***CLOSING DOWN ON 30th APRIL 2015***

At Blackthorn Hill Retreat pets get preferential treatment and luxury extras at this traditional homestead with modern country decor set on a 25 acre farm stay. Each pet receives a holiday ID tag during their stay, complimentary treats and a fully fenced ½ acre garden around the house where they can run free off leash.

Parents and their fur babies can relax indoors in front of the TV & cozy fire whilst pets get their own mini chaise lounge and can make use of the many items in the Pet Pamper Hamper we provide. For extra larger dogs, owners have the additional option of our Pet Safe professional kennel run so they can explore the Vineyards on our doorstep and go wine tasting in the immediate area.

To maintain a high standard for all future visitors we ensure all pets are C5 vaccinated and treated for ticks and fleas. We also include a guest information book packed with plenty of pet friendly places in the local area, as tried and tested by our loveable kelpie cross farm dog Angus who will give pets a tour of the farm if they wish.


- 1 x self-contained house (3 bedrooms) sleeps 6/8
- onsite reception 24 hrs / 7 day
- 270 degree Vineyard views
- Fully equipped kitchen (all modern inclusions)
- Private pool
- all linen supplied
- 2 showers (1 indoors - 1 outdoors)
- 2 toilets (1 indoors - 1 outdoors)
- 1 bath
- Undercover BBQ area (6 burner gas bbq)
- CD/Radio/iPod/iPhone stereo
- Flat screen TV with HDMI outlet
- DVD/VHS player
- Heating
- Ceiling fans
- Washing machine (restricted use due to rain water only)
- Electric flame effect Fire
- Electric Blankets
- Outdoor Patio heater
- iPad dock with Radio alarm clock


- 1 double bedroom
- 1 twin bedroom
- 1 twin bedroom
- 1 sofa bed
- 1 cot (no hire charge)


- Maximum 8 guests
- No smoking inside the house
- For domestic use only (no functions) this means that 6/8 people cannot rent our home out and invite tens of external guests to our property.
- Dogs must be C5 vaccinated, quiet and well behaved

- Check in time 2.00pm
- Departure time 10.00am


- 4 dogs max (unless authorised with the owners in advance)
- All sizes welcome
- C5 vaccinated only
- must be treated for Ticks, Fleas, & Gut worms
- Allowed indoors if well behaved
- 1/4 acre of Secure fenced garden (900mm lowest point)
- Extra-large Pet Safe kennel run on a paved base (2300mm (w) x 4000mm (L) x 1800mm (H) with shade, water & dog house.
- 'Pet Pamper Hamper' (shampoo, brush, towel, toys, etc)
- Dog/guest information book (packed full of all the best pet friendly things to do in the Hunter Valley as tried and tested by our loveable Kelpie cross farm dog)
- 4 stainless steel dog bowls
- Dog paddling pool
- Dog first aid kit
- Holiday ID tags (just incase they go on a little adventure during their stay)
- 1 small dog chaise lounge inside the house
- 1 extra large dog bed outdoors
- 1 pet dirt trap door mat (wipe paws and carry on)
- 1 pack complimentary "Natures Gift" treats

NOTE: Because full protection after a vaccination may take up to 2 weeks to become fully effective, we don't accept dogs that have had their C5 less than 2 weeks before the dates of intended stay.

GLOWING REVIEWS from non-dog owners too, WOW'ed by our cleanliness and fresh smelling accommodation.


- From Sydney CBD 1hr 50mins hour drive north on the M1 (F3) freeway until you see signs for the NEW 'Hunter Expressway' which flows into the New England Hwy and take the Hermitage Rd exit to the vineyards. We're 2 mins from the exit.
- From Brisbane Newcastle ~ Virgin Airlines daily.....Car 1+ hours drive.
- From Melbourne Newcastle ~ Virgin Airlines daily ....Car 1+ hours drive
- From Adelaide Newcastle ~ Virgin Airlines daily ....Car 1+ hours
- From Perth flying.... to Sydney ~ Virgin Airlines daily ....Car 2+ hours


- 10 minutes drive to Hunter Valley Gardens / Harrigans Irish Pub
- Cessnock: 15 minutes by car
- Singleton: 15 minutes by car
- Branxton: 6 minutes by car
- 10 minute drive to Hope Estate
- 10 minute drive to Tempus Two
- 10 minute drive to Greg Normans Golf Course The Vintage
- 2 to 5 minutes drive to wide selection of Wineries / Cellar doors / Cafes & Restaurants
(driving times are approximate due to traffic etc)


