Hunter Valley Holiday – Part 1 (Our Stay)

It’s officially my last week of holidays before I go back to college next week (for my last trimester – eep!) and I’m just ready for it to end. As you know, I worked for most of my summer break, trying to get in some extra cash before college takes up most of my week again. But after working 6 days a week for about 4 weeks straight, I finally had some time off last week to properly enjoy my break.

I had planned a month ago that Jared and I would head to the Hunter Valley for a few days to relax, but he wasn’t too sure we could afford it. So, in true Laura fashion, I saved up some money, did a tonne of searching for a place I could afford and booked the trip as a surprise. Needless to say, he was a happy camper when he found out.

The place I ended up choosing was a farm stay type accommodation called Wedge Tail Loft on Red Belly Farm, Ellalong (about 20 or so minutes out of Cessnock). I fell in love with the photos and description instantly. Acres upon acres of greenery, horses, chooks, rabbits, birds and other native wildlife. I couldn’t wait.

The day we left, would you believe it poured with rain the entire way there? It was just our luck huh? We didn’t let it dampen our spirits though (pun totally and completely intended). We stopped at my favourite “fast food” joint – Olivers Real Food, on the way to have some lunch. Nestled amongst the likes of McDonalds and other less than appetising food options, is this little gem of a place offering things like fresh salads, organic produce, free range chicken and plenty of gluten free and veggo-friendly options. I got a salad and brown rice and chicken sushi roll, and Jared got the chicken curry with brown rice and wholemeal garlic pita bread. We also got a couple of coffees, mine with almond milk. SO good!

1 2 The rest of the way to Wedgetail involved more greenery and dirt roads than I’ve seen in a long time. Jared was a little worried as we weren’t quite sure how well our little Toyota Echo would go on a bumpy dirt road, but it faired quite well and before we knew it, we had reached the farm.

Although it was grey skies as far as we could see, it was still so nice to walk up into our little lift and look out onto the gorgeous farm. It was clean, very well kept, the wall was lined with books and wine glasses (perfect for a relaxing day/night in) and the bed was lined with crisp, white sheets that we practically fell into. I also noticed the large water tanks on the property, so my eco-loving heart was happy to know that they relied on just rainwater for drinking and in the bathroom.

As we had no plans for our first day there, we curled up in bed, played checkers (we only got through 2 games – he won both and my ego wasn’t ready to get beat a third time), watched movies and listened to the rain fall on the tin roof outside.

3 4 5 615 16 79 108The next morning, I woke to bird noises, a rooster crowing and a light sprinkling outside. It was the most peaceful wake up I’d had in weeks and I lapped up every second of it. We had a wine tour planned for the day (which will be in my next blog post), so we made sure to eat something substantial before we left. I brought some organic essentials from home to keep us well fed – buckwheat bread, eggs, mixed greens, minute steaks, rice milk and dairy milk (for Jared). I used them to make us a hearty breakfast and we set out for the day.

12 13 14As the week progressed, the weather got better and better and we actually got a couple of days of full sun. We explored the farm and I got to get all up close and personal with the horses, which were my favourite animals on the farm. And as you can see, they’re not exactly camera shy either!

17 18 19 23 24 25 26 27We also met the owners of the property (they live in a separate house on the farm) and Lynette was really lovely. And to top it all off, we saw an outstanding sunset as well, one of the most beautiful I’ve seen.

11I would definitely go back there, and highly recommend it for any couple looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and if you have a bigger group, they also have another property on the farm called Wallaby Cottage which is able to accommodate larger sizes.

Thank you Lynette for a wonderful stay, and tune in this week for Part 2 (The Wine) and Part 3 (The Food) of our trip!

Laura x