Testimonials (unsolicited)

 We don't solicit feedback but some guests just can't help themselves. Here are some emails received:


"Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed your Retreat. We were impressed with the house, the design, how spotless it was and the spectacular location. Definitely a place we would like to come back to! The girls enjoyed very much the long weekend and we were absolutely pleased. Looking forward to talking (booking) with you soon."

Coral and Jose


"Just wanted to thank-you for letting us stay in such a fabulous house. We all enjoyed it very much. The set up of the house allowed us to have privacy and a romantic time alone, even though we shared the house with Jason's brother. You seemed to have had everything there that anyone could ever want (and more!). A lot of thought has gone into your place and we very much appreciated it. I just hope in the near future we'll be able to visit your gorgeous abode again."

V, J & O, Christmas 2006


Hi Rodney

Just wanted to say thank you for the use of your home over the weekend, it is such a beautiful house and the views are magnificent.

Kind regards

Melissa & David, February 2010


Hi Rodney

Many thanks for all your very helpful information & instructions. Ann & I really enjoyed our stay at your beautiful Bushland Retreat from the 7th - 10th Feb. We may be able to get back one day.


Ann & Neil, February 2010


Hi Rodney,
Would just like to say that we just loved the retreat, it was amazing. It was so clean, well stocked and comfortable. The spa was so amazing and relaxing. We will definitely be recommending it to others to stay..and hopefully return in the future. Thanks for sharing this truly amazing place.

Amy E, August 2010



Sorry for the delay in my telling you but, I wanted you to know how perfect our weekend was on July 30th  The Retreat is fantastic, the area and the view from the house is just beautiful, extremely relaxing and just what the doctor ordered.

We very much look forward to returning in the future with our three girls who would just love it.

Many thanks

P and C, August 2010


Hi Rodney,

Thank you for a great weekend!

We have all enjoyed our stay at the Retreat Bushland Lodge! So much so that I believe that we will be returning soon!!!!

Again thank you for such a wonderful place to stay!

Many Thanks

Casey L, August 2011


Hi Rodney

You have a beautiful house. As our son called it the blue house in the mountains.

We had a delightful time and felt privileged to be in the bush amongst the kangaroos.

Although we got a puncture it was all part of our adventure. We will definitely be back even if it is just for the rump of lamb at the Patterson butchers.

Kind Regards

Jo C, October 2011


Hi Rodney,

Great spot you have up at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort. Thanks for sharing it with us. We had a super weekend.

B, D and A, November 2011


Hi Rodney/Jane,

Just an e-mail to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at ‘The Retreat’…..fantastic location & the villa was fitted out with everything we could have required & more! We will certainly recommend your Retreat to any of our friends that are looking for a special place to holiday.

Thanks again for a great holiday.

Best regards,

S, General Manager, Beach Resort, December 2011


Hi Rodney,

Just wanted to say thanks, for making our short break most enjoyable. The house was beautiful and very well catered for all needs.

There were lots of wild life fairly friendly as well, it was just what we needed to recharge we will be back one day cheers.

Mark H, Brisbane, January 2012


Dear Rodney,

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your ever so relaxing home. We, as always had a wonderful time.

The house is looking great and there were no problems at all.

Sometimes we just need to get away from the hustle and bustle (kids included).

We used the tennis courts which was great.

Once again Rodney much appreciated.

T, C, T and T :) May 2012


Dear Rodney

Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your house.

Kind regards

Victoria and Chris and family, June 2012


"The place was magical and I thank you for the opportunity to stay in your beautiful residence.

Claire, July 2012


Dear Rodney,

We had a lovely time in your beautiful holiday home. It is a lovely area to stay in. The children enjoyed themselves and it was easy to keep warm. I much appreciated the well-stocked kitchen.

Thank you and regards

Elizabeth, July 2012


Hi Rodney

I just wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely fantastic time at your beautiful property. The girls had a riot -- up and down all the stair cases, in and out of the cubby house and frisbee throwing on the lawn.

As for the adults, well we spoilt pregnant mum with bath creams and bubbles for a relaxing spa and I cooked up a storm, drank some brilliant wines and was the 'fire man' as my three-year-old put it, keeping the log fire roaring in the chill up there.

