Undercliff Settlers Cottage, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

The magnetic north

“Our destination, Settlers Cottage at Undercliff Winery, is on a well-used dirt road just outside the village. It’s dark when we arrive but the winery dog (named Tannin) welcomes us with loud enthusiasm and, if allowed, would follow us all the way to the cottage. The cottage is set into a hill overlooking the vineyard,…

Stonehurst Cellar Door, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Tipple among the lavender

“Cedar Creek is a 220-hectare property with seven hectares of vineyards, 40 head of cattle, more than 200 deer and its own cellar door, Stonehurst Wines. The property’s six cottages have been beautifully rebuilt by current owner Daryl Heslop who has run the property with his wife Philippa for 28 years. Our two-bedroom cottage, the…

Valley Field Escape, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Go ahead, shake your grove thing

“Valleyfield Escape is the perfect spot for doing absolutely nothing. A villa on a 100-plus-hectare property owned by restaurateur Armando Percuoco, who operates Paddington’s revered Buon Ricordo, it is a little slice of paradise for two. Set high on a hill, overlooking the main homestead and a quirky sculpture garden designed by Michael Cooke, Valleyfield…