Lyn and Peter’s aim was always to create a place where people could come and thoroughly relax in the shortest possible time and that is the most popular comment they receive from guests. The kilometre-long country driveway, arrival at the homestead and then walking into the spacious and luxurious rooms has the stresses of day-to-day life melting away in moments.
The rooms are both luxurious and practical. Three almost identical suites make for a seamless experience at Stratheam Park Lodge, and with fireplace, spa bath, Apple tv, books, tea and coffee, private verandah and garden there is little reason to leave your room. It is perfect for a romantic getaway, with lovely touches like candles, a decanter of port and two glasses. But with each room containing a roomy sofa bed four are easily accommodated for a family holiday.
If you are arriving at night, keep an eye out for the Strathearn Park Lodge sign on the right as you travel north on the New England Highway. Strathearn Park Lodge is about 3 kilometres south of Scone. If you get to Scone you’ve missed it! Click our Google Maps button to find your preferred route.
Strathearn Park Lodge is situated in the heart of the Upper Hunter, surrounded by lush wilderness, rich agricultural land and world-class horse studs. You will also find Upper Hunter wines, historic homesteads and old fashioned country hospitality. Located within a short distance of historic townships Muswellbrook and Scone, you will find plenty to fill your days, right on our doorstep. Strathearn Park Lodge is perfect for relaxing, but if you feel like venturing further here are a few activities we recommend you squeeze into your stay.
Early settlers thought the smoke emanating from Mount Wingen was volcanic but it’s actually the world’s oldest known underground coal seam fire. Today you can take a walk around the area along a well constructed and informative track. The combustion, occurring at a depth of 30 metres, has caused interesting discolourisations to the soil and changes to the local flora. Conveniently placed seats offer both rest and vantage points to admire the views. The walk starts at the Burning Mountain Rest Area car park and is a 4.6km round walk.
Watch cheesemakers at work through the viewing window and sample cheeses, yoghurts, fudge and gelati. Gourmet products are available to purchase and you can enjoy a cheese oriented, seasonal menu at the onsite licienced café. A slice of the famous Labelle cheesecake is a must! Located in Muswellbrook Hunter Belle Cheese is open seven days a week.
The Upper Hunter is home to more than 150 thoroughbred horse stud businesses and a multi-billion dollar breeding industry. Many studs offer tours, each one unique. Tours need to be booked around a week in advance, so if you would like this quintessential Upper Hunter experience let us know and we can arrange it for you.
Merriwa is a lovely little town with many examples of colonial architecture. Many of these can be viewed on the Merriwa Town Walk, available from the Visitor’s Centre. Be sure to include the Old Colonial Cottage, built in 1847 and now a museum. Merriwa also has the fascinating Bottle Museum with many rare and interesting specimens among the 5000+ bottles. Round out your Merriwa trip by picking up some local produce and picnicking at The Battery, a picnic area surrounded by spectacular basalt rock formations created by volcanic lava flow 35 million years ago.