A few years ago I holidayed in the Hunter, staying at Mystwood. I was really impressed with the place, and said so right here on my blog.
Turns out Lieneka, one of the owners, was impressed with what I said and shot, so she invited me back photograph the retreat just before Christmas.
Mystwood still exceeds my expectations for a great value getaway. The fluffy robes and the outdoor spas are still there, the beds are comfortable, the bread is home-made, and the place is incredibly peaceful and relaxing.
Stella, a golden retriever/poodle was our initial welcoming party
Every cottage has a big outdoor spa.
Dinner BBQ packs can be purchased,
and breakfast is supplied (with that home-made bread).
We did a few walks around the property.
Those cows in the distance,
They were in the paddock where the dam was,
so we took the car up to the dam (I really don't cut it with large animals).
The cows followed the car the whole way,
then surrounded it,
with a couple nuzzling and licking it!
Stella again, but this time with a coconut.
After dinner, with the help of Kerri and Molly, we had some fun with sparklers...
How many takes to get it right?
Enough that we ran out of sparklers and had to use a torch.
Woohoo, I think we nailed it!
I love the sky.
There are four one bedroom cottages, and one two bedroom, all with kitchens, spas, and combustion fireplaces. Mystwood is very good value for what it offers, and it's got wineries just up the road, so really, what more do you need?