Where is Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel?
Warriwillah is located in Millthorpe, a small country town located in New South Wales' Blayney Shire dating from 1834. At the 2011 census, Millthorpe had a population of 1,109 people. To put things into relative perspective, Millthorpe is:
22km from Orange (~20 minute drive)
41km from Bathurst (~30 minute drive)
252km from Sydney (~3.5 hour drive)
268km from Canberra (~3 hour drive)
Set amidst gently rolling hills, many of the buildings in Millthorpe have survived with very little alteration - many of its large brick buildings date from after the depression of the 1890s. As such, the township of Millthorpe is very historic, set in the beautiful countryside. Although there is no official lookout, one of the best places to see Millthorpe from higher ground is at the end of William Street, just a short 5 minute drive from Warriwillah.
Beautiful country township of Millthorpe, viewed from William Street.
More specifically, Warriwillah is located on the outskirts of Millthorpe, an easy 2 minute drive from the town centre - simply follow Forest Reefs Road from Millthorpe, and Warriwillah will be on your right. Once you pull into the driveway, you will notice that it seems to go on for quite a while - and you're right! Set on such a massive property, it takes another 30 seconds or so to reach the parking area - follow the gravel road, appreciate the beautiful green trees that flank each side, and the parking area (and reception) will shortly appear on your left.
Entrance of Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel, at the start of one of the longest driveways I've seen.
I felt confident booking a room at Warriwillah when I first came across it while searching for pet-friendly places to stay in the area, as there were lots of positive reviews on Booking.com (my go-to site for booking accommodation) from other guests who have stayed here. As with all places that claim to be pet-friendly, I called up to see what they meant, and was happy to receive a straight-forward answer - that yes, pets are allowed, and in the room with you, as long as they are toilet trained and do not sleep on the bed. Not all 'pet-friendly' places allow dogs to stay in the room with you, which was my main concern. On arrival, Eddy and I were greeted warmly by both Peter (owner) and his two friendly dogs, and were even personally escorted to our rooms, which was much appreciated! Overall, I had no issues in any shape or form from when I first booked to when we checked out, even when I accidentally set off the smoke detector in my room quite early in the morning - Peter even jokingly said "it happens"!
What were the rooms like at Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel?
The rooms were spacious and comfortable - all rooms come with a TV and are equipped with a private ensuite bathroom. Plus, each room has a view of the beautiful gardens that make up the property - there's even a back door that leads to another grassy open area. The bed was big and comfortable, and I loved how high up it was - I slept like a log during my stay. In addition to a table with two chairs, there is also an additional comfy arm chair - plenty of seating choices for different activities, such as to eat, write, or read a book.
A row of rooms at Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel.
Literally everything one would need while staying the night is provided by Warriwillah! There is a fan and radiator provided, in addition to an iron and coat hangers inside the closet. In regards to kitchen facilities, there is a toaster, kettle and fridge - the fridge is stocked with fresh milk, juice, bread, and condiments. An assortment of cereals is also provided, along with tea and coffee. Bath products are also provided - shampoo, conditioner, and soap from Choyer/Rosche.
Fully stocked fridge courtesy of Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel.
What was the rest of the property at Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel like?
The property was breathtaking, with beautiful plants and flowers littering the place and lush trees scattering the place. There are also heaps of open grassy areas that is perfect for dog owners planning to stay here - a walk around the property would be a doggy paradise in itself. The garden courtyard, directly outside the rooms, also has a barbecue that can be used by guests free of charge.
Note: Although as previously mentioned that Peter lives on the property with his two dogs, Peter respects guests' privacy and as such respects guests' personal space. However, should you need anything, you know where to find him!
Beautiful plants at Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel.
Is Warriwillah - Millthorpe's Country Motel dog friendly?
Most definitely! Warriwillah allows dogs to stay in the room with their owners, provided that dogs are toilet trained and do not sleep on the bed. Better yet, there is no surcharge for having a dog in the room with you! Peter, owner of Warriwillah, does not mind guests' dogs running leash-free around the property - after all, someone has got to make use of all the space that is available, right? Note: Please be wary when letting your dog off-leash near the parking area or near the next door 'neigh'bour (i.e. the horse). There are also two resident dogs at Warriwillah who love running around the place and welcoming guests, they were very cute indeed!
Literally running up to our car and welcoming us to Warriwillah - so cute!