From the row of doors opening onto the wisteria-covered veranda, to the deep claw-foot tub sitting just beyond the bathroom door, Broger’s End has everything to ensure your stay is relaxing and comfortable.
Tucked into the Upper Kangaroo River Valley, Broger’s End is calming, peaceful. It’s the perfect spot to get away from…everything.
I arrived at Broger’s End on a beautifully sunny, May afternoon. I found my accommodation at The Dairy open, welcoming me in. The Dairy is an oasis like nothing else I’ve found before.
I could seriously live here. This place has my name written all over it.
Broger’s End is the epitome of rustic comfort with all the mod-cons you need and want. You have the option of two types of accommodations at Broger’s End: The Shed or The Dairy. While The Shed is set up for a larger crowd, The Dairy is the perfect size for a solo retreat like mine, or for two people looking to escape the city. The Dairy will accommodate four if you use the pull-out couch. For me, sequestering myself for a self writing retreat, it was the perfect size.
The Dairy is a studio setup, with a queen size bed at one end and lounge area in the middle. A big leather couch and a facing wingback chair are nestled around a warming pot-belly stove.
The kitchen sits off the lounge room providing all the facilities you need. It comes with a full-size fridge, a serious espresso/cappuccino maker, a two-point gas stovetop and a convection oven/microwave. All of your utensils are tucked into the drawers and cupboards below. The windows along the wall fold out and open, bringing the beautiful outside in. Having the fresh air drifting in while you’re whipping up a meal provides an open, carefree feeling. If you’re barbequing, it makes for a great pass-through!
Now I’m no Masterchef contender, but after toasting some of the sourdough I bought at the award-winning Gumnut Patisserie in Bowral, I cracked some fresh free-range eggs, tossed in some herbs from the house garden and enjoyed the best breakfast I’ve had in years. The gorgeous latte added a delicious touch. The freshness of the ingredients, the fresh fragrant air…oh! It was divine!
The bathroom is pretty epic too. With a jetted tub and a rain shower, you’ll think you’re staying at a spa. It’s really spacious and the theme of opening to the outside continues. If you’re uncomfortable showering in wide open spaces, I have to say, this place may not be for you. For me, there’s nothing better than showering while looking up to blue sky and gum trees. I love how The Dairy brings its guests in touch with nature, whether you’re indoors or out.
In the country, people value water more than gold. That’s evident here. Guests are asked to be vigilant about how much water is used. Even with a jet tub available, you’re encouraged to take a dip in the creek instead. There is still the promise of bubbling water, just naturally, with the flowing rapids of the creek a short walk away. While it’s a bit cool for that right now, the idea is encouraging and goes a long way in showing the care Broger’s End has for the environment.
Keeping honest with the eco-friendly mindset, there’s a bin to throw your scraps into for the compost, with clear directions on what to put in it (and more importantly, what not to). All of the liquids on offer, such has hand wash and shampoo are also eco-friendly (Natural Alternative is the brand, if you’re interested) and smelled heavenly. The toilet paper, ‘Who Gives a Crap’, is not only a great name for TP, but 50% of the companies proceeds go to building toilets and improving sanitation in developing countries.
The linens are 100% hemp and incredibly soft and luxurious. Electric blankets are available too if you need them. I found that the pot belly works exceptionally well for heat though. It was a chilly 8°C (46°F) at night, but I still got rather warm. So much so, I had to open some windows!
If I could sum up this place, I would say:
Relaxed. Settling. Eco-friendly. And, above all, peaceful.
The enticing thing about Broger’s End, at least for me, is its story.
After reading about Broger’s End and Sarah’s connection with the land, I reached out to them immediately. Their story really resonated with me. I wanted to discover this place for myself and share their story with you.
With Broger’s End’s permission, I’m sharing the information from their website as it explains the story so succinctly:
“The name “Broger’s End” was chosen for two reasons: firstly, because of its location where Broger’s Creek flows into the Kangaroo River, and secondly as a reminder of how Broger met his end … and more generally how Aboriginal people have suffered as a consequence of European settlement.
Broger was an Aboriginal man from this area, brother to Broughton who worked closely with the white settlers and became an influential figure amongst both the Aboriginal and white communities. Broger kept to the Aboriginal community, but worked for white settlers as a cedar getter, among other things. He was charged and executed in 1829 over a murder he committed, possibly a consequence of a dispute over trade activities with white men in the region. Some said the crime had been committed in self-defense, but at that time Aboriginal people were not permitted to give evidence in court, and so Broger was unable to defend himself. The name Broger’s End was therefore chosen as a reminder of the injustices that Aboriginal people have suffered since white settlement.
Sarah and her family own Broger’s End. While they live in Sydney, they believe “that climate change and (their) current lifestyle is not sustainable and hope to provide an opportunity for inspiration and transformation as well as relaxation.”
This place provides all of that… and more.
Comforts and ideals aside, I found a personal connection with Broger’s End.
After living overseas for twenty plus years and returning to Australia, I’ve really struggled with finding my place again in my home country. It’s certainly not the same place it was when I left and I have felt…lost, adrift, since returning. My family’s farm, which has always been my grounding point, was sold four years ago. I have felt that gap ever since.
Coming to Broger’s End, I found that piece of me I thought I’d lost.
Even though I’ve spent a vast majority living in cities, my heart belongs solidly in the Australian country. It is where I feel most at peace, most comfortable. It’s not just the place, (clearly since I found my zen in the Kangaroo Valley instead of my in +the Hunter), but it’s how I am when I’m there.
My inner ‘hippy’, if you will, smiles broadly when I smell fresh country air. I can’t tell you the euphoric feeling I had lifting the latch to the chook pen (chicken coop) to let ‘the girls’ run free around the house paddock. Or, how I felt simply closing the gate to allow the farmer to drive through. It’s simple tasks. It’s what brought me, finally, home.
As I write this, I hear the chickens scratching in the yard. The autumn leaves are dancing in the breeze, some spiraling their way to the ground. The cows are meandering slowly in the paddock just beyond the yard gate. Some stop to call for their young, their deep, resounding bellows ricocheting off the surrounding mountains.
My writing is calling to me, but I’d rather sit and take this all in. There’s nothing but quiet…apart from the clickety-clack of my keyboard and that just sounds completely out of place here. And yet, I have words eager to break free, so I will continue on…
I could seriously move in and stay awhile.
Information About Broger’s End:
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