The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is situated on five private acres surrounded by lawns and gardens with stunning views over the valley. The property is located down a country lane adjacent to the Werakata National Park and right in the centre of the Hunter Valley Wine region.
A BIT OF HISTORY… The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat opened in 2014 after extensive renovations of the original buildings. The Lodge was previously run as a private house with a three bedroom Bed & Breakfast (called Indian Ridge) and the retreat as a self-contained house. The buildings were designed and built by an American gentleman living in the Hunter Valley who wanted to create a home away from home.
Our vision, when we started renovations on the buildings, was to create a lavishly rustic luxurious space, whilst keeping with the style of the original building, where large groups of family, friends or colleagues, could enjoy time together, cook together and eat together but still be able to have quiet time in the privacy of a spacious bedroom or a verandah or alcove with just the right chair on which to sit and read or savour their favourite tipple. The styling is playful and based on a Canadian Lodge or Chalet, with vintage paraphernalia, tartan blankets thrown on comfy leather sofas and hunting relics paired with modern pieces.
Firstly we added a large fireplace in the heart of the lodge, throwing light onto the cathedral ceilings. Next came the huge entertaining deck with the best sunset views in the Hunter. Then we opened our huge games room(Bison Den), built two semi-commercial kitchens and commissioned our massive dining table. We added more rooms including the Stag Room with its stunning king wooden four-poster bed. The furniture and artwork and special pieces were sourced or custom built to keep the theme.
Our taxidermy (stuffed animals) including our Deer, Bison and Bear are historical items that we inherited with the property and gave them a new home. We love all animals at the Lodge and would never harm animals for ornamental use. In fact… our neighbour is the Hunter Valley Zoo and you will hear the lions roar at dusk which is a fabulous experience. The Zoo is a fabulous place for kids and has a great small animal petting section (not with the lions) so take a walk down and enjoy.
THE HUNTER VALLEY LODGE AND RETREAT is situated on five private acres surrounded by lawns and gardens with stunning views over the valley. The property is located down a country lane adjacent to the Werakata National Park and right in the centre of the Hunter Valley Wine region. The property consists of four separate buildings, the Lodge, the Retreat, the Lions Den Studio, the Bison Den (Games Room) & Laundry, all only 50 meters apart. The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat has ten large bedrooms and seven bathrooms and if you include the Lions Den Studio, which can be booked separately, this creates eleven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The full property can accommodate from 18 to 32 guests in total or 28 guests in individual beds.
The property has a small dam and Rotunda and a Bocce court in the gardens. The Lodge has a huge deck, a large swimming pool (closed in the winter months), a five-person hot tub/spa, an outdoor lounge area and massive outdoor table with BBQ and entertainment area. We also have s cubby house for the kids and an enclosed dog run and kennel for your furry friend.
We provide free WiFi and six TV areas. The TV’s are located in the second lounge at the Lodge (with Foxtel), in the Stag bedroom, the Lodge dining room (with Foxtel), the Retreat lounge room, The Studio lounge and we also have a Cinema area in the Bison Den games room with large TV and blue ray player. We have two WiFi speakers and Blue Ray player for music and a huge DVD and CD Library.
The main building the Lodge consists of six spacious Bedrooms – three on the ground floor with two large bathrooms (one with freestanding bath). The ground floor bedrooms are all unique. The massive Stag room with its four-poster king bed can accommodate two to five guests if required by adding another king bed and/or three king single beds. The Whitetail room has a queen bed and king single bunk beds separated by privacy curtains and the third bedroom is the Chital room with a queen bed. On the first floor, we have three large king bedrooms with their own ensuites (the king beds can be split into king singles if required) and each of these rooms can accommodate a further single bed if required.
The Lodge has seven reverse cycle air conditioners and all rooms have ceiling fans and heating. The Lodge has a large central lounge area on the ground floor with huge fireplace plus a TV lounge on the first floor. The dining room has an oversized dining table that can seat twenty-four guests with a second table for a further four.
