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With more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, 65 restaurants and 180 comfy accommodation places to stay, where do you start?

Follow our insider tips by the people who know best… the locals. We ask talented winemakers, chefs, farmers, brewers and journalists to blog about their favourite places and experiences in this fertile wine region.

Blissful Escapes: Journey to Hunter Valley Wine Country

​Are you itching to get away? Looking to experience some fresh air and peacefulness of the countryside? Look no further, we have the perfect escape nestled in rolling hills and vineyards. The Hunter Valley is home to an array of blissful accommodation offerings for all occasions. We know there's one with your name on it!

Nothing beats the pure relaxation experienced when you take a step back and filter out the hustle, bustle and noise. There's something to suit everyone's desires, whether it's your first visit or your tenth! Discover the uniqueness of Hunter Valley Wine Country and enjoy the simple pleasures of the Good Life starting with these cute places.

​The Edge Villa is a truly luxurious tri-level open plan spa villa located in Hunter Valley region of Mount View. With its modern and sophisticated design, the Edge Villa takes luxury and romance to a whole new level. This self-contained villa is perched on the edge, overlooking Cedar Creek on six private acres in a peaceful mountain valley.

​The Edge is a unique space and has been purposely designed as a private and romantic couples retreat. Operating since 2014 and owned and managed by the same family, but since late January 2020, The Edge is no longer part of their neighbouring property, Cedars Mount View.

Surrounded by beautiful vineyards in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country sits The Woods Pokolbin, offering style, seclusion and luxury.

​The Woods, Pokolbin is home to three elegant accommodation houses sure to please. Each house boasts ducted air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge with an open fire, wide screen LCD TV, Bose docking station and Foxtel, as well as a dining table for up to eight.

​Lillians on Lovedale is a picture-perfect country house on 25 acres in the Hunter Valley. The house has been rebuilt, essentially to resemble the original farmhouse from the early 1900s, located on what was an old Lovedale dairy property.

It's the perfect place for your next getaway. Completely relax and rejuvenate in the total privacy of this stylish and beautiful house, furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques and original artworks. Cosy up in front of the open wood fire and relax on the back verandah watching the kangaroos. A stay at Lillian's includes a bottle of Allandale wine and a generous supply of provisions for each breakfast.

​Billabong Moon Estate comprises of six unique private escapes where you can kick back and relax and bask in the serenity of nature right outside your door. Surrounded by casuarina woodlands, your days will be spent enjoying this idyllic location watching the ever-changing view of the billabong as it reflects the sky.

​Billabong Moon is the ideal location to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this unique setting or venture out for a great Hunter Valley experience. Your stay will include a bottle of Hunter Valley wine and olive oil on arrival, plus check out their great mid-week rates available prior to booking your visit.

​Looking for accommodation in the Hunter Valley with a memorable difference? Just look outside and appreciate the splendour and beauty of the Hunter Valley. Englewood Ridge, surrounded by vineyards, is a beautifully decorated home designed to take full advantage of the superb views of the Brokenback Ranges and its own 25 gently undulating and lightly wooded acres.

​This very comfortable country house has spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchen, three new bath rooms, four bedrooms. Attractive outdoor living that's pet friendly and equipped with a fully fenced pool and gas BBQ.

​Nestled in an idyllic setting of majestic spotted gums and ironbarks, overlooking waterways circumscribed by natural bushland and vineyards, RidgeView Cottages provides a secluded oasis to escape and unwind. With a cellar door and restaurant on-site, you don't have to travel far to get the goods. RidgeView use the freshest produce from their own garden and other local producers, giving you the full package at.

​To celebrate their reopening and encourage regional travel, RidgeView are offering complimentary breakfast for all cottage guests for weekend stays in Winter.

​Perfectly placed on the outer boundary of the Jade Estate Vineyard, sits Glenmore Country Estate. Dating back to the mid-1800's, Glenmore boasts the title of being the region's original homestead. The wonderfully classical home characterises everything that is the Hunter Valley, including visits from your favourite Australian animal.

​The history of this heritage-listed manor has been artfully preserved, to ensure a luxurious stay that still gives you space to create a home.

​Emma's Cottage Vineyard is your perfect Hunter Valley escape. Boutique wines, vineyard, art gallery, peaceful garden, secluded cottage accommodation overlooking the vineyard, and Hunter Valley heritage. It is a peaceful and picturesque oasis in Lovedale, the heart of the Hunter Valley.

​Life is made better with friends, wine, art, food and gardens. At Emma's Cottage Vineyard you will find all of these. Become part of the family at Emma's Cottage, all wine lovers and guests are welcomed as friends and will experience true family hospitality.

