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Published March 22nd 2016
If I were to sum up Avoca Valley Bed and Breakfast in one word, it would be beautiful. Set on a 2.5 acre property the hinterlands of Avoca, the purpose built B&B is a picturesque, private retreat with a touch of France about it. Soon it will even become a venue for weddings (small, pop up ones, but you get the idea).
Avoca Valley Bed and Breakfast is located on the Central Coast, about an hour and a half from Newcastle and the heart of Sydney.
There are three rooms to choose from here--the Queen Luxury, King Luxury and King Spa suites--all catering for adult singles or couples only (so, no children). They're dressed in a soft, airy styling and have their own en-suite, wardrobe (with a bar fridge) and private balcony.
The Spa Suite, where I stayed, is particularly spacious, with a spa bath and separate toilet in the bathroom.
The accommodation is in a separate section of the building to the residence, and has its own entrance, parking and even backyard area. I stayed for a night during the middle of the week, and unusually, no-one else was there, so the design of the place made me feel like I had the whole, beautiful property to myself; just me and the birds, who sounded just as happy about it as I was
Speaking of birds, I really need to mention the chickens. They hang out around the front and are very game. When I went to get bags from my car, the whole lot—about fifteen or so—rushed at me. They don't do anything--just hoped for food, I guess--but it's something that you'll want to know about in advance. By the time I took this photo they seemed to have realised I wasn't about to feed them.
A night at Avoca Valley Bed and Breakfast starts at only $190 and includes everything you'll need; all linen, towels and cutlery are provided. There's complimentary Wi-Fi, lots of books, magazines and DVDs, and you can help yourself to tea and coffee (there's even an espresso machine) whenever you want.
The books and DVDs are found in the dining room, where a generous breakfast is served every morning.
Avoca Valley Bed and Breakfast is a nice place to lay your head down at night, to say the least, but if you're here for a special occasion, or just want to treat yourself, it can be much more than that too; three different packages combine nights here with extra experiences that turn your stay into a very memorable experience.
Included in all of them is a two-course dinner for two at the L'isle de France Restaurant in Terrigal, only about ten minutes away. I found this to be an absolute blessing, because I didn't have to figure out where to get dinner, not to mention the fact that the food was amazing. Also included in all the packages is a one hour, in room massage (for each person) by The Massage Spa. This was the first massage I'd ever had and I'm definitely a convert now.
If you're staying for two or more nights, some of the other inclusions you might get, depending on your package, include a seafood platter, a psychic reading, a private yoga session, a beauty treatment, and more. You can find information on all the rates and packages here. A two night stay is required if you book near the weekend, but for a midweek stay, a one night stay is fine.
If you do book a stay, one thing you must check out is these travel directions, if only briefly. The bed and breakfast is accessed via a shared driveway and its address often confuses navigation systems (my solution was to just set my destination as a nearby road instead). Not a big deal, but if you don't read this information and end up being directed to the wrong place, it'll just start your trip off on a bad note.