Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes

Over a century and a half ago a burly Irish Casanova named Michael Frost fathered ten children beneath the simple bark roof of this bushman’s hut in the NSW Southern Highlands, and lived there with his wife and family until the day he died. The Settlers Hut has since been dismantled and re-built in the 1940s using more durable materials, but retains some of its original features and a distinct air of rugged, old-world romance.

The hardy wooden cabin, nestled on the banks of Wingecarribee River in historic Berrima, has an open-plan living and sleeping area, a separate kitchen and a laundry room which was once the old dairy – so more than enough room for amorousness. With its rough-hewn slab walls, open fireplace, gorgeous recycled timber furniture and huge iron four-poster bed, it’s the ideal setting for an intimate, back-to-basics break with a loved one.

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