My little one didnt want to return back to Newcastle, she was far happier up in the "mountain" she told us. Perhaps a future bush-girl?

I must apologise for leaving the dish washer full as we forgot to turn it on over night so there was dirty dishes in the morning. We turned it on as we left.

In the end we didnt need the late check-out as we were all up early anyway and was out by 9.45am!

Anyway we enjoyed The Retreat that much that we have decided to return next winter too. Being English I dont get the chance to have a roaring log fire too often, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Many thanks for giving us the chance to use your place and we look forward to next year.

Warm regards

Neil, July 2012



Hi Rodney!

We thought we would touch base and say we are having a very relaxing and most needed rest at your lovely home.

It is so much more than we expected and we can see you have put much thought and love into the equipping of a fun relaxing holiday home. The write up in the manual of the careful thought put into the design and build was an especially nice touch.

From the bottom of our hearts thank you.

We are having such a good stay, we have discussed the option of staying one more night (Thursday night). What would be the charges of that?

Chris H, August 2012



Hi Rodney,

Good day! We had a great time at the retreat, it was clean and cozy. The only negative was the wild cold windy weather which was beyond control but the garage games area was just ideal for such days!

We had a good time and many thanks to you and the housekeeper. We look forward to returning soon, hopefully on glorious sunny days!

Have a great week ahead!

Thank you and Regards

Hwei, August 2012


Hi Rodney,

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for allowing us to stay in your amazing holiday retreat. We had an awesome time (albeit a couple of days were tremendously hot!) and was just what our family needed to rest and regroup. The house is amazing and the views and serenity were sublime. We could not have hoped for anything more.

So a big thank you from the family, we plan to revisit sometime this winter and make use of that inviting fireplace.

All the best,

Kerry, January 2013



Hi Rodney

Thank you so much we loved your lodge a lot!

Thank you for all your great directions and help on the phone, we stopped at Paterson Tavern that you told us about and it was a cute little place, the locals were really friendly as well.

We also really enjoyed the drive from Vacy to the lodge, felt like it was off the beaten track and we could have just stayed at the lodge the whole weekend! If only we didn’t have things to see and do! The lodge is very clean and beautifully maintained, the bikes and pool table were awesome the fireplace we loved and the swing was fun too and every morning the animals would all come and visit us for some food.

Do you have a preferred website where I can write a review? I would love to tell everyone what a great place you have, I have told so many people about the lodge already and I hope to return to the lodge another time soon!

Thanks once again Rodney, appreciate the friendly service you provided yourself.


Jazz, June 2013



We’ve just come back from doing the Rocky Horror track with the bikes! I’m exhausted!
They were great bikes....thanks.
We won’t be staying longer....Brian needs to get back [Unfortunately!]
We hope to leave by 10.00.
Thanks for allowing us to stay longer if we wanted to.
Our holiday is coming to an end. We have enjoyed being here so much...thankyou.

Hi Rodney,
We have been enjoying our stay in your home on top of Mt George!
We have had brilliant weather and have enjoyed walking in Barrington Tops NP, both North and South; driving through the Hunter to Yengo NP and all the walks at Eaglereach.
We’ve also loved just hanging around the house, reading books by the fire and tomorrow we’ll get on the bikes!
The view from the bed in the mornings is stunning!
The house is wonderful.....so thankyou!
Kind regards,

Ingrid, July 2013


Just wanted to thankyou for a wonderful holiday at The Retreat. Our children were so looking forward to our stay, before we arrived and it didn’t disappoint. When our family goes on holidays my husband and I just want to relax, but our children want constant entertainment (as children do). At The Retreat they go between playing billiards, playing table tennis, watching movies (on one of the 3 TVs), riding bikes, swimming in the pool, playing tennis, playing the many board games in your cupboard, swinging on your deck swing and watching the many kangaroos. By the time they have finished all that they are either exhausted or start the cycle all over again! It was fantastic to see them having such a great time, whilst we were able to relax and join in some games with them as well. Your house is so well stocked it is amazing and we especially like the inclusion of the coffee machine, spa bath and wonderful views from the main bedroom. Many thanks again. I am sure we will see you again soon!

