Traditionally the great Australian summer holiday involves spending time with the family on Christmas day, recovering with friends on Boxing Day and, later, heading to the coast to relax.

Although beautiful, the coast does not always provide the level of relaxation required after a hectic yuletide. Because everyone heads to the coast is it really that relaxing? Paying expensive accommodation tariffs, queuing up for meals and services, and having your towel encroach onto a stranger on a crowded beach, followed by a carpark traffic jam when covered in salt and sand is often not the lazy break that you may have envisaged.

So why not head for the hills instead, and relax in the rural tranquillity this holiday season? ‘Somewhere Unique’ offers two couples-only luxurious retreats with complete privacy. Fully airconditioned, with a king-sized cloud bed, a bathtub for two with views over the valley, fresh regional produce, wines from local vineyards, and sprawling decks with restful sun lounges. We are also offering some great deals over summer, especially for midweek stays.

Our very popular getaway packages are ‘The Romance Package’ (which includes candles, rose petals, and an indulgent chocolate fondue), ‘The Pamper Package’ (which includes two massages), and our gourmet ‘Wine and Dine Package’ (which includes a 3-course lunch or dinner for 2 people at Margan Restaurant, situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley Vineyards).

Our retreats are located only 2 kilometres, (or a short bike ride) from Wollombi, the most historic village in the Hunter Valley (and we provide the bikes!) With most of the buildings dating back to the 1840’s, a historic self-guided walk through Wollombi village is just one of the local highlights. Along the way you will discover a renown Italian restaurant, an award-winning café, a beautiful homewares store, a bespoke jewellery gallery, a traditional General Store, a fascinating Museum and, of course, the iconic Wollombi Tavern. All are open for business over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Now, doesn’t that sound preferable to spending your holiday in a traffic jam in the Bondi Beach carpark?

David & Murray