Take a peek at this romantic mountain top retreat in the Hunter Valley
We might not be able to travel overseas at the moment, but perched atop of the Broken Back Range is this secluded romantic retreat, that might just be reminiscent enough of the south of France to get your international fix. But even if you aren't craving an overseas European holiday, Amelie’s on Pokolbin Mountain is such a stunning property that after hearing about it, you may find yourself making up excuses to book a stay. So let us set the scene for a visit to Amelie's.
As you and your partner turn right onto Pokolbin Mountain Road, you already get the sense that you are starting to leave the craziness of the world behind as things quieten down on this smaller, less mainstream road. You take in the surrounding vineyards, as you pass the last cellar door, Tinklers Wines, before beginning the climb up the dirt road of the Broken Back Range.
After a quick detour to check out the view from Mount Bright Lookout, you arrive at Amelie’s on Pokolbin Mountain.
The accommodation is a small quaint brick building on a large 1000 acre family farm. It is a self contained, two guest studio with everything required for a comfortable and relaxed stay. Inside, the space is enveloped by warm whites, accentuated with recycled timber elements with a queen iron framed bed facing towards a set of French doors.
And it is those that you are drawn to. Opening the doors, it feels like you are in a scene of The Bachelor...cue those romantic tunes on Spotify. The sweeping views of the Hunter Valley are absolutely spectacular! Thinking back, you really didn’t need to stop off at that look out on the way up, you have your own private one right here. Combining the view with the small Juliet style marble and iron balcony, it feels a touch European. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or read a book as you forget about your pre getaway worries.
Whilst there is still light, you head out to explore the farm, accompanied by the almost 10 year old family dog, Penny. The farm is a working one and has been in the same family for five generations. Along the way you come across grazing cattle and graceful horses who are completely unaware of their unique, beautiful surroundings.
On your return, you make the most of the view by running a warm bath. You pour yourself a (generous) glass of local organic Tamburlaine wine and sink into the spa enjoying the view out the large bathroom window over the valley.
Despite the seclusion of Amelie’s, it is close enough to enjoy the attractions of Pokolbin. Your earlier self was all over this (go you!) and had pre organised a taxi to pick you up for the 10min drive to dinner. At Baume, you and your friend enjoy a delicious shared style meal of slow braised Italian lamb shoulder and pan roasted Australian Barramundi with... of course... more wine.
The next day, after a light continental breakfast of cereal and toast that was supplied, you visit a few local vineyards and shops, but given the beauty of your accommodation you can’t wait to get back. The two of you enjoy a lazy afternoon chatting, playing a game of euchre and consuming a scrummy cheese platter you created from your earlier exploration of Pokolbin.
After an early restful night, you wake to sun peeking through the curtains and the sounds of the Hunter Valley. It has been a relaxing two night stay and despite being sad about heading back home, at least you can relive your memories via the masses of photos you took of this unique and tranquil location. Or maybe you will just have to visit again?!
Amelie’s is such a special location perfect for a romantic break, somewhere to get away from it all or even a couple of nights hanging with your bestie. There is also a second cottage on site, the Pokolbin Mountain Artist Studio, which would be great if you wanted to get away with another couple of friends but still have your own space. Given the uniqueness of Amelie’s and The Studio, they are often booked out a few months in advance so if you’re planning a romantic weekend away, get in early.