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Unique places to stay in Mudgee

Sierra Escape, PiambongCREDIT: Guy Williment

Get away from it all at Sierra Escape at Piambong, near Mudgee.

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Unique places to
stay in Mudgee

Sierra Escape, Piambong CREDIT: Guy Williment

Get away from it all at Sierra Escape at Piambong, near Mudgee.

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Hit the highway and head for the charming town of Mudgee, a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney and an exciting destination for those looking to explore Country New South Wales. Along with sublime gastronomic experiences there are great accommodation options, ranging from repurposed heritage buildings to luxury escapes and winery stays.  

The swanky boutique hotel 

Stay on trend at Perry Street Hotel, an urban oasis housed in Mudgee’s former Mechanics Institute Hall, circa 1862. The interiors are serene and textured, and the discerning traveller will enjoy this beautifully renovated building and its well-appointed suites.  

A five-minute drive away, Gilbert Family Wines has a charming cellar door showcasing its beautifully crafted wines. Simon Gilbert is a passionate, fifth-generation winemaker who, with the help of his son Will, creates modern wine with a nod to his heritage. Book ahead for a delicious wine flight in the elegant tasting room or settle in for an afternoon in the backyard with some tasty bites. 

The original lodgings 

Also in the centre of town, the 160-year-old Cobb & Co Court Boutique Hotel is a surviving treasure from Mudgee’s early settlement. One glance down from your balcony at the original cobbled courtyard and you can picture the arrival of a stagecoach. Heritage lovers will adore this stylish, boutique-style accommodation. Vintage fixtures adorn the rooms, in keeping with the inn-like feel of the hotel. It’s also an easy walk to the town’s excellent dining options, from breakfast pastries at Market Street Café to dinner at Eltons wine bar.  

The winemaker’s cottage 

Enjoy a romantic getaway just steps away from a cellar door in the quaint two-bedroom Winemaker’s Cottage, which was the Burnbrae winemaking family’s home in the 1960s and has been carefully restored in country minimalist style. The Burnbrae Wines Cellar Door continues the charming theme with storybook-inspired labels and glorious blends. Book ahead to enjoy a bottle of wine and an antipasto platter in the beautiful winery grounds.  

The big country home 

Relax in style at Leaning Oak, a renovated 1916 stone house on the fringes of Mudgee. The restoration has stayed true to the soul of the building while adding modern luxury. Outside there’s a saltwater pool and pizza oven. Time your visit with the Mudgee Farmers’ Market, where you can stock up on fresh produce to cook up in the French industrial kitchen of this authentic country home.  

Gilbert Family Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at Gilbert Family Wines, Mudgee.

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Gilbert Family Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at Gilbert Family Wines, Mudgee.

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Burnbrae Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Women enjoying a glass of wine at Burnbrae Wines, Mudgee.

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Burnbrae Wines, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Women enjoying a glass of wine at Burnbrae Wines, Mudgee.

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The ultra-glamping experience 

Glam up deep in Mudgee wine country at Sierra Escape, a breathtaking property on 110 hectares with three five-star tents designed to help you escape from the world for a while. The glamping huts (two with deep, freestanding bathtubs) boast king or queen beds and polished timber floors. Order ahead to ensure a local meats and cheese package from Dad’s Deli will be delivered to your tent on arrival. 

The luxury farm stay 

Stay in a cosy studio or oversized homestead with a fire pit at Peppertree Hill, a collection of self-contained luxury accommodation options just on the outskirts of Mudgee. Expect stylish interiors, local art on the walls, fireplaces stacked ready for lighting and country views of hills dotted with farm animals.  

At nearby Pipeclay Pumphouse you can enjoy lunch or dinner from a menu that changes weekly depending on the selection of fresh produce available, with local meats, herbs and vegetables front and centre. The restaurant also offers selections from its paddock-to-plate menu for takeaway.  

The five-star country estate 

Plan your big family event — a wedding, perhaps? — at Evanslea, located beside the Cudgegong River. The four-bedroom house and a collection of cottages are surrounded by pretty, landscaped gardens, with a shared swimming pool and fire pit. Pick up some organic and biodynamic bottled wine and delicious takeaway platters from the nearby Lowe Family Wine Co. to take back to your cottage. 

The workers’ bungalow 

Step back in time to the late 1850s, when The Tannery’s cosy accommodation was built for the local workers. The bungalow, in the heart of town, retains much of its natural charm, with an open fire and two bedrooms all in the simple style of the early Victorian era. Take a seat on the back verandah with a cup of tea and admire the garden, or head straight to Alby & Esthers for breakfast. Tucked down a laneway in a welcoming courtyard, this popular café is renowned for its tasty jaffles — ham, egg, Swiss cheese and house-made tomato relish make a flavoursome mix.  

The eco retreat  

The heritage village of Rylstone, a 45-minute drive east of Mudgee, makes for a charming daytrip — or stay on at Wollemi Retreat. Hidden away in the native bushland, this architecturally designed haven sleeps six in eco-friendly luxury. The property is self-sustaining with solar power and purified water from a natural spring.  

A highlight of a visit to Rylstone is De Beaurepaire Wines, where you’ll find a touch of French style that’s as close to Burgundy as you will get in Australia. Buy a bottle of wine and a grazing board to enjoy on the picturesque lawns. 

Sierra Escape, Piambong CREDIT: Cameron D'Arcy

The Dulli Tent at Mudgee's premier and award winning Luxury Glamping Experience, Sierra Escape.

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Sierra Escape, Piambong CREDIT: Cameron D'Arcy

The Dulli Tent at Mudgee's premier and award winning Luxury Glamping Experience, Sierra Escape.

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Pipeclay Pumphouse, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dish available from Pipeclay Pumphouse Restaurant, Mudgee.

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Pipeclay Pumphouse, Mudgee CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dish available from Pipeclay Pumphouse Restaurant, Mudgee.

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