Are you looking for the perfect staycation in the cool climate region of Orange, NSW?
Well, Look no further, as a set of uniquely designed, architectural pods will be making a bold statement within the region very soon. Perched on the high (1100m) hills of the Rollin family cherry orchard, Basalt is one of the highest accommodation sites in Western, NSW. Each self-contained studio boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding mountainous landscape and overlooks the region’s beauty.
Bookings for this spectacular staycation, open from the 1st of August for a spring launch.
The stunning boutique hotel is deeply rooted in the city’s architectural heritage. The original homestead, ‘Yallungah’, was designed in the late 1890s by William Lamrock, one of Orange’s most prolific and eminent architects.
Its current owners, Thomas and Kristen Nock, have added a smart contemporary wing, bringing the total accommodation to 22 guest rooms and suites offering a variety of options.
The Nocks have had long careers in hospitality at the highest level, and it’s obvious from the many little touches throughout the beautiful property. An elegant dining room for à la carte breakfasts featuring local produce, and a beautifully furnished lounge, where guests can just relax and read the papers, are just a few features combining to make this a class act.
Bordering Orange’s CBD, de Russie is one of our favourite accommodations, offering a range of options for couples or families in its 25 luxurious rooms and suites, many with full-size, well-equipped kitchens.
Its location is ideal for strolling around the neighbourhood to cafes and restaurants, and there’s plenty of parking onsite, too.
The hotel’s sister property, the lansdowne, is situated a stroll from Orange’s famous Cook Park, and is a magnificent, self-contained three-bedroom, three-bathroom heritage-listed federation home, boasting marble fireplaces and beautiful furnishings throughout.
This is definitely somewhere to base yourself on a luxurious weekend with friends or family.
This handily located Accor hotel is ideal for Orange city explorations and its proximity to all the surrounding boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
The Mercure’s guest rooms are stylish, contemporary and comfortable, and its location and friendly staff make it a popular choice for travellers, for both leisure and business.
The Oriana is an ideal stay for investigating Orange’s many attractions, whether it is enjoying current exhibitions held at the Orange Regional Art Gallery or heading out on a wine-tasting expedition. The Oriana offers a range of relaxed and very comfortable, modern accommodation options for singles, couples or families and exciting bar and dining facilities.
The spacious guest rooms are well designed, with plenty of cool and vibrant decorative flourishes, and thoughtful touches, such as a complimentary bowl of fruit and fresh flowers in each room.
Quest Apartment Hotels are a great accommodation option in the heart of Orange, whether you are travelling for business or a vacation. Quest in Orange have multiple open-planned, light-filled rooms with kitchenette facilities and comfortable living space which vary in size to accommodate everyone. The Quest apartments are in close proximity to the train station for travellers convenience and only a walk to shopping complexes, boutique stores such as Iglou and great coffee nooks like Good Eddy.
THE SHED | Borenore
A breathtaking escape located among the beautiful rolling hills of Borenore on a 70-acre farm, The Shed is a country-styled studio and an idyllic space to experience the region’s landscape and offerings. Neighbouring the studio is an array of wineries and The Hillside Harvest Orchard & Café, so if tasting the region’s cool-climate wine or enjoying a morning coffee accompanied with seasonal fruit picking is on your agenda, then The Shed accommodation is a perfect pairing for you.
The Shed is also aclimatised to Orange’s seasonal weather changes. You have the convenience of lighting a fire and enjoying a glass of wine in the ambiance of the peacful country oasis.
Lakeview Luxury Retreat
About 10 minutes’ drive out of the city centre, Lakeview Luxury Retreat is just the place for a romantic getaway for two.
Set on the shores of Lake Canobolas, it features spacious, self-contained, eco-friendly cabins, designed for warmth and cosiness in winter and welcome cool in summer.
This is the sort of place we fantasise about heading to after the hard graft of vintage, just to unwind and take in the sunset over the lake from a big, steaming bubble bath. Our tip for two is the Red Villa, situated on a slight incline, which has gorgeous views and, better still, a gas log fire to cosy up to.
Included in the cost of all three accommodation options is a generous hamper of seasonal local produce.
A beautiful escape only 15 minutes from the heart of Orange, NSW, the Willow house is a great retreat for a small family, couple or singles looking to experience the region. Sit back and enjoy the wrap-around verandah ideal for viewpoints of the countryside and beautiful french doors to open and breathe in the fresh air. The Willow house has its own garden area for you to sit and enjoy the views with a book and a glass of wine from the local wineries surrounding the area. This spacious stay is a great opportunity to relax and unwind, and an inviting stay for people who want to experience what the region has to offer.
Another accommodation option at the old convent is the beautifully renovated 1880 cottage. The delightful cottage comprises two bedrooms and one bathroom which is perfectly accommodating for singles, couples and small families. The cottage is only 12kms from the edge of Orange and in close proximity to a number of vineyards and local orchards. Guests have the building to themselves and can have breakfast in the separate former cafe building or have breakfast provisions provided. The Cottage also has a private courtyard and access to the tranquil area under the elm tree to sit back and take in the pasture rolling views and possibly savour local wine and produce that you may have purchased.
For a truly ‘immersive’ experience among the vines, we recommend camping out (though not as we know it) in African-safari-style luxury at our fellow Orange winemakers Nick and Tanya Segger’s Nashdale Lane vineyard.
They’ve installed two meticulously designed cabins at 900 metres on the property’s slopes, complete with a cleverly compact kitchen, custom-made joinery (including a romantic queen-size four-poster bed) and a sunken lounge, deck and barbecue area, with views over the vineyards and surrounding district to Mt Canobolas.
This glamping experience is for adults only, and makes the ideal couples escape for a weekend. This is definitely our kind of roughing it.
These are just a few of some of our favourite places to stay but don’t forget there are all kinds of different and interesting hotels, bed-and-breakfast and self-catering options to explore on Airbnb, as well as at the Orange360 and Visit NSW websites.
Once you’ve settled on where you’re going to stay, why not check out our essential guides on what to do and where to eat while you’re in Orange. Whether you’re coming for a weekend of wine-tasting, walking, exploring or just settling in to breathe in that pristine mountain air, watch the wildlife and enjoy the panoramic scenery – there’s something for everyone.
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon at the Swinging Bridge cellar door – and hearing about your own travel tips and recommendations.