Comfort Manor - 644 Kareela Rd, Penrose, NSW
Exclusive country accommodation in the beautiful Southern Highlands
Penrose is a small township in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia
Located between Bundanoon and Marulan on the Highland Way, Penrose is 152 km south-west of Sydney, 650 m above sea-level and, a population of just over 250. Like Wingello and Exeter, Penrose is a town which came into existence in the late 1860s when the railway between Sydney and Goulburn was being constructed. It thrived until the 1920s and then slowly declined when the trains started to by-pass the station.
The first European to pass through the area was surveyor-general James Meehan who travelled through the district on 17 March 1818 and named the local creek St Patrick¹s River (known locally as Paddy¹s River).
The railway with its two stations – Kareela and Cables’ Siding (where the railway crossings at the northern and southern ends of town are now located) – arrived in 1868. People began to settle beside the track in 1870. One of the first properties was that of Philip Rush who occupied the land now known as ‘Sylvan Glen’ in 1870.
By the 1890s the town had grown large enough to have its own Methodist Church (previously used in Bowral and re-erected at Penrose in 1893), post office and police station. It was surveyed in 1895 and plans were made for a village, named after Penrose in Cornwall.
By the 1920s the town was on the edge of the boom created by the fashion of holidaying in the Southern Highlands. ‘Edenholme’, with views across to Jervis Bay, was opened as a guest house and Mrs Teudt, who ran the guest house, gained a reputation as a superb cook. It was destroyed by fire in the early 1950s.
It was in the 1910s that orchards were planted in the district. During World War I the two sidings were closed and Penrose Railway Station was opened. By the 1930s more guest houses – notably ‘Cherry Hinton’ and ‘Sylvan Glen’ – were opened and the fresh country air attracted substantial numbers of visitors from Sydney.
There are trains regularly departing from Central station on the Southern Highlands Line to Goulburn. Some trains run directly to Bundanoon or Goulburn (stopping at Penrose) and some connections will require switching trains at Campbelltown.
There are daily services from Canberra to Sydney.
PLEASE CONSULT THE CITY RAIL TIMETABLES
CityRail web site – www.cityrail.info 131 500 Info Line and web site - www.131500.com.au
Take the M5 (Sydney to Canberra) past the turn-offs for Mittagong and Moss Vale. Look for the small sign on the left for Sutton Forest, immediately after the third and final 'End of Freeway' sign. Follow Golden Vale Road for 6km to the 'T' junction on the Illawarra Highway (48). Turn right, and left just 500m later at the Sutton Forest shops, following the sign to Bundanoon, then follow the signs to Penrose. Turn right at Penrose station, then left onto Kareela Rd. Follow the road for approx 500 meters until you see the Comfort Manor sign.
Follow the Hume Highway (31) past Goulburn and Marulan. 2km past Marulan take the Bundanoon turn-off, passing through Tallong, Wingello, and Penrose. Turn left at Penrose station, then left onto Kareela Rd. Follow the road for approx 500 meters until you see the Comfort Manor sign.
Take the freeway south, then turn right at the roundabout for the Illawarra Highway near Albion Park. Follow the highway up Macquarie Pass, through Robertson and Moss Vale, turn left at Sutton Forest then follow the road through Exeter to Bundanoon, then follow the signs to Penrose. Turn right at Penrose station, then left onto Kareela Rd. Follow the road for approx 500 meters until you see the Comfort Manor sign.
644 Kareela Rd, Penrose, NSW
Open all year round