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All the Ingredients for a Memorable Stay

Hunter Valley Stays reimagines a short stay in the Hunter Valley by personalising the entire experience and matching their guests with beautiful and award-winning properties. Local owners of Hunter Valley Stays John Vanson and Sasha Degen have always been passionate about travel and hospitality and along with their team, like to think of themselves as ‘accommodation matchmakers’. John brings to the business more than a decade of hospitality experience including opening Four Seasons hotels, and Sasha has equal years in marketing for leading food, travel and lifestyle brands.

“We're not a listing site, so all the properties you see on our website are handpicked as accommodation experiences. Together with the property owner, our team of 5-star hospitality experts set up and road-test the property to ensure the best possible guest experience,” says John.

Since 2003 Hunter Valley Stays has welcomed guests and now manages more than 80 unique self-catering accommodation offerings located across Pokolbin, Rothbury, Lovedale, Broke Fordwich, Wollombi, Millfield, Gresford, Elderslie and the also the Yarramalong Valley. As fully licensed Property, Stock and Business Agents, they are skilled at managing, and marketing privately owned properties and their team is proudly 100% Hunter so they can share their local knowledge.

Hunter Valley Stays offers a wide range of high quality accommodation options; from cosy cottages and couples retreats to mid sized and large estates that can host up to 40 guests, perfect for friends and family gatherings, wedding guests, milestone celebrations and corporate retreats.

“We host more than 21,000 guests annually and more than 500 guests a night. It’s like one big sleep-over, and our team love working with our guests on their wish list, and hearing about their many reasons for visiting. For me, it’s all about the cleanliness, the beds and thoughtful extra touches… a great sleep-in after a fun day of exploring and waking up with a good coffee and beautiful view,” says Sasha.

Staying with Hunter Valley Stays also means you have in-house guests 24-hour contact, as well as tailored services through Hunter Concierge who arrange delicious in-house catering with their talented team of private chefs, wine tours, events and experiences before your arrival.

“We have such loyal guests who fall in love with a property and return time and time again or, recommend us to their families, friends and colleagues – both are the best compliments we could ask for,” says John.

Check out the range of award-winning properties that are available through Hunter Valley Stays at

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