Lyra – Kangaroo Valley

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*April 2023 - Some exciting changes have been made to Lyra including painting the interior following consultation with award winning colour consultant Sonia Van de Haar of Lymesmith, installing new artworks, upgrading the interior furnishings and reinstating the organic vegetable garden. I hope you love the changes as much as I do.

Lyra overlooks the Barrengarry mountain range, midway between Kangaroo Valley and Berry. The house and entertaining area sits in the midst of 7 acres of undisturbed rainforest, serving as an amphitheatre for the lively birdsong of the Australian bush.

Mornings and early evening is a magical time at Lyra where one can sit back and watch the rich array of Australian bird life busy at work. The Lyrebirds are shy but vocal mimics, the Kookaburras are a bit of an eccentric observer and the yellow breasted Greygones are full of joy and curiosity (last time I was at home I watched a pair of Hummingbirds build a nest - absolutely delightful).

Lyra is a stylish hand-crafted post and beam mud brick home, hand-made from materials sourced from the rainforest. 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 lounging in front of the slow combustion wood fire. Firewood is provided all year round apart from in the heat of Summer. The back living room is a beautiful private spot for curling up into a good book or enjoying some TV.

The beating heart of Lyra, however, is its 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, baker and entertainer. In this regard, you will have everything you need to create anything from a late-night toasted sandwich, pizza - from novice to chef, cakes, cookies and pies, a quintessential Australian barbeque, a traditional weekend roast; or a family favourite fried rice (please oil the wok after use).
The organic vegetable garden is up and running please do help yourself to whatever is growing.

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.

A good quality gas-plumbed Weber barbeque is provided.

Guests are sure to enjoy the 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 each have queen beds and share the second bathroom. There is an extra powder room off the back living room.

Bed linen is 5 star quality - French Linen Duvets, 100% organic bamboo and/or organic cotton sheets.

Each bed is equipped with electric blankets and 100% Australian wool blankets for the winter months plus 5 star quality duvets through the year.

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.

Check Lyra out on Instagram - @Lyra_Kangaroo_Valley

Please always keep the doors to the organic garden shut lest the critters help themselves!

Complimentary firewood is provided for use in the inside fire place except in the heat of Summer. 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 or light wood. Petrol station firewood tends to be pretty light and provides 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 outdoor 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 lawns mowed, paths tidy, gardens watered and weeded Lyra’s garden team come and work each Tuesday. The team are a professional group of young men, respectful of your privacy.

Lyra accommodates up to 6 humans. If you have little ones in addition to 6 adults please contact our office so that we help accommodate you.

I hope you love my home.

•For last minute bookings, please contact our office.

Minimum night stays:
Weekend or Midweek 3 nights
Easter - 4 nights
Christmas and New Year - 7 nights

The Fine Print:
The rates calculated by this website are estimates only and may not include discounts or special rates. All rates will be checked by our staff.

  • Please note a non-refundable Booking Fee applies to all bookings.
  • A Security Bond is processed as a credit card pre-authorisation with all bookings.
  • Special does not apply during the Christmas/New Year period or long weekends

STRA Permit ID: PID-STRA-18791

Amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • Bedrooms
  • Coffee Machine
  • Combustion Fire
  • Covered Outdoor Area
  • Crockery and Cutlery
  • Dining Room
  • Dishwasher
  • Firepit
  • Fireplace
  • Furniture Outdoor
  • Garden Area
  • Gas BBQ
  • Hot Tub
  • Kitchen
  • Linen
  • Lounge
  • Microwave Oven
  • No Smoking Rooms
  • Oven
  • Pantry Basics
  • Parking
  • Pets Welcome
  • Pizza Oven
  • Porch/Deck
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Sound System
  • Spa
  • Stand-alone Fan
  • Stove
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Views
  • Wi-Fi

Bedding Configuration

Bedroom 1
  • Queen Bed x 1
  • Shower
  • Toilet
Bedroom 2
  • Queen Bed x 1
Bedroom 3
  • Queen Bed x 1
Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Toilet

Location

Reviews

Wonderful

Richard - 23rd April 2024

Wonderful

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Super relaxed and peaceful

Giles - 18th April 2024

A lovely place to stay. Super relaxed and peaceful. Kangaroo valley is well worth a visit and this is a perfect base or, just somewhere to relax and enjoy the peace and the fire.

