We'll definitely be coming back. Source:TripAdvisor
“Peace & quiet”
Reviewed 29 May 2012. What a lovely stay we had at Barrington Tops, it is away from all the noises of the city and has that lovely chill in the air.The people working there are extremely nice and always happy to help, the food at night does not follow a set menu, not seen often anymore, the menu is decided in the afternoon based on what looks good in the garden. We had dinner there one night and it was truly delicious! If only more places operated like that...
The only negative is that the cabins are too close to each other, there isn't much sun on them during the day and our spa did not work. The price was a bit high too. Of course not much of a problem as we did not complain and you can't really move the cabins away... Overall we achieved what we wanted to. We came back to Sydney very relaxed and re-energised. Source:TripAdvisor
“Great walks, beautiful cabins!”
Reviewed 28 May 2012. My girlfriend and I recently had one night here and absolutely loved it. The cabins were very stylish and homel - a perfect place to relax, have a glass of organic wine, and just sit by the fireplace. We also sampled the breakfast and dinner put on by our hosts which were spectacular to say the least - the salads and Sri Lankan curry were simply amazing! Finally, there were some beautiful walks (some were quite steep!) nearby that were excellently signposted so you couldn't get lost. Overall, a great way to spend a weekend out of the city and we'll definitely be back! Source:TripAdvisor
“What a tranquil little spot...”
Reviewed 27 May 2012. Just returned from a two night stay in a cabin with my partner, and it was the perfect long weekend away!There are lots of animals wandering around to keep you company, or if you just want to sit and listen, the whole area is alive with birdsong! We even had some visitors to the balcony in the form of Kookaburras and Currawongs.The cabins were very well appointed, wood fire was wonderful, and the spa was to die for!When you want to venture outside for a bite to eat, the owners provided the most delicious breakfasts and dinners in their big barn - it was all very welcoming and homey. (You'll never taste bacon as good anywhere else, I PROMISE YOU)All in all it was a wonderful weekend away, and I'm fairly sure we'll be visiting again to experience some more!Thanks for such a wonderful spot! Source:TripAdvisor
Reviewed 30 April 2012. My partner and I stayed here for one night as a spontaneous get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and we were very impressed!
The staff were very enthusiastic and helpful and we were blown away by the cabin. We stayed in cabin number 4 and it was more than we could have ever wanted- a large spa, fireplace, comfortable bed and fantastic views from the verandah. It was raining, so we didnt get to go on any bushwalks, but we wandered down and fed the guinea pigs and rabbits and spent the rest of the time in the cabin with wine and the fireplace going. The cabin had full kitchen amenities, and the cable television was great to utilise for the music max channel. Was a shame we only got to stay for one night, but we will definantly be back! would highly recommend this place to anyone, and could not fault it one bit!!! Source:TripAdvisor
“Perfect!! Whole family loved it and will be back and telling all my friends!”
Reviewed 20 April 2012 via mobile. We just returned from two nights of bliss. Cabins are amazing - open fire, spa, comfy lounges, kitchen and large dining table. Two decks and surrounded by forest - nothing but green trees and a babbling brook from our windows. The walks are lovely, lots of farm animals for the children to feed and a tennis court as well. There is a communal room with a huge fire, comfy lounges, a library and games, pool table and old piano. We have four sons and son aged six learnt to play chess. The food is lovely with gorgeous srilankan curries featured as well as delicious standard fare. The host John is friendly and accommodating. We have lived a few hours from the barringtons for many years but now have found the place you imagine when you think of a relaxing trip to the mountains. Source: TripAdvisor.