The semi-commercial kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and glassware for up to 35 guests. The kitchen also has an extensive range of cookware and utensils. There are two separate ovens plus a microwave oven and two dishwashers. There is a large fridge/freezer in the kitchen plus a large commercial glass fronted drinks fridge in the dining room. Other kitchen equipment consists of blenders, two toasters, two kettles, two Nespresso machines, rice cooker and electric fry pan.
The outside entertainment area is perfect for groups and consists of a swimming pool and 5 people hot tub, surrounded by a large deck. The deck area is covered by shade sail and has a dining table which can seat up to 26 guests, an outside lounge seating area and sun loungers and a BBQ area that has both a hooded BBQ and a flat top BBQ.
The Retreat consists of four bedrooms and two bathrooms – the two bedrooms on the ground floor have queen beds and two king rooms on the first floor have a further king single bed. The king beds on the first floor can be split into king singles if required. The Retreat has gas heating on the ground floor and a reverse cycle air conditioning on the first floor. All rooms have ceiling fans. The Retreat has a modern kitchen/dining room with dishwasher, oven, gas cooktop, microwave, kettle and toaster and Nespresso machine. The kitchen is equipped with crockery, cutlery and glassware for up to 12 guests. It has a large TV lounge on the first floor and an outside entertainment area with table and chairs.
The Lions Den Studio is a private modern converted Shipping container near to the rear of the property with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and lounge plus a sun deck. It has a single sofa bed in the lounge, a TV, a fridge and Nespresso Coffee Machine, kettle and a small sundeck.
The Bison Den
The Bison Den is our games room and has a cinema area with large screen TV and blue ray player (can play music), a pool table, table tennis table and gas fireplace. It has lounge seating and lots of board games and children’s toys and games. The Bocce court is located next to the Bison Den.
The Laundry/Outside Loo
There is a laundry with washing machine and dryer and also has a toilet for the Bison Den.
We provide two irons and ironing boards and a hairdryer in all bathrooms plus toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. We provide a selection of Nespresso Pods (about two pods per person) plus tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper. We also provide cling wrap, foil and baking paper.
Bedrooms – Bedding & Linen
All bedrooms have luxurious commercial quality Sealy beds and mattresses and all are equipped with a desk and desk lamp and additional seating. Many of the king beds can be split into two king singles if required. All beds are made with crisp cotton commercially laundered linen. We have a firm and a soft pillow selection for each bed. We use a light quilt in the summer months and two quilts in the winter. There is also a good selection of warm blankets. We provide one bath towel per person (extra if your stay is over 3 nights) and all bathrooms have bath mats and hand towels. You will need to supply pool towels and face washers if required.
Must be confirmed 14 days before your stay. The bedding configuration can be as follows.
The Stag Room – king four-poster bed plus one king single bed – 3 guests
(OPTIONS ON REQUEST ONLY for 4 or 5 guests)
King four-poster bed plus two king single beds or King four poster bed and king bed (4 guests)
King four-poster bed and king bed plus a single trundle bed (5 guests)
Whitetail – Queen bed plus king single size bunk beds (4)
Chital – Queen Bed (2)
The two large bathrooms are located immediately outside the ground floor bedrooms.
Caribou – King Bed or two king singles with ensuite (2) (can have an additional 3rd bed (foldout) on request) (3)
Muntjak – King Bed or two king singles with ensuite (2) (can have an additional 3rd bed (foldout) on request) (3)
Sambar – King Bed or two king singles plus additional single bed with ensuite (3)
Werekata – Queen bed (2)
Yengo – Queen bed (2)
Two modern bathrooms
Watagan – King bed or two king singles plus single bed (3)
Flat Rock – King bed or two king singles plus single bed (3)
Lounge area has a queen size sofa bed (2) available on request only
THE Studio (available on request only)
Queen Bedroom and single sofabed in lounge
Mind blowing property!
Every single guest that stepped through the front door said the same thing, “WOW!” Staying at Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat was honestly pinch worthy. From the expansive lounge with comfortable leather couches and gas fireplace, to the enormous cooks kitchen with adjoining dining room that seated our 25 guests comfortably, our weekend away was truly mind blowing. Making the booking was an absolute breeze. Every email was replied to in record time and every question was answered with the same upbeat personality and professionalism. We will be back, this time for at least 4 nights so we can truly utilise everything this property has to offer.