I recently won 2 nights accommodation, with breakfast included, at this resort and I must say the harsher reviews on Trip Advisor had us worried. To our delight, we had a wonderful time. We were in a rather privately located 2 bedroom villa, and it was very comfortable, spacious, spotless and well-furnished. Everything about it was luxurious, even the toiletries were of high quality. (I later happened to visit a quaint little shop at the River Flats Estate, called, ‘Pickled & Pitted’, (on Wollombi Street in Broke), and found out from Michelle, the owner, that her daughter was the one who hand-made the gorgeous soaps for the Resort).
Though the 3 restaurants at the Resort were mostly expensive to eat at on a regular basis, the breakfasts were a real treat and good value for money. There was an impressive array of choices, and the serving trays were filled high and were regularly topped up. Everything was fresh, the scrambled eggs were the nicest I have tasted and the yummy sausages weren’t the run-of-the-mill dried-up things you usually get at other holiday places. The large selection of sweets was too tempting to pass by so we got to taste most of the filled, sweet croissant varieties, cakes, scones, fresh fruits, pistachios and healthy breads.
We had no issues with the staff, they all seemed pleasant to us, and seeing the huge resort so well-populated only served as testimony to the establishment’s popularity and success. The lovely panoramic view of the bush and distant hills was very pleasing to the eye during the day as we sipped our Hunter Valley wine on our balcony, and during the second evening, we were lucky to be able to clearly hear the “Who” concert which was taking place a short distance away. An unexpected bonus indeed – just like the fireworks we were treated to each night from our front doorstep. Seems the Hunter Valley is a hive of activity throughout the year and we definitely plan to come again one day. Thank you Cypress Lakes Resort for a wonderful, relaxing time; it was a perfect early birthday present for me.
And one more thing – my prize included a pasta making class with Adrienne Newman at ‘The Olive and the Grape’, idyllically located at the Mount Broke Wines Estate. What a wonderful afternoon we had there. Adrienne is the perfect hostess – courteous, charming, talented and with a robust sense of humour. Around 12 of us enjoyed a lovely four hours where we prepared our own pasta, had it cooked for us with divine sauces and then ate it outdoors with delicious wines made at the Estate. The activity was fun, the mood was relaxing and the company was great. We recommend you give the Resort and the pasta classes a go – you won’t be disappointed.
Marilyn and Ian, from Canberra ACT.
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