Thank you again,
Joanne. September 2013


Thank you for providing us accommodation for a truly brilliant weekend. The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and The Retreat is a beautiful place to stay. If possible, we would like to make a booking for next Easter. This would be a perfect way to spend all of our Easters and we are happy to do so.

Once again, Thank you


Matt, April 2015


Submitted to Trip Advisor

This is a great self-catering holiday house in a bushland resort. We have been here twice before with groups of friends but this time it was a romantic weekend away. The lodge is very private in the bush. The master bedroom has a stunning view and we loved the spa bath big enough for two. The kitchen has everything you need and there is a BBQ on the deck. The lodge is in Eaglereach Wilderness Resort and guests have access to all the community facilities. But this lodge has its own kayaks and bikes which we enjoyed. We also put the 4x4 through its paces on the fire trails of the resort. My girlfriend and I loved it yet again. Wonderful weekend. We will be back for sure.

Locky, July 2015

Thank you Rodney, your Retreat was our haven for the weekend.  Yes, it was hot, but we had a relaxing weekend nevertheless.  I watched the Tom Stoppard/Benedict Cumberbatch BBC series - 2 disks in the heat of the day yesterday. 

As per previous visits, the house felt like our home away from home. It is so generously supplied with everything you could possible need, not just the bare essentials. We love the decor and design of the house too and the silence of the bush surrounds.

We will return!

Kind regards,  

Tracey and Paul, October 2015



Hi Rodney,

We love the cabin! I would like to know whether we could book again?


Adam, November 2015

On Stayz

My wife and I love the Retreat. It is our 6th visit over the years. This time an added bonus - air-conditioning. In winter we love the cozy fire for a drink and relax. We often take family and friends. The Retreat is fully equipped both inside (great kitchen) and outside (deck bbq) for entertaining. Our granddaughter loved the cubby and swings. We always do our daily bush walks and enjoy the tranquillity and wild life on display (they are everywhere) with well laid out trails. A great selection of DVDs and books on tap if the weather turns. We often visit the wineries and local olive farm. I always take my bike and there is nothing better than a cycle into the historic town of Paterson and a cake and coffee of course. The Retreat at Eaglereach is special and yes we have seen an eagle. Highly recommend.

Ray, December 2015


From Guest Book 1/6/17

Kurtis Kavanagh - loved every moment. Coming back for sure..xoxo

From Guest Book 1/7/17

A lovely place. Stunning views and very well equipped.

A great getaway.


The Miller family. Campbelltown NSW


From Guest Book 16/7/17


The Retreat is aptly named and that is what it has been for our very busy family of 6. We have immensely enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, amazing views and beautiful wildlife.

We have had almost five days here and never felt the need to leave. There is so much to do to keep everyone entertained. Thank you for sharing this wonderful place.


The Larter Family Central Coast NSW


From Guest Book 20/7/17

A lovely house in a beautiful location. Great for all members of the family big and little.

The Howard family - Melbourne


From Guest Book 23/7/17

Very nice house. Happy hour here. Will come again.

Thanks The Leo Family


From Guest Book 30/7/17

Had a relaxing couple of days. Peaceful, outlook awesome. Loved the pool table and the fire.

Love the house!!

Ken and Pam Spencer - Central Coast


From Guest Book October 17

'The Retreat' is a gorgeous place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Very well equipped. Thanks.

Toderovski family


From Guest Book 7/11/17

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful and special location. Loved the surroundings, wildlife and gorgeous house. Will definately return to the Retreat - so aptly named.

The Jaworski Family - Melbourne

From Guest Book 9/11/17

What a wonderful place! We've been completely enthralled. The view over the valley is so beautiful whether misty or clear. The wildlife is so interesting - built in entertainment!

Thank you so much for letting us share this wonderful location.

Jim and Gwen - Kiama NSW

From Guest Book 9/11/17

Sensational! The joys of natures' jewels on show - Robyn Binalong NSW

Loved the animals and the birds. The fire was great. Barbara - Forster NSW