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There’s a place on Sydney’s doorstep, in the upper Hawkesbury Valley that you have probably never heard of.  A little pocket of paradise, so beautiful, that the locals have been keeping it a secret.

It is in plain sight, yet hidden away.  It is nearby, yet far removed from everything else.  It can be seen from afar, but you have to get up close to truly know its beauty.

Our little secret is Cornwallis and it is just three minutes drive from Windsor. The story behind how Cornwallis got its name dates back to 1796, when nearby Windsor was still called Green Hills.  An Irish merchant sea captain, Michael Hogan, purchased a 400 acre plot of land here on the banks of the Hawkesbury River and proceeded to name it after his ship, the ‘Marquis Cornwallis’, which was in turn named after a famous English military General, Lord Charles Cornwallis. The Marquis Cornwallis was well known for its murderous journey from Cork, Ireland, to Port Jackson in 1795 when Hogan and his men cruelly defeated two mutinies on board while transporting around 220 Irish convicts to our shores.

And it is here in picturesque Cornwallis, hidden among the orange groves on the banks of the Hawkesbury River where you find “Cornwallis House”. A luxurious holiday home, ideal for those looking to find the perfect escape.

While staying at “Cornwallis House”, you can’t help but be absorbed by the tranquility of the Hawkesbury River and the surrounding farms. “Cornwallis House” is grand and charming, blending with its surroundings perfectly.  The House’s interior is contemporary and stylish, creating an atmosphere of elegant comfort and total relaxation from the moment you walk through the front door.

Guests are free to do as little, or as much as they like.  In the morning, should you choose, a gourmet basket of breakfast delicacies awaits. You are then welcome to wander through the orchard picking fruit straight from the trees, or to take a pushbike ride along the country lanes. The afternoon is the perfect time to doze in the hammock on the magnificent wraparound verandah or to take in the best views in the Hawkesbury while soaking in the Jacuzzi.

Designed for entertaining, “Cornwallis House” is ideal for hosting a private function.  Guests will marvel at the spectacular sunsets, whilst they enjoy the space and privacy on the verandah overlooking the fragrant orange grove and tranquil river.

At “Cornwallis House” we offer a variety of packages to help personalise your stay. For the ‘foodies’, a gourmet chef can be provided to create gastronomical masterpieces that suit the tastes of you and your guests. Or if you prefer, we have tailor made day packages that include rounds of golf at one of the local picturesque courses or, for the ladies, be tempted with a girls weekend of pampering and massage.

“Cornwallis House” has been purpose built to meet the needs of small groups of friends and family. Built with all the modern conveniences, Cornwallis House features 4 x King size bedrooms each with their own private en-suite bathroom, as well as a gourmet kitchen, large dining area and lounge room.

If you are looking for that special place to stay, a place where you can celebrate milestones, or maybe you are just in need of a short break in the countryside but want to stay close to the city, then come and find our little secret. Discover “Cornwallis House” for yourself.

“Cornwallis House” provides a great base to experience all that the Hawkesbury has to offer.  There are various packages available and each stay guarantees a unique and memorable experience for guests, ensuring that you will not be able to keep our secret to yourself.

To check rates and availability call 02 4577 6535 or click here to make an email enquiry.