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 for a luxurious weekend with friends or family.
This newly opened 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.
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.
A few minutes’ stroll from Cook Park and the wonderful Orange Regional Gallery, after undergoing extensive renovations and refurbishment, this popular hotel reopened last November.
Ideal as a base for investigating Orange’s many attractions – even before you head out on a wine-tasting expedition – the Oriana offers relaxed and very comfortable, modern accommodation for singles, couples or families.
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.
Among other properties set to be opening soon in Orange are Quest Apartments – keep an eye on the website.
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.
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.
This is just a few of some of our favourite places to stay, but don’t forget there are all kinds of different and interesting hotel, 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.