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'Tara-Lee': A Step Back in Time...

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property




(Please note the online quoting system quotes only per night. Rates for this property are reduced for stays of 2 or more nights which won’t be reflected on the online quote system)

'Tara-Lee' is a perfect location for your get-away to the Hunter Valley Wine Region. Five minutes to concert venues, gardens, wineries. This magnificent historical property (circa 1910) boasts traditional elegance and original features alongside the convenience of contemporary living. This superior home is centrally located in Cessnock and only a five-minute walk from the town centre. The property is ideal for 2 to 8 guests, for a single night through to a long stay.

'Tara-Lee' sleeps up to 8 people in the following configuration: 2 queen sized beds, 1 double bed, 1 king single bed, 1 sofa bed. There is also a single fold-away bed in the main bedroom and a fold-away cot.

Relax and cool off in the magnificent pool and enjoy the views to the mountains out on the back verandah and BBQ area.

'Tara-Lee' boasts its original timber flooring, high timber ceilings, open fire-place in the formal dining room, stained glass and patterned glass windows, french doors to the side and rear verandas, original wood-fuel kitchen stove and oven, modern kitchen appliances including gas cooktop, ducted air conditioning throughout, gas heating and a fully-equiped kitchen.

There is lock-up garage parking for 3-4 cars. The home is spacious and well-equipped with superior kitchen appliances and TV, blu-ray, surround sound system. You will certainly enjoy your stay in the Hunter in this outstanding home.


Complementary bottle of local wine and chocolates waiting for you on arrival

Arrival/departure times are negotiable. Check in is generally from 2:00pm on your date of arrival and Check out is generally by 10:00am on your nominated departure date. Anytime check-in and departures will be offered where possible at no extra charge

Pet friendly, fully-fenced and secure yard, two kennels available, bowls for water and food supplied

Private, secluded yard

Large swimming pool with water fountains

Lock up garage for 3-4 cars

51" TV with Blu-Ray, DVD AND CD player, surround sound

Selection of DVDs, books and games (including children's books, DVDs, toys and games)

Ceiling fans

Ducted air-conditioning

Gas fire in Family Room

Laundry facilities

One large, Federation bathroom

Ensuite in main bedroom

Three large bedrooms (bed 1 - 1 queen; bed 2 - 1 queen; bed 3 - 1 queen and 1 king single. In addition: Portable cot, sofa bed and foldaway bed all with linen supplied).

Your linen and towels are supplied


Fully-equiped modern kitchen with gas cooktop

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, Milo and milk are supplied

BBQ facilities

Croquet Lawn and Croquet Set

Solar Power

ACCOMMODATION RATES FOR 'TARA-LEE' current for July 2017 - June 2018

1) Standard Weekend: arrive on Friday and depart on Sunday - $1,120

2) Long Weekends: weekend plus 1 night $1,320, plus 2 nights $1,520, plus 3 nights $1,620, plus 4 nights $1,720

3) Two Night Mid-Week: $920

4) Three Night Mid-Week: $1,220

5) Four Night Mid-Week: $1,320

6) Five Night Mid-Week: $1,420

7) Single Weeknights (Sunday through to Thursday): $650 per night

8) Single Weekend Night (Friday or Saturday) or Public Holiday* nights: $750 per night

9) Week (7 nights): $1,820

10) 8 or more nights: rate based on $250 per night

* minimum 2 night stay for public holidays.

Payment may be made using Homeaway/Stayz On-line secure payment services or by direct deposit. A deposit is required at the time of booking. A service fee is charged by Homeaway/Stayz for guests paying via the on-line secure payment service.

A 10% discount applies for repeat bookings where payment is made by direct deposit.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

About Karen

We love travelling, bushwalking, camping, being with family, wine and our work!

Karen purchased this house in 2013

Why Karen chose Cessnock

'Tara-Lee' is a great example of a magnificent federation home in the Hunter Valley NSW. Built in 1910 by the Dunlop Family, it retains many of its original features. Its location on Convent Hill and its close proximity to the wonderful Hunter Valley Wine Regions make it a great place for a weekend getaway or longer holiday. We have loved the area for years and we feel quite at home when we stay at'Tara-Lee'!

What makes this house unique

The original Federation features of this property and the interior decoration which is also in keeping with the age of this property make this property unique. It is a comfortable, large and spacious grand old home equiped with modern amenities.


Cessnock House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests must read and agree to the 'Tara-Lee' House Rules applicable to this property. These rules will be emailed upon receipt of your booking.
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, double sink, deep bath and separate shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - family room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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'Tara-Lee': A Step Back in Time...
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 44 reviews
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely period charm

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, comfortable with everything you need plus a shady entertaining deck and pool, just right for lazy afternoons post hunter cellar-door visits!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful and relaxing few nights here at Tara-Lee. The home was amazing with all the little touches of history and very well maintained for its age.

Very close to shops which was only 3min drive or about 10mim stroll.

Also very close to hunter valley vineyards...only 15min drive.

We loved the extra touches like fresh flowers in the vases and complimentary wine and chocolates on our arrival. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Federation home with a lovely feel

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Tara-Lee for a family Hunter Valley getaway and it was perfect! The location is fantastic; being high on a hill means great views of the mountains and it feels private and secluded while still only being a minute from town and 10 minutes from the vineyards. The home itself is beautifully decorated in the Federation style and has a lovely homely feel, everyone was so impressed! We will definitely be coming back! Thank you Karen and John!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at Tara Lee over the weekend and it was a weekend to remember. A bit Chilly inside the house at night, but that is winter for you. Everything that we needed was there. Would definitely be coming back to Tara Lee in the future. Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Perfect setting for a much needed break!

  • 5 of 5

Tara-Lee was fantastic: equipped with absolutely everything, and immaculately kept, it provided the hassle and stress-free break we were after, close to the Hunter's wineries. All four adults, two kids and one dog had a fun and relaxing time! Even the weather was on our side, warming up enough so we could make use of the pool. Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Completely charmed

  • 5 of 5

Tara lee was such a world of charm. So much detail has gone into the house and the outdoor area is so welcoming and well maintained

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
The Royal Oak
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Wineries, concerts, gardens

Situated on Convent Hill, in the centre of Cessnock. Within walking distance of the main street, shopping plazas, cafes, Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery and boutique clothes shops.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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