Sift through our top Hunter Valley Airbnb picks for a mix of romantic, luxury, family, pet-friendly and group getaway options close to the wineries of the Hunter Valley.
As well as providing an escape to the country, the best Hunter Valley Airbnbs offer proximity to wineries and great places to eat and drink. They also cater to an ever-changing demographic of travellers. There’s the couple who insist on an outdoor bath. The family who wants a pool and cook’s kitchen. Then there are the friends who insist on a fire pit. And the influencers who are looking to create compelling content from a recycled shipping container. Whatever your definition of luxury accommodation, here are some of the best Airbnbs in the Hunter Valley to bookmark for your next holiday.
1. Tiny House 888
Despite the fact Tiny House 888 treads lightly on the land, the small, self-contained studio seems to maximise a 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.
Tiny House 888 is a peaceful retreat in the woods.
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.
Take time to relax and take in your surroundings during your stay.
Although Tiny House 888 sleeps only two guests, there are five luxurious tiny homes dotted around the Tuckers Lane property in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
The bedroom is perfect for two.
2. Harkham House
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.
Make Harkham House your 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.
Lounge on the terrace.
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.
Take advantage of the spacious living area.
3. Billy’s Hideaway
Need a break? Billy’s Hideaway can play a small part in facilitating this thanks to this thoroughly modern rabbit hutch of a cabin that is deeply embedded in the Wollombi wilderness.
Escape from the city noise and tuck yourself into Billy’s Hideaway.
Some of the best accommodation in the Hunter Valley is stand-alone and this particular cabin is on a six-hectare parcel of land overlooking a billabong.
Soak in the outdoor tub while sipping wine.
It’s bathed in light throughout the day and its vast stacker doors open to the rambling forest outside. The luxury two-bedroom cabin blends country comforts with designer furnishings and fitting and features a wood-fired hot tub and fire pit, solar-powered heating and a hot rainwater shower. Check out Huch House on Instagram for inspo. Sleeps four.
Spend the evening by the fire pit making s’mores.
4. 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, and has an open-plan living area and kitchen.
5. Livy Lou’s Cottage
Livy Lou’s Cottage is paradise for families with fur babies. The boutique Hunter Valley accommodation has three bedrooms and a pretty picket fence that is best suited to small dogs who do not care to try and 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.
Step into the countryside charm of Livy Lou’s Cottage.
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 coffee machine with complimentary pods. The pet-friendly stay sleeps six guests.
Relax on the sofa with a book in hand.
6. Nerreman Cottage
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.
Nerreman Cottage is a beautifully appointed holiday home.
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.
The charming cottage is filled with vintage finds.
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.
Spend slow days on the terrace.
The three-bedroom cottage features original hardwood timber floors and French doors and is located near to the bubbling Wollombi Brook.
Nerreman Cottage is built with hardwood timber floors and French doors.
7. Maggie’s Cottage
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.
Stay amongst expansive greenery at 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.
The comfy bed at Maggie’s Cottage guarantees a good night’s sleep.
There’s no wi-fi, so go old school and play charades around the fire pit, or bounce on the trampoline.
Let your kids bounce off their energy on the trampoline.
8. Camellia Cottage
Camellia Cottage is a fairy-tale cottage with lots of heritage throwbacks as well as contemporary touches just 10 minutes from Hunter Valley wineries and a short stroll to the main strip of Cessnock.
The French-inspired interior of Camellia Cottage evokes a whimsical feel.
From its French doors to its sash windows, stained glass and pretty lilac trim, the charming holiday home is full of surprises. An indoor fireplace, flower-filled vases, and a pretty camellia garden are all welcome additions. 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. Sleeps six.
Settle into this charming holiday home.
9. 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.
Gather around the fire pit and witness the skies change into fiery hues at dusk.
It follows that this guesthouse, originally built in 1880, is furnished with church pews and features arched windows and vaulted ceilings that nod to that heritage.
The Old Church House features the original arched doors and windows.
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, two of the most acclaimed vineyards in NSW’s wine country. Sleeps eight.
The white-washed interior at The Old Church House.
10. Rosebook Eco Tiny Home
This tiny home that lies on a hillside in the Hunter gives considerable attention to the environment with its architectural design leaving a small footprint on the land. The tiny home, which has views over the Hunter River, has just one bedroom, making it perfect for couples who want a secluded boutique stay in the NSW countryside.
Rosebook Eco Tiny Home is tucked on a secluded hillside in the Hunter.
