Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Don’t bother fighting over who gets the better of the two rooms at Lilies Cottage in Lovedale – they’re both identical, they’re both absurdly large, they both have bathrooms big enough to play table tennis in if you wanted to, and both lead out through French doors onto a sheltered decking overlooking a lovely lake and lily garden. The home is also cleverly designed so that its open-plan living area is directly in the centre, relegating the twin bedroom/bathroom “wings” to opposite ends of the building – meaning that even if you’re holidaying with another couple, there’s a true feeling of privacy to be had.

All the delights of the Hunter Valley food and wine region are on your doorstep. Gourmet local breakfast provisions are supplied, including fresh herbs from the garden, but beyond that you’re left to your own devices. Just pop the key on the table as you leave. Thank you, come again.

Details // Majors Lane, Lovedale, NSW. From $275 per couple per night., (02) 4930 7335.

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