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Benbellen Country Retreat

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Peter Wildblood and Sherry Stumm
Cherry Tree Lane, Hannam Vale, New South Wales

Tel: + 61 (0)2-6556-7788
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)2-6556-7778

Not many know of Hannam Vale, although you may often pass the turn on the Pacific Highway. I am doing my bit, I suppose, to let the cat out of the bag.....

.... Peter and Sherry also fell for the green valleys, woods, streams, the dairy farms and rollercoasting country lanes and I am not the first, I feel sure, to have been reminded of England. The peak of South Brother seals off the valley and adds a touch of majesty. Benbellen is a stilted Queenslander-style home which catches every breeze, and from the high verandah Peter and Sherry can keep an eye on their animals: the Jersey heifers in the top paddock beyond the lotus-fringed dam, the alpacas (now 20 strong), the chickens, the guinea fowl, the Indian runner ducks, their twin sheep dogs Tom and Jerry and newcomer Socrates, their Italian maremma dog. On the inside, the house is dominated by a wide, open-plan living area with two alcoves for more intimate socialising and a central dining table where masterpieces are laid out for undeserving guests. Absolutely everything I ate at Benbellen was not just good but memorable – and very healthy too. Both Sherry and Peter are published authors and the house bulges with books. Timber-finished Cherry Tree Cottage sits in the paddock surrounded by views of the farm, valley and lily-strewn dam and Penlan Cottage is 10km down the road, equally stylish and blessed with views. Both are self-contained and superb. Take a boat, swim or fish for the bass and warm-water trout and take early morning walks. [i/]

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Rooms: 2: both queen rooms in the house both with e/s bathroom with shower. 1 on-farm fully self-contained cottage that sleeps 5 (Cherry Tree Cottage). 1 fully self-contained cottage just up the road that sleeps 6 (Penlan Cottage).
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included in the homestead and 3-course dinner $40 (inc wine) available. generous breakfast provisions in the cottages (otherwise S/C).
Directions: From Pacific Hwy north past Taree for 29km to Moorland. Turn left into Hannam Vale Rd and through village of Hannam Vale. Straight ahead on Waitui Road and then right into Cherry Tree Lane to the end.

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