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How would you describe The Dangar Island House in a nutshell?
The Dangar Island House is an understated architect-designed house set among trees on an island in the Hawkesbury River, one hour’s drive north of Sydney. Its black stained weatherboard construction follows the lead of old river cottages but the interior is rather more modern with an eclectic mix of vintage mid-century items, contemporary furniture and a couple of time-worn, early twentieth century furniture pieces.
The house sleeps 6 in three bedrooms. There are no cars on the island so the house is extremely quiet with the exception of early morning birdlife and the odd noise from power boats.
With a very relaxed atmosphere The Dangar Island House is a great place to visit if you are after a quiet, restful time. With a material palette of black stained timber, lime washed oak floors and pale grey limestone partnered with lots of glass, the house is clean and contemporary but not cold or sterile.
Because there are no cars on the island, walking around is very pleasant. There is a bowling green on the island for lawn bowls and a small corner shop that serves coffee, cakes and breakfasts. The ferry is a slow way to get to and from the island but this is the beauty of the place – everything is done at a slow pace.
Who should stay at Dangar Island House and who should rather book something else?
Couples or families who enjoy nature are ideal guests. The island’s bird life is impressive with Kookaburras, Sulpher-Crested Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets and King Parrots all regular sights. The river is a large body of water and is a great place to investigate by kayak. Kayaks can be hired from Bradley’s Beach - a 200 metre walk from the house.
What’s your policy on kids?
The child policy at The Dangar Island House is flexible. While we stipulate no children under six we are happy to discuss this with prospective guests. Our main concern is that there is no fencing on the island so the potential of a child wandering off is concerning. In addition there is a large amount of breakable items like ceramics at low levels and a lot of pale linen on furniture - so not totally conducive to very young children.