- Wine Cheese & Chocolate Tasting
- Horse riding
- Hot air ballooning
- Bicycle hire
- Golf courses
- Glass blowing
- Concert venues
- Helicopter rides
- Brewery Tours
- Cooking schools
- Zoo
- Food festivals
- Garden shows
- School holiday activities for children at the Hunter Valley Gardens


- High chair
- Cot & basinet (no linen)
- Childs toilet seat
- Socket protectors
- Stop slams
- Lots of Toys
- Colouring pads and pencils
- Games
- Story books



- MID-WEEK (SUN - THURS) - (min 1 night stay)
- Minimum 6 persons for the House @ $75 per person per night = $450.00
- 7th adult $60pn
- 8th adult $50pn
- extra children (aged over 3-12yrs) $30 pp/pn

- WEEKENDS (FRI/SAT or SAT/SUN) - (min 2 night stay)
- Minimum 6 people for the House @ $115 per person per night = $1380.00
- 7th adult $170 per weekend
- 8th adult $150 per weekend
- extra children (aged over 3-12yrs) $80 per weekend

- PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - (FRI/SAT/SUN) - (min 3 night stay)
- Minimum 6 people for the House @ $95 per person per night = $1710.00
- 7th adult $220 per weekend
- 8th adult $170 per weekend
- extra children (aged over 3-12yrs) $120 per 3nt weekend

- Children (0-3yrs) FREE
- Dogs C5 vaccinated only - FREE

* All bookings must be supported with a c/card
*last minute booking discount does not apply to special offers


- Reception: 24/7
- Amex (3.6 % surcharge applies)
- Visa / Mastercard (1.6% surcharge applies)
- Eftpos
- Direct deposit

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absoutely brilliant The property was beautiful, the area was exceptional and the hosts very attentive. The house was spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. The pool and barbecue social area was a great space for sharing with family. The dinning area was decorated for Christmas and it was a lovely thoughtful touch. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2015-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous for all the family We stayed for 4 nights over the January holidays with our two daughters and two fox terriers......and we all loved it! The house is beautifully kept with cottage charm and modern conveniences. The property is truly family friendly with something for everyone, the pool for the kids, the huge garden for the dogs to run and play and the undercover day beds for mum and dad to relax in and soak up the gorgeous views. A stunning part of the Hunter......we will be back soon.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Peaceful Holiday Retreat We had a wonderful stay at Blackthorn Hill. Our hosts were welcoming and went out of their way to make our stay relaxing. The home was well furnished and clean. Our dog was well catered for and made to feel special. This was our second visit and would definitely like to stay again. We would definitely recommend Blackthorn Hill to anyone who was after a very relaxing getaway ( with or without a dog).
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect getaway in the Hunter Perfect location, beautifully clean and comfortable house. Set up for people travelling with dogs, by a couple who love dogs themselves. All information about the property provided well in advance, and excellent info on services and attractions in the area available in the house. Plus the honey they sell is very very good.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Beautiful place to stay! Everything about our whole stay was perfect. Thank you so much for helping us find our escaped huskies.
Date published: 2014-09-17
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Cot & Toys upon request, Pets Allowed Indoors, ipad / ipod / iphone dock, Large Pet & Child Seure Fenced Garden, Hair dryer, Very well equiped kitchen, 2nd Outdoor shower and toilet, Electric Blankets, 24 Hours Reception


Our price range is from $75pp/pn to $115pp/pn, (minimum 6 persons for the house). Our classification is "Budget". LAST MINUTE BOOKING DISCOUNT DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY SPECIAL OFFERS.

Last minute deal!

Stay before 05 May 2015 for 20% off.

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
* $450 $1380 $2680 2 $85 $45
* $450 $1140 $2544 3 $75 $45
* $450 $1380 $2680 2 $85 $45
* $450 $1140 $2544 3 $75 $45
* $450 $1380 $2680 2 $85 $45
Additional Costs
Mandatory costs
Bond deposit $300 p/s

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.

Prices listed based on 6 adults. Property has 6 beds and can sleep a maximum 8 people.

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