Newly renovated Gumtree Wai is a large beautiful modern 4 bedroom, 2.5 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 vineyards and Cessnock CBD. A place for all seasons, Gumtree Wai is sure to become a favourite holiday home for you, your family and friends to get together and relax. Many 2015 upgrades, such as brand new fridge-freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, wood burning fire, additional bar fridge and beautiful huge pizza oven for outdoor kitchen/BBQ area, new kitchen bench tops, newly landscaped pool area, children's play area and 9 brand new baby chicks have made the property more appealing than ever for guests. All this, along with the new modular lounge, bedroom carpets, loungerooms rugs and eclectically styled furnishings, add a high end 'interior designer' feel to your stay in the spectacular Hunter Valley. There's a very good reason why Gumtree Wai is consistently rated with 5* reviews from our guests! We can even organise a charcoal spit roast for hire at the property for your stay for only $99 per weekend (no pick up/drop off required), which can be a fun and easy way to cater for larger groups.
Imagine hot Summer days lazing by the heated resort style pool, casual strolls across the paddock 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 they 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 our Australian White sheep and 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 child in cot by request. Two additional fully sprung mattresses can be provided for 9th & 10th guests in the bedrooms by request. These can be joined to create a king bed.
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 cot and 2 high chairs, 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!
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 $50 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. Gumtree Wai is a property geared towards quiet peaceful relaxation in a beautiful rural setting. It is not a party property and any parties or functions are strictly prohibited.
*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 for $135 per 8 adult group stay. Linen and towels are otherwise not provided at the property.
Pets are strictly prohibited at the property.
"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 does not allow any pets at the property. There is a wonderful pet sitter located on the same road that guests can be put in touch with.

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 Amazing Property Amazing property with all you could ask for and more. Kitchen is very well equipped and there's plenty to do outside - BBQ, pool, yabbying and more. Would 100% book in again.
Date published: 2015-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing holiday house!! Gumtree wai was a great getaway from the city life. It has everything you need and Leila is very accomodating. The only downside was the reception which she did mention BUT it helped the 10 of us actually bond during the stay as opposed to sit in our phones the entire time. The house itself is so good! Our favourite would have to be the pool, we spent majority of our days there. We also loved collecting eggs from the chooks at midday. Overall a great stay and I would definitely come back!
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Child Friendly House What a great stay, chickens with fresh eggs, a fantastic fire pit, amazing child friendly atmosphere and new spring lambs jumping around. We didn't have to bring anything for the kids, the house is full of books and toys. Fantastic.
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cliche .. but it's a home away from home! I don't normally write reviews but this property far exceeded my expectations and I really feel the need to recommend this property to everyone who stumbles across this page! The house is fully equipped, and when I say fully, I mean it is stocked up with absolutely everything you need and would find in your own kitchen at home (there's a gas stove!!!!). The views at sunset over the valley are gorgeous and the fire place was great. We didn't use the outdoor fire pit, pool or BBQ but it was great to have that option. Sure there's no phone reception but that's the whole of a get away isn't it? The house isn't sparkling clean spotless like a brand new hotel I have to admit, however it just feels a bit more home-y (and I'm a clean freak). Nothing was greasy or grimey. There was a detailed manual for everything you need to know about the property. All in all, 5/5 stay, thank you for letting us stay at your property.
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, beautiful place to stay. Spent the weekend here with my friends and the kids. It is absolutely beautiful. The house is large, open planned, comfortable and fabulously decorated. The place is spotless, the kitchen full of all sorts of pots and pans, coffee, tea, sugar and fresh eggs (if the chooks have layed). There's so much for the kids to do. Feed the chooks and the sheep, run themselves ragged, go swimming in the heated pool, play with all the toys provided, go Yabbie trapping (in the dam) or just sit. That goes for the adults too, lol Joel, Bricky the dogs' Dad (care taker) is courteous and hardy. He answered every single rapid fire question thrown at him by an enthusiastic 6 year old boy. This place is just beautiful. I loved every bit of my weekend away, I wish we'd stayed longer, but I will be back, 100%
Date published: 2015-03-31
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Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Swimming Pool, Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher

DVD player, In-house Movies/Videos, Stereo
High chair, Cot
Barbeque, Cooking Facilities, Microwave, Dishwasher
Linen Supplied, Ironing Facilities, Towels Supplied
Swimming Pool, Video Games
Airconditioning, Open Fireplace, Heaters
Washing Machine
Non-Smoking, Eco-Friendly, Parking
Collect fresh eggs each morning, Huge heated pool with Poolside BBQ, Giant outdoor firepit under a blanket of stars, Catch your own yabbies from our dam to BBQ, Hand feed our friendly Australian White sheep, Atmospheric indoor woodburning fire, Roos, wallabies, emus & beautiful birds, Stunning sunset views over the Watagan Mountains, 10 mins to Hunter Valley Vineyards, Make pizzas with our outdoor pizza oven



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 10 Dec 2015 for 10% off.

Special offer!

Extra special Springtime special! 20% discount off all bookings 1-10th November! Come and visit our brand newborn twin lambs!

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)
This property has a standard rate of: $489
Unless specified in the rate table or exceptions listed below, the standard rate will apply.
* $350 $990 $2450 2 $95 $55
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $95 $65
* $650 $1500 $4850 2 $95 $75
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $95 $65
* $350 $990 $2450 2 $95 $55
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $95 $65
* $325 $990 $2450 2 $95 $45
* $395 $990 $2950 2 $95 $65


The following dates have a special rate or exception applied. Please note any discounts applicable to these dates will still apply.

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Additional Costs
Mandatory costs Optional costs*
Bond deposit $500 p/s Late 6pm check out $195 p/s
Cleaner $99 p/s Linen & towels $195 p/s
Early 9am check in $150 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. Bookings paid through the Stayz online payment system incur a 2% credit card surcharge.

Prices listed based on 4 adults. Property has 6 beds and can sleep a maximum 10 people.