Sofala Cottage Historic Miners Cottage c1873 Sofala NSW Australia

1 bedroom Cottage for rent in Sofala

Sleeps: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Min nights: 1

$69.56 - $80.26*per dayprice range estimate for 1 guests*

Sofala Cottage

Sofala Cottage is an historic rammed earth miners Cottage – circa 1873. Edged by national parks and backing on to the Turon River this historic cottage is a perfect escape for lovers of nature and history, romantics and artists. Sofala is situated in the beautiful Turon valley 40km north of Bathurst on the road to Hill End. Approximately 3 hours drive west of Sydney across the Blue Mountains. It is Australia’s oldest surviving gold town with a rich artistic history. The landscape is scarred by its past yet remains intensely beautiful. Russell Drysdale and Donald Friend visited the town in 1947. On arrival, Friend described Sofala as a ‘lovely crazy old village - perfect’. Sofala Cottage is established and run by artist Louisa Antico.

Overseas visitors and local travellers will enjoy exploring the Upper Turon area for reminders of the gold rush days. Sofala is one of the oldest and most unusual gold mining towns in NSW. The village has a genuine atmosphere and authentic charm. When you walk along the main road it's like stepping back in time.

Sofala cottage is a traditional miner’s cottage so the rooms are modest in size. The cottage is self contained and can accommodate up to 2 guests. The bedroom has a queen size bed, living room with a wood fired heater and kitchen with basic cooking facilities. The bathroom has a claw foot bath and toilet. The cottage is made from rammed earth, a method of construction used in the area during the 1800s. The walls are extremely thick keeping the interior surprisingly cool during the hot Summer months. There is a wonderful view from the front porch of the cottage framed by "Nipple Mountain" - a local landmark. The landscape is scattered with the remains of Chinese diggings and an old cemetery sits quietly in the distance. The kangaroos are always present in the landscape and often visit the cottage for a graze or just to rest in the shade of one of the gardens many fruit trees.

Please contact Louisa to confirm availablity before booking Sofala Cottage. Simply send an email or call 02 63377510 and Louisa will respond as soon as possible to your enquiry.  

The property is surrounded by beautiful gardens planted with roses, iris, lavender, wisteria, bulbs and herbs. The herbs are there for picking. There are numerous old fruit trees including cherry, apple, peach and plums. A hedge of large chestnut trees keep the back garden cool in Summer and a variety of grape vines adorn the verandas. If you're staying at the property when the trees and grape vines are fruiting please pick some for your table. The birds and local fauna will feast on the rest. Each season transforms the garden and surrounding landscape and has its own unique beauty.

Sofala Cottage provides a perfect escape from the trappings of modern life. No TV, phone, internet, clocks and limited mobile coverage. Take a walk to the village just 1k down the road, if you need to make a mobile call for better reception. There is also a public phone box in the main street opposite the post office. Sofala has a wonderful old pub The Royal, Sofala Café, Post office/souvenir shop, second-hand book shop and museum. Its a lovely walk to the village as you follow the winding road that runs alongside the Turon River. And drop into the Western Goldfields Museum and meet the curator Mr Wigglesworth on the way. If you feel like a swim there's a water hole down the road that's a popular destination during the Summer months. Its approx. 1k down the road in the opposite direction to the village on the river side. There is also another great swimming hole at Wallaby Rocks which is situated just out of Sofala on the road to Hill End.

Trout fishing is also popular in the area and there are also gold fossicking tours you can book if you're feeling lucky. Down the road is Hill End, another wonderful historic gold mining town with a rich artistic history. Bathurst is a 30min drive away if you need supplies or feel like dining out at one of its many restaurants and cafes. Mudgee, known for its vast vineyards, boutique wineries and restaurants and is just 1hr drive from Sofala. Day trips can comfortably be made to many Nature Reserves and National Parks including Jenolan Caves, Abercrombie Caves. Other historical towns in the area include Millthorpe, Carcoar and O'Connell.

Sofala Cottage is a place where artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Literature, Music and Photography can come to develop ideas, create new work or deepen their existing art practice. Artists are welcome to stay throughout the year.

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Upper Turon Road, Sofala NSW 2795, Australia

Pets not allowed
No smoking
CD Player
Linen supplied
Bath towels provided
Cooking facilities
Secure parking onsite

No-smoking or pets allowed. Smoking is permitted outside.

The property should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival.

There will be a $10.00 per night heating charge in winter -Wood Supplied.


Standard Terms and Conditions of Temporary Holiday Accommodation

Note: Variances can be agreed on but only by arrangement with the owner in writing.

Deposit of 50% non refundable is required to secure the booking. Payment of the rental deposit constitutes the clients acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Balance of the rental amount must be received in full 7 days prior to occupancy. If not the owner has the right to cancel the booking and attempt to re let it.

Cancellation if caused by the client, money paid is not refundable unless the house is re-let for the entire period. If it a refund is made due to the property being re-let then a $50 cancellation fee will apply.

The owners will make every effort to ensure the property is available as booked. However the owners reserve the right to make alterations to bookings due to unforeseen circumstances.

To maintain a good standard for our guests we require certain conditions to be complied with. We appreciate most will respect our property but the occasional abuse requires that we state the following conditions.

Number of Guests should not exceed the number stated on the Confirmation Notice or subsequently agreed in writing or email.  Fees will apply for excess guests not agreed with the owners in advance.

Parties and Functions are strictly prohibited. The price charged is for domestic use only and not commercial. Accordingly this rate does not allow for the extra wear associated with functions in terms of cleaning, garbage removal, wear and tear, repairs etc. Use contrary to this may result in loss of your bond and/or additional payments.

Damage, Breakages, Theft and Loss are the tenants responsibility during their stay.

Departure - the property should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival. Check-out time is 10:00 by the latest, to allow time to prepare property for next guests.

Linen is to be supplied by the tenant.

Pets are not allowed unless specific arrangements have been made in writing with the owner.

Loss - the owners take no responsibility for the tenant's personal property.

Variations to these conditions may only be made by prior arrangements with the owner in writing.