With its striking red door and sky blue weatherboards, this quaint cottage on one of Bowral’s central streets could easily be mistaken for yet another charming Highlands home. But there is more to this warm and welcoming property than first meets the eye.
The Hidden Door Bowral Villa + Cottage, as the name suggests, offers two distinctly different accommodation options, with flexible living for two couples or a small family in the cottage, and a similar arrangement in the modern villa tucked out of view at the back of the block.
In a former life, the century old cottage was home to Campbell & Robertson Fabrics, and its new owners have respectfully retained its design heritage, evident in the beautiful bed linens and colourful block mounted fabric prints on the walls. In addition to the two double bedrooms, guests can sink into comfortable lounges in the living area or share a meal in the cosy dining room, although most guests choose to take a night off cooking and venture out to sample the excellent local fare at nearby cafes and restaurants.
Both properties exude elegance and charm, with thoughtful Highlands touches like mouth watering treats (Sea Salt Butter Caramels for our visit) from Ms Peacock Fine Chocolates, who is just a short walk down the street, translucent resin bowls from the Milk Factory Gallery, and fresh seasonal flowers from the garden of the Hidden Door’s property manager, Maree Reid. During our stay, both the cottage and the villa showcased a selection of old world roses with intense fragrance, a sure sign of home grown rather than mass produced varieties.
To discover the Hidden Door’s villa accommodation, follow the path down the side of the cottage in a clever layout that ensures privacy for guests who choose to keep to themselves. The clean lines of the entrance set the tone for the two storey villa, designed by Sydney based architect William Zuccon and purpose built six years ago.
On the ground floor, a double bedroom, open plan kitchen and living area wrap around a generous outdoor courtyard. Glass doors along the polished concrete hallway slide open to create an al fresco entertaining area, perfect for a cocktail or two as the sun sets.
A delightful cow theme adds a sense of country whimsy to the villa; a black and white cowhide covers the floor in the entry foyer, and artwork includes a gorgeous monochrome portrait of a friendly Highlander peering at guests through its shaggy fringe.
The kitchen is well stocked with crockery, cutlery and glasses for all manner of occasions; it seems the type of property where guests instinctively reach for Champagne flutes, and these are thoughtfully provided. A door off the kitchen leads to a small garden with table and chairs, a lovely sunny spot for a cuppa or losing yourself in a book.
Head upstairs to the master bedroom and second bathroom, the only two rooms on this level. Remnants of the Hidden Door’s interior design heritage are present throughout with the choice of quality fabrics and furnishings, including Sanderson wallpaper in muted tones of stone and wood. Linen curtains pull back for a daytime district view or stargazing at night.
In its two distinctly different yet complementary properties, The Hidden Door Bowral Villa + Cottage blends traditional with modern to create a unique accommodation offering. An easy stroll from the centre of Bowral and its plethora of restaurants, shops, and other sights and scenes to discover (see our story on page 114), these properties can be booked separately or together, and have a minimum two night stay. Perfect for a break near home, or for friends and family visiting.
The Hidden Door Bowral Villa + Cottage
17 Bundaroo Street, Bowral