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Wherever I lay my hat: Autumnal Escapes

Beatrice Smith

As Bridget Jones said so well, there’s nothing better than a full-blown mini break.

With cooling temperatures and beautiful foliage, autumn is a great time to escape to the country for a weekend getaway.

Here are four AirBnBs within three hours drive of Canberra.

Provincial Charm

Built in a luxe French provincial style, Dungowan Estate is a next-level getaway. A sprawling yet manicured property just an hour from Braidwood, highlights include a lake house, tennis court, games room, swimming pool, sweeping lawns and utter peace and quiet.

This is the ultimate destination for large groups wanting a country escape that doesn’t skimp on style.

DUNGOWAN

DRIVE TIME 1HR 40MIN

SLEEPS 16

BATHS 6

airbnb.com.au/rooms/12811913

Valley Vintage

A spacious, rustic retreat built from mostly reclaimed and recycled materials, The Shed at Broger’s End brings the country indoors. But don’t let the tin roof walls fool you.

Inside you’ll find luxe touches like velvet lounges, a claw foot tub, pizza oven, espresso machine, rain shower and even a wood fireplace. Perfect for a cosy escape with friends, it’s also just 10 minutes to the town of Kangaroo Valley.

THE SHED AT BROGER’S END

DRIVE TIME 2HR 20MIN

PEOPLE 7

BATHS 2.5

airbnb.com.au/rooms/2479538

Love Nest

A guest house with a 180-degree panoramic view of rolling hills thanks to an entire wall of glass louvres, this luxe studio is situated perfectly between the pristine coastal towns of Kiama and Gerroa and the epicurean delights of the Kangaroo Valley with Berry just a 20-minute drive away. Did we mention the infinity pool right next to the room and the complimentary bottle of wine on arrival?

THE GUEST HOUSE AT EAGLEVIEW PARK

DRIVE TIME 2HR 50MIN

PEOPLE 2

BATHS 1

airbnb.com.au/rooms/5113065

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains at Crackenback, Pender Lea is just a stone’s throw from Thredbo, Perisher and Jindabyne. Containing a range of accommodation options from their adorable Post Office that sleeps five to the Chalet that sleeps 10, there’s something for every winter wonderland getaway. Add-on options include horse riding and bushwalking. The Post Office is available on Airbnb.

 

THE POST OFFICE AT PENDER LEA

DRIVE TIME 2HR 15MIN

SLEEPS 5

BATHS 2

airbnb.com.au/rooms/21530434

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Home for Autumn 2018, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author