As you may have already guessed, the Hunter Hideaway Cottages is located in the Hunter Valley Wine Country, one of Australia's major wine regions, dating back to the early 1800s. With more than 120 wineries, gourmet restaurants, spa retreats, and much more, visitors to The Hunter are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding places to enjoy a glass and just relax, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Hunter Valley is an easy 2 hour drive from Sydney, making it a popular destination for weekend getaways and short holidays.
Eddy and Sam at the Hunter Hideaway Cottages sign.
The Hunter Hideaway Cottages is, as per its name, "a hideaway holiday far away from the crowds" - peacefully nestled amongst tall shady gum trees, the cottages provide a private and secluded setting away from the hustle and bustle of city life, without being too far in regards to time spent in the car, and money spent on fuel! Four cottages in total make up the Hunter Hideaway Cottages - of course, being located in the Hunter Valley Wine Country, the four cottages are each named after a type of wine. Say hello to Chardonnay Cottage, Hermitage Cottage, Semillion Cottage, and Merlot Cottage!
What do the cottages at Hunter Hideaway Cottages look like?
With the property set on 40 acres and surrounded by over 800 acres of bushland, it makes sense that each cottage has an expansive open area that gives you the feeling that you're the only ones on the property. It's perfect for those with well-behaved dogs (without escaping tendencies as there is no fence) who want a little off-leash romp - under direct supervision of course!
The boys loved having their own area to run around in after being cooped up in the car for so long.
The interior of the cottage that we stayed at, Semillon Cottage, was spacious and comfortable. The walls were constructed using wooden planks, with the colour of the wood matching the tables and chairs too. There's even a federation gaslog fireplace in the cottage! Semillion Cottage almost gives off the feeling that you're in a treehouse, especially considering all you see are green trees upon trees when you look outside the window!
Beautiful interior, with wooden plank walls and a fireplace.
All of the cottages in Hunter Hideaway Cottages are self-contained. With two bedrooms and a living area (1 x Queen bed; 4 x single beds; 1 x double sofa-bed), Semillion Cottage sleeps up to 8, as does the others with the exception of Merlot Cottage, which only sleeps up to 2. With simple country style furnishings, the beds are soft and comfortable, with all linen (and a towel) provided.
Other facilities in the cottage include a fully equipped kitchen, including a (very large) fridge, electric stove and microwave oven, in addition to air conditioning, flatscreen TV and CD/DVD player, and pure rainwater to every tap.
Each cottage also has an open verandah, with views over the expansive property - if you're lucky, you might even be able to spot the kangaroos abound on the property at dawn or dusk! We were lucky enough to be able to see them at around 5am during our visit - it was well worth the early start to the day.
Perfect spot to relax, and, if you're lucky, view some wild kangaroos while you're at it!
Is there anything else worth mentioning about Hunter Hideaway Cottages?
Whether you're looking to have a relaxing stay and just bask on the sun-drenched verandahs all day, or whether you want to get out and about and make the most of your trip, Hunter Hideaway Cottages has it all covered. For those just wanting to stay in, there is a guest compendium with all the information you need and more; for those who want to see all the sights, there is a whole heap of brochures with information on attractions in the area - there's no need to do research before your trip!