Three regional NSW escapes
It seems regional New South Wales is having a moment. Here are three distinctive properties that have recently opened in the state.
By Luxury Travel magazine | Published #70, Winter 2017
Set among rolling farmland and grazing kangaroos, this stand-alone eco tent is Mudgee’s first ever glamping retreat. The self-contained one-bedroom tent occupies 18 square metres and features a king size bed, spacious indoor bathroom with freestanding bathtub, sliding glass doors and large screen windows for unspoiled views. Guests are provided a modest breakfast pack and encouraged to explore the surrounding wineries and foodie haunts for produce to be enjoyed on the verandah. Rates start from A$250 per night mid-week.
Goonoo Goonoo Station
If you’re visiting Tamworth, why not spend the night on a converted sheep station in a heritage-listed 19th century pastoral village? Built in the 1840s and just 15 minutes south of Tamworth, Goonoo Goonoo Station is a 4,000-hectare estate comprising luxury self-contained two- and three-bedroom cottages, an ex-shearing shed turned function centre, a wedding chapel and an old schoolhouse that now serves as a bridal suite. The owners have also added a modern Australian restaurant serving a refined take on classic country fare using top regional produce.
The oldest and most impressive accommodation option on the property is the refurbished five-bedroomed original Homestead, which comes with its own private pool and courtyard. Rates start from A$245 per night for a two-bedroom cottage.
JR’s Eco Hut
This triangular eco hut (the first of three) is perched on a hill in the Kimo Valley near Gundagai, surrounded by 7,000 hectares of working farmland. With striking wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling windows, this off-the-grid escape is entirely solar powered and includes a bathroom, log heater, barbeque and outdoor verandah. Rates start from A$350 per night and include a gourmet breakfast.
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