2859 Wollombi Rd, Wollombi 2325. 02 4998 3211.
We at Time Out can’t help ourselves – we’re suckers for a country cottage with all the trimmings. Caper’s Guesthouse has trimmings in droves with antique furniture as far as the eye can see. Look forward to warm sandstone, first-class service and views to die for. Two-person rooms begin at $570 for two nights (minimum stay).
591 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 2321. 02 6574 7217.
A rich combination of italianate chic and country grandeur are waiting for the discerning guest of Thistle Hill Guesthouse. Sit among the beautifully landscaped gardens and courtyards or luxuriate in the effortlessly cool, monochrome bedrooms. Two-person rooms range from $530-$1070 for two nights.
117 Milsons Arm Rd, Wollombi 2325. 02 4998 3240.
Ideal for a romantic winter getaway, the Mystwood retreats are a collection of cosy self-contained cottages outside Wollombi village. While the rooms themselves are perfection, the cottages’ real draw card is the arresting landscape that surrounds them: rolling fields, flowering woods and crystalline lakes. Packages range from $530 for a one-bedroom cottage to $740 for a two-bedroom cottage, both two night stay minimum.
60 Majors Ln, Lovedale 2321. 02 4930 7335.
Notably more modern than the other contenders, Lillies Cottage has a tranquil sense of style all its own. A South East Asian vibe pervades the soothing, open plan rooms, full of natural light and minimalist design. Packages are $300-$700 depending on number of guests and season.
393 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin 2320. 02 6574 7290.
Set in among verdant bushland and stretching out into the billabong from which it takes its name, this rustic getaway combines traditional materials with contemporary sensibilities to create a stylish and peaceful environment - just right for a good book and glass of local red. Rates range from $240 to $510 depending on date.