AS the weather cools and the country calls, it may just be the perfect time for you and your significant other to make a weekend escape.
From safari-style tents on a vineyard to eco-farm stays and luxury hotels, cuddle up with log fires, furry rugs, red wines and starry nights.
Central NSW Tourism chair John Medcalf said the region plays host to a wide range of romantic and unique getaways.
Enjoy local food and wine trails, art galleries, historic museums, farmers markets and gorgeous country lanes.Central NSW Tourism chair John Medcalf
"Choose your romantic adventure from an Old Chemist Shop in historic Millthorpe, an eco-retreat by the Lachlan River in Forbes, glamping on a vineyard in Orange, or a beautifully renovated shearing shed in Cowra," he said.
"Enjoy local food and wine trails, art galleries, historic museums, farmers markets and gorgeous country lanes."
Go on, why not get out and explore your own region and neighbouring towns this autumn and winter.
OUR 10 MOST ROMANTIC PLACES TO STAY
Rustic farmstay, Cowra
A renovated shearing shed with friendly horses:
This charming renovated shearing shed is designed for two and features spacious open plan living with contemporary comforts - king bed, luxury linen, a cosy fire, heating and barbecue. Set in a beautiful rural hideaway surrounded by animals the shed is a magical escape and located just five kilometres from the heart of Cowra.
Glamping at Nashdale Lane Wines, Orange
Luxe-style glamping on a vineyard:
Choose from two top-of-the-range safari-style cabins imported from Holland, set in a magical vineyard overlooking Mount Canobolas. With hardwood flooring, four poster queen-sized bed, full bathrooms with monsoon shower, custom-built kitchenette, an internal wood fire, outdoor lounge area, private barbecue and herb garden, these are the epitome of luxury for two. All just a 10-minute drive from Orange's town centre and a stroll from the onsite cellar door where you can indulge in a tasting of the full range of wines.
Hockey's Accommodation, Millthorpe
A restored old Chemist in historic village:
Set in the heart of heritage-listed historic village Millthorpe, it seems only appropriate to snuggle up in a restored Old Chemist shop. This retreat for two is self-contained with a queen bed, spa bath, kitchenette and lounge and fuses indulgent luxury and peaceful tranquillity. All just a short stroll to restaurants, cafes, homewares and antique stores.
Girragirra Retreat, Forbes
An eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Lachlan River:
Wiradjuri for 'be well, be happy, be merry', Girragirra Retreat is tucked away down a country road on a 50-acre organic farm on the banks of the Lachlan River, just 4km from town. The architect designed, luxurious, self-contained two-bedroom apartment is perfect for one or two couples overlooking a billabong surrounded by red river gums and native grasslands. Pick your food from the food garden, cook in the gourmet kitchen, and retreat to luxury linens and bathrobes.
Bishops Court Estate, Bathurst
Award-winning, historic, luxury boutique hotel:
An icon for romance, this beautifully restored and decorated high Victorian manor house features six luxuriously appointed suites and is set in an acre of parkland gardens in Bathurst. The rooms are stunningly decorated with art, collectables, sweeping balconies with enormous outdoor lounge areas in tree level and even an historic candle-lit chapel for dinners & events. Enjoy relaxing by the open fire and completely unwind.
Lansdowne House by de Russie Boutique Hotel, Orange
Period home oozing luxury:
For hotel touches with more space, splash out on Lansdowne House, a turn of the century period home built in 1910 with elegantly proportioned rooms and beautiful marble fireplaces. Featuring three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and formal dining room, it's the perfect space to cook for your loved one using Orange's local produce. Located in town, the House is run by nearby De Russie Hotel with 25 rooms.
Mutton Falls B&B, Oberon
Bushranger history in a B&B homestead:
A beautifully restored homestead is now a B&B with four suites and the perfect place to unwind and reflect. It features an open fire and is set in an acre of gardens overlooking Fish River. Built in 1860 as a farmhouse and dairy, learn about its colourful history as a general store when it was robbed many times by bush-rangers on the route to Bathurst.
Grenfell Hall, Grenfell
A restored former convent now B&B:
Built in 1907, this once private Victorian residence, former convent and now private B&B oozes history and grandeur. On arrival is a 12 foot high (3.66 metres) entrance foyer with cedar staircase leading to three en-suite rooms, one of them a former chapel. Enjoy home-baked treats, a delicious breakfast and short walk to Grenfell's historic main street and attractions.
Hotel Gracelands, Parkes
Love me Tender in an Elvis loving hotel:
A four-star boutique hotel in the heart of Parkes, this beautiful restored property features 20 rooms and great facilities. The on-site IKON restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening with live music, a cosy wood fire and local wines.
Pericoe Retreat Bed and Breakfast, Dubbo
Set on 25 acres, this escape is perfect for two. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views from your suite, the verandah, the sun deck or the pool. This luxury accommodation features spa ensuites, open fires, billiard room, bar and TV room. Enjoy full cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and sumptuous evening meals, served in a variety of settings.
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