It is no secret that the Shoalhaven is a popular tourism destination, with the bulk of holidaymakers opting to stay in holiday rentals.
There is no shortage of stunning places to stay.
Four local properties have been named among nine properties nationwide that claimed top prize in their category in the 2017 Holiday Rental Awards.
Two properties in Berry, one in Kangaroo Valley and one at Culburra Beach wowed judges, who shifted away from the traditional ‘beach shack’ in favour of regional escapes.
Wilburra at Kangaroo Valley was named the Best Indulgence Property.
It is described as a modern yet classic property, featuring spacious living and dining areas with a wraparound veranda.
The large kitchen is fully equipped and looks out over the gardens, alfresco dining area and swimming pool.
The house has four queen bedrooms and one extra bedroom with two single beds.
Pudding Hill Farm in Berry was named Best Value property.
It is is nestled in the Foxground Valley, and a stay starts at $179 per night, for a minimum two-night stay.
There are two cottages, Saddleback Cottage and Broughton Cottage allowing the choice of a relaxing couples getaway or book both cottages for two couples.
The farm starts at the foot of the valley and stretches up into the rainforest, with views of the escarpment and ocean, acting as a great base to explore the local area.
Blue Island at Culburra Beach was named the best pet-friendly property.
With timber decking from each of the four bedrooms and both lounge rooms, Blue Island is designed for coastal relaxation.
Guests can easily wander down to the beach, just over 100 metres away.
The Blue Island home is fully fenced and has grassed lawn, secure for any pet.
Berry Beach Farm at Berry was named the best family friendly property.
Berry Beach Farm is located on a private 25-acre farm, with lots to do for the whole family
There is a large TV/Games room for the kids and outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained, from kicking the football or a walk around the paddocks
Relax by the double sided open fireplace in one of the sitting rooms gazing out at the view over the paddocks, or, in summer, around the pool and the alfresco dining area.