Escape To The Country…

Hunter River Retreat is the perfect place for anyone looking to leave the city behind.

The Perfect Place For Anyone Looking To Leave The City Behind.

If you can imagine relaxing and unwinding on the deck of your own private rustic cottage, taking in stunning views, sitting back and enjoying the peace and tranquility of a bush setting or perhaps sipping a glass of fine Hunter Valley wine and doing nothing but soaking up the peace and serenity. Then a visit to Hunter River Retreat is a must!

Hunter River Retreat is located in the Hunter Valley on 110acres of Mountainside and approx. 2 ½ hours from Sydney, 15 minutes to the Historic towns of Maitland, Morpeth and Paterson. There are also Boutique wineries close by and the heart of the Hunter Valley Vineyards only a 30-minute drive away, through beautiful unspoilt countryside. This is an ideal location to base yourself to explore the Hunter Valley Vineyards, Morpeth, Maitland and other local areas.

On The 110 Acre Property, Wildlife Roams Freely

Our visitors have been known to see Wallabies, Wallaroos, Kangaroos, Goannas, Mountain Lizards, Possums, Echidnas, Gliders, Crimson Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, Wrens, Native Pigeons, Kookaburras and the odd Wedge-Tail Eagles soaring high above.

Hunter River Retreat is also home to “Smoky”, our resident horse. He is very partial to an apple or carrot or 2! Our Scottish Highlander cows “Molly & Murphy” also love to be fed, or meet and pat our new miniature donkeys or perhaps collect some eggs from our resident chickens.

Hunter Valley Cottages - Hunter River Retreat
Hunter Valley Cottages - Hunter River Retreat

We Also Have 10 Acres Of River Frontage For You To Explore Along

Take a walk and explore Hunter River Retreat on our bushwalking trails. A short walk or drive up the mountain brings you to a picnic area with breathtaking views which is a beautiful spot to have a sunset/sunrise picnic with a loved one or if you are full of energy you can also climb to the top of the mountain through the bush.


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Full Day or Half Day Bus Winery Tours can also be organized that pick up from The Retreat – you can do a day of wine tasting and not worry about driving back home.

We Love To Make All Of Our Guests, Feel At Home, Creating Special Memories To Treasure For A Lifetime

We love to be a part of your story and if we can customise your stay for a special event, birthday, anniversary, proposal or just the romantic adventure, please reach out we can customise your stay with special inclusions for your loved one to be in the cottage ready for you arrival. Everything from a personal chef, meals, desserts, gourmet picnic hampers, breakfasts and platters, picnics, flowers and cakes.

Hunter River Retreat is your private escape, come and enjoy our little piece of paradise.
Experience romance, adventure, wilderness, peace & tranquillity!

We look forward to you staying with us at Hunter River Retreat.


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Abundant Wildlife

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What guests say about their stay with us

  • From the location to the cosy stone cottage, to the cute visits from Smokey (the horse) we had the best time. We felt like we had the whole property and land to ourselves yet we were so close to town and the Hunter Valley cafes ect. Clean fresh sheets and a comfy bed made for a great nights sleep, we loved the fire and the spa. Thanks for having us guys, we will be back!

    Laura Jayne
    Rockhouse – 2020
  • Eloise and Troy were the best hosts you could ask for. We had a blackout and within 20mins, they were able to get it fixed and the house was up running. The most gorgeous cabin to stay in with great facilities and not too far from the wineries either. Definitely recommending this to all my friends!

    Goanna Lodge – 2020
  • We had a wonderful, relaxing stay – the fact that the cabin was fenced all around on this large property made our stay very peaceful – we had 2 cattle dogs with us who enjoyed their stay as much as we did… and didn’t go chasing the wildlife. Beautiful views. I fell in love with the highland cow and her calf 🙂 Thanks Elloise and Troy we have already recommended and would love to come back.

    Cedar Cottage – 2020
  • Eloise and Troy are welcoming and accommodating hosts. The cabin was spotless and very inviting. It was quiet, clean and cozy. With everything you could hope for some quiet time. The location is gorgeous and peaceful. Close to many Hunter Valley delights so you can so many things. The property is stunning and has its own special delights. We loved it and would definitely recommend for everyone from families, friends, couples. It will definitely draw us back again!

    Bluegum Cottage – 2020
  • What a special treat the Rockhouse is! The perfect getaway that makes you feel a million miles from the city. The property is just beautiful and so extremely peaceful. A trip into Morpeth is worth the short drive and breakfast at the common ground is a must! My husband and I enjoyed the quick drive to the top of the hill on the property for the most lovely views, the perfect spot for a picnic. Eloise and Troy have thought of everything and were friendly and accommodating hosts! We will definitely be back!

    Rockhouse – 2020
  • The property is everything for a weekend away! It’s a very romantic setting but at the same time great for kids. Not far from the wineries but away from the hustle of the hunter. We loved it.

    Olive Cottage – 2020
  • We loved staying here!!! Eloise could not have been more helpful leading up to our stay and was extremely lovely and helpful! The property is gorgeous, and we loved the newly renovated goanna cottage! Thank you so so much for the wonderful stay!! We will definitely be back.

    Goanna Lodge – 2020
  • Eloise and Troy’s place is beautiful, peaceful and well accommodated. We really enjoyed all of the activities we could do on their property – the picnic and sunset were a real delight! The highland cows were always fun to watch from the balcony. The jacuzzi was exactly what we needed – we loved that we could relax and unwind. The cabin was clean and tidy! We enjoyed the box of goodies upon arrival – thank you so much Eloise and Troy! We cannot recommend this place enough. Hoping to be back again!

    Cedar Cottage – 2020
  • Had a great week at Bluegum Cottage, Hunter River Retreat. The cottage was so warm and cosy and the view from there was fantastic. The view from the picnic area on top of the hill was spectacular. My dog had a great time roaming around exploring. Thank you Eloise and Troy for a fun and very relaxing week. Will be back soon for sure.

    Bluegum Cottage – 2020
  • We had such an amazing time at the rock house! The property was beautiful, peaceful and tranquil. Lots of birds, and the property’s horse and dog also paid us a visit— super friendly and cute. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and we had ordered food through Eloise and Troy’s partnership with The Hungry Belly… it was delicious and extremely generous portions. Amanda even came and set the slow cooker up for us while we were out. Everything was just what we needed, perfectly clean, lovely and relaxing! Highly recommend.

    Rockhouse – 2020