Casa La Vina: Hunter Valley Escape
There have been some gorgeous new venues and hotels popping up around the Hunter Valley recently. It’s given the Hunter a bit of a new lease of life.
One of the newest luxury accommodation venues is Casa La Vina. Loosely translated in English as Home in the Vineyards, stepping into one of their three exclusive villas is like stepping into Mexico.
Needing a weekend away (and finally having one off together), Ben and I were fortunate enough to stay at Casa La Vina recently and I would have to describe it as my new favourite place to stay in the Hunter valley. There are no kids, or pets allowed, so it is perfect for a pre-wedding getaway or as a place to stay on the wedding night itself. You could think even further ahead, and book it as a surprise weekend away as an anniversary celebration or even a baby-moon (babies in your tummy are allowed).
The villas are decked out in Southwestern style décor. Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry, we didn’t either. Think about South West USA – states and cities like Santa Fe, Alburqueque, New Mexico and Arizona.
Southwestern décor is known for textures and earthy tones. The Casa La Vina villas are beautifully styled with wood, rendered walls, soft blankets and wall hangings. It’s a little piece of paradise, especially on a hot day. And for the couple’s out there, this is the perfect ‘proposal’ popping destination. All you need to do is call and speak with the owners and they will help you organise everything.
The location is also great. It’s not far from Grapemobile bicycle hire. This is such a fun (and environmentally friendly) way to get around the wineries. You can hire a bike and ride off into the sunset yourself or you can join in with a special packaged tour and let the Grapemobile guys do all the navigating.
It’s also pretty close to three of the biggest wineries in the Hunter – Bimbadgen Estate, Hope Estate and Tempus Two. These wineries quite often host the big fabulous outdoor concerts and of course, the Tempus Two complex is home to some of the tastiest restaurants in the Hunter. Oishii Japanese Restaurant and Goldfish Cocktail Lounge are a bit special. Try the pork belly and the pear cider at Goldfish!
The owners Tracey & Frank are lovely too. I guess when you’re running a smaller venue with three villas it allows you to spend some quality time with your guests and make sure every requirement is catered for. We certainly felt that way. They bent over backwards for us.
So we’d thoroughly recommend Casa La Vina. It’s so unique and a welcome addition to the luxury accommodation landscape of the Hunter Valley.
I know we will definitely be returning there again soon!