Lyra overlooks the Barrengarry mountain range, midway between the villages of Kangaroo Valley and Berry.
The property sits atop seven acres of undisturbed rainforest, serving as a private amphitheatre for the lively birdsong of the Australian bush.
Lyra is a beautifully hand-crafted post and beam mud brick home, hand-made from materials sourced from the property's surrounds. Much of the timber has been felled on-site and walls built from rocks and boulders found on the land. The large front living area, with its hand-made concertina doors, opens right up to the garden outdoors. The glass roof panels allow an unobstructed view to the sky and the chance to spot the odd eagle overhead lounging in front of the slow combustion wood fire. Firewood is provided all year round. The back living room is a nice private spot for curling up into a good book or enjoying some TV.
The beating heart of Lyra, however, is her fully equipped kitchen and outdoor entertaining area. The outdoor area serves as a second, open-air living room, and comes with a large wood-fired pizza oven, dining table and sofas.
The owner is a passionate cook and baker, having owned restaurants in the past. In this regard, you will have everything you need to create anything from a late-night toasted sandwich, pizza (from novice to chef!), a quintessential Australian BBQ, a traditional weekend roast; even home made char sui pork and fried rice (please oil the wok after use).
There are lots of serving platters and the owner has filled the kitchen with a collection of mid-century and vintage crockery and ceramics that she has lovingly collected over the years.
There’s also a good quality gas-plumbed Weber BBQ.
Guests are sure to enjoy the deliciously heated outdoor spa and fire pit (bring your own wood or use fallen timber found on the property) where you can sit back and relax under the starlit sky.
The property has three private bedrooms with the main downstairs bedroom having a queen bed and its own ensuite. The two upstairs bedrooms have a queen and a double bed and share the second bathroom. There is also a sofa bed with pull-out trundle in the upstairs bedroom that can accommodate 2 extra little ones (single bed duvets and extra pillows can be found in the cupboard but please bring your own single bed linen). There is an extra powder room off the back living room.
Bed linen is 5 star quality - 100% organic bamboo, organic cotton and French linen.
Each bed is equipped with electric blankets and 100% Australian wool blankets for the winter months plus 5 star quality duvets through the year.
There is a ping pong table in the large shed for family competitions and a large kickboxing bag (BYO gloves).
As the custodian of Lyra, the owner asks guests to honour the environmental tradition upon which her home was created by limiting single use plastics wherever possible exercising the discipline of thorough recycling. In this regard, communal pantry and bathroom basics are provided which you are welcome to use.
*April 2022 - Some exciting changes are being made to Lyra in the coming months including painting the interior following consultation with creative colour genius, Lymesmith, installing new artworks, getting the fish pond up and running, and, most exciting, reinstating the organic vegie garden. She hopes that guests will be able to pick their own herbs and vegies from the garden by Spring 2022 with fruit to come once the trees have matured.
Please always keep the doors to the organic garden shut lest the wombies help themselves!
Complimentary firewood is provided for use in the inside fire place. If you would like to enjoy the fire pit and pizza oven we do ask that only rough wood self-sourced from the property is used. Additional fire wood can also be purchased from the petrol station and rural supplies store in Kangaroo Valley. The owner recommends selecting really good hardwood that is thoroughly dry for the pizza oven. She has had some disasters herself by accidentally using unseasoned damp wood! Petrol station firewood tends to be pretty light and a low temperature burn so don’t skimp, come prepared with good wood and start the pizza oven 4 hours before use.
To keep Lyra’s lovely spa clean and sanitised, the spa company come and service it each Thursday. They wont disturb you- will just service it and leave it ready for you to enjoy.
To keep the organic vegie garden watered and weeded Lyra’s garden team come and work each Friday. They won’t disturb you.
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For last minute bookings please contact our office.
Minimum night stays:
Weekend or Midweek 2 nights
Long weekend - Public Holidays - 3 nights
Easter - 4 nights
Christmas and New Year - 7 nights
Mid week pricing applicable for Monday to Thursday nights only
Mid week rates do not apply to any bookings that includes a Friday/Saturday or Sunday night
Weekly pricing rates offered do not apply for a Saturday to Saturday stay (crossing 2 weekends)
The fine print:
The rates calculated by this website are estimates only and may not include discounts or special rates. Rates are based on 2 guests then per person per night for up to 6 guests. All rates will be checked by our staff.
- Please note a $60 booking fee applies to all bookings (non refundable).
- A security bond of $500 is processed as a credit card preauthorisation with all bookings
STRA Permit ID: PID-STRA-18791