Getaways in the vines

Hunter Valley Stays owners John Vanson and Sasha Degen have been welcoming guests to their hand-picked collection of unique holiday accommodation for over ten years.

Passionate about providing expert local knowledge and personal service for a truly memorable stay, they offer wonderful options for romantic breaks, family gatherings, weddings or corporate getaways. Here, we look at their properties in the Broke Fordwich region.

Binbilla Vineyard Estate

A private vineyard estate on 100 acres, nestled at the base of a mountain, Binbilla is a luxurious retreat for up to 10 people. A driveway lined with cherry blossom and pear trees leads to the grand, five-bedroom property with a private lake and jetty, inviting swimming pool and huge entertaining deck promising a dream getaway. Inside, elegance and enjoyment abound, whether you’re in the chef’s kitchen, sinking into a plush sofa, playing a game of billiards or soaking up the mountain views.


Panoramic views of the Brokenback Range set the scene for this stunning property on a private vineyard, boasting high vaulted ceilings and a light filled, lodge-style open-plan living area. With six stylish bedrooms (three opening onto a large deck), five modern bathrooms and generous living spaces, Arenridge offers a luxurious break for up to 12 guests. Enjoy the entertainer’s kitchen or wind down with a swim in the pool or sit outside under the stars and toast the night away by the sandstone surrounded firepit.

Maranda Country Estate

Peace, quiet and comfort are easy to find in this colonial property, its traditional Bullnose verandahs providing the perfect spot to take in the lush surrounds. Set on three private acres, Maranda Country Estate offers instant relaxation with a pool, hot tub and two outdoor entertaining areas made for joyful gatherings with friends and family. The Estate’s five bedrooms and four bathrooms are spread between the main house and two adjacent, self-contained studios, making it perfect for large groups of up to 16 people (as well as pets).

Yellow Rock Cottage

Exuding a modern sense of style, this secluded country cottage set on 13 hillside acres, basks in the breathtaking surrounds of Yellow Rock and the Brokenback Mountain Ranges. The house, with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, provides a stylish retreat for a small group of family or friends and boasts light-filled interiors flowing effortlessly to the covered outdoor entertainment areas. Yellow Rock Cottage is the ideal place to stay for a wedding, to soak in the best of Broke and its excellent wine trail, or simply to take a walk with nature beyond the cottage alongside the boutique vineyard and down to the river.

Cant’s Cottage

Relish a country escape in this beautiful cottage, with stunning mountain and native bushland views all the way to the Barrington Tops. Welcoming up to 13 guests, this charming white cottage and its pretty wraparound verandah has two spacious bedrooms and a large loft bedroom, which sleeps up to 9 guests. Cant’s Cottage offers a comfortable and open plan lounge and dining room and country kitchen, not to mention a complimentary country breakfast basket. Add to that a cabana and swimming pool and there’s really no need to leave!

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