FIRST WORDS: Spectacular Seclusion
BEST FOR: A couple (or 2 couples).
HIGHLIGHT: Fire place roaring with a glass of Stonehurst port.
It's a shame that some areas of the Hunter Valley wine region are spoilt by big producers, hotels, and touristy gimmicks – because it really is beautiful Australian countryside. In saying that, there is still lots of raw bushland and some real treasures hidden amongst the gums. Stonehurst (Cedar Creek cottages) is definitely one of them. Rustic old cottages amongst the vineyards, surrounded by wildlife, farm animals and fresh country air.
We stayed in 'Timbercutters'; a beautiful old-style wooden cottage with a serene view over the vines. Although you feel completely isolated, Stonehurst is a short drive to some incredible restaurants (such as Bistro Molines) which are well worth your hard earned pennies. Our favourite evening was spent drinking wine in our cottage, eating fresh produce bought from the locals, and then tucking in to the complimentary bottle of port by the fireplace (Stonehurst knows how to make a good drop) .
The hosts are incredible and invite you to walk around the farm, always accompanied by one of their friendly dogs, through the paddocks and creeks. I recommended this to a friend of mine who has been back 3 times, and in my humble opinion it is the best place to stay in the Hunter Valley. Off the beaten track and a fair-dinkum great place. If you can do without a few of the creature comforts of a fancy hotel, then this is your spot.
OTHER STUFF: The breakfast hamper was filled with fresh eggs, bread, bacon and other goodies and there is a relatively well equipped kitchen to prepare in. Fire place for the winter, air-con for the summer. BBQ area, outdoor dining, and a huge property to discover. Short drive to town, wineries and restaurants.
LAST WORDS: If it weren't for the blanket of stars at night, you would be in dead blackness. No city lights, no sirens, no dramas. A great escape from the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 550 acres in the Wollombi area of the Hunter Valley, NSW. The cottages have wonderful views overlooking our vineyards and the valley beyond. Wood-fires, spa-baths, air-conditioning, privacy assured. Self-contained with kitchen and wood BBQ. Tariff includes country breakfast hamper, port and chocolates and midday checkout. Great location and hospitality. Relax on the verandah with a glass of our organic Stonehurst Wine and enjoy the wonderful birdlife, animals and night skies! ... more less
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