Australia - NSW
The Owl Pen is a rustic cottage, set in stunning 9 acre garden at Chapel House in the quaint rural Village of Rydal. We experience 4 distinct seasons. Spring heralded by thousands of daffodils and the annual Daffodil Festival, followed by Flowering Cherries, Wisteria, Clematis, Magnolia, Crab apples and then into Sumer when hundreds of glorious roses bloom. The garden is set around two ornamental lakes.
The Cottage has 2 queen beds (linen supplied), cosy log fire, spa bath, modern kitchen with complimentary pantry supplies, Foxtel and swimming pool

Chapel House, Rydal


The Owl Pen Cottage is a cosy, self-contained cottage in the grounds of Chapel House, a private country estate in Rydal, NSW, Australia.

This historic cottage was originally built in the 1830s as the kitchen for the Queen Victoria Inn (now Chapel House).

Owl Pen Cottage sleeps a maximum of four people, providing a beautiful and romantic retreat for 1 or 2 couples.

There are 2 generous double rooms with queen-sized beds (all linen provided), a fully equipped kitchen, and a cosy loungeroom with a wood-burning fire.

The large bathroom also has a luxurious spa bath.

Come and immerse yourself in history, the quiet of the country and enjoy the magnificent large garden with picturesque lake. The garden features carpets of bulbs and also pretty blossom trees in spring, spreading shade trees and flowering perennials through summer, a blaze of foliage colour in the autumn and the delicate tracery of bare branches in the winter, plus the quiet beauty of occasional snow.

Chapel House garden is open during the spring Daffodils at Rydal Festival (middle two weekends of September). Its large 9 acre cool-climate garden has featured in many magazines including Country Life, Australian Country, Central West Lifestyle, and Burkes Backyard magazine and TV. Our two lakes are home to many resident geese and ducks which you can watch from the pontoon.


Rydal is a small heritage-listed village with two churches, a hotel and the railway station, but no shops. The nearest shops are in Wallerawang about ten minutes drive away.

Mid September is a special time as many hundreds of people visit Rydal for the annual Daffodil Festival. It’s a springtime delight as Rydal becomes awash with yellow, and many in Rydal open their gardens to visitors.

Rydal is right on top of the Great Dividing Range with an altitude of almost 1,000 metres (about the same as Mount Victoria). Summers in the district can be dry and warm, with the changing seasons of Spring and Autumn, delightful. Winters are often very cold and crisp, an early morning frosts turn everything into a silver-white fairyland.

It is rarely very hot and never humid in Rydal, and cool weather can unexpectedly arrive any time of the year. We frequently have cool nights, and it sometimes snows in Rydal. So, be sure to bring your warm clothes with you.


Owl Pen Cottage is only 2 hours drive from Sydney CBD.
Short 20 minute drive to shops and cafés in Lithgow.
Nearby Lake Lyell – Enjoy fishing, swimming and water sports.
Only 45 minutes from Jenolan Caves or the Bathurst Wineries.
Pet friendly (max 2 small dogs) conditions apply.
Set on 200 acres – no fencing for dogs.

For bookings, contact Chapel House

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From $220 per night, dependent on season. All linen included, plus complimentary pantry essentials