Escape Sydney at MT Hay Retreat25 February 18
I don’t know about you but living in Sydney is exhausting and regularly getting away for the weekend is an absolute essential for me!
Getting away for the weekend is also an excuse to experience the best holiday homes and retreats in NSW – and trust me when I say I’ve found a retreat that is so relaxing and secluded, you’ll feel like you are off the grid completely in the best way possible.
I go on Airbnb and Stayz as often as I online shop – so I’m sure you can imagine, that’s A LOT of my time browsing for new places to stay at.
I was instantly sold on MT Hay Retreat when I saw photos of its incredible outdoor bath tub and 33 metre pool. As soon as I found this place, I stalked the Instagram and saw epic photos of a giant swing with the most picturesque views. I needed to stay here and so I contacted the lovely owners and booked myself in pronto.
This trip I brought my girlfriend Bridget with me for a little girls weekend. She had never been to Berry so I was super excited to take her!
MT Hay is located literally only 5 minutes from Berry and about a 2 hour commute from Sydney so we took our time with the drive as we stayed on a Sunday so there was barely any traffic.
When we first arrived we were welcomed by the lovely owners Anthony and Louise. Anthony explained that the land we were on had been in his family for years and it was very clear that they really cared about the property.
The property consists of only 5 suites which made it incredibly private and we didn’t see anyone else while we were there – it was bliss!
We were in suite 1 and as soon as we walked into our room we were absolutely blown away by the view! Beautiful greenery ahead of us with hills in the distance – it felt like we were in another World.
We were welcomed with the most delicious cheese platter and bottle of champagne – it was definitely the perfect way to start our trip!
After we unpacked we had a quick look around the retreat. I’d been dying to see the 33 metre pool ever since I had booked and let’s just say it was not a disappointment.
We decided to check out Berry and get something for dinner. The drive back to Berry is so quick and parking was such a breeze. As it was a Sunday the town was pretty quiet with not many people around.
Berry is one of those towns that everyone needs to visit! It’s so welcoming, homey and the cinnamon donuts from the Famous Berry Donut Van are an excuse in themselves to make the trip. Apparently when filming in Australia, Leonardo Dicaprio stayed in Berry and loved it that much he wanted to buy a place there – I can totally see why!
We ordered some Thai food from the local Thai Restaurant in Berry and brought it back to the room with us. We also stocked up on some essential snacks from the IGA – because what’s a girls trip without snacks right?
We spent our night swimming, watching movies and doing nothing – I swear I’ve never been so relaxed in my whole life.
In the morning we really wanted to get some good shots of the Retreat and find this giant swing!!
You are given a map of the property when you arrive so finding everything is really easy – and that’s coming from someone who is really bad with directions.
As we were walking to find the swing, Anthony and Louise had asked if we wanted to see some of their farm animals. Both Bridget and I are crazy animal lovers so it was a no brainer. They took us to see their pet goats and pigs and we were even able to feed them. It was so special being able to see a bit more of their day to day lives on the farm and we really appreciated our private tour.
After feeding the animals we finally found what we’d been looking for! I promise you, it’s impossible for the big kid in you not to come out when you are faced with this epic swing!
After a million more photos and videos we decided to hit the road as we wanted to check out some beaches in Kiama on our drive back and of course we wanted to miss the Sydney traffic too!
We left the retreat feeling so energised and exactly how someone should feel after staying at a luxury Retreat.
The Retreat is definitely super romantic so I’d recommend taking your other half with you for something special. This is the perfect getaway and needs to be experienced to truly understand just how good for the soul it is!
If you are looking for somewhere ridiculously stunning to unwind that instantly feels like a luxury version of your second home and is minutes away from Berry then this is your place!
Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about my stay!
Click HERE to check out their website for more info & booking details.
Put it on your list people – I promise you’ll thank me later.
Lots of love,
JENN FLURI xx