If we weren’t in dire need of a weekend away before we left Sydney, we sure were after the four-hour, rain-drenched drive to Mudgee. However, within minutes of our arrival at Evanslea, a picturesque B&B located on 3.6ha of landscaped riverfront, we knew it was well worth the effort to get here.
Owners Vicki and Andrew Hudson appeared miraculously at our car door to usher us out of the rain and into The Loft, one of four luxury cottages scattered among Evanslea’s manicured gardens. A roaring fire. Complimentary port and choccies. A spa bath overlooking the property. It was all there waiting for us.
The following morning, over a sumptuous breakfast made from fresh local produce, we were introduced to Bob, a baby joey who forms just a small part of a menagerie Vicki and Andrew look after. This includes three other joeys, five cats, six dogs, four miniature horses, some chickens and many more birds.
When we finally ventured out of our little oasis, we discovered Mudgee to be every bit as picturesque as Evanslea. A wander up and down the main street had us marvelling at the heritage-listed buildings and art deco glasswork on the shopfronts. We also stopped by the Mudgee Farmers’ Market to check out the arts and crafts, local produce and second-hand stalls.
Our vineyard tour came to a halt at our second stop, Logan Wines. After curling up on their couch in front of breathtaking views of Mudgee’s hills with a great bottle of sparkling and a cheese platter, we didn’t want to leave.
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Cost: $300 to $350 a cottage a night (two-night minimum stay; includes gourmet breakfast or breakfast hamper).
Distance: 260km (about 3 1/2 hours’ drive) west of Sydney.
Accommodation: four luxury self-contained spa cottages.
Features: each cottage has queen-size beds, electric blankets, ensuite bathroom, spa bath, bathrobes, kitchenette, a fireplace, hair dryer, TV, DVD/CD player, clock radio, air-conditioning, complimentary port and chocolates, and an exclusive outdoor relaxation area with barbecue. There are also beautiful gardens, a pool and a tennis court.
Nearby: wineries, local pubs, cafes and restaurants, galleries, national parks, antique stores, historic villages.
Bookings: preferably six weeks in advance.
Children: yes, by arrangement.
Wheelchair access: in three of the cottages.