Donnybrook Eco Retreat

Donnybrook Eco Retreat

Louise and I have just returned from a tranquil Sunday/Monday weekend at Donnybrook Eco Retreat near Luskintyre in the Hunter Valley.

With an odd few days off from our busy Sydney lives and the desire to spend a day wine tasting, we looked for a unique and peaceful getaway in the Hunter Valley… not let down when we stumbled across this absolute gem on AirBnB!

Phil writes:

Do you love getting away from it all in the Australian bush but donโ€™t want to give up the indulgence of a really comfy bed? Perhaps youโ€™re looking for a quick and easy getaway with another couple?

It was indeed a really comfy bed and the amenities available made you feel very comfortable without giving up that rugged, bush feel. That ability to feel pampered, yet rugged. It is difficult to explain. He further writes:

Then it’s time to relax in your own luxury permanent tent with amazing bush and rural views. We have two brand new elegant tents, a comfy queen sized bed, your own en-suite and private deck. They are separated by a quirky twelve sided, cedar clad building (yurt) – your kitchen and eating area.

Picture watching the sunset in the Australian bush; nibbling at a cheese platter, drinking a fine red and listening to the sounds of day turn into the sounds of night. Fire up a BBQ and lay back on the ample verandah.

The shared Yurt is an amazing piece of architecture and the perfect little shared kitchen area. One can also BBQ on the verandah and relax on either the couch or the chair swing. The Chair Swings are a relaxing and lovely touch!

And when you feel like exploring, there are plenty of cellar doors, restaurants and chocolate shops to find in the Hunter. All within a short distance. It is fair to say Louise Connolly was in her happy place!


Australian. Sport. Passionate Cricket Fan. Go Pro. Abseiling. Snorkeling. Travel. Golf R. SQL Server Developer. Three sons. One daughter. Last Trip: New York.

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