The Pill Factory

The Pill Factory began life as the Golden Cross Homeopathic Medicine Company. Owned by homœopathist and photographer William Augustus Nicholas, the laboratory produced mixtures and ointments for coughs, colds, asthma, blood-poisoning, sprains and lacerated wounds.

After the death of Mr Nicholas, the stately sandstone building was adopted as the local Shire Chambers and converted into a guest house, before it fell into disrepair and disrepute. Now lovingly restored, the sandstone-bricked, chesterfield-studded factory retains many of the scales, jars, bottles and tools that were used in the original dispensary. 

This iconic landmark sits in the historic town of Bundanoon, in the lush New South Wales Southern Highlands. An easy, two hour road or train trip from Sydney, it glows with the warmth of open fires and dark-lit nooks. Winding over three spacious levels, there's room to settle into a cosy library club chair, roll up your sleeves for pasta making in the old style farmhouse kitchen, or stretch out for a movie in the attic. 

A grand dining hall complete with long 19th century French antique tables will be the stage for our feasts, a games room complete with pool table and darts are set up for the thwack of the competitive, and a lofty yoga practice space is open for play.