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A gorgeous spot

Jacqueline - 26th October 2023

Stayed at Lyra for a few days. A gorgeous spot to sit and relax and enjoy the wildlife around you.

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We loved our stay at Lyra

Ben - 1st September 2023

We loved our stay at ‘Lyra’. The home is set in a stunning location with spectacular views across the valley. Private and secluded, it’s your own private retreat. Lyra had everything we needed and more. We loved the kitchen and spiral stairs. Only 10 minute drive from main street and 15 minutes to Berry. Would love to come back, we didn’t want to leave! Thanks so much for hosting us at ‘Lyra’. Super easy check in & check out, instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The house and gardens were very well maintained and we also appreciated the extra towels , heaters in bedrooms, electric blankets, and accomodating our pooch Toby. We would love to stay again. Thank you.

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Great experience!

Hugo - 27th July 2023

It was much needed, a real getaway from city and people. Recharged with all the natural energy around us. Great experience.

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Great getaway

Dianna - 21st October 2022

The property has a beautiful outlook and the house is charming, comfortable , and has a well equipped kitchen.as well as a great outdoor area with BBQ, pizza oven , spa. Very clean and comfortable cosy beds.

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A wonderful stay

Patrick - 25th May 2022

Lyra is a beautiful place. It’s a very relaxing house with lots of modern conveniences, a great kitchen, stunning views across the valley, a beautiful garden, a pizza oven with an undercover seating area, 2 living rooms with very comfortable lounges and very comfy beds. It suited our 3 generations perfectly with more than enough room to find your own space and great areas to spend time together. We loved our stay, it was superb and we look forward to coming back.

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Just beautiful

Renee - 18th July 2019

What a stunning home with so many intricate and thoughtful touches. An absolute gem ! Quiet, majestic and picturesque location. Our time away was truly healing and revitalising. thanks so much Lyra <3

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Everything you need

DCMR - 12th June 2019

Brilliant location with a unique property offering everything needed. Our time was spent enjoying the house with a fantastic out look. The area gives plenty of opportunities to discover. The kitchen is a journey of discovery. The kitchen supplies and equipment go above and beyond. The pizza oven was another great experience. Bedding was comfortable and warm over the cool nights. Indoor and outdoor fires kept us all warm over the weekend. We all enjoyed the hot tub, table tennis, we have booked regular get sways and this is one of the best.

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An absolute dream!

TravelInTwos - 14th May 2019

We enjoyed Lyra beyond our wildest dreams. Stunning location, uber comfy, beautifully furnished and thoughtfully presented. Loads to do here- ping pong table, hot tub, TV, completely stocked kitchen and all ingredients to make dough for the fab outdoor pizza oven. There are also nature walks and quiet places to snuggle up with just the right book. Equidistant between Bowral and Nowra, its perfectly placed. Do yourself a favour and just book it. Did I mention its dog friendly? Our two sausages were in chilled out heaven. And we adored Fluffy, she is the loveliest kitty, saying hello, purring and sitting with us by the outdoor fire pit.

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A Must Stay

Vickie - 28th January 2019

If you wants place to unwind with family and friends with beautiful surroundings and a stunning house Lyra House is for you! No detail is over looked from the most luxurious beds and linens, towels and all the luxury of organic product to a kitchen that most people would be envious of. Outside the seated dinning area and pizza oven is the kick back evening location. In cooler months we would have jumped in the heated spar and lit the fire pit but not on 38 plus summers days. You really do not need to bring much just fresh food and matching drinks . Enjoy we did thank you Vickie and the rest of our group !

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Lyra is stunning

Craig - 20th January 2019

I stumbled across Lyra as a brand new listing and just had a good feeling about it. I was not wrong. This place is stunning, the view was incredible, the house has so much character. the care that was taken to build this house from the timber and rocks from the surrounding site really adds to the feel of this place. Being set amongst the trees, high on the hill kept the heat away. A really well-stocked pantry of all the basic needs plus fresh bread and eggs from one of the local farms made breakfast in the morning even easier. Thank you for offering up your lovely home. We will definitely be back!

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