There is an Airbnb in the Hunter Valley that is perfect for every type of traveller – from pet-friendly options and romantic getaways to family escapes and more.
Best for romance
Tiny House 888
Despite the fact Tiny House 888 treads lightly on the land, the small, self-contained studio seems to maximise the sense of place. And because everything in the mini one-bathroom, one-bedroom tiny home is mini and has its place, the interior feels deceptively roomy.
The Tiny House 888 is located on the award-winning Vintry property, and, from here, you can make excursions to nearby wineries or simply stay put and chill. City folk will appreciate sitting around the fire pit under a star-lit sky and seeing flash mobs of kangaroos each morning.
There are five luxurious tiny homes dotted around the Tuckers Lane property in the heart of the Hunter Valley. All up, the boutique Airbnb includes three one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units, all with their own private decks replete with hammock, barbecue area and private spa.
The architecturally designed recycled shipping container homes are fitted out with hand-crafted timber furniture and also include a coffee machine, outdoor spa and air conditioning, too. The wi-fi can be patchy, which makes it even more perfect.
Best for luxury
Harkham House is a stunning place to call home during your stay in the Hunter Valley. The four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom duplex has been turning heads in the Hunter Valley since it opened in 2018 and makes for an excellent home base.
From here, you can literally roll out of bed and walk to Harkham Estate, one of the most innovative wineries in the Hunter Valley. You can also improve your handicap at nearby Cypress Lakes Golf Course, stitch all your days together touring and tasting or cook up a storm in the state-of-the-art kitchen. Great for special occasions.
The Edge is a thoroughly modern three-level property that nods to the rustic farm buildings and wine sheds dotted around the Hunter Valley through its judicious use of corrugated iron and spotted gum.
The stand-alone villa, located on a two-hectare parcel of land overlooking the verdant valley is bathed in light throughout the day, with its vast stacker doors opening up to the rolling hills outside.
The luxury one-bedroom home blends country comforts with loft living and features a hydrotherapy spa bath, wet bath and fire pit.
Best for a pet-friendly stay
Barefoot at Broke
An escape to the country never looked so contemporary. Bring Rover along for the ride to the pet-friendly Barefoot at Broke retreat, which provides guests with the ultimate Hunter Valley getaway.
The property is set on 10 hectares of bushland and walled on one side by the Yengo Mountain Range, which jacks up into a craggy peak. From here you can explore the nearby vineyards in the Broke Fordwich region, find a picnic spot near the property’s pond or simply curl up in barefoot luxury and listen to the creaking of the trees.
The contemporary Airbnb sleeps six guests, has an open-plan living area and kitchen.
Livy Lou’s Cottage
Livy Lou’s Cottage is paradise for families with fur babies. The three-bedroom cottage has a pretty picket fence so is best suited to small dogs who do not like to jump over fences or dig under them to escape.
For lovers of fine food and wine, the cottage is perfectly located near to one of the main Hunter Valley hubs for wine tasting. Curl up with a book in the open-plan living area, set the kids up with Netflix and roast marshmallows around the large stone fire pit under a sky scattered with stars.
Amenities include an outdoor BBQ and with coffee machine with complimentary pods.
Best for families
Despite being located just a 10-minute walk from the historic village of Wollombi, a stay at Nerreman Cottage affords a down-to-earth get-away-from-it-all experience.
The charming cottage, built circa 1919, has been given a new lease of life and it appears that even the grassy paddocks that surround the renovated holiday home have received a fresh coat of green paint.
Bring back a few bottles of wine from the nearby vineyards and get creative in the country kitchen preparing a paired feast to enjoy while dining on the outdoor deck.
The three-bedroom cottage features original hardwood timber floors and French doors and is located near to the bubbling Wollombi Brook.
You can make the most of the Hunter Valley’s bounty by stocking up on wine and cheese and enjoying a civilised picnic on the expansive grounds surrounding Maggie’s Cottage in the Wollombi Valley.
Drive through the corridor of eucalypts that lead to the 40-hectare property, which is mere minutes from Wollombi and a handful of Hunter Valley wineries.
Maggie’s accommodates four adults and four kids comfortably. There’s no wi-fi, so go old school and play charades around the fire pit and bounce on the trampoline.
Best for group getaways
Camellia Cottage is a fairytale cottage with lots of heritage throwbacks as well as contemporary touches located just 10 minutes from Hunter Valley wineries and a short stroll to the main strip of Cessnock.
From its French doors to its sash windows, stained glass and pretty lilac trim, the charming holiday home is full of surprises. Take the indoor fireplace. The flower-filled vases. And the pretty camellia garden. The well-equipped kitchen and porch for outdoor dining also makes this a haven for groups of friends dreaming of investing in their own fixer upper.
The Old Church House
An impressive approach through a poplar-lined dirt road will lead you to The Old Church House, which recalls this building’s history as a place of worship. It follows that this guesthouse, which was originally built in 1880, is furnished with church pews and features arched windows and vaulted ceilings that nods to that heritage.
Best suited for a sophisticated gathering of gourmands, The Old Church House has been sensitively converted for entertaining. A quick scan of the reviews indicates epicureans also rejoice at the fact the 4.8-star-rated retreat is near to award-winning Margan Estate and Krinklewood Winery.