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Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat - Magnificent Lodge

Bedrooms 11
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

The magnificent Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is set on 5 beautiful acres

The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is located in the heart of the wine region with marvelous views and minutes from absolutely everything the Hunter Valley has to offer.

The magnificent and truly unique Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is set on 5 beautiful acres of lawns and gardens and has been designed and furnished with every comfort in mind.

This amazing lodge boasts 11 spacious bedrooms and 8 bathrooms accommodating up to 32 guests in comfort and style. With magnificent wrap around verandahs, a refreshing swimming pool and a relaxing jacuzzi, a huge games room with a billiard/ pool table, table tennis and cinema, a bocce court, an impressive entertainment and sun deck with stunning views to the Broken Back Range. The Lodge is the perfect solution for large groups that want to spend time together but also enjoy their own private space.

As you weave your way down the tree lined driveway you pass our two life-sized bronze stags that watch over this very special space. The Lodge’s interior has been modeled on a traditional Canadian Hunting Lodge and Chalet, with the central lounge focusing on a huge stone fireplace and soaring cathedral ceilings, which provide the ambiance to the rest of the lodge.

The main building features a modern semi-commercial gourmet kitchen with quality appliances including two large ovens, two dishwashers and absolutely everything you could want or need to create your own MasterChef meal. The large dining area has a magnificent custom-made oversized table and offers a relaxed atmosphere where guests can dine together and enjoy the peace and serenity of this beautiful setting. There are two BBQs available.

The Retreat which is adjacent to the Lodge has its own brand new kitchen and a lounge area plus a further outside entertainment area.

This unique property is perfect for large groups of friends and family and also for small weddings and corporate off-sites.. You can relax on the deck of an evening and hear the roar of the lions, who are our newest neighbours at the Hunter Valley Zoo. Surreal!

The Hunter Valley Lodge consists of four buildings; The Main Lodge, the Retreat, the Bison Den games room and Laundry. The Main Lodge has six spacious guest suites and five bathrooms. The Retreat, which is adjacent to the main house has a further four spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms. The Bison Den is our games room with pool table and cinema.


The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat can accommodate 32 guests or 26 guests in individual beds. There is a modern self-contained converted shipping container studio at the rear of the property that can be rented in addition to the Lodge and Retreat giving you an 11th bedroom and 8th bathroom if required. Pricing is available on request.


The Stag Room - King four poster bed plus one king single bed - (3)

 (OPTIONS ON REQUEST ONLY for 4 or 5 guests) 

King four poster bed plus two king single beds or King four poster bed and king bed (4) 

King four poster bed and king bed plus single trundle bed (5)

Whitetail - Queen bed plus king single size bunk beds (4)

Chital - Queen Bed (2)

Caribou - King Bed or two king singles with ensuite (2) (can have an additional 3rd bed (foldout) on request) (3)

Muntjak - King Bed or two king singles with ensuite (2) (can have an additional 3rd bed (foldout) on request) (3)

Sambar - King Bed or two king singles plus additional single bed with ensuite (3)


Werekata - Queen bed (2)

Yengo - Queen bed (2)

Watagan - King bed or two king singles plus single bed (3) 

Flat Rock - King bed or two king singles plus single bed (3) 

Lounge area has a queen size sofa bed (2)

The Studio - Not included in tariff below

Queen Bedroom and single sofabed.

TARIFF (does not include Lions Den)

Weekend: 2 night minimum, up to 20 guests, from $2970 per night (Thu-Fri, Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun)

Midweek: 2 night minimum, up to 20 guests, from $2212 per night (Sun-Thur)

Midweek: 1 night for up to 20 guests $3480 (Sun-Thur)

Extra adult guests are charged at $95 per person per night. 

Children under 13 are charged $60 per child per night. 

Infants under 2 are free. 

Pets are charged at $30 each per stay.

The studio is available for an extra $340 per night (minimum two night booking)

Please note if Sunday check-in then please add $725 weekend cleaning charge


Please contact us for a quote. Discounts are available for longer stays of 4 nights and over.


A security deposit/bond of $2000.00 is required for your stay and is payable as a credit card pre-authorisation. This will be processed approximately 24 - 48 hours before your arrival and released 3-5 days after your departure.


Weekend Public Holiday bookings must a minimum 3-night stay at the full weekend rate. 

Easter, Christmas and New Year are a 3-4 night stay and charged at the full weekend rate. 


THE HUNTER VALLEY LODGE AND RETREAT is situated on five private acres surrounded by lawns and gardens with stunning views over the valley. The property is located down a country lane adjacent to the Werakata National Park and right in the centre of the Hunter Valley Wine region. The property consists of four separate buildings, the Lodge, the Retreat, the Studio, the Bison Den (Games Room) & Laundry, all only 50 meters apart. The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat has ten large bedrooms and seven bathrooms and if you include the Studio, which is booked separately, this creates eleven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The full property can accommodate from 18 to 32 guests in total or 28 guests in individual beds.

