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Thulanathi - Rest. Explore. Reconnect.

Entire cottage hosted by Stephan & Karen
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 bathrooms
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
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House rules
This place isn’t suitable for children under 12 and the host doesn’t allow pets, parties, or smoking.
Set in a private retreat. Lose yourself in a world of enchantment; a stunning environment of timeless charm and exquisite Australian architecture. Exclusively nestled on 5 parklike acres surrounded by horse farms and vineyairds in the Hunter Valley. A tranquil place to dream and reconnect. All within reach of the vineyards, concerts, beaches, lakes, mountains and rain forests uniquely to this leading, premier wine region of Australia. Private and inspiring, Thulanathi ("be still with us").

The space
Thulanathi is a transformed barn home ideal for couples. It offers 140m2 of living space. The repurposed sand stone and timber home has an open plan first floor which is impressively spacious with one bedroom (queen bed), retreat area and library. The rich timber creates a warm, homely feel. The retreat area has a sofa bed and library. The ground floor has a lounge, dining/kitchen and 1.5 bathroom. The home has garden, lagoon and forest views. Nestled in a beautiful garden with free parking and own, private BBQ area. Basic kitchen facilities are available to warm up and serve pre-cooked meals. We create a private, stress free destination. The beautiful garden, sensory trail, gigantic aged old trees and lagoon like dam attract wild life. We have visiting kangaroos, birds, interesting insects (dragon flies and stick insects) and Zuma, the resident water dragon and his 4 wives. Bring your bird field guide, camera, sketch book and binoculars. Forget about the time and reconnect with nature and your loved ones.

Guest access
The gardens, inclusive of the lake and sensory trail are available for guests to explore. It is a working farm with water hazards e.g. dam, swimming pool and water garden. It is also our work place since we are primary producers and land carers. Take a chair, the picnic basket with blanket or good book and relax under the trees, porch, the lake or at the pool.

Other things to note
We receive internet via satellite. Good for emails, apps, play Netflix/Stan SD, wifi calls/video, Zoom/Google Team meetings. Very limited for gaming and streaming. Welcome to rural/regional Australia where there are so much more to experience.
Set in a private retreat. Lose yourself in a world of enchantment; a stunning environment of timeless charm and exquisite Australian architecture. Exclusively nestled on 5 parklike acres surrounded by horse farms and vineyairds in the Hunter Valley. A tranquil place to dream and reconnect. All within reach of the vineyards, concerts, beaches, lakes, mountains and rain forests uniquely to this leading, premier wine r… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

Amenities

Wifi
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Cable TV
Dedicated workspace
Pool
Air conditioning
Indoor fireplace
TV with standard cable/satellite
Heating

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Pokolbin, New South Wales, Australia

The Parish of Pokolbin is the heritage heart of the Hunter Valley. Known for wines, restaurants and concerts performed by world renowned performers like Neil Diamond, Kylie, Sir Elton John and many more. Home to famous Semillon and Shiraz wine cultivars, the Valley wine makers have exceptional talent and craft in wine making. Visit the variety of cellar doors, restaurants and the largest display garden in Australia. Play golf. Take a scenic flight in a helicopter, hot air balloon or Tiger Moth. The valley has so much on offer. Enjoy!
The Parish of Pokolbin is the heritage heart of the Hunter Valley. Known for wines, restaurants and concerts performed by world renowned performers like Neil Diamond, Kylie, Sir Elton John and many more. Home…

Hosted by Stephan & Karen

Joined in February 2016
  • 119 Reviews
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Born in Africa, we are a husband-and-wife team with Dutch-French ancestry. We lived in Southern Africa (Cape Town & Johannesburg), France (Paris) and Australia (Sydney & Hunter Valley). We enjoy sharing Thulanathi with people. Thulanathi gives visitors the opportunity to experience an authentic Australian farmlet with nature, fine architecture, beautiful garden and the great qualities offered by the Hunter Valley Region. It is a real haven for family, friends, guests and wildlife. We searched the world for our next chapter and found this gem in Pokolbin, only 90 minutes north of Sydney. During our travels we visited great places and met awesome people in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North & South Americas, Islands of the Pacific and Africa. We normally travel for business, health, education and to celebrate important milestones in life. We still prefer independent and small group travel arrangements to enjoy safe and close experiences with locals - that being people and nature". Stephan is passionate about improving environments where people live, work and relax. He is committed to nature conservation, observation & interpretation. Karen loves learning, tea, painting and hanging out with the family at the farm.
Born in Africa, we are a husband-and-wife team with Dutch-French ancestry. We lived in Southern Africa (Cape Town & Johannesburg), France (Paris) and Australia (Sydney & Hunter Val…
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  • Janine
During your stay
Karen, Bluey and I live on the lifestyle farmlet. Thulanathi is an additional home nestled in a private, secure setting. We are available should you need any help to make your stay pleasant. Understandably we are also responsible for the farm and have our daily work activities to create a beautiful environment for you to appreciate and enjoy.
Karen, Bluey and I live on the lifestyle farmlet. Thulanathi is an additional home nestled in a private, secure setting. We are available should you need any help to make your st…
Stephan & Karen is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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House rules
Check-in: After 14:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
May encounter potentially dangerous animals
Cancellation policy