Somewhere Unique http://www.somewhereunique.com.au An Escape for 2 in the Hunter Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:09:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Our guests offset their trips http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/our-guests-offset-their-trips-2014/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/our-guests-offset-their-trips-2014/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:16:38 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4329 read more →]]> Whether you are planning to travel to the Hunter Valley by car, or a combination of car and plane, you can offset your travel emissions. Did you know that if you drive from Sydney to Wollombi, you can offset your emissions for around $2*? That’s less than the price of a cappuccino!! * Based on a 3L vehicle, travelling a 260km round trip from Sydney to Wollombi.

For the 12 months from July 2014 to June 2014, 84% of our guests offset their travels, and we offset the carbon footprint of car travel to Somewhere Unique by 12 tonnes. Both Greenfleet and Grant and Melanie thank our guests for taking meaningful action on climate change and supporting clean energy!

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Offsetting our Carbon Emissions http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/offsetting-our-carbon-emissions-2014/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/offsetting-our-carbon-emissions-2014/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:44:35 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4173 read more →]]> Somewhere Unique proudly supports GreenfleetWe continue our environmental initiatives by measuring and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions generated by our business activities including; LPG, electricity, business vehicle use, and off-site waste disposal. We aim to avoid excess consumption, reuse where possible, reduce waste and offset excess emissions generated at the end of the Financial Year. The carbon footprint for the business for the 12 months to 30/6/14 has been calculated using an online Emissions Calculator.

During the period 1/7/13-30/6/14, we offset 2.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, via Greenfleet, who work hard to protect and restore Australia’s native biodiversity. Since 1997, Greenfleet has planted over 8.378 million native trees to restore biodiverse forests around Australia.

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New 3-Seater Lounges Arrive http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/new-3-seater-lounges-arrive/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/new-3-seater-lounges-arrive/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:04:17 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4130 read more →]]> It was time to replace the lounges in our retreats, and we’ve purchased great new 3-seater sofas to snuggle up on! A few new cushions sewn up with beautiful fabrics from Cloth Fabric, and our living areas have had a make-over!

Somewhere Unique, Romantic Couples Accommodation, Hunter Valley

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Hunter Valley operators dominate tourism excellence awards http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/hunter-valley-operators-dominate-tourism-excellence-awards/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/hunter-valley-operators-dominate-tourism-excellence-awards/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:49:07 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4160 read more →]]> “Hunter Valley operators have once again succeeded at the Hunter Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism, held at Wests New Lambton last Wednesday.

Wollombi luxury accommodation Somewhere Unique was inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning gold in the Unique Accommodation category for three consecutive years.

Margan Wines received three gold awards, taking out the QANTAS award for excellence in sustainable tourism, along with the excellence in food tourism and tourism wineries, distilleries and breweries categories.”

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Award winning Hunter Valley accommodation

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Jai-Gantic Fundraiser http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/jai-gantic-fundraiser/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/jai-gantic-fundraiser/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:56:49 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4127 read more →]]> Somewhere Unique have donated a two-night midweek Pamper Package to our friend Lynn from Wollombi Massage, to help with a fundraiser for her grandson. Jai has been diagnosed with Friedreich Ataxia, a genetic neurological condition that gradually affects a person’s coordination, mobility, speech and heart function. At this stage there is no cure.

We wish them all the best with their fundraising event in Manly!

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A Unique way to celebrate World Environment Day http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/a-unique-way-to-celebrate-world-environment-day/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/a-unique-way-to-celebrate-world-environment-day/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 22:54:57 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4052 read more →]]> An eco-certified accommodation business located in historic Wollombi in the NSW Hunter Valley is doing their bit for the environment on World Environment Day, announced Melanie Morschel, owner of Somewhere Unique. The business is donating $10 to environmental charity Greenfleet for every reservation made during June 2014. “We recognise that caring for the environment is directly linked to caring for the overall needs of our guests and the community, and we accept the challenge to integrate environmental considerations into all relevant aspects of our business.”

Greenfleet’s mission as a not-for-profit organisation is to create a low carbon future for Australia. Since 1997 they have planted over 8 million native trees in 390 Australian biodiverse forests. Somewhere Unique’s donation to Greenfleet will help to protect and restore Australia’s native biodiversity, and show our support for World Environment Day.

World Environment Day (WED) will be held on June 5 this year. ”WED is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet,” according to the WED website.

Somewhere Unique offers two contemporary architect-designed retreats, strategically placed to ensure privacy for each couple, and are proud to have achieved Ecotourism Accreditation. Each retreat enjoys a northerly aspect with valley views, and features king-size bed, two-person soaker bath, reverse cycle air-conditioning, stereo system, gas log fireplace, wi-fi, Foxtel, modern kitchen, and private deck; in conjunction with plenty of environmental initiatives. The Hunter Valley is located only two hours from Sydney, and one hour from Newcastle and the Central Coast.

For more information about an environmentally friendly, romantic getaway at Somewhere Unique, visit our website – www.somewhereunique.com.au Remember … we will donate $10 to Greenfleet for every reservation made during June 2014.

Somewhere Unique celebrates World Environment Day, Hunter Valley Romantic Accommodation

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2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/2014-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence-award/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/2014-tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence-award/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 01:39:56 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=4035 read more →]]> We are the proud recipients of a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award! Only around 10% of accommodation properties listed with TripAdvisor receive this award each year, so a big Thank You to all our guests who have posted such wonderful feedback. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months and Management Responses.

Somewhere Unique are currently ranked #1 of 140 Specialty Accommodation properties in the Hunter region by TripAdvisor.

Somewhere Unique - Romantic Hunter Valley Accommodation - TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner

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The retreats now have Coffee Machines http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/the-retreats-now-have-coffee-machines/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/the-retreats-now-have-coffee-machines/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 01:29:27 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=3780 read more →]]> Guess what we’ve just added to our retreats?? Nespresso Lattissima coffee machines, with wonderful organic coffee capsules from Boss Caffe. So you can still enjoy a wander into the village and relax in one of the cafes, or you can make your own and enjoy the view from the deck at your retreat.

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Happy 6th Birthday! http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/happy-6th-birthday/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/happy-6th-birthday/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:25:22 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=3776 read more →]]> 6th-birthdaySomewhere Unique is 6 years old this month! We’d like to thank all the wonderful guests who have visited us over the years, and who continue to return year after year. We wouldn’t be here without you, and your constructive feedback about the experience we offer helps us to improve our property for future guests.

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Star Rating Assessment http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/star-rating-assessment/ http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/star-rating-assessment/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:17:30 +0000 http://www.somewhereunique.com.au/?p=3773 read more →]]> We’ve just had our annual Star Rating assessment and are proud to announce we’ve maintained our 4.5 Star Rating, with 100% score achieved for cleanliness!

“The Australian STAR Rating Scheme is managed by Star Ratings Australia (a division of Australian Motoring Services), on behalf of Australia’s Auto Clubs and assesses six accommodation categories, including hotels and motels, serviced apartments and self-catering properties, hosted accommodation (B&Bs) and caravan/holiday parks. The STARS help travellers to evaluate and select the right accommodation for their next trip.  This official accommodation rating scheme has a long and distinguished heritage with Australian Auto Clubs that stretches back to 1915, when the Clubs first provided their members with Australian travel information such as where to go, what to do and where to stay.”

Somewhere Unique - 4.5 Star Rated Romatic Hunter Valley Accommodation

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