Newly renovated Gumtree Wai is a large beautiful modern 4 bedroom, 3 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. 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 recent upgrades, such as 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 custom made leather huge modular lounge upon which you can kick back, relax and enjoy a movie from our 1000+ collection. The property has new bedroom carpets, lounge rooms rugs and eclectically styled furnishings, which 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 by you), 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. Visit the largest Botanical Gardens and shopping village in Australia at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Have fun ice-skating, tobogganing and snowman building during their 'Snowtime in the Gardens' event or the spectacular Christmas lights extravaganza in December and July. Attend 'Christmas in July' events on at many of the local vineyards or a spectacular concert. 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. Snuggle up and read a book in the double hammock, watch a movie from our extensive collection that caters for both adults, teens and young ones 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, or simply watch the wild resident rabbits, wallabies, ducks, kookaburras, parrots and pelicans.
The homestead has all the mod cons you can imagine and is stylishly presented. It features reverse cycle, ducted air conditioning (in all living areas and bedrooms), 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 another new poolside BBQ for your lunchtime sausage sizzles! If you don't feel like cooking then fine dining is available at the many well known Hunter Valley restaurants, such as Bistro Molines at Tallavera Grove and Briar Ridge, both at Mount View or The Cellar, Twine, Restaurant Eighty Eight and Circa 1876 all at Pokolbin. There's also a great country pub food with lovely Valley views just 5 mins away at Ellalong.
The property comfortably sleeps 8 adults over four bedrooms, plus a child in a cot (by request). Two additional fully sprung single mattresses can be provided for 9th & 10th guests in the bedrooms plus and additional double for the 11th & 12th guests by request. This makes the maximum capacity of the property 12 adults and one child. The large Master suite includes a queen bed and ensuite. Extra beds are only provided free for groups of over 8 who have paid for additional guests. 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 group minibus pick ups are available directly from the property and back to concert venues in the Hunter Valley, as well as winetasting tours that run for half days or full days. Pony trekking is also available locally. 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.
*Please note that 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 and will result in automatic loss of bond and eviction.
*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 $195 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. Payments for balance and bond are via direct debit bank transfer only as we do not accept credit card payments.
"What happens if I need to cancel or alter my booking?"
A copy of our booking and cancellation policy can be requested via email but any cancellation will result in loss of deposit. Any cancellation made 4 weeks or less prior to booking date will result in loss of full balance unless property is able to be relet for equal or greater value. 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!)
Hot air ballooning
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.