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 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 in the hammock, 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 baby chicks, 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 Stunning house, grounds and pool We booked Gumtree Wai as a last minute trip away and couldn't have been happier with our choice. The house is stunning, huge, private, peaceful and incredibly stylish- everything that we were hoping for and much more. We loved collecting our eggs from the hens each morning and watching the new baby chicks playing was really cute. The sheep and lambs in the paddocks are very friendly and literally ate out of our hands and came over to be patted! The big open plan kitchen/lounge/diner with all top of the range appliances made cooking a pleasure. The coffee machine was a real treat each morning! Lots of games and new DVD's for both adults and children provided,aswell as gaming consoles for teenagers, which was an added bonus. The pool at Gumtree Wai must be double the size of any we've seen at a private residence before, which was marvelous. It's also heated so we were able to swim at night under the stars whilst listening to wildlife. The pretty lighting around made this a magical experience. Leila was great at recommending local pubs, restaurants, tours and generally organising the whole trip for us. We can't speak highly enough of Gumtree Wai and cannot wait to get back there for a Winter trip to use the wood burner and the big outdoor bonfire. A great property for large groups with spacious comfortable bedrooms and all new bathrooms. Lots of beautiful furniture and decor everywhere gave it a 5* feel, along with all the amenities provided. The boys even had a game of golf in the grounds and spotted kangaroos and wallabies in the adjoining bush. Thank you Leila for a great holiday!
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful property A group of 10 of us have just arrived back from our stay at Gumtree Wai and we couldn't be happier. Lovely clean rooms and great lounge area. The pool was a highlight for me! The house has everything you need for your stay & is in a great location near the vineyards. Also great communication from the property manager. Perfect house for our stay in the hunter.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal House We had an amazing time. The house is equipped so well. The rooms are clean and well fitted out! The pool was lovely, and the eggs from the chickens were a brilliant touch! We will be back! Had an absolute blast! Amazing. Leila was great at helping us to organise. Do the wine tour. Great fun!
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from January 2015 stay Dishwasher broken before our arrival which was met with an immediate refund. However the fridge was not cooling and after a late evening advice on our first day, the replacement was not delivered and cool to safely store food until 2pm the following day. As a result we had a considerable amount of food having to be thrown out. There was no compensation for this. We were lucky that there was a small portable fridge to save some of what we had. I understand that a new bar fridge and new fridge are now installed. Both Mum's staying commented on the cleanliness. Which the owner has addressed in cleaners and replacement of cooking items. The septic alarm went off with 1/2 hr of our arrival, which post our stay was linked to a faulty sensor. The extra premium for linen which is not included in the accommodation price. Note communication is limited, by that SOS mobile only. You can't communicate via email or mobile and no land line to raise any issues. Without driving back into Cessnock. Isn't a positive. Considering we had to exercise this. On the positives, the games, dvd's and toys are a great addition. The pool was great. For the issues we had, the owner has offered early checkin and late check out on our next stay.
Date published: 2015-02-02
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
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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 06 Apr 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.

  • $495 p/n
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Additional Costs
Mandatory costs Optional costs*
Bond deposit $400 p/s Late 6pm check out $150 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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