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An eco-certified accommodation property located in historic Wollombi in the NSW Hunter Valley was recognised at last night’s 2012 New South Wales Tourism Awards, announced Melanie Morschel, owner of Somewhere Unique. The business was the GOLD Winner of the ‘Unique Accommodation’ category. “We are very proud to have been presented with this award for a second time”, said Melanie. “As the owner and operator of such a small business, it is a great achievement to compete and win at a State level.”

Properties are judged by a detailed written submission and an overnight site visit. The Tourism Awards encourage and celebrate innovation and professionalism throughout the tourism businesses in New South Wales, and provide a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry.  “The Awards are an opportunity for this key NSW industry to celebrate the hard work of individuals and organisations who strive for excellence and the shared common goal of ensuring NSW is the number one visitor destination in Australia,” said Mr George Souris, Minister for Tourism. “This year’s exceptionally high standard of entries makes for a highly competitive contest.”

Somewhere Unique offers two contemporary architect-designed retreats, strategically placed to ensure privacy for each couple, and are proud to have achieved Ecotourism Accreditation. Each retreat enjoys a northerly aspect with valley views, and features king-size bed, two-person soaker bath, reverse cycle air-conditioning, stereo system, gas log fireplace, wi-fi, Foxtel, modern kitchen, and private deck; in conjunction with plenty of environmental initiatives.

“We fell asleep with a cool breeze blowing over us and woke to the sight of honeyeaters feeding on the grevilleas. It doesn’t get any better than that. The perfect place to spend our 25th wedding anniversary. Thanks for everything - this place is perfect!”, said Lee-Ann and Glen, recent guests. “Somewhere Unique is the perfect name, this is truly a unique place and we had such a wonderful time we don’t want to go home. Perfect privacy, peaceful - really gives us the chance to stop and smell the roses - or in this case - listen to and watch the birds.”

The Hunter Valley is located only two hours from Sydney, and offers a range of activities including: wine tasting, horse riding, hot air ballooning,art galleries, and sampling regional produce.

For more information about an environmentally friendly, unique getaway at Somewhere Unique, visit our website - www.somewhereunique.com.au

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