Little Forest Country Cottages, 800 Old Hume Hwy, Alpine, NSW; (02) 4889 4229; littleforest.com.au. Eco Cottage from $175 an adult a night; other cottages from $100. Ninety minutes’ drive south from Sydney; five minutes from Mittagong. Couples, families, wedding parties (there’s a marquee).
In some cottages. Ray Crooke: Island Journal (australianartbooks.com.au). Brunch at Sturt Gallery; high tea overlooking the vines at Centennial Vineyards; browse Bowral’s antiques stores, get lost in Harper Mansion’s garden maze in Berrima, and stock up on ‘‘NSW’s best’’ pinot noir at Tertini Winery. Intermittent noise from the nearby train line. Inviting at-home atmosphere; family and pet-friendly.