Enjoy quaint accommodation with an excess of charm.
It was almost by accident that Terry started letting out Pinn Cottage as bed and breakfast accommodation.
“We lived in the homestead and the cottage acted as an overflow when we had visitors,” she explains. “It got to the stage we had so many people wanting to stay there that I figured we’d better do it up.”
The small bluestone building at the front of her six-acre property probably looks better now than it has since it was built by Phillip Pinn in 1875. Best of all, modern comforts, such as a big wood heater and fresh carpets, have been added sensitively, so the building retains its historical character.
“It is a quaint little place. Pinn worked on the churches in Goulburn, and you can see he has used leftover bits and pieces here – the mantelpiece is made from skirting boards.”
Now that Terry’s family has grown up, she’s relocated to Goulburn and the four-bedroom homestead 100 metres from the cottage is also available for guests. It’s a welcoming and well-laid-out building that retains the warmth of a family home.
“It felt strange to remove everything of our lives from the place where I raised my children, which is why I left many of our photos and art around the house.”
Pictures and art aren’t the only things that remain in the homestead from the days of blissful family life – there are a few well-stocked bookshelves, a chessboard and boules set. Bobbing along the verandah you’ll encounter Henrietta, a handsome red chicken and immigrant from the willow trees that used to stand by the creek at the bottom of the property.
“She was wild and lived down there by herself – we called her the feral lone free ranger. When the trees were cut down, she moved up into a coop by the garden. Our neighbour fell in love with her and decided to buy her some friends for company.”
The fresh eggs from this small and friendly flock sit in the homestead’s fridge waiting to be cooked up by guests, complementing the continental breakfast selection Terry provides.
Without a doubt, the standout feature of both Pinn Cottage and the Homestead is the garden within which they stand. Hidden in bowers throughout are seats, each providing a different view of the lawns, fields, gardens or creek for visitors to contemplate.
“People, especially artists, love coming up here and getting away from it all. They enjoy the atmosphere the area provides.”
The Crookwell muses certainly worked for Terry; she’s an artist herself, and did many of the drawings adorning the walls in the homestead.
Both buildings are self-contained, with modern kitchens and bathrooms. The three-bedroom cottage can sleep six while the homestead sleeps 10. Both are within easy walking distance of Crookwell’s main street.
Pinn Cottage is located at 2 & 10 Prospect St, Crookwell, NSW. Book now to stay at Pinn Cottage.