We have just returned from 2 wonderful nights in the Edge villa at Cedars Mount View. When we arrived the fire was on and soft music was playing, the wine was waiting in the wine cooler and there was a welcoming ( delicious) cupcake for us in the kitchen. It was a lovely introduction to a beautiful location.
If you are looking for a quiet and romantic location where you and your loved one can get away from it all - this is the place! Cedars is very secluded, a good 10 minute drive up a winding ( but perfectly good) road from the main road. There are a couple of wineries and restaurants about 5 minutes drive away but my advice would be to eat out for lunch and plan to stay in for dinner.
The finish, fittings and design of the Edge are outstanding, with everything of the highest quality. Rugs so deep you could get lost in them, a well fitted out kitchen with Scanpan knives, lovely linens, thick towels and bathrobes.
The Edge villa has it's own separate entrance from the road and has a peaceful outlook across a babbling creek towards bush and a green field. The windows are thoughfully placed to feature the views fron almost every room and the full width back deck is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine ( faces north) . The deck has two comfortable chairs and a low coffee table, one thing we thought was missing here was a small dining setting on the deck - it would have been nice to eat our breakfast out there.
Inside the main living area , at one end is a large comfortable leather lounge ( my husband appreciated the high back, so many "designer" lounges look great but are NOT comfortable) , a huge 3D Tv, with attached blu-ray and Foxtel box. This system is wired into an excellent speaker system. At the other end of the room is a HUGE hydotherapy spa which sits on an elevated position so you can enjoy the bush views from the spa. There is also a second TV placed so that you can watch from the spa. Immediately behind the bath, mounted inside the wall cavity is a wine cooler. This contains complimentary soft drinks and water and a bottle of wine. There is also a third Tv set in the bedroom. They provide an interesting selection of Blu rays ( some 3D - eg The Hobbit and Life of Pi )
Mounted into the wall next to the lounge is a large, gas flame effect heater and there is air-conditioning here and in the bedroom. The bathroom is spacious and has underfoor heating which we apprecited on a cool July morning. A large 2 person shower area with a handheld shower head and a second, illuminated rain shower head. The loo has a fine view too!
The whole villa features attractive mood lighting ( most with dimmers) , we particularly loved the feature stair lighting ( the switch for this was tucked behind the curtains near the spa)
The kitchen is well appointed with oven, microwave, small dishwasher and a wide selection of implements, bowls etc. The only thing we missed was some egg rings for our BBQ eggs. The BBQ is out the front in the carport, has excellent non-slip grills but would be improved with a light immediately over the BBQ - it was a bit hard to tell if the sausages were cooked on a dark evening.
We had ordered BBQ pack and Nibbles platter which were both so generous that they fed us for dinner on our two nights. The breakfast supplies are very generous too - your choice of bread, muesli, oats, pancake mix, baked beans, jams & honey, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, onions, and a wide selection of Twinings teas and plunger coffee.
There are very few cons to the Edge villa - as mentioned above a dining setting on the deck and better lighting over the BBQ would be nice. The design of the villa is overwhelmingly excellent and I only had one fault to find with it - the bedside "benches" are too small and are a bit too far from the bed to reach things easily.
However, those were very minor points in an overwhelmingly positive experience - we loved the Edge villa and hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Hunter Valley accommodation for couples in split level open plan one bedroom spa villas or a two bedroom/2 bathroom spa cottage. Cedars Mount View offers the rare luxury of absolute privacy and quiet combined with modern, elegant interiors and all the modern conveniences including two person spas, gas flame log fire, flat screen satellite TVs, DVDs and IPOD docks.These secluded villas are fully self contained to dine in or on the deck and full breakfast provisions are supplied for your stay - espresso machine. Personal itineraries, indulgence packages and restaurant transfers are available on request. Indulgence packages include Helicopter pickups from your door for lunch or events, to in-house massage by prior arrangement.The villas are thoughtfully scattered over 100 acres (40 hectares) with a meandering Cedar Creek running through the property. There are parklike vistas, easy walking trails and abundant wildlife.Mount View boutique wineries nearby and chefs hatted Bistro Molines. Twenty minutes scenic drive to the centre of Pokolbin. ... more less
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