​Spicers Guesthouse offers a modern elegance where wine & exploration is the talk around the table. A five-star hotel located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. You'll feel a sense of relaxed luxury as soon as you arrive.

​Perfectly located in Pokolbin, the heart of the region, the Guesthouse has been an iconic destination within the Hunter Valley for 35 years (circa 1984). The Cottage is a classic country one story home decorated in a warm rustic style and is fully self-contained with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living room with open fire and private courtyard.

​Spicers Vineyards Estate is renowned for being the Hunter Valley's most awarded destination for romance. Just a two-hour drive from Sydney or one hour from Newcastle, you'll be greeted by our very own vineyard and natural bush land at Spicers Vineyards Estate.

​Vineyards House is the perfect place for those wanting a private luxury escape with friends or family, with Restaurant Botanica, Spa Anise day spa and 22 acres of vineyards and groups right on your doorstep. The house features four bedrooms sleeping up to eight people, two bathrooms, four fireplaces throughout, full kitchen and dining, wrap around verandah, large outdoor pool and entertaining area with a firepit.

​A mountain retreat in the heart of wine country. Hill Top welcomes you to share the privacy, peace and tranquillity that the property enjoys. Come and discover the warm and friendly country hospitality that Hill Top is renowned for. Whether you are looking for time out on your own - or with your best friend or to get together with friends and family. Hill Top can accommodate for intimate moments and pure indulgence to fun filled celebrations.

Located on top of the Molly Morgan Range, the 300-acre secluded property enjoys the spectacular views of the world renown vineyards, wineries, olive groves and mountain ranges to the south and to the northern boundary of Barrington Tops.

​McCaffrey's Estate, located on Hermitage Road in Pokolbin is a family owned and operated 25-acre vineyard with two self-catering cottages. The two-bedroom cottages have vineyard views and their own outdoor private patios where guests can enjoy drinks & nibbles as the sun sets over the dam.

​In the summer you can soak up the sun as you swim in the outdoor saltwater pool and in the cooler months' guests can snuggle up in their cottage by the warmth of the slow combustion fireplace. Wander through the vines, picnic by the dam or visit the friendly chooks and ducks, a favourite of the youngest guests.

​The Vinden Estate homestead offers a unique opportunity to stay on a working commercial winery in Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley. Stay in a magnificent Hunter Valley homestead with views to the Brokenback Ranges and surrounding Hunter Valley vineyards.

​Vinden Estate is one of the Hunter Valley wine country's most admired properties. Based on 1840s early Victorian architecture, the homestead boasts understated style and elegance. It features external stonework walls, 10 ft ceilings, two marble bathrooms with under floor heating, two open fireplaces, large dining and lounge areas, and French doors that open out to one of the most spectacular views in the area.

​Block Eight is set over 100 sprawling acres with breathtaking views of the Barrington Tops from its olive grove. Home to scores of kangaroos, estate-grown Semillon, Shiraz and Chardonnay and also Helga the Pig and her farmyard friends, Block Eight is quiet, serene and beautiful.

​Each of the five villas on the property are self-contained and provide contactless entry, generous breakfast hamper, wine and home baked treats on arrival. If you're looking for a hidden gem then Block Eight is it.

​Corunna Station is a great country escape for groups of friends or family in the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley. Set on 100 acres of private rural property, Corunna Station was the largest sheep shearing station in the Hunter established in 1880. The property retains all the original agricultural buildings including the Shearing Shed, Hay Shed, and Wood Mill.

​This perfect mix of the comforts of a luxurious station stay with all the mod cons, we know you'll be hard pressed to decide which part of this beautiful property you'll want to Instagram first! Your stay will include a bottle of Hunter Valley wine and olive oil on arrival, plus they have great mid-week rates available.

​Whispering Brook country house commands spectacular views of the estate's 25 acres of vineyards, olive groves and charming cottage gardens. The panoramic views are framed by sweeping mountain ranges. With so much natural beauty on your doorstep, you are invited to relax and unwind in the privacy of your own country house.

​Escape to the countryside with a stay at the guesthouse and experience life on a vineyard + olive grove estate. Immerse your senses in a complimentary tutored wine + olive tour & tasting.

​Wandin Estate on Lovedale Road is an amazing escape of 100 acres which takes in numerous secluded lakes alongside vineyards and uninterrupted views from Lovedale across the vineyard to the magnificent Brokenback ranges.

​A generous range of accommodation fully self-contained with fireplaces albeit ensuring privacy and ideally suited for couples to group gatherings. Picnic areas aplenty where you may be spoilt by the delights of the native wildlife and let's not forget the amazing cricket pitch and pool. For convenience, Wandin Kitchen can also supply a locally sourced Picnic Hamper and of course lunch or dinner with views overlooking the vineyards.