Pick up some provisions in Pokolbin and then settle into Rosebrook with its fully equipped kitchen, premium linen, Tempur Cloud bed and bathroom with eco-friendly toilet.
Spend time in nature while soaking in the tub.
An outdoor bath, deck with fairy lights, BBQ and fire pit set the scene for romance and there’s a dedicated workspace for wannabe digital nomads. Sleeps two.
The outdoor deck is festooned with fairy lights.
11. Forever Sunday
Plug the lower Hunter region into Airbnb and Forever Sunday will undoubtedly pop up. The pretty Paterson homestead is an off-grid sanctuary with a pool that sleeps eight on an 85-hectare property in the Hunter Valley. As the name suggests, Forever Sunday is about extending the joy of a lazy sleep-in to an everyday occurrence.
Step into this impressive homestead.
The property will of course appeal to those who want to visit NSW’s wine country. But it’s also so self-contained that you could travel here for pleasure and not need to leave for the entire weekend.
Swim a couple of laps in the magnesium pool.
In addition to the magnesium pool, there’s an infrared sauna, BBQ, pizza oven and fire pit and luxurious surrounds that invite idyllic bush walks.
Schedule in some time in the onsite infrared sauna.
12. Handcrafted Cabin in the Vines
This boutique Hunter Valley Airbnb was designed and built by an Austrian master craftsman. And it shows. It’s the kind of contemporary log cabin that you might expect to find while wandering through flower-filled meadows over summer in the Alps.
Stay at Handcrafted Cabin in the Vines for a change of scenery.
Whether you’re looking to spend the weekend visiting wineries or want to hunker down to enjoy a change of scenery, the two-bedroom cabin will give you all the lumberjack-level inspiration you need to inspire a visit to the Hunter Valley.
Take in views of the vines from the deck.
The cabin is fitted out with hand-crafted timber furniture and includes a cosy sandstone fireplace, large picture windows, a fully equipped kitchen, private patio and even a soccer field.
This contemporary log cabin offers a memorable stay.
13. Talits Estate Vineyard
This French-inspired homestead in Fordwich overlooks the beautifully manicured gardens and vineyard of award-winning Talits Estate. Designed by French architects, Talits nods to a replica of a château in Aix-en Provence through the judicious use of shuttered French doors, pretty parterre gardens and rustic stone and stucco walls.
Talits Estate Vineyard looks like a château in Aix-en Provence.
Pass the vibe check by grabbing your fave posse of pick-me girls and matching your wardrobes with the spectrum of white, creams, blushes and pastel pinks.
Talits Estate Homestead takes pride in its charming French interior. (Image: @Brooketunbridge for The Freeman Journal)
Venture beyond the elegant homestead to the cellar door to sample wines produced by Daniel Binet, twice nominated for The Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year. A votre sante.
Head to the Talits Cellar Door to sample wines during your stay.
14. The Treehouse at Cedars Mount View
Those looking to get away from the hustle of the Hunter Valley but still be within close proximity to the cellar doors can camouflage themselves in the canopy of The Treehouse at Cedars Mount View. The contemporary accommodation with pinch-me-now views is one of five villas located on the 38-hectare property that was recently purchased by French owner-operators Christelle Chardin and Gilbert Ponlot.
Escape from the crowds and enjoy some R&R at The Treehouse at Cedars Mount View.
The pair engaged Newcastle-based interior designer Juliana Martin to project manage the multimillion-dollar renovation of Villa Lorea and The Treehouse and oversee the new build of Villa Stella – now so luxurious it is difficult to drag yourself away. A further two existing villas have undergone a soft refurbishment and are next in line for a full makeover.
Soak in your own private tub at Villa Lorea.
15. The Studio on Pokolbin Mountain
The Studio on Pokolbin Mountain is one of two cottages on a property in the heart of the Hunter Valley that forces you to disconnect. Cobbled together in the 1990s from a range of salvaged and recycled materials, the building was once used as an artist’s studio and later as a retail space for the owners’ lavender farm.
Check into The Studio on Pokolbin Mountain to disconnect from the outside world.
The Studio is still a working farm with cattle and horses dotting the surrounding fields. Hemmed in between groves of trees, The Studio is situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region with wineries and concert venues just minutes away. Amelies is the sister property to the Studio.
Bed down at The Studio on Pokolbin Mountain.
For more insider tips and must-do experiences, read our Hunter Valley travel guide.