Newly renovated Gumtree Wai is a beautiful modern four bedroom, two bathroom western red cedar homestead located on 5 acres of picturesque, groomed land in the beautiful Congewai Valley, just 15 minutes from the famous Hunter Valley wine trail and Cessnock CBD. A place for all seasons, Gumtree Wai is sure to become a regular stop off for you, your family and friends. Many 2015 upgrades, such as brand new fridge-freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, wood burning fire, additional bar fridge for BBQ area, newly landscaped pool area, children's play area and 9 brand new baby chicks have made the property more appealing than ever for guests.
Imagine hot Summer days lazing by the heated resort style pool, casual strolls across the field watching the resident kangaroos, wallabies & occasional emu, or relaxing on the deck after fun-filled day of wine tasting in the many local Hunter Valley vineyards. Cool winter evenings spent sitting by the indoor wood burning fire sampling local cheese & port chosen at the vineyards that day, or alternatively, standing around the giant outdoor fire basket under a blanket of stars entertained by the rhythm and harmony of nocturnal wildlife. Catch yourself a meal of fresh water yabby from our dams to BBQ and enjoy it with a Hunter Valley semillon. Watch the kids and dogs run free over our beautiful 5 acres or play lawn bowls/cricket/golf with equipment provided on the paddocks or front house lawn. Relax on the huge enclosed wrap around deck, taking in the awesome views in every direction, especially those fabulous sunset views over the Watagan Mountains. Read a book, watch a movie or have fun with a variety of our board games, games console and sports equipment for the whole family to enjoy. Collect fresh eggs for breakfast each morning from our beautiful French Wheaten Maran hens & admire the six resident Australian White sheep and 9 brand newborn lambs.
The homestead has all the mod cons you can imagine and is stylishly presented. It features reverse cycle, ducted air conditioning, an open plan high-spec kitchen/dine/living area fully equipped for you to cater for yourself, family and friends in every way. We provide a BBQ on the house verandah for those fantastic sunset views, as well as a poolside BBQ for your lunchtime sausage sizzles! And if you don't feel like cooking then restaurant quality dining is available at the near by Paxton Hotel, just 5 minutes by car. There's also a great country pub with lovely Valley views at Ellalong.
The property comfortably sleeps 8 adults, plus two young children in cots by request. An additional fully sprung queen mattress can be provided for 9th & 10th adult guests in the master suite by request.
The large Master suite includes a queen bed and ensuite. Glass doors open onto the verandah where table and chairs have been placed for guests to enjoy a morning coffee, or to unwind with a nightcap at the end of the day. Our second bedroom has a queen bed also leading onto the expansive wrap around deck with gorgeous Valley views. The third and fourth bedrooms also offer double beds with views leading onto the private and pretty garden. All four bedrooms are fitted with ceiling fans and reverse cycle air-con.
Set up perfectly for easy family holidays, we can provide (on request) a timber cot and high chair etc. Along with a fire guard to make life easier and a fully fenced pool area aswell as a fenced flat house lawn, Gumtree Wai is ideal for those with little ones! We can also provide an additional port a cots and extra high chairs to accommodate two young children (on request), plus a portable baby basinette for a third little one by prior arrangement.
There are numerous local bushwalks just down the road, including the famous 'Great North Walk', but for the less adventurous, an easy flat walk or ride into the Congewai Valley to see colouful birds, expansive wildlife, amazing views and many local farms is just as much fun!
Private minibus pick ups are available directly from the property and back to concert venues in the Hunter Valley, as well as winetasting tours. Prices are $49 per person for a 4 hour wine tasting tour around the Hunter Valley vineyards including pick up and drop off from Gumtree Wai. The tours are for private groups of up to 10. Concert transfer from the property to concert venue are $25 each way. Pony trekking is also available locally for 1hr, 1.5hr or longer rides. Again, please enquire at time of booking for pricing and details.
Wine tasting on the doorstep, resort style pool area, 5 beautiful acres inc two dams stocked with yabbies, fresh eggs each morning to collect and a gorgeous wrap around expansive deck from which to eat, drink and relax while you take in the wonderful views. Book Gumtree Wai for your next family holiday or romantic retreat.
*Endeavour Group Australia is a community based not-for-profit organisation that exists to provide work for people living with disability in the Hunter Region. They supply high quality hotel grade bed linen, bath sheets, bath mats and hand towels to Gumtree Wai, along with and a number of 5* Hunter Valley hotels and boutique B&B's. We are proud to support this organisation and can offer this service to our guests. Please let us know at time of booking if you would like this extra.
"How soon after departure will I get my bond back?"
We do not hold your bond for longer than 7 days after your departure. Once a property inspection is completed your bond will be returned in full provided there has been no damage, theft or other breaches in our policies. These policies can be supplied on request.
"What happens if I need to cancel or alter my booking?"
A copy of our booking and cancellation policy can be requested via email. A deposit indicates that you have read and agreed to these terms.
"I have a gorgeous, well behaved dog. Can I bring her along?"
Due to free range chooks, lambs and sheep, Gumtree Wai no longer allows any pets.

Where are we?

Just 1.5hrs from Sydney's Upper North Shore, Gumtree Wai is seperated from historic Wollombi by the Watagan Ranges In a little known valley called Congewai. Home to several dozen local families Congewai offers seclusion with the convenience of being just a short drive to all the Hunter has to offer.