Reviewed 17 April 2012. I was looking for a relaxing place to go away and stay with my family and my dog in the area over Easter and I came across this beautiful retreat. We stayed for 5 nights and thoroughly enjoyed them all! We stayed in the cottage and it was beautifully furnished and a very comfortable, enjoyable place to stay! The owners were extremely friendly and hospitable, offering us drinks on arrival and throughout our stay and offering their services whenever necessary. We were even taken on a 4WD tour of their land and John, one of the owners, talked to us about the organic industry, with his incredible knowledge on the subject, and their plans to promote a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and be completely self sufficient, amazing! The animals were great, with friendly goats, adorable guinea pigs and a sweet dog! We had dinner one night at the restaurant which was delicious, 2 of us were vegetarians so we pre-ordered our food and it was delicious! The other 2 wished they had pre ordered the vegetarian food too, as we thought they were better than the dishes on the menu!! We also had breakfast which was delicious as well! We also used the facilities, like the tennis court, table tennis, pool/snooker table, free DVD rentals, and the horse riding nearby which were all great too! It is very hard to fault this place, the staff was very helpful and welcoming and the experience overall very enjoyable! I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a nice, relaxing stay in the area, with a lot of activities but also a comfortable place just to relax and learn a lot about the fascinating topic of organics! Source:TripAdvisor
“Great experience for young families”
Reviewed 14 April 2012. The trip along the unsealed road framed by magnificent scenery had my husband reminiscing about his boyhood adventures in rural Wales. Our eldest son was fascinated by the views, horses and cows; and as we entered the property, two Alpacas, geese, goats and cows greeted us much to the bemusement of our 4 and 1 year olds. Our first night was spent having a home cooked meal on the verandah by candle light and we were entertained by a very large possum.
The boys enjoyed feeding the guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and exploring the property. On our fourth night we had a meal at the restaurant. Unfortunately one of our sons was unwell so had to retreat to the cabin before mains. The staff were fantastic delivering our meal to the cabin and latter returning with some refreshments for our son. Both my husband and I had Trout and it was cooked to perfection. No complaints.
John was always available for a chat and very helpful. The Tops is a special retreat for those who want to experience a peaceful country experience combined with activities such as bushwalking, fishing and sight seeing. Our eldest is now begging/badgering us to return.
For those with young children this is a lovely getaway and we can also recommend stopping in Gloucester and having a picnic lunch at Billabong Park. Source:TripAdvisor.
Reviewed 13 April 2012. My son, Simon , and I had a great Easter at The Barrington Tops Retreat. The directions, supplied by the resort to travel there, were precise, and we took our time and enjoyed some of the best scenery one could wish for. The accommodation, dining room/sitting room were very comfortable and afforded great views of the bush. We also felt very relaxed in the hands of the informal, professional manner of the hosts and staff. Of course, there are many grades of walks, tennis to play, swimming etc to enjoy. My thanks go to the hosts and staff for all the TLC they gave me when I became unwell one day - my mother couldn't have done a better job!! The food was well-presented and delicious. Souce:TripAdvisor.
“Lovely wilderness retreat”
Reviewed 10 April 2012 via mobile We stayed at The Tops during Easter in one of their wilderness lofts which are designed for couples, although they can sleep four. Our friends stayed in the loft next door. The accommodation was very good, lovely wooden floors and benches and a comfortable double bed in the upstairs bedroom. Our hosts John and Shanini recently put kitchens in the lofts - a two burner stove, a small fridge, a microwave but no oven. There is a small barbecue on the deck. This was more than adequate. We cooked most nights and had no problems. Whenever we asked for an item that wasn't in the lofts - a salad bowl, a grater or a lemon squeezer, our hosts obliged. We also ate one night in the restaurant and had an amazing Sri Lankan prawn curry cooked by Shanini - a real treat for a restaurant in the bush! They also allowed us to bring our own wine. I haven't a bad thing to say about the place. The retreat is lovely and tranquil: we awoke to the sounds of bellbirds every morning. The many walks around the property are better than those in the National Park, although the NP is worth a visit. Better if you have a four wheel drive as the roads are unsealed. On the property, the rainforest walk and lookout trail are worth trying - but watch out for leeches in the summer on the lower walks. We had absolutely gorgeous weather which enhanced our experience. But I think the Tops would be worth visiting even in the rain. We will be back. Source:TripAdvisor.
