Description from the owner
Description from the owner
We may not offer white, fluffy towels or feather beds; gourmet restaurant or swimming pool. What we offer is a homely experience away from the crowds where you can see the wallabies and their babies, watch the wedge tail eagles soar on the thermals, set your watch by the frogs in the evening, hear the crickets, watch the orange moon rise on the horizon, watch the sun set in a blaze of glorious technicolour and on a clear night, reach out to the stars. You may also experience the wrath of the Gods during a spectacular thunderstorm with thunder echoing around the hills.
The accommodation comprises 2 bedrooms: 1 x 2 king singles/1 king double and ...Read more
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The Annex in the Hunter Valley Branxton, New South Wales, Australia
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
The Hunter Valley Region of New South Wales is renowned for good quality wines, gourmet restaurants and local produce. Since the first vine was planted in the 1820s the area is now the home of many well known brands. Many vineyards offer wine tasting tours; to get an overall view of the area the best way is from one of the many look out points or take an early morning balloon ride. Some vineyards also hold events such as operas, light entertainment, with well known singers, and craft fares.
The Barrington Tops NP, part of Australia World Heritage Area, offers guided tours, cabins within the Park as well as camping & caravan sites. There are many other Parks in the Region that are well worth visiting.
Newcastle was the second European settlement and Nobby’s Head was noticed by Captain Cook in 1770. The lighthouse is well worth a visit as are many historical buildings. Newcastle is the main port for exporting coal from the Hunter Valley Region. It is fast becoming a centre for arts in the area with entertainers coming from around the world.
Further to the north is the area of Scone which has been dubbed the horse racing area of Australia. Here the visitor can see vast studs owned by some of the best names in racing. Beyond Scone is the town of Tamworth known worldwide for its Country Music Festival held for a week in January.
The Annex is in an ideal location to visit all of the above as well as sampling wines of the Hunter Valley and savouring the excellent food on offer. Wyndham Estate established in 1828, the birthplace of Australian Shiraz, is 15 minutes away. There are a couple of boutique vineyards within 10 minutes open on certain days. Historic Morpeth, once a large inland river port, with its wide street, shops and excellent museum charting the history of the area will give the visitor an idea of a 1800s settlement. The 60 acre Hunter Valley Gardens with 10 individual themed gardens, one of which is a story book theme for children, is a must for gardeners. Various events are held throughout the year culminating in the spectacular Christmas Light show.
North of Newcastle is Stockton (50 minutes) & the 35km Stockton Bight stretching from Newcastle to Anna Bay. Another good day out is the One Mile Beach near Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens.
The former coal mining town of Maitland (40 minutes) has an excellent park with 3 swimming pools, children’s bike track and play area. The town hosts a 2 day Food, Wine and Music Festival in March and a Coffee Chocolate & Fine Food Festival in August.
The nearest town of Branxton (15 minutes) has a supermarket, excellent butcher, cafes, pharmacy, hardware and bottle shop selling beer and local wine. The Royal Federal Hotel offers good meals at competitive prices. There are a number of golf courses within easy reach, an excellent park with 3 swimming pools and play area. The nearest beaches are approximately 1hrs drive.
Both Maitland and Singleton (30 minutes) have hospitals offering 24hr coverage.
Because of the rural location of The Annex it is essential to have a car. There are many ways to get to The Annex from Sydney: fly to Newcastle or take the train & hire a car. Drive the Freeway or take a leisurely drive via the Hawkesbury River and follow the old Northern convict route through Wollembi.
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Nearest airport: Newcastle, 35 miles
Nearest train station: Maitland, 17 miles
Car is essential