Weekend Australian Magazine
– May 2021
#1 Hot Place To Stay In NSW
“The delightful village of Kangaroo Valley is just down the way, the 80m-high Fitzroy Fitzroy Falls are up the nearby mountain, but you might struggle to venture far from your villa in its own natural paradise.
On a 400ha farm in a hidden valley two hours from Sydney, the four luxe villas are arrayed before a dramatic sandstone escarpment…”
– April 2021
“With access to bushwalks and swimming in the creek, only overlooked by river gums and staghorns, Barranca invites a relaxing stay that is less action-packed and more about appreciating tranquillity. Set on 405 hectares, guests have more than enough space to soak it all in.
In 2021, Barranca is giving back to Defence Force veterans through the Equine Therapy Program – a collaboration with The Cedars Shire Horse Stud and Flying Change Leadership. This program aims to connect with horses as a way to tune into empathy and body language.”
– February 2021
“Located on 400 of the valley’s finest hectares, Barranca is home to two luxurious two-bedroom villas, and two four-bedroom villas, each replete with MCM House furniture, spacious bathrooms, a fire-pit, a BBQ, and of course Wi-Fi for those who have trouble disconnecting (although with views like these, it’s easy to forget you even own a phone).
Once you’ve settled in, it’s just a matter of deciding how much or little you’d like to do. It’s very easy to do not much at all, and just take in the surrounds, sitting by the fire-pit with a glass of wine in hand, and get an in-villa massage to round out the day. For the more adventurous, you can go for a swim in the creek at the bottom of the property or explore the stunning Kangaroo Valley region.”
Good Weekend Magazine
– November 2020
“Designed by Sydney’s Grove Architects, there are two two-bedroom and two four-bedroom villas, each with an exterior rawness that fits into the dramatic surrounds of pleated escarpments, native bushland and burbling streams. The Australian timbers and upcycled-heritage sandstone speak to sustainability, while huge windows and decks blur the line between outside and inside.
The villas are as impressive as the surrounding landscape, frequented by kangaroos and wallabies and busy with birdlife. Cosy up fireside in the spacious lounge and dining area, create a feast in the kitchen with breakfast goodies supplied, and roast marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit…”
– November 2020
“Excitement starts to build about 30 minutes before you pull up at Barranca. Winding along the one road in, you gradually realise just how beautiful the place you’re about to arrive at must be. Then, right when you think the Shoalhaven surroundings couldn’t impress you more, you get to your temporary home in the dreamy depths of the valley and walk into your bedroom. The view from the enormous north-facing glass wall is pretty impressive…”
– October 2020
“Barranca is splendid isolation at its purist, offering guests a rural recharge at their own pace. Take in the morning feed up with the farm’s four-legged residents, including Australia’s biggest horse, or opt for an in-room massage to rival any city spa.
Bush walks are a-plenty, and a swim in the property’s river gum lined, freshwater creek, complete with natural rock pools should not be missed, nor should Barranca’s equine programme.”
The Weekend Australian
– October 2020
“About 15 minutes’ drive north of Kangaroo Valley township, a narrow road takes us to Barranca Luxury Villas, four architect-designed timber and glass hideaways arrayed before a dramatic sandstone mountain range. Open the front door and the view fills the space through floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe us in winter sun.
We’re in Willow, a four-bedroom villa with a proper kitchen, two grand bathrooms, a sprawling lounge set around a fireplace that has been set for the night, and a large dining area. It’s stylish in a rustic-luxe way and instantly welcoming. Fling open the glass doors to an outdoor terrace with a lounge, barbecue and fire pit; with a fire blazing and a glass of local red, this is the spot to watch the light show on the mountains at sunset. Two king beds at either end of your villa take in the view and you’ll want to go to sleep with the drapes open: a broad sweep of night sky is visible from your pillow and it gets properly dark here.”
– July 2020
“I’m already feeling grounded following the two-hour drive from Sydney. I get a crackling blaze going in the living room fireplace and watch the sun set over the escarpment, before submitting to a reviving in-villa massage from a local therapist.
Ensconced in warmth and comfort on a frosty country night, I quickly abandon my plans to head into the village of Kangaroo Valley for dinner at the local pub. Availing myself of the local cheeses, free-range eggs and sourdough loaf provided in the kitchen, I make an impromptu supper of boiled eggs and grilled cheese soldiers, which I devour by the fire before falling into a blissfully slient slumber.”