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Our main reason for coming to the Tenterfield region was to climb Bald Rock. We were attracted to Anketell Forest mainly for the walks that were offered on the property. We weren’t disappointed! We saw a Superb Lyrebird which is a real highlight for us ‘birders’. The walk to Kissing Rock was impressive and we really enjoyed the other walks we did. Tor Cottage was very cozy and comfy. Thanks Kerri & Steve!
Sue & Joe, Qld – Feb 2013 Tor Cottage
We loved our stay in your perfect country hide-out. Spotless throughout, comfy bed and great hand made fittings. Hope to be back soon! RELAXED RELAXED RELAXED!
Heather & Graham, Qld – Feb 2013 Tor Cottage
Peace, quiet, rest, tranquility. The remoteness of Tor Cottage provides all of these in abundance. We loved the bushwalks on the clearly defined trails and enjoyed the rugged beauty in doing so. The rustic little cottage was comfortable and well equipped and the large outdoor deck area was a great place to relax and enjoy eating dinner as the sun set. We greatly enjoyed our time here. Would like to come again, perhaps a winter visit – imagine it would be beautiful in a different way then.
Don, Qld – Jan 2013 Tor Cottage
Thankyou. Serenity Wow. Isolated, tranquil and peaceful. Lovely place. Would recommend.
Jim, NSW – Jan 2013 Tor Cottage
Dear Kerri & Steve
Thank you for a lovely stay at the Cottage. We loved it and really were sad to leave – 6 days was not enough. We loved the cosy, homey feeling of the cottage, the ever changing views from the deck, the walks in the forest, the sound of nature to wake up to, and fall asleep on. Cycling in the area was great too! Lots of endless gravel roads with hardly any cars through farmland and nature reserves. We will mention your place for anyone looking for a little paradise.
Ian, NSW – Dec 2012 Tor Cottage
Dear Kerri & Steve
Five days relaxing in the seclusion of Anketell Forest is a great way to unwind. Tor Cottage is well set-up and the handmade timber furniture and interior fittings add to the ambience.
Three best things:
- watching the changing view from the deck … while drinking a beer.
- cooling down in the spa bath
- bushwalking & seeing wildlife.
Joy & Martin, NSW – Nov 2012 Tor Cottage
Beautiful location, country side is spectacular and views match. Two days is not enough to explore the property properly. Excellent accommodation and pleasant, tranquil setting. Congratulations! – Peter
The “essentials” were well set up – range of teas etc, real milk. Enjoyed the mix of DVD & CD. Peter especially enjoyed the read about Bolivia Station (even though he usually doesn’t read). LOVE the cottage and setting. So quiet & Peaceful. Thank you so much for sharing for just a little while. – Desleigh.
Peter & Desleigh NSW – Oct 2012 Tor Cottage
Fantastic again! Great walking, lots of peace & quiet, lots of animals to see and such a comfy cabin.
I find it very hard to leave! Thank you.
Sue, QLD – Oct 2012 Tor Cottage
We love how Tor Cottage is set high on a hill and incorporated into the amazing granite rocks that are so much a part of the landscape here. Eco-friendly with furniture built on the property by Steve and quality inclusions. We had an utterly private relaxing three days and enjoyed our bush walks and bird watching.Pete, QLD – Oct 2012 Tor Cottage
Simply said, paradise. From many aspects – practical as well as romantic.
First, the website. Lots of useful info down to details like, not only self contained but with the list what exactly is included in the kitchen. Brilliant.
Then when arriving friendly hosts are always available with advice about area. Cottage is situated with some distance from main house, closer to workshop where during the day you can hear working noise but not too disturbing. Beautiful view from the terrace.
Inside cottage two main attractions – fire place and spa with the view. Huge, comfortable bed, tv/dvd with impressive library of dvds and books which should suit almost everyone. There is also sofa to rest and outside daybed on the terrace.