“Oasis of Tranquility”
Reviewed 1 March 2012. My daughter and I recently had the most amazing stay at Barrington Tops Organic Retreat. It was only one night, but it was thoroughly enchanting. Our directions on how to find Organic Tops Retreat were excellent and made the drive from Newcastle an easy one. The scenery along the way was just gorgeous! We stopped at Stroud for lunch and a browse through a delightful Antique Shop on the main road. When we arrived at the retreat we were greeted by very friendly staff, Sharini and Victor. Our cabin was perfect with a lovely balcony where we could sit and enjoy the sounds of the creek and the bush. The bird life was incredibly beautiful. Surprisingly lots to do - walking, reading, playing with the animals and just enjoying the sounds of the bush and the absence of traffic noise.The meals were delicious and generous. The whole experience was truly memorable and one everybody should enjoy.
Thank you again to the lovely staff for our beautiful stay. Source:TripAdvisor.
“Lovely place, warm staff”
Reviewed 13 January 2012. My partner, our two kids, and I spent three nights here in January 2012. Loved it. The kids (6 and 2) loved feeding the guinea pigs and rabbits, splashing in the pool, mucking about in the kayak, and playing in the large common room on the pool table. Tony and his wife were warm, welcoming, and accommodating. We paid for dinners each night, and the food was very good. We stayed in one of the family cottages: spacious, clean, with a good kitchen, big comfy lounges, and TV etc. (with free DVDs to borrow for kids and adults, and cable TV too). We did some short bushwalks around the property. Also drove up into Barrington Tops National Park (40 min or so, to lookouts etc. All in all, a lovely break. Nothing more you could ask for. Source:TripAdvisor.
“Comfort in the wilderness”
Reviewed August 21, 2011 Despite the wet and muddy conditions, we had a wonderful, restful break at the Retreat. The friendly staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. The spa cabins are beautifully appointed and so comfortable, especially the the loft bedroom and posturepedic bed.The log fire is a delight; wood for it is supplied everyday. The interest in organic produce is very informative and the delicious food that Sharini cooks is both delicious and inspiring. Every effort is made to cater for the tastes of the people staying there. The walks were 'challenging' because it had been so wet and we are 'oldies' - but we and our two dogs thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on our walks. It is a real 'get away from it all', peaceful and remote, yet comfortable and nurturing experience. Trail riding in ther Tops was also a highlight - what a way the experiencce the beautiful country - and in very careful hands. Thank you to all concerned. Jill and Bruce Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
“a magical mountain retreat”
Reviewed August 3, 2011. What a beautiful place!....gorgeous cottages.....fantastic property....wonderful staff...lot's of wood in the fire....it was a brilliant weekend and wished we could've stayed a week!... the property had the most beautiful walks.....i'm sure we saw some fairies! will definately be back!.... Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
“Beautiful location and wonderful hospitality”
Reviewed July 31, 2011. Barrington Tops Organic Retreat is in a beautiful location so if you truly want to get away from everything, it's a great choice. The cabins are spacious and clean with a lovely outlook and a veranda from which to enjoy the view. The food was excellent and the hospitality of John, Sharini, Mark and Lorna was warm and welcoming. Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor “A perfect weekend away” Reviewed July 31, 2011. The retreat is a perfect place to get away from the stress of city living. A comfortable drive from Sydney with a couple of stops on the way found us arriving in the afternoon with a complimentary drink by the fire, information about the area and great suggestions as to what to see and where to go. Our Loft cabin was warm and cosy with lovely timber floors plenty of heating (a gas fire and a real log fire ready to go with plenty of chopped wood on the cabin verandah),linen,blankets and fluffy towels.The organic food was lovely - generous servings of beatifully cooked meals. We enjoyed the organic wines on offer as well.The breakfasts were very filling and great value. Our hosts and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. This is a truely relaxing and peaceful place to stay with wonderful fresh air, tranquil walks and the spectacular Barrington Tops to explore. Thankyou Sharini,John, and Lorna for providing a relaxing and enjoyable break away for our wedding anniversary.Penny & Jeff M. Sydney NSW. Room Tip: Loft Cabin perfect for two people. Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple.Source:TripAdvisor