Gumtree Wai is situated five minutes drive from two country pubs which serve quality country-style meals. Within 10/15 minutes to the CBD Cessnock, fifteen minutes to the historic village of Wollombi and just ten minutes to Mount View vineyards and cellar doors and the start of the famous Hunter Valley vineyards.

What to do?

The Hunter Valley offers visitors a wide range of activities and interests:

World class restaurants and cellar doors.
Wineries and organised wine tours.
Hunter Valley Gardens (Great for the kids!)
Golf Courses
Hot air ballooning
Scenic flights
Horse riding
Morpeth Heritage Village
Historic village of Wollombi
Watagan Ranges - mountain tracks, walking and cycling, and the famous Great North Road for hiking.

The nearest attraction, the Great North Walk, is less than a kilometre from our property. You can take in some of the most stunning and expansive views imaginable.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Ahhhhh how's the serenity' This was the perfect spot for our family gathering! We had 10 adults and 3 children and were all very comfortable and well catered for. This property is extremely child friendly with plenty of equipment for the little ones. The pool is fantastic and was thoroughly enjoyed. The wineries are very close and it's a nice easy drive into chess com if groceries are needed. We all felt warm and cosy in this stunning family home. Plenty of parking for all of our cars (5!!!). The livestock were gorgeous and the boys in the family caught so many yabbies in the dam. The kids loved collecting the eggs in the morning and then we used them to cook omelettes at lunchtime. Every room was spacious and the beds were very comfortable and clean. We loved this place!
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most amazing trip! My group of friends and I went up to celebrate my birthday, we had the most wonderful time - the property was above and beyond our expectations! The house was spotless and the pool was regularly visited. The sheep and chooks were a fun edition and overall I cannot fault this amazing property! Leila was extra helpful and answered all our questions, we all can't wait to get back!
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful house and pool The house and the pool are stunning and exactly what you expect from the pictures. Leila was great at communicating everything that we needed to know and even helped with advice about wine tours. The house stays so nice and warm at night with the fireplace and having a big fire pit outside was great to gather around with some hunter wine in the evening. Having the sheep and hens in the property really adds something nice and quirky and really helps immerse you into the country feel. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely go back. Thanks for a wonderful stay.
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Family Holiday This was our first holiday since our 18 month old son was born along with our two other children and we could not have picked a better place to stay.Thank you Leila for allowing us to stay at "Gumtree Wai".It was everything and more than we expected.Very clean and homely.It had everything you needed.The kids loved everything from all your indoor toys/dvds/books to all the outdoor toys on the wrap around verandah and in the shed.There eyes lit up like it was christmas.Each morning they ran to check if the hens had laid there eggs they fed the sheep and little lambs .The kids swam each day for hours , the weather was great.Our dog had 5 acres of freedom to run and explore and loved the space outdoors at night on the fenced wrap around verandah.We planned on venturing out to visit a few local attractions but as well as us the kids did not want to leave,so we stayed and enjoyed everything that Gumtree Wai had to offer.We tried (unsuccessfully) to catch some yabbies but we certainly had fun doing it.We definantly made some beautiful memories ,we have recommended Gumtree Wai to all our friends.We will definantly be back.Thanks again Leila for a wonderful stay.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stay The house is gorgeous, big and really cosy. The fire keeps the house warm. The beds are comfy and the bathrooms were neat and tidy, the water pressure was also good. We didn't get to use the pool because it was a bit too cold. The bomb fire was perfect, a great place to hang out at night. The eggs from the chickens were pretty cool to go and collect each morning. The location wasn't too far away either, only a short drive to the vineyards and when you get home peace and quite. it was really easy to find as well.
Date published: 2014-06-22
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Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Swimming Pool, Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher

10 mins to Hunter Valley Vineyards
Catch your own yabbies from our dam to BBQ
Collect fresh eggs each morning
Cooking Facilities
DVD player
Giant outdoor firepit
Heated pool with Poolside BBQ
High chair
House verandah BBQ
In-house Movies/Videos
Indoor woodfire
Ironing Facilities
Linen Supplied
Open Fireplace
Roos, wallabies, emus & beautiful birds
Stunning sunset views
Swimming Pool
Towels Supplied
Video Games
Washing Machine


Price stated is for up to 4 adults and is the base rate for the property. Property sleeps groups of ten, made up of 8 adults and 2 children in cots During the school Summer holidays we prefer 7 night bookings but will consider all requests

Last minute deal!

Stay before 08 Feb 2015 for 10% 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)
* $350 $890 $2450 2 $75 $35
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $85 $45
* $325 $870 $2200 2 $75 $25
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $85 $45
* $350 $890 $2450 2 $75 $35
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $85 $45
* $350 $890 $2450 2 $75 $35
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $85 $45
* $650 $1500 $4850 3 $95 $55
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $85 $45


The following dates have a specific tariff and will not be charged the normal price, however any discounts will be applied.

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Additional Costs
Mandatory costs Optional costs*
Bond deposit $400 p/s Late 6pm check out $150 p/s
Pet cost per booking $35 p/s
Linen & towels $125 p/s
Early 9am check in $100 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 4 adults. Property has 4 beds and can sleep a maximum 10 people.

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