River Wing - Hot Tub
River Wing - Bedroom
French Wing - Bedroom
French Wing - Kitchen
Schoolhouse - Bath
St. Mary\'s on Ally Anglican Church
Camyr Allyn Winery
Vintage Golf Course
Barrington Tops - Jerusulum Creek
One of the Retreat\'s gardeners
Gresford Annual Rodeo
Heritage Retreat - River View
Aerial view of the Retreat
The Retreat is a heritage circa 1881 school on riverside gardened grounds.
The Retreat was awarded 'Best New Business' and highly commended for 'Tourism & Hospitality' by the District Chamber of Commerce. To quote the judges the Retreat is "above outstanding". Top ranking by all guests. Independently critiqued across over 500 luxury accommodations in Australia as being in the top 5%.
The Retreat is committed to environmental sustainability which includes the usage of solar power, energy efficient electricals and rain water having been awarded the advanced Ecotourism certification and endorsed by T-QUAL.
Boutique self contained luxury stays for couples. The Retreat is liquor licensed with a in-suite diverse choice supplemented by bottled water all at a competitive price. By all means BYO.
The tariff per suite per couple per night for a minimum stay of 2 nights is $255 mid-week (Sunday to Thursday) and $285 for weekends (Friday and Saturday) and $300 for single night stays. The tariff is in Australian dollars and includes breakfast ingredients to self-cook and GST with no charge for credit card transaction fees.
A choice of separate and distinguishable styled suites:
o River Wing with a gentrified touch,
o French Wing for that Parisian provincial feel, and
o Schoolhouse with a distinctly New York
Each suite comprises:
o gourmet kitchen with dining room so please self cater for meals with a near by 'Foodworks' and 'Country Meat Butcher' available,
o lounge with bedroom,and
o large bathroom.
Old meets new. The exterior retains its heritage origin and colours. The new transcends a hot tub in the River Wing's veranda to classic bidet and claw bath in the French Wing and a waterfall glass bath in the Schoolhouse.
Comfort features include an entertainment centre, wood fire to mellow by and gourmet kitchen.
Beyond the comforts, pampering with a facial and choice of massage by a qualified professional are available in the privacy of your suite.
With gardens to roam, fireplaces to relax by or tour the local historic townships, taste el vino, play golf and visit the world heritage Barrington Tops. The surrounds are rural with families of platypus, kangaroos and diverse birds from rosella to kookaburra and hawk.
The Retreat sits on a 2 acre parcel of land which makes for a range of things to do. The river is inviting for a swim or perhaps the catch of the day. The golf driving net and chipping green beckon. Each retreat has its own activity from croquet to boule and outdoor checkers.
The Heritage Retreat is directly adjacent to the St. Mary on Allyn Church and near by St. Anne's Anglican Church and St.Helen's Catholic Church. The Retreat serves as an ideal location for wedding party's to prepare, guests to stay or a marque to be erected to cater for your reception.
Additionally, wine tours and transfers to concerts and events can be arranged by coach, limousine or helicopter.
Where are we?
The Retreat is nestled in the Hunter Valley. It is centred in the shire of Dungog between the vineyards of Cessnock and the recreational Barrington Tops world heritage reserve.
The Retreat is located within an easy drive of Sydney, Newcastle, Port Stephens and more. Alternatively, flights are available to Newcastle by sea plane or commercial plane with chauffer car or mini bus transfers or simply hire a car at the Newcastle airport or township. For the more indulgent a helicopter service is available from a pick up of your choice and lands at your door on the Retreat.
The Hunter Valley hosts a diverse range of events which are listed on the Retreats web site. Events include:
o Concerts that range from iconic international lead singers and bands to opera performed in stunning locations,
o Rodeos and campdrafts,
o Festivals that include the worlds biggest showing of Australian films, the spring gardens display and the annual Wine and Food month, and
o Polo set in a relaxed picnic atmosphere.
Vehicle, coach, limousine and helicopter return transfers may be booked subject to availability from the Retreat.
Airconditioning, Wheelchair Access, Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher
- DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo
- Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave, Dishwasher
- Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
- Heated Spa (not spa bath)
- Airconditioning, Open Fireplace, Spa Bath, Heaters
- Clothes dryer, Washing Machine
- Wheelchair Access, Non-Smoking, Eco-Friendly, Parking
- Golf driving net, Boule, European & Asian cookware, Out door checkers, CD's provided, Croquet, DVD's provided
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