Every one of us deserves a break from our daily routine – time to recharge the batteries, to refocus and reconnect with loved ones. It is vital for our mental health, not to mention our love lives! So I took a piece of my own advice and went in search of the ultimate family getaway to recharge and renew. That place was Noonaweena.
WORDS: Genine Howard
Noonaweena is a plush rural retreat located an easy hour and half drive north of Sydney, but worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The retreat is best known as a conference and wedding venue but in this instance my husband and I – with one year old bubba in tow – headed for a long weekend getaway. Our single aim was to block out the rest of the world and devote ourselves entirely to each other … well, and to eating and drinking.
On our journey out of the city we decided to take things leisurely and stop in and around the local area and once we got to Peats Ridge (just 15 minutes outside of Kulnura where Noonaweena is located) we ducked in (pun intended) for a pleasant lunch at The Springs golf club’s restaurant, The Sitting Duck. If you do make the journey to Noonaweena, I highly recommend a stop in at the restaurant as it proved a real delight. Not only were half the population of Peats Ridge dining at the restaurant, the food and the view were simply to die for. Well worth the trip!
Once sated we stocked up on supplies at the local store in Kulnura along with fresh fruit and veg from the shack just minutes down the road from the retreat. The store has the basic essentials and even serves up homemade pizza and curries however we were on a mission to hunker down in our accommodation for the duration of our stay. With grocery bags and nappies galore we checked into the truly fabulous Noonaweena.
Stunning location and enough room to house the entire bridal party!
With four different architecturally-designed lodgings ranging from quaint couples retreat ‘Treetops’ to full-sized Biram House, you can see why Noonaweena is the perfect wedding reception. Stunning location and enough room to house the entire bridal party! The Biram offers six to eight bedrooms with ensuites (sleeps up to 16 guests) a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, vast living and dining areas and looks directly out over a huge private swimming pool complete with bush views. If the Biram is a little large then Gymea House offers five bedrooms, two living areas, a large outdoor spa and entertaining area with BBQ. Sleeping up to 10 guests this is the perfect accommodation for a big family.
Couples will love the more intimate Treetops that is a large self-contained executive suite with separate king bedroom and living areas (and of course ensuite with spa for those romantic nights). We chose the two-bedroom Boronia Cottage for our weekend retreat and were completely happy with our choice. The cottage was literally bigger than our own house and had the feel of a real home. It was simply perfect for our little family. Plus, the delightful manager Rod, had left a generous breakfast hamper in the fridge for us which was enough to get us through each morning for our entire stay!
The main bedroom in Boronia Cottage was quite expansive so we decided to have bubba sleep in the room with us, though if you had two children they could easily sleep in the second room (which can also be separated to a private accommodation). The bathrooms were generously sized, complete with separate bath, shower and powder room. The open-plan living area was perfect for us to relax, play, watch TV, eat, play, eat … you get the picture. Noonaweena proved the exact atmosphere we were looking for – private, quiet, relaxed and secluded.
The open-plan living area was perfect for us to relax, play, watch TV, eat, play, eat … you get the picture.
Our cottage also overlooked a private lush green lawn (perfect for crawling practice – the baby, not us) and a huge outdoor heated spa (for us, not the baby). We barbequed each night then simply threw the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and dined on the wrap around deck whilst watching flocks of cockatoos screech over the dusk bushland skyline. Quite simply, Noonaweena was heaven.
All the lodgings come complete with big screen TV’s, pay TV, movies, games and so on but if you are more adventurous you could take a hit of tennis, go on a bushwalk through one of the many trails, have a hit of golf at nearby The Springs. Or do what we did and just … relax. I mean, isn’t that what holidays are for after all?
Take my advice, just like I took my own – make time to recharge the batteries, and Noonaweena comes highly recommended.
The Springs Golf Club
1080 Peats Ridge Rd
Peats Ridge NSW
Only 30 minutes from Sydney
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