Corunna Station: The Homestead, Hunter Valley

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Just as I had hoped, after our delightful stay at The Cook's House, we found ourselves back in the Hunter Valley, on the cool, cusp of winter.

This time around, we were welcomed to lay our heads at another one of Corunna Station’s quintessential country properties, The Homestead.

As we arrived at dusk, we crested the hill, passing The Cook's House on our left, and there it was — the picturesque property laid out before us — twinkling festoon lights and all.

Without even stepping inside, it was easy to feel charmed by this classic country home, with its wraparound verandah and surrounding fields and bushland.

They say first impressions stick with you, and the one that The Homestead had in store for us was a magical one. We were taken back by how big the home was in person, with its central hallway running the length of the property, diverging off into each room.

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You can tell that The Homestead was lovingly renovated, with the idea for every spot in the home to be enjoyed. So much so that it was hard to pick ‘the best room’ to unwind in, though undoubtedly, the central living room was impossible to ignore.

After all, winter in the Hunter Valley can be rather chilly, but luckily the open fireplace kept us nice and snug. The handy woodpile on the verandah came into use, as we sparked up the kindling and watched the fire build, quickly warming the entire house.

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There’s something so peaceful about waking up here. The bedroom we slept it had a big window, looking out to open fields, with the sun greeting us each new day.

The Homestead has three large bedrooms, each accommodating a king-size bed, and two extra large bathrooms, meaning the whole house can easily welcome up to six people. And although we were visiting the area for work, we imagined coming back here with a big group of friends, as it’s the type of place you wish others could also experience.

On that note, it’s worth mentioning that the property can be booked in combination with any, or all, of Corunna Station’s accommodations. For example, The Cook’s House sleeps four, The Homestead sleeps six, and The Country House sleeps ten to twelve — meaning all up, twenty two of your nearest and dearest could book and call Corunna Station home, all at once.

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Now if there was such a feature of The Homestead that could convince me to make a permanent tree-change, it would have to be the wraparound verandah.

At any time of the day, the verandah beckons for your company. During your morning coffee as you wake up to views of skipping kangaroos — during the afternoon, as you set up for a long, lazy lunch with friends — or during the evening, with a glass of local wine, watching the stars fill the horizon.

Spending time here has been a great reminder of how the humble verandah can invoke, a true sense of the Australian way of life.

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With all of that being said, the problem with falling in love with a house like The Homestead, is of course, at some point, you have to check-out and leave it all behind. But the comforting thing to know is, I can always make my way back.

Back to the that cosy fireplace. Back to that light-filled bedroom. And naturally, back to that lovely verandah.

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