“Fantastic place to curl up by the log fire and.....relax”
Reviewed July 25, 2011. My partner and I stayed in one of the self contained cottages over the weekend which had everything we needed....log fire, big spa bath and set in a peaceful spot for us to kick back, relax and listen to the birds. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful. Meals in the restaurant were lovely and went down a treat with the organic shiraz. Would definately recommend for a great weekend away! Shannon and Dan. Sydney, NSW. Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor “Loved it, will be back in the springtime” Reviewed July 20, 2011. We went up for a long weekend and met good friends there, for the kids, theres rabbits, guinea pigs and eggs to collect! Our daughter just wanted to hug the guinea pigs all day! The loft cabin was very comfortable and cosy with excellent gas heating and a log fire. Imagine soaking in a king size spa after a long walk in the middle of the wilderness! TV with a couple of Foxtel channels was good too. A highlight was the food, all organic and a lovely small menu of two or three courses, nice range of organic wines and Coopers. A fantastic log fire and a pool table meant that you could sit and read from a small library for hours. The staff were lovely and Sharini the chef was happy to oblige with a special meal for our fussy daughter and vegetarian parents of our friends who had also come up. All in all, a lovely stay and had a great time there. Room Tip: Loft cabin great for a small family, the bigger cabins have a great kitchen. Stayed July 2011, traveled with family. Source:TripAdvisor
"Top Location" Top location, top accommodation, top food, top service. Thanks! Reviewed June 2011. Google Places
“Fantastic family getaway”
Reviewed April 22, 2011. What a fantastic getaway! I can’t speak highly enough of the accommodation, organic food/wine, pristine location, hosts and staff. Sharini, John and staff are very friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. This is the second time my family have visited the Retreat and it certainly won’t be the last. You can choose to do very little and just relax in the peaceful surroundings or do what we did and take advantage of the activities e.g. beautiful bushwalks, tennis, cycling, farm tours and the 4WD trip with John. The food is first class with good variety to suit most people. We had some wonderful meals in the common room/restaurant followed by some delectable organic wine and a game of pool. Some guests were content to just sit by the fire and relax while reading, playing board games or listening to some music. We had a self contained cabin which was beautifully furnished; very cosy with lovely views of the rainforest and absolutely everything you need at your fingertips for a perfect family holiday. If you need a place to unwind, relax and recharge the batteries then you won’t be disappointed! Stayed April 2011, traveled with family. Source:TripAdvisor
“King spa weekend”
Reviewed January 2, 2011. We went for a king spa weekend of doing nothing and mission accomplished, the food was 5 star, cant say I have eaten better, owner very friendly, even though we were on a romantic weekend it looked as though there is plenty of things to do with kids. Great weekend. Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
“The perfect escape for the tired city slicker”
Reviewed October 14, 2010. The stress of city life and the 9-5 work grind is quicky forgotten when you arrive at this beautiful country retreat. Unfortunately it was rainy & muddy all weekend but the friendly welcome, divine food, cosy & newly renovated cabin (with spa & log fire!!) and breathtaking rainforest surroundings made this one of the most memorable & relaxing weekends we've had in quite some time. John, Sharini & all the staff are very welcoming and hospitable. The common room / restaurant area has an open fire, pool table, games for the family & comfy sofas - perfect to lounge on while enjoying a glass of organic wine. Have we mentioned the divine food? Despite the weather, we went horse riding at Camp Cobark, a short distance from the retreat. The 2 hour trek takes you up the mountains, through the rainforest & across rivers - a magical experience! We'll definitely be returning to experience all the other activities on offer - especially bushwalking, fishing & touring the farm. Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple. Source:TripAdvisor
Absolutely ideal for a romantic time away... We loved the welcoming, casual yet luxurious atmosphere and just getting the log fire in the cabin going was an event in itself. This is a place to revisit time and time again! Reviewed August 2010. Google Places