Nine Cosy Winter Escapes in Orange That Will Have You Swapping the Coast for the Country, Stat

Leave behind the dreary city skylines this winter and head to a cosy escape in wine country.
Orlaith Costello
Published on May 23, 2023

Nine Cosy Winter Escapes in Orange That Will Have You Swapping the Coast for the Country, Stat

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Leave behind the dreary city skylines this winter and head to a cosy escape in wine country.

Escape to the crisp country air of Orange this winter and rug up in one of the region's top accommodation spots. From charming cottages and elegant hotels to rustic homesteads and unique cabins, there's a warm and welcoming abode to suit every taste and budget. With a range of gourmet food and wine experiences to indulge in, plus stunning natural scenery to explore, Orange is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. There are sparkles of conversation too, as visitors congregate around festival bonfires, restaurant fireplaces and cellar door barbecues — the warmth and spirit of Orange take over the wintry evenings.

Together with Orange360, we've curated a list of the cosiest winter getaways from which you can explore the region. Stay warm and toasty while enjoying a sip of your favourite cool-climate vino with our selection of top winter escapes in Orange. So pack your bags, grab your winter coat, and head inland for a memorable escape in this charming New South Wales region.

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    Located in the highlands of Orange is Glamping at Nashdale Lane Wines, a private escape among the vines of the winery. Unwind in the luxurious cabin that has everything you need to shake off the winter chill. Cosy up under a blanket while taking in the sunset views of Mount Canobolas and neighbouring vineyards and farms, or light up the stove and warm yourself with a tipple or a cup of tea. And, if you are keen to sample Nashdale Lane vinos, the onsite elevated tin-shed cellar door offers tastings every day of the week.

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    Stay in one of three secluded studios nestled in a cherry orchard at Basalt. Each cabin has its own unique design, backstory and stunning view — as well as a king-sized bed, kitchenette, internal wood fireplace, and outdoor fire pit. Warm yourself by the fire pit while taking in the stunning views of the rolling hills above Orange or stargazing with the telescope provided. You may feel like you are a world away while staying at Basalt, but it is actually a short 11 kilometres from the town of