Second Flat Retreat | YAOUK NSW
A beautiful and charming country getaway in Mudgee’s gourmet region.
Nature & Serenity
MUST GO PLACE TO VISIT
MUST DO IN-HOUSE
Catered dinner by the fire
SEPTEMBER 2019 | WHOLE FAMILY | 2 NIGHTS, WEEKEND
Our first impression was where are we going. The journey began from the dirt road that just kept on going. When we arrived at the gate and were greeted with the friendly cows, we knew we where staying somewhere special.
After a long drive down the driveway we arrived at Second Flat Retreat. It was a property that from out the front you knew it had a past. Kari the owner greeted us at the driveway and took us on a tour of the property. We learnt that this was her husbands family home which they have now converted into a holiday property. Kari’s love and passion for her guests to enjoy themselves was very much alive.
The home oozed charm. I would describe the house as spacious, quirky and calming.
You are greeted at the front to entry. You can’t help but turn left through the oversized kitchen to the uninterrupted view that is framed at the sitting area. This is where I spent a lot of my time. Off the kitchen is a large dining area that defiantly passes my boxing day test (can seat everyone in the property). From there you have the main living area with the gas fire place.
If we go back to the entry and turn right you will find the first guest room which is where Ben & I slept. Next to this guest room was the room that all my boys slept in. There was a bunk bed and a queen bed. Off to the side is the main bathroom where I enjoyed a long bath and a separate toilet (big plus when you have boys).
Walk through another set of doors and you find a quirky gorgoues room with a stone feature. It is another living area that can also sleep guests in an open plan layout. Walk up the stairs from here and you will find another two guest rooms with one ensuite. We did not need or use this part of the property. This would be perfect if you were staying with another family as you would have your own private wings of the property.
Outside is a whole other experience. It feels like life stops when you are here. You can hear the birds, the water running and breathe in that fresh country air.
Kari has injected some of her own personal flair in the property. I loved the horse Florence Broadhurst wallpaper in the hallway. To me the styling was in the design. Kari shared how they selected each pebble in the concrete floors from the river out the front. On how she framed the view outside so that the guests could have that indoor/outdoor experience all year round no matter what the weather is, to the hooks out the front that look both stylish yet are practical to hang up your jackets.
I loved that there was very limited wifi so that my boys could connect with nature … don’t think they liked that at first.
I loved that the home had a story, a past … you could literally feel that during our stay. My favourite place was the sitting area, taking in the view.
Tully & Koah loved the treasure hunt that I created for them. It was so good to just sit and watch them have pure joy in nature.
For Ben, he wasn’t at the property much as he headed to the snow fields with the two older boys. He enjoyed sitting by the fire down at the river on our first night.
We loved loved that Kari who is also a chef, catered for us on the first inght down at the river with home made pizzas. It was a great experience afer our car trip and a day at the snowfields.
This is the beauty of the stay. You don’t leave. It is all about embracing your surroundings. I enjoyed on my first morning a walk with Kari around the property. I gained an understanding of how much land they had, what is involved on living off the land as we as running her holiday property.
On the second morning I took my family for the same walk, but not exactly the same path. Lets say I took us a lot off track … a bit of fun with climbing a few fences. We were met with some friendly cows, sheep and horses. It really was quality family time.
The vibe of Second Flat is that is a place to disconnect to be able to connect. It is a place to embrace nature. Soak up that country air.