Testimonials

Thanks, we had a lovely time.  Got to visit Darley and Coolmore, ate at Hollydene Winery and visited Two Rivers also.  Beautiful house in a beautiful location.

Nora – May 2014

This was our first visit to Retreat Homestead, and we were not disappointed. The homestead is absolutely beautiful, tastefully furnished and with everything we could possibly need. The property is beautiful and there are plenty of walking trails to explore. We are three couples who annually make a trip to different wine regions for a long weekend and we have been all over New South Wales, parts of Victoria and South Australia. This homestead by far, is the best stay we have had in eight years of travels.

Kerrie – April 14

Retreat was more the we expected. A taste of the country with all the mod cons. Don’t change a thing we will be back.

Darrin – Sept 2013

We had a fantastic stay at your lovely homestead. ‘Retreat’ was a beautifully appointed and a perfectly located base for our various activities. I’m sure we’ll be back. The boys had a ball. We even enjoyed two (rare) evenings of adult/teenager conviviality thanks to your intriguing selection of games. We loved meeting your two dear dogs, who escorted us at various points.

David – Sept 2013

This house is beautiful! I am so glad that I have stayed here, and will come back every time. It is far from the main wineries in the Hunter, but completely worth it! There were moments that we did not want to leave the house. Photos cannot do this place justice.

Tamer – Aug 2013

We had a lovely stay at Retreat – it had everything I was looking for.  And the company of Sonny and Jessie on my morning run was an added treat. I honestly cannot think of anything to improve things.

Maria – July 2013

We loved the farmhouse and will certainly be back again. It is so beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. I’ve stayed at similar cottages/homes and this one was the best by far the quality of finish and decor is outstanding and you must be very proud of what you have achieved. Look forward to staying again.

Gary – Jul 2013

Hi Viv. Thank you so very much for allowing us to stay in your stunning home. It was with great reluctance that I pointed the car back towards home. I look forward to returning very soon.

Rebecca – June 2013

We had a really great time, the house is just beautiful. You had everything we could want in the house, and thanks for lighting the fire. We will be back for sure.

Debbie – June 2013

Our weekend at The Retreat was fantastic. The house is finished to a high level with a great warmth about it. The setting is amazing, and we enjoyed taking the bush walks and hanging out with the 2 great dogs Jessie and Sonny. We had a great time exploring the nearby vineyards but were happy to get back to the homestead for wine and a home cooked meal in front of a roaring fire. Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful house. We had a wonderful time and would love to return soon.

 Mia & Chris – May 2013

All was even better than promised – we loved the ambiance, decor, kitchen with everything, the fireplace, the veranda, the music – every detail has been considered – even the bath salts were special. We felt very well looked after – and we have already booked again. This is the perfect place to get away from it all, enjoy the fresh air, walk around the area and enjoy lovely food (either go to a local restaurant – or even better, cook in the fantastic kitchen or use the BBQ area at the retreat). The house is set in a very nice valley, with a view of hills and sandstone ‘cliffs’. We enjoyed the bushwalks from the house, in one direction there is a nice water hole – or walk up the hill (where you can get a nice view). We definitely recommend the homestead.

 Cathy – May 2013

 Thank you for an awesome weekend. The homestead is simply stunning. We will definitely be returning.

 Lyn – April 2013

I can safely say that it is a long time since we have enjoyed a stay anywhere as much as we did at Retreat. It was absolutely fabulous and more than we could have ever expected. The house is finished to perfection. Every aspect of our stay was precious and we cannot stop looking at our photographs.

Alan – February 2013

We LOVED the cottage! it is truly gorgeous, we really enjoyed ourselves and totally relaxed. We spent a lot of time on the veranda and in the garden listening to birds and watching the calves clowning around. We did the bush walks and drove around the area exploring. But we were always happy to get back to the homestead and sit with a drink on the veranda.

Sally –December 2012

We absolutely loved our stay!!! The house was very inviting, our every need was met. We especially loved the beautiful linen on the beds. We would love to return.

Sue – November 2012

We all had the most wonderful time. The house and land are amazing. We will be back one day and I hope soon.

James – October 2012

We all really enjoyed staying at the homestead it is such an amazing place. We can see there has been a lot of thought put into the house and it is really well equipped (kitchen utensils and crockery, games, stereo, etc)

Liz – September 2012

Hi Viv, We would like to thank you and congratulate you on your delightful farmhouse. It is obvious from the way you have set things out, much thought went into the authenticity of the decor. Our favorite spot was sitting on the verandah as the sun set. It was so relaxing looking at the fields of cows and listening to the birds chattering about their day as we enjoyed a glass of wine before dinner. As the journey from Sydney was not too far away for a weekend, we will certainly be coming back again, hopefully sooner rather than later. Will be in touch soon. Garry and Jane .

Jane – July 2012

What a place! Wonderful setting, beautifully appointed. After two nights, we felt totally relaxed. Leaving was really hard. Thank you for sharing this fantastic home and property with us. The bush walks were great! We will be back.

Kristin – July 2012

We stayed at Retreat Homestead for Easter. What a great decision! As we pulled up to the gate- the park like acres and its grazing cattle was like an image off a postcard. The sweet country air then welcomed us to the majestic homestead. The homestead is clean and meticulously decorated, with all the modern conveniences. The rooms are large and beautiful with a picturesque country view. The French doors and wrap around verandah add to the romance of the Retreat. Especially at dusk with some good Australian music, local wine & cheese on the verandah- watching the Kangaroos jump across the paddocks. We highly recommend  Retreat to any family or couple.

Nadine & John – April 2012

This is truly a Retreat. We  didn’t want to leave.  The house is beautifully finished with quality inclusions.  Sitting out under the pergola, taking in the view is something that we will remember always. Plenty of bushwalking and plenty of fun. We will be back.

Wendy & Mike Q – March 2012

Retreat is a wonderfully restored home.  It is so peaceful and relaxing.  It is truly amazing being so far away from our busy lives.  We highly recommend Retreat.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

Tracy & John D – February 2012