The property has a small dam and Rotunda and a Bocce court in the gardens. The Lodge deck has a large swimming pool (closed in the winter months), a five-person hot tub/spa, an outdoor lounge area and massive outdoor table with BBQ and entertainment area. We also have an enclosed dog run and kennel for your furry friend.

We provide free WiFi and six TV areas. The TV’s are located in the second lounge at the Lodge (with Foxtel), in the Stag bedroom, the Lodge dining room (with Foxtel), the Retreat lounge room, The Studio lounge and we also have a Cinema area in the Bison Den games room with large TV and blue ray player. We have two WiFi speakers and Blue Ray player for music and a huge DVD and CD Library.

The Lodge

The main building the Lodge consists of six spacious Bedrooms – three on the ground floor with two large bathrooms (one with freestanding bath). The ground floor bedrooms are all unique. The massive Stag room with its four-poster king bed can accommodate two to five guests if required by adding another king bed and/or three king single beds. The Whitetail room has a queen bed and king single bunk beds separated by privacy curtains and the third bedroom is the Chital room with a queen bed. On the first floor, we have three large king bedrooms with their own ensuites (the king beds can be split into king singles if required) and each of these rooms can accommodate a further single bed if required.

The Lodge has seven reverse cycle air conditioners and all rooms have ceiling fans and heating. The Lodge has a large central lounge area on the ground floor with huge fireplace plus a TV lounge on the first floor. The dining room has an oversized dining table that can seat twenty-four guests with a second table for a further four. The semi-commercial kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and glassware for up to 35 guests. The kitchen also has an extensive range of cookware and utensils. There are two separate ovens plus a microwave oven and two dishwashers. There is a large fridge/freezer in the kitchen plus a large commercial glass fronted drinks fridge in the dining room. Other kitchen equipment consists of blenders, two toasters, two kettles, two Nespresso machines, rice cooker and electric fry pan. The outside entertainment area consists of a swimming pool and 5 people hot tub, surrounded by a large deck. The deck area is covered by shade sail and has a dining table which can seat up to 26 guests, an outside lounge seating area and sun loungers and a BBQ area that has both a hooded BBQ and a flat top BBQ.

The Retreat

The Retreat consists of four bedrooms and two bathrooms – the two bedrooms on the ground floor have queen beds and two king rooms on the first floor have a further king single bed. The king beds on the first floor can be split into king singles if required. The Retreat has gas heating on the ground floor and a reverse cycle air conditioning on the first floor. All rooms have ceiling fans. The Retreat has a modern kitchen/dining room with dishwasher, oven, gas cooktop, microwave, kettle and toaster and Nespresso machine. The kitchen is equipped with crockery, cutlery and glassware for up to 12 guests. It has a large TV lounge on the first floor and an outside entertainment area with table and chairs.

The Studio

The Lair Studio is a private modern converted Shipping container near to the rear of the property with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and lounge plus a sun deck. It has a single sofa bed in the lounge, a TV, a fridge and Nespresso Coffee Machine, kettle and a small sundeck.

The Bison Den

The Bison Den is our games room and has a cinema area with large screen TV and blue ray player (can play music), a pool table, table tennis table and gas fireplace. It has lounge seating and lots of board games and children’s toys and games. The Bocce court is located next to the Bison Den. The Laundry/Outside Loo There is a laundry with washing machine and dryer and also has a toilet for the Bison Den.


We provide two irons and ironing boards and a hairdryer in all bathrooms plus toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. We provide a selection of Nespresso Pods (about two pods per person) plus tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper. We also provide cling wrap, foil and baking paper.

More Details

Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat

We are a group of owners of private, luxurious self-contained holiday homes in the Hunter Valley. If you book with Hunter Valley Holiday Homes you will be talking directly to the owners and not a booking agent or listing site.

We have been operating in the Hunter Valley for over 15 years and our properties are presented to the highest specification with luxurious stylish furniture, beautiful crisp linen and full gourmet kitchens set up with absolutely everything you would need for a perfect stay.

All you need to do is bring your friends, food and a bag…and if you choose one of our pet friendly properties… your furry friend.

Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat purchased this house in 2014

What makes this house unique

Wake up to hear the lions roar at the Hunter Valley Zoo


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Cessnock, Australia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 32
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • ​Please refer to our Hunter Valley Holiday Homes terms and conditions before booking on HomeAway.
  • The person booking must communicate noise restrictions and other terms and conditions to your fellow guests
  • Person booking must be 25+ years of age.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower enclosure , this is located in the Lions Den - Available on Request only
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , Large Bathroom with freestanding bath and shower
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • Chital - 1 large double bed , (1 Queen Bed) sleeps 2
    Watagan - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , (1 King Bed or 2 King singles + king single bed) sleeps 3
    Stag Room - 1 extra lg. double bed , 3 single bed , (1 King bed & 3 singles OR 2 king beds & 1 single) sleeps 5
    Muntjak - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , (1 King Bed or 2 king singles + 1single on request) sleeps 3
    Flatrock - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , (1 King Bed or 2 King singles + king single bed) sleeps 3
    Caribou - 3 single bed , (1 King Bed or 2 king singles + 1single on request) sleeps 3
    Sambar - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , (1 King Bed or 2 king singles + a single bed) sleeps 3
    Whitetail - 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , (Queen bed + king single bunk beds ) sleeps 4
    Retreat Lounge Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , (Sofa in Retreat Lounge Room) sleeps 2
    Yengo - 1 large double bed , (Queen Bed) sleeps 2
    Werekata - 1 large double bed , (Queen Bed) sleeps 2
    The Studio - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , (Available on Request only, please check with owner)sleeps 3
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming


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(55 traveller reviews)

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Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat - Magnificent Lodge
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 55 reviews

Wake up to the Lions roaring in Wine country

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely weekend in Hunter Valley Lodge and retreat at the start of the April school holidays. Our group consisted of 6 families -27 ppl. The lodge and retreat is stylist,beautiful and clean, it feels like you are in Aspen. My favorite part was the extremely well setup in the kitchen as someone who loves to cook and appreciates great kitchenware this hit my sweet spot. The kids enjoyed the Bison Den and spent a lot of time playing pool, ping pong and hanging out. The pool and spa also got a workout but for the middle of April, it is not heated and was a tad chilly for the adults to partake. Instead, the adults gathered in the ‘Game’ room (self named due to the stuffed animals on the walls). A few drops of wine and nibbles were consumed in this comfortable room. Beds were comfortable, in the upstairs Lodge all bedrooms had Ensuites. I liked the hotel style body wash, shampoo and conditioner dispensers. The retreat is a separate building a two second walk from the lodge.

Booking, check in etc was a breeze and communication flowed easily.

The lodge is a 7 minute drive from Hunter Valley Gardens and along the way stop at the Hand made markets on Broke road (if open), the cookie lady sells a variety of home made goodness. Enjoyed two Sunsets sipping champagne on the deck,the variety of color as the sun set was beautiful, occasional the vibrating roar of the Lions could be heard, especially early in the morning. The Hunter valley zoo is located on the edge of the property and you do drive past it on the road leading up to the property.

Because it was unseasonably warm this April, we had a ton of mossies it would have been great to have some citronella candles.

Highly recommended for a memorable getaway, we’ll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 14/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Brenda I am so glad you had a wonderful stay at the Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat and your lovely review. The kitchen was set up by a chef so I think we have thought of everything. The new pool goes in this winter so please come back again next year to try it out.
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Emu Plains

School Mums Gone Wild

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is WOW! What a fantastic property. 23 school Mums all going away to have a break from Mum life and we all couldn’t be happier. From lounging around the pool to socialising around the enormous table, this house is absolutely made for big groups. There is enough of everything to cater for everyone which is always hard to find. The property was immaculately clean and the beds were super comfy too. We hired a coach one of the days and did a tour of the wineries which we all soooo close which meant less time travelling and more time enjoy each place we visited. We got to hear the lions roar as the sunset and rose. It truely was amazing to hear. Our group loved the property so much we are planning a winter getaway soon. Although the pool in summer is amazing, the fireplaces in winter will be just as beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 21/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect entertainment palace

  • 5 of 5

The house was absolutely perfect for entertainment, with the outdoor area and pool deck the ideal spot for large groups! The house was immaculate and each room accommodating for plenty of guests. In a great location, highly recommended!!!

  • Review Submitted: 29/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was a wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

It was a wonderful stay with fantastic zones for our large group. The house was very clean and well maintained, the attention to detail in the property did not go un-noticed. I would imagine it being a lovely, cozy winter stay also.

  • Review Submitted: 03/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Claire Loved having you as wonderful guests and thrilled you had a great time. Please come back and try our big fireplace? in the winter
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Hunter Valley

The Best!

  • 5 of 5

What another fantastic stay at the Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat.

This is our third time staying at the property for our staff Christmas party.With a wonderful selection of games, activities to keep people entertained or simply relax by the pool or in the spa.

Communal areas are generous and equipment quality and well thought out. We'll be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Troy Always great to have you guys back at the Lodge and glad you had another successful Christmas party. .
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Best ever for a Large Group

  • 5 of 5

The lodge and retreat were beautiful and well appointed, there was nothing missing. Comfortable bed, pool, spa, games room, fully equipped kitchen, two bbq's. Could have stayed for years, we were all so relaxed. We will be going back.

  • Review Submitted: 06/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anthony, it is lovely to hear you had such a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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