We all dream of getting away from it all, but how do you do that and still be close to civilisation? Glenayr Farm, just on the outskirts of Mudgee NSW, is the ultimate luxe getaway in the friendliest place on earth.
There’s something about being closer to nature, harmonious with the land and away from the hard concrete and noise of the city, that brings incredible peace.
It’s hard to find for us urbanites and slickers.
We’re never far from a busy road or buzzing populous. And the night skies don’t stand a chance to show off their best.
It’s here you can feel free, like you’re the only people in the world amongst a melody of daytime birdsong and nestled in the heavens by night, and only the roos to keep you company.
Glenayr Farm, Windeyer near Mudgee – where luxury meets solitude
Laid out on 320 acres of gently rolling land, Glenayr Farm in Windeyer (a short drive from Mudgee) has two types of accommodation options – private villas for a luxury romantic getaway and giant bell tents for glamping in style beneath the stars.
This property is completely off the grid, powered by gas and solar, and using collected rainwater. There is no phone signal or wifi – everything you need in a digital retreat and nothing you don’t.
Glenayr Farm Luxury Villas – Villa Rosé and Villa Merlot
We stayed in Villa Merlot, the most private of all the properties at the end of the track through the farm, though both villas are positioned in such a way that you feel like there’s no one else around. They also have the same facilities.
We were really impressed with Villa Merlot. Every detail has been thought through with lots of different places to sit and relax, and set out in pairs so there’s no need to move anything. It’s all here for you.
The veranda has a dining table big enough for four, amazingly comfortable daybeds, a saloon style sit-up bar looking out over the countryside and a big gas-fuelled barbecue.
Just off the veranda at the end of a gravel-paved path, there’s also a cast iron fire pit, fully stocked with wood. It’s so easy and safe to use even this soft-handed townie could get it going!
Inside, there’s a comfy sofa, an even comfier king bed made with bedding so warm that you can sleep with the doors and windows open – and fly-screens closed of course.
There’s a two-ring gas stove and kettle for your coffee, and a rain shower next to a full-length window so it feels like you’re bathing outside.
But the most amazing feature is the hot tub.
Heated by an integral wood-fire burner, this hot tub brings two elements of nature together to create the very pinnacle of luxury and relaxation. There’s nothing quite like soaking in your own spa with an outlook like this.
How to spend your time at Glenayr Farm
The best thing about Glenayr Farm is you have options.
You can either use this place as a base to explore further afield, even have dinner in Mudgee, which is only 25 minutes away, and come home to the serenity.
Or you can bring all the food and drink you need and bunker down for an incredibly romantic relaxing digital retreat with the one you love. Spend your time exploring the farmland, get the fire pit going and watch the sunset bring out the stars.
We chose the latter, taking owners’ recommendation and picking up a grazing platter from Burnbrae Wines on the way in.
We also made sure we chose the right wines to take with us by doing a wine tasting while we were there. Research is everything, right?
And if you feel like you need a bit more entertainment but you don’t want to move too far, the campsite side to the farm has a communal building with games, books, a kitchen and even a TV.
Glamping at Glenayr Farm
I grew up on camping holidays with my folks. This is nothing like that. No air mattresses or cramped sleeping bags here.
The four bell tents, with 25 square metres of space, three metres of headroom and a proper queen bed in each, are amazing. There’s even a powerpack and torches provided so you can keep charged and lit the whole time you’re here.
On your ‘doorstep’, you have your own table and chairs, there’s a communal fire pit and even a big dinner table on the edge of the dam.
The communal block is here too, which has bathroom and cooking facilities (including a pizza oven), pool table, TV, over 300 DVDs, a library and even a giant Connect 4.
With a motto of ‘disconnect to reconnect’, the idea of this entirely off-the-grid experience is to appreciate the beauty around you without any distractions and truly relax.
The opportunities for romance and privacy are hard to come by these days. But that’s exactly what a stay at Glenayr Farm provides.
Glenayr Farm featured in Issue 4 of our Hint Magazine. You can get your copy here for free.