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Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat - Magnificent Lodge

Bedrooms 10
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

The magnificent Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is set on 5 beautiful acres and has been designed and furnished with every comfort in mind. The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat is located in the heart of the wine region with stunning views and minutes from absolutely everything the Hunter Valley has to offer. 

The Lodge is a lavishly rustic luxurious space, where large groups of family, friends or colleagues, could enjoy time together, cook together and eat together but still be able to have quiet time in the privacy of a spacious bedroom or a verandah or alcove with just the right chair on which to sit and read or savour their favourite tipple. 

This amazing unique lodge boasts 10 spacious bedrooms and 7 bathrooms accommodating 14 - 32 guests in comfort and style. With magnificent wrap around verandahs, a refreshing swimming pool and relaxing jacuzzi, a huge games room with pool table, cinema and table tennis plus an impressive entertainment and sun deck with stunning views to the BrokenBack Range.

As you weave your way down the tree lined driveway you are met by our two life sized bronze stags which watch over this special space. The styling is playful and based on a North American Lodge or Chalet, with vintage paraphernalia, tartan blankets thrown on comfy leather sofas and hunting relics paired with modern pieces. The central lounge focusing on a huge stone fireplace and soaring cathedral ceilings, which provides the ambiance to the rest of the lodge. A second lounge and TV room can be found on the top level. 

The main lodge enjoys a modern semi commercial gourmet kitchen with quality appliances including two large ovens and 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 BBQ's available.

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

This unique property is perfect for large groups of friends and family and also for small weddings and corporate off sites as it can accommodate 32 guests in total and 26 guests in individual beds. 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 and 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. If you have a smaller group then you may be able to reserve the Lodge or the Retreat only.


The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat can accommodate 32 guests or 26 guests in individual beds


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

 (OPTIONS ON REQUEST ONLY for 4 or 5 guests) 

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

King four posted 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)


Weekend: 2 night minimum, up to 20 guests, from $2950 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 $90 per person per night. 

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

Infants under 2 are free. 

Pets are charged at $30 each per stay.

Please note if Sunday checkin then please add $725 weekend cleaning charge


Please contact us for a quote. Discounts are available on 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 full weekend rate. 

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


THE HUNTER VALLEY LODGE AND RETREAT is on five acres surrounded by lawns and gardens and consist of four buildings, the Lodge, the Retreat, Bison Den (Games Room) & Laundry, all only 50 meters apart. It also has a small dam and Rotunda at the front of the property and a dog run for your furry friend. The Lodge has a swimming pool (closed in the winter months), a five person hot tub/spa and bocce court and free WiFi. There are five TV's available one in the Lodge TV room (Foxtel), Stag room, Lodge dining room, Retreat lounge room and in the Bison Den games room. We have two WiFi speakers and Blue Ray player for music and a huge DVD and CD Library. The Hunter Valley Lodge and Retreat can accommodate up to 32 guests or 25 guests in individual beds.


The main building the Lodge consists of six spacious Bedrooms - three on the ground floor, which share two large bathrooms (one with freestanding bath) and three on the first floor all with their own ensuites. 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 fireplace plus a TV lounge on the first floor. The dining room has a huge dining table and can seat twenty four guests with second table for further four.

The semi commercial kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery and glassware for up to 30 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 two toasters, two kettles, two Nespresso machines, rice cooker and electric fry pan.

The outside entertainment area consists of a swimming pool and 5 person 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 area and a BBQ area that has both a hooded BBQ and a flat top BBQ.


The Retreat consists of four bedrooms - two on the ground floor and two on the first floor plus two bathrooms. It has gas heating on the ground floor and a reverse cycle air conditioner on the first floor. All rooms have ceiling fans. The Retreat has a kitchen/dining room with dishwasher, oven, gas cook top, 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 Bison Den is our games room and has a large screen TV and blue ray player (can play music), a pool table, table tennis table, Cinema 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 and there is also a laundry with washing machine and dryer.

We provide hairdryers in all bathrooms plus toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner and body wash. We provide a small 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.


All bedrooms have luxurious commercial quality Sealy beds and mattresses and all are equipped with a desk and desk lamp and seating. Many of the king beds can be split into two king singles if required. All beds are made with crisp cotton commercially laundered linen. We have a firm and a soft pillow selection for each bed. We use a light quilt in the summer months and two quilts in the winter. There are also a good selection of blankets.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018


Cessnock House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 32
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • 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
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 10 - 17 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • winery tours


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Hunter Valley Lodge & Retreat - Magnificent Lodge
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 52 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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!!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Great Family long weekend at Hunter Valley Lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had a family wedding to attend in Pokolbin. Hunter Valley Lodge and retreat was a short 10 minute drive which made it ideal, as a bonus we were only 5 mins from Cessnock also, great for a quick drive to the shops if needed... great location! The house is awesome, very unique, and comfortable. We had a family group of 20+ and it was great to have an outdoor dining area that could accommodate us all, this is very rare for holiday accommodation. The retreat was also very comfortable and well appointed. Sue the owner was very understanding,helpful and great to deal with, as was the Hunter valley stays team. The Lion roars every morning and other animal calls throughout day were a welcome bonus to our stay. I highly recommend this property and will hopefully be back one day. Our stay at Hunter Valley Lodge and retreat certainly helped make our 3 night/4 day stay one of the best family short holidays ever !

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Luis I am glad your family had a wonderful stay and thank you for your lovely review. We hope you will come back again and visit us soon.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Loved our stay

  • 5 of 5

We had 10 family groups that stayed comfortably in the lodge and retreat for a company conference. Loved listening to the lion roars & cat calls from the zoo at sunset. Great decor through the house that made the stay very unique. lovely comfortable beds.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Sarah Thank you for your lovely review and we would love to welcome you back at the Lodge very soon.
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Long Jetty, New South Wales, Australia


  • 5 of 5

The property was so nice. And great location aswell

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Hi Thomas Glad you had a great time. Come back and visit us again soon
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Other Activities:

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 20 guests. Property has 26 beds and can sleep a maximum 32 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Booking Fee: $35 per stay

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