My partner and I embarked on a 10 day holiday with 2 days in Teagardens, 4 days in Forster and 4 days at Villa Provence in the Hunter ending on the 25th January 2013.
Each stay cost $180, $140, and Villa Provence $75 per night mid week.
Thinking that the accommodation and facilities would reflect these prices just goes to show how wrong I could be.
We arrived at Villa Provence with everything prepared for us with no fuss checkin, the sparkling wine in the fridge, the Guylian chocolates, L'Occitane bathroom soaps and shampoo, a large flat screen TV, dvd player, wireless internet connection, huge bathroom, large lounge area.
The French country style influence was undeniable with the style of the furniture, the french doors leading to the balcony overlooking the manicured gardens with their lavender and yellow flowers and the dam with white ducks swimming around.
From the balcony of an evening the sunset over the Broken Back Mountains provided some beautiful images with kangaroos feeding near the dam and the rows of grape vine that covered the backdrop.
We had been going through 40 degree temperatures but the air-conditioner in the bedroom was not needed and the ceiling fan sufficed.
The kitchenette supplied all that we required for breakfasts and lunches with cutlery, crockery, toaster, electric jug, microwave, wine glasses, cork screw, etc.
The bedroom was stocked with plenty of pillows and after a day of walking through wineries, gardens, shops in the nearby villages and resorts the bed was absolutely heaven sent and extremely comfortable and provided a great nights sleep.
The large bathroom was very clean with unmarked white plastered walls and terracotta floor tiles. Their was always ample hot water when showering.
The gardens are adorned with statues and pavers leading to the beautiful and well kept pool with umbrellas and sun lounges. Along the front of the villa there are outside seating and eating areas under large umbrellas (sufficient for a family) and also a gas bbq is provided.
According to my partner the ambience and setting was straight out of the movie 'A Good Year',
however I disagree and having lived in a villa in the Tuscan countryside (La Casametta) I think feelings of 'Under a Tuscan Sun' (after the renovations to Bramisole) are more apt given the yellow plastered exterior walls, tiled bathrooms, pyramid shaped trees, the circular drive into the Villa.
This is a special place and we enjoyed every moment of our stay here.
The quiet and serenity with no intrusions from the owners and the room serviced whenever we were out made it feel like our sanctuary. Our evenings with cheeses, olives, dried tomatoes and crackers washed down with a glass of wine especially sought out during the day is unforgettable in such a relaxing environment.
The facilities were fantastic, and as we like to ensure we have the little things that make life pleasurable we brought our favourite coffee and teas and stocked the fridge with other goodies knowing that enjoyment and happiness is your own making.
The close proximity to five star restaurants and class wineries did not really seem that important as we visited many that were some distance away but it became evident that the roads to some (Blue tongue brewery... Broke Rd.) were potholed and very rough so it was great to get back and visit some wine tastings within a kilometre of Villa Provence and still in Gillards Rd. one that stands out was 'Scarborough' which is worth a visit at one end of Gillards Rd. and the Italian Restaurant 'Il Caccitore' at the other.
The positioning of Villa Provence overlooking HoneyTree winery's vineyards creates the perfect romantic atmosphere and my partner and I will be returning to savour the delights of the wineries, chocolate shops, the wine helicopter tour, the Tiger Moth flight and Petersen's bubbly and oysters and soon as we can and relive such a wonderful experience.
P.S. The 2 sheep in the nearby paddock are friendly and the black faced one loves being patted.
and apologies for writing so much but we really enjoyed ourselves here and full credit to the owners for creating such a relaxing, peaceful environment.
Thank you. Merci beau coups.
We stayed in the Shiraz room and would want to return to it I think but the downstairs rooms opened...
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