​​Casa La Viña offers three luxury, spacious and unique villas, for that intimate couples escape in the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards, just minutes from concerts, venues, wineries, restaurants and major attractions.

Spoil your loved one with a candle lit room, sparkling wine on ice, chocolates, silk rose petals scattered on the bed and a crackling fire in your intimate courtyard that is also decorated with candles, to create romantic ambience for your special occasion.

​Located out in the Broke Fordwich region of the Hunter Valley, the Shedhouse sits in the middle of a 12-acre vineyard giving guests the freedom to wander and enjoy the property. Surrounded by the breathtaking views of Yengo National Park and the Sentry Box Point, there's plenty to explore.

​The Shedhouse was converted from the original property shed to a cottage by the owners. As a working vineyard, guests are able to experience the seasonal changes and activities that take place. Nothing is more unique than the serenity of living in the middle of a country vineyard.

​Relax among the vines of Tinonee Vineyard Estate and immerse yourself in the luxurious vineyard accommodation that's sure to tick all your boxes.

​Surround yourself with the bliss and tranquillity of the Hunter region at your doorstep. Complete the unique experience of staying at the Estate with a fireside wine tasting and cheese plate in their on-site cellar door, whilst being sure to stop and take in the expansive views of the natural landscape and wildlife.

​With spectacular 360-degree views and surrounded by the tranquil sounds of the Australian bush, this private retreat offers exclusive luxury accommodation in a totally unique and romantic location. From the moment you enter through the gates you will feel the tension of modern life dissolve and fall away.

​If you're an early riser you can experience the iconic sunrises the Hunter Valley is known for or soak up the sunlight as the sun sets to end your day with a glass of wine and breathtaking views. In the darkness of the evening night, all senses are heightened beneath a brilliant starlit sky where, on clear nights, the Milky Way and shooting stars will enchant you with their mesmerising display.

​Architecturally and environmentally designed to be 100% off-grid, Jindalee Estate is located in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. It is the perfect place to stay for family, friends or wedding guests with groups of up to people who want to enjoy a spectacular escape in the Hunter Valley.

​This magnificent estate is sure to impress with its central location in a private acreage setting, sophisticated elegance, high-quality appointments and a flowing contemporary layout. No other property in the Hunter can boast Jindalee's magnificent 180-degree views of Brokenback Mountain, vineyards, and proximity to local attractions while delivering a luxurious, eco-friendly experience.

Your stay will also include a bottle of Hunter Valley wine and olive oil on arrival, plus they have great mid-week rates available.

​The Grange on Hermitage offers affordable country style self-catering cottages and guestrooms situated on 28 acres of natural bush and the family vineyard. Kick back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Bask in the fresh air from the verandah, or wander through vineyard with the owners friendly black Labrador.

​Located amongst the vines, the Two Rivers guest cottage offers visitors the ideal opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the rural ambiance of a working vineyard. Guests can laze away the days on the beautiful deck which overlooks the Hunter River or enjoy a glass of red around the slow combustion wood fire on those cool winter nights.

​Your time at the cottage can be as busy or as laid back as you like, with easy accessible walks right from your front door, around the vineyard or along the river bank, and it's just a short stroll to the Two Rivers cellar door to sample their award winning wines.

​Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard is home to three guest cottages – Mulberry Cottage, The Dairy and Oakdale Cottage.

With unsurpassed 360-degree views of the Hunter Valley and the magnificent Brokenback Ranges, these cottages truly are the Valley's best location. Surrounded by vines and within a close walking distance from the Audrey Wilkinson Cellar Door, a wonderful experience awaits you.

​Overlooking the historic vines and in walking distance to the Cellar Door, this accommodation is truly unique.

The White House is located only a few minutes' drive from the heart of Pokolbin and also offers Hunters Quarter Restaurant onsite for lunch and dinner Thursday to Sunday. The cottage features 3 queen bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, dining room, 2 living areas, fireplace and wrap around veranda with BBQ.

​Looking for something extra on your visit? Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley villas offer luxurious and private accommodation away from the main area of the resort. Relax on your very own outdoor terrace or private balcony and enjoy sweeping views of the local area.

Make memories you'll never forget with their Live it up for Less VIP package.

​While these blissful escapes offer you the peace and tranquillity of Hunter Valley Wine Country wide open spaces, Heavenly Hunter massage can take your stay to the next level. Treat yourself to a massage at your accommodation and experience an afternoon of pampering and relaxation.

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