We stayed at Willow Tree Estate in the Hunter Valley, NSW, for only one night on 30th December 2014. I wish we’d had more time there because it was absolutely perfect.
The Hunter Valley is beautiful and awash with wine tasting estates, restaurants etc.. Lots of places to visit, within easy reach - like the Hunter Valley Gardens – a complex of gardens, shops, restaurants. We didn’t have time to see the gardens, unfortunately – will have to revisit!
Willow Tree estate is a family run property, with Raylee Keleher masterminding everything. It is a stunning place, lots of land to walk around, with plenty of places to sit and just enjoy the view of the dam and the surrounding vineyards. The lovely pool was a very welcome bonus.
There are 9 or 10 rooms (I think) all with an individual theme - ours was Paris and France. So much nicer than a carbon copy hotel room that could be anywhere in the world. Our large room was upstairs at the front of the property, with air conditioning, a large modern bathroom, balcony and outstanding views. We felt thoroughly spoilt.
Raylee is so friendly and welcoming , with plenty of tips and suggestions about where to go in the valley. We were doing a wine tour in the afternoon and she was able to check us in early so that we could be ready for our pick-up. (The wine tour was with Two Fat Blokes – brilliant fun – I recommend their half-day hunter valley snapshot tour.)
Breakfast was continental, with plenty to choose from – fruit, cereals, muffins, eggs with fresh coffee and tea selection. There was also bottled water, tea and coffee in our room and a gift of a bottle of wine and chocolates too!
Because we knew we wouldn’t be able to drive anywhere for dinner that night I was concerned that we’d have a problem getting somewhere to eat. We needn’t have worried. There are restaurant shuttles you can book. However, we ate at the Tuscany Estate next door – a 1 minute drive or a 10 minute leisurely stroll on a quiet road, past the vineyards. Tuscany have an upmarket restaurant and another, less formal one – Brokenback BBQ and Tapas Bar - where we were able to cook our own steaks and watch the sun set from the veranda. A lovely evening. There is plenty of hotel-type accommodation around the valley, but Willow Tree Estate is just such a special place, stay there. You’ll be glad you did!
A spur of the moment decision led us to take a Saturday night away in the wineries. Much of the accommodation in the Hunter does not allow a one night stay at weekends so we were pleased to find Willow Tree Estate. We have stayed many times in the wineries but never in this area. We found this a very relaxing and charming property. The views from our verandah were superb. The room was spacious and comfortable. We enjoyed the pool as it was a very warm day and we felt at home due to the very relaxed and welcome by Raylee.
If you are wanting to get away from the hustle of the city life then this would be a good start! There was some noise in the late evening from an adjacent premises ( a wedding reception was in full swing) but this was not unduly intrusive. Sound travels a long way in this wonderful area.I Recommend this accommodation.
We booked to stay at the Willow Tree Estate as we were coming to the Hunter Valley for a concert. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived by how stunning the property was and the view from our balcony was just incredible. As it was scorching hot when we arrived we had a dip in the pool. Raylene was beyond accommodating and despite having an issue with our air conditioning she went above and beyond to have it fixed and ensure we were comfortable. We would highly recommend staying at Willow Tree for a peaceful, romantic getaway.
The location was great and on a very pretty property with a lake and ducks and kangaroos. Quiet location but still very close to many wineries. The summer house spa room we stayed in was completely sepperate from the main building which made it very private. The staff were very friendly and helpful. A hot breakfast option would a great idea, just as a suggestion :)
We were pleasantly surprised on our arrival at Willow Tree Estate. Our room had everything we could possibly need & breakfast was lovely. While Willow Tree is secluded enough to completely relax, the proximity to the busier part of the vineyards was perfect. Only a short drive to experience tastings of cheese, chocolate & wines. The surrounding views are stunning. We highly recommend a stay at Willow Tree.
The team at Willow tree were amazing so friendly and helpful. We had such a peaceful and restful break.
Thanks so much. Can highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a quite place to stay!!!
The view and surrounds were just great.
We stayed only for one night in the summerhouse but it was well worth it! You can drive your car right up to the studio for easy access. I recommend getting up early and having a look at all the kangaroos that come up real close, lots of them!! So blissfully quiet and so close to nature, great spot!