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

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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 2018- June 2019

1) Standard Weekend: arrive on Friday and depart on Sunday - $1,280

2) Long Weekends: weekend plus 1 night $1,380; plus 2 nights $1,580; plus 3 nights $1,680; plus 4 nights $1,780.

3) Two Night Mid-Week: $980

4) Three Night Mid-Week: $1,280

5) Four Night Mid-Week: $1,380

6) Five Night Mid-Week: $1,480

7) Single Weeknights (Sunday through to Thursday): $490 per night

8) Friday night: $490

9)Saturday night: $790

10) Week (7 nights): $1,880

11) 8 or more nights: rate based on $280 per night.

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 returning guests.

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 16, 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 4.875 based on 48 reviews

Beautiful house and lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful house, wonderful vibes and a perfect get away spot. Close to shops and about 10-15 mins from Central Hunter Valley wineries.

Karen has been so lovely to communicate with, was very good with sending through information and I will definitely be booking this house again. Hopefully same time next year!

Thank you !

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You’ll be most welcome anytime!
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Beautiful home. Everything we needed.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful home. Everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful old homestead

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful old homestead which has been immaculately kept. Perfectly suited to our group of 3 families with plenty of room. Well stocked with everything we could possibly need. Will have to visit again in Summer to enjoy the pool!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a lovely stay! We look forward to welcoming you on a return visit one day (10% discount will apply for return guests). Regards
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A step back in time

  • 5 of 5

Wow wow wow - this house is amazing, from the presentation of the house, to the retro timeless pieces scattered through the house. It just really blew my mind at how amazing it was.

I will definitely be looking to stay here again with more of my friends once the warmer weather comes around.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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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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