The huge property is amazing. Living in Queensland we rarely get to see that sort of landscape. We went to the region to fossick, but spent lots of time walking around and exploring the property. Our dogs had an absolute ball too.
Jessica, Qld – Aug 2012 Tor Cottage
We really enjoyed our stay. The fire was amazing. Thank you for continuously supplying us with timber. The cottage is beautiful and it is a credit to both of you.
Yiwen & Jono, Qld – Aug 2012 Tor Cottage
To Steve & Kerri. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We have enjoyed Tor Cottage immensely. Very romantic with the fireplace, spa and bed all in the same room. It has been a great place to come ‘home’ to as it is quite central for exploring the area. This has been a part honeymoon for us and it has been a delight. Thank you.
PS: we saw the new cottage being built. Looks amazing!
Bri & Ness, NSW – July 2012 Tor Cottage
“As we stayed in July, it as extremely cold! The wood fire was super efficient and kept us warm all night as temps dropped to almost -10! Kitchen very well supplied (I’m in love with Scanpans now), and the spa was wonderful
Vanessa, Qld – July 2012 Tor Cottage
Location, location location! Says it all! The rock art creativity by other guest was inspirational – loved all the cairns – had fun leaving my ‘monument’. Real coffee is a great treat in accommodation. Thank you for your Anketell Forest body products – very nice.
JB, Qld – June 2012 Tor Cottage
What an amazingly beautiful, tranquil and relaxing place. Gorgeous facility, fantastic cottage and amenities and the view, wow!
AJ, Qld – April 2012 Tor Cottage
I have so enjoyed my stay here. The Cottage had everything I needed and more. The walking is fantastic and most of all the sense of being far away from everything and everyone was so wonderful. I’ll be back again when it gets colder!
Sue, Qld – April 2012 Tor Cottage
We had the most wonderful relaxing 3 days. The cottage is so comfortable and the view from the deck is fantastic. It was so nice to bring our dog Beau and feel so safe and secure He loved wandering around the property with us. The privacy is great and once here you don’t want to leave. We will be back!
Suzie, NSW – March 2012 Tor Cottage
“We have been close to heaven these past 2 days and that confirms my husband’s incessant research into “holiday”/travel accommodation in every corner of the world. He’s very good at this endeavour). We have both needed the sounds and sights of peaceful and tranquil environment… it is about 7pm and we are truly blessed by no other sounds than those whose environment we are (temporarily) invading! Your accommodation is superb … nothing needed other than some coffee, wine & food. Thanks!
Jude, NSW – March 2012 Tor Cottage
“Stayed for a night for some long over-due recharging! What a perfect isolated spot! Attention to detail was fantastic… everything I needed was here. Thanx Kerri & Steve
Jill, NSW – March 2012 Tor Cottage
“We had a lovely time! It was a peaceful relaxing weekend and had everything here that we needed. From books to films to music. The spa bath was awesome. Loved it!
Adam, NSW – March 2012 Tor Cottage
“A magical place to stay and get away from it all. A very comfortable, stylish cabin with everything we needed. Thank you, we’ll be back.
Paul, NSW – March 2012 Tor Cottage
“Lovely setting – very relaxing. Perfect!
Jill, Vic – February 2012 Tor Cottage
“The pictures don’t do this place justice, amazing accommodation, with so much atmosphere. We were delighted on arrival, to see that it more than lived up to our long-held desire to visit. Kerri is an absolute treasure and very welcoming. Well worth the trip from Brisbane. It took all our willpower to get off the deck and leave on Sunday and we can’t wait to go back and have a few more drinks around the bonfire. Next time – 2 nights for sure.”
Karen, Mark, Rian & Wendy, Qld – Jan 2012 The Shearing Shed
“A magical setting for relaxation of mind and body. The Cottage and furniture a testament to Steve’s superb woodworking skills and Kerri’s decorative touches. Wonderful to have a ‘pet friendly’ environment to stay in on top of the world so close to nature. We enjoyed our stay immensely and our Bigpond mobile and laptop worked!
Marg & John, QLD – January 2012 Tor Cottage
“Wonderful to sit on the deck of Tor Cottage and watch the sun set over the hills. Thank you Kerri & Steve for picking such a great site!
Andrew, QLD – January 2012 Tor Cottage
“Magic place you have here! Comfy bed allowed for deep sweet dreams and we watched a dvd from the spa last night. Perfect!
Jess, QLD – December 11 Tor Cottage
“It was great to be able to take my cats to such a quiet secluded place. The Cottage was very comfortable and relaxing. The highlight was seeing the stars from the spa. All was great.
Ivan, NSW – December 11 Tor Cottage
“Thanks for a lovely relaxing stay in your Cottage! We had a lovely time. Saw a lyrebird this morning near the bottlebrush lined gully. We will be back!
Michelle & Alan, NSW – December 11 Tor Cottage
“Loved it! Beautiful little dwelling. The dogs have never been more relaxed on holiday. It’s a beautiful spot.
Stephanie, NSW – December 11 Tor Cottage
“Hi Steve & Kerri. Would just like to thank you for a beautiful stay, loved the peace and tranquility, would definitely recommend you and hopefully be back one day. Steve, loved all you work you have done and would have loved to have taken some back to NZ, very artistic. Many thanks.”
Barry & Glennis, NZ – Oct 11 The Shearing Shed
“This is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. The privacy and seclusion just made us forget about the world around us and for those three days, we could just find ourselves again. It is an amazing experience, will worth every cent! ”
Kevin, NSW – October 11 Tor Cottage
“Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Tor Cottage on Tuesday night. It’s a great little spot you have down there and Tor Cottage has everything we could ask for in our getaway.
We were a little unsure if we should light the fire that night as it was quite warm early on. We are glad we did though as it was a fresh morning.
We also loved laying outside and gazing up at the stars!! It is amazing how much clearer things are away from the city!
The dogs had a great time there as well.
Anyway… thanks again for hosting us at Tor Cottage. We will definitely be back in the future.”
Daniel & Shannon, QLD – August 11 Tor Cottage
“What a beautiful slice of coutryside. My only regret was that we really didn’t get to take full advantage of everything on offer due to my partner’s dislocated knee. Steve & Kerri made sure we were comfortable. The cottage is a great place to relax and unwind and the scenery is spectacular. ”
Saul & Aly, QLD – July ’11 Tor Cottage
“We loved everything about our stay at Tor Cottage. The cabin has everything we needed and more. The surrounding granite rock formations are stunning. I have recommended this place to our friends for really recharging the batteries. We will be back next year. ”
Joanne, NSW – June 11 Tor Cottage
“After a 4 nights stay with my wife and my dog with pleasure I am happy to say what a beautiful location and what an excellent bush engineered cottage Steve and Kerry have designed and built. We spent a wonderful time exploring, painting, reading and relaxing in the spar. With the cold night of winter outside our door we were reposed in tranquillity in the comfort of our log fire fuelled warmth. I was also impressed by the mix of books on the shelf, for the first time I actually read a few. Steve and Kerri are also lovely hosts, giving you the freedom of privacy and friendly sociability. ”
Julian, VIC – June 11 Tor Cottage
“We had the most wonderful, relaxing and romantic long weekend at Tor Cottage and have raved about it to everyone since getting back. The cottage was cosy, very clean and comfortable, and the spa and fireplace were fantastic! As other reviewers have mentioned, the stars at night are a sight to behold. Absolute privacy, peace, quiet, clean air and the beautiful view to hills in the distance create a perfect setting for a perfect weekend. We can’t wait to go back! ”
Paul, Qld, May ’11 Tor Cottage
“My wife and I have just had 5 wonderful nights at Tor Cottage. Just so perfect for my wife who is recovering from surgery.We would highly recommend a stay here for anyone. ”
John, Qld, April ’11 Tor Cottage
“Great property – enormous space, very atmospheric and excellent setting with good views. Very well equipped kitchen. A genuinely honky-tonk piano. Bring warm clothes in winter but having a well-stocked fire was lovely.”
Gavin, Qld, Feb ’11The Shearing Shed
“Our stay at ‘Tor Cottage’ was an experience that we will never forget. Amongst the tranquillity and peace, the wildlife and scenery, we experienced a relaxation like no other. The stars at night were like diamonds, you could pluck them out of the sky they seemed so close and so many.
We had privacy, comfort and rest which is what we needed. Tor Cottage is the most snuggle place I have been to and we do holiday in a lot of retreat places. It is so well built with the organisation of everything you need, the woodwork is fantastic and the Spa bath was such a bonus.
Our dogs Zeus and Roxy had the best holiday ever Zeus thinks he is a Dingo now from running around the bush. I am sure they miss it too I have never seen them play so much together.
Kerri and Steve – how lucky are you to be living in such a wonderful area. We would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity and experiences we will hold in our memory bank. Oh and thanks for the lovely fresh rosemary and the lovely scented Lemon Myrtle hand soap you had there – wonderful.”
Cindra, NSW, Jan ’11 Tor Cottage
“Self contained and thoughtfully designed. Great breakfasts that do brekkie and lunch. Wildlife at your doorstep and dogs welcome. Trails throughout the property for walks through the beautiful countryside. Friendly efficient service without being intrusive. Thanks for a great 3 days. ”
Kath, NSW, Sept ’10 Tor Cottage
“Arriving under a star-filled sky, we entered the wonderfully inviting, secluded cottage, and were instantly charmed by it’s roaring fire. The quiet bush setting, along with it’s great vista, was just as we might have hoped, topped off with a feeling of privacy that’s often lost when looking to get away.
Walks in the surrounding bush revealed impressive granite boulders, beautiful wildflowers, towering gums and birdlife all around.
“We liked the privacy. We loved the cottage – great layout and very reasonably priced. Great location and a variety of interesting places to visit nearby. Overall a truly relaxing week-end. Perfect. Looking forward to a return visit.”
Julie, QLD, Aug ’10 Tor Cottage
“Our hosts Kerri and Steve were friendly and very helpful. The Shearing Shed can be quite cold in low temperatures, but they kept us supplied with wood and we enjoyed our fireside meals. The hiking is wonderful and varied, lots of kangaroos and feral pigs about. Our stay was a great combination of active walks and relaxing time on the two fantastic decks. We would love to return with friends and/or family. ”
Susan, NSW, Aug ’10 The Shearing Shed
“The cottage is just so lovely and perfectly equiped. The spa and the fireplace make it the best place for a winter hide away. The couple who owns the property are really nice and helpful while respecting the privacy. It was great and exceeding our expectations by far. The forest itself is beautiful and with no one else around it was the best place to relax I can possibly imagine.”
Elli, NSW, Aug ’10 Tor Cottage
“Total relaxation and fun. We usualy catch up with our family on the coast but decided to head inland for something different and we are so happy we discovered The Shearing Shed. So good not to have TV. We loved Steve’s playlists and sound system. We cooked some lovely meals in the well equiped kitchen and slept well in the lovely bedrooms. Could have quite easily spent a week there instead of 3 nights but we will definatly go back. ”
Judy, NSW, April ’10 The Shearing Shed
“The best feature of Tor cottage is the absolute serenity of the place. The cottage was immaculate yet comfortable and welcoming. Kerri and Steve are great to deal with and while respecting privacy were there the moment you needed anything.”
James, QLD, Jul ’10 Tor Cottage
“We were very happy we could bring our Cavalier King Charles, Bailey for the weekend to Tor Cottage. Breakfast for two was great for our Anniversary. As it is a great family place, bushwalking, birdwatching etc, we would like to return one day with the grandchildren and families.”
Neal & Val, QLD, Apr ’10 Tor Cottage
“Really lovely place. So peaceful. We enjoyed it very much, thank you.
Great work from the carpenter too! ”
Colin, NSW, Mar ’10 Tor Cottage
“Thank you! It was an absolutely wonderful evening in a beautiful space! Very unique and relaxing. ”
Tamara, NSW, Mar ’10Tor Cottage
“My family loved staying at The Shearing Shed, so beautiful, scenic views from all rooms, verandahs to sit out on, kitchen with everything you could need, plenty of comfy places to sit all with their own views and ambience, hand made gorgeous furniture, music, space, what more could you ask for. We were only there for an afternoon, night and morning, but it was very lovely space to hang out in, plenty of things to grab your attention, meditate on, would love to stay longer. Next time.”
Leanne, NSW, Feb ’10The Shearing Shed
“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for an absolutely fantastic weekend. It was a perfect “Valentine’s Day” Escape.
We had the best time, so quiet and secluded – time to just be together. We enjoyed our walks, loved the spa; lunch and breakfast on the deck, glass of wine while we watched the sunset – and Tyson (the puppy) had the best time of all – he ran for miles and slept like a log at night.
Can’t wait till we can come again and relax in your beautiful cottage – we just love it – we will certainly tell our friends and family what a special spot you have there.”
Joy & Mark, Qld, Feb ’10 Tor Cottage
“Steve & Kerri. Thank you so much. This is a great place to stay. We will be telling friends and family and coming back for sure. ”
Brad & Bec, NSW, Jan ’10 Tor Cottage
“This is an ideal place to stay to get away from everything. Peaceful location, lovely cottage, would recommend the walks and the breakfast. An ideal take a break”
Pam, Qld, Dec ’09 Tor Cottage
“We enjoyed a relaxing three day break in this private, peaceful and picturesque hideaway. Tor Cottage is comfortable and spotless. Thank you for your hospitality and for allowing our four legged friend to enjoy Anketell too.”
Vikki and Udo, Qld, Nov ’09 Tor Cottage
“Hi Kerri and Steve,
We had a beautiful time here in your beautiful cottage.This place was a great find! It’s very peaceful here and we’ve really been able to relax. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality.
Olga and Serguei, Sydney, NSW Oct ’09 Tor Cottage
“Great country, great views and a warm & welcoming cottage (sometimes too warm – but that’s a pyromaniac 4yr old for you!). We will be back!”
Angela, Peter, Annaliese & Elsa, NSW Sept ’09 Tor Cottage
“We love what you are doing to the place. You have done a great job. Nature has added the final touch! Out of our week away from home we loved you place the best!”
Paddy, Niki & Eamon, Qld Aug ’09 Tor Cottage
“We stayed for three nights with our spoilt rottie-xxs and they gave the place the paws up. It’s not often that you get access to beautiful natural bushland with wildlife and wild flowers and share the experience with your faithful hounds. We walked Anketell for hours and the dogs never tired of sniffing for scents and staring in amazement at the huge walleroos. Late afternoons were spent on the decking surveying the big horizon and watching the sun set with a few home brews to mellow out the day.. We thoroughly enjoyed the lack of TV and mobile coverage and fell asleep to the sounds of silence disturbed only by the crickets.
The cabin was snug and cosy and the mattress and pillows get 10/10 for comfort. We brought all our own food as we were doubtful about local food options (esp for the vego) but found the fridge a little small so were glad we brought the esky. Kerri and Steve were laid back hosts and we liked the feeling that they were there if needed, but not in your face. Highly recommended for a few days away from the rat race and we’ll definitely be back. ”
Darlene, NSW August ’09 Tor Cottage
“A wonderful place to stay. Lovely and cozy. Large spa and wood fire place with plenty of wood. Big property with huge rock formations and plenty to see. Owners very friendly an helpful. Very affordable. I wished I could have stayed longer.”
Mathew, NSW July ’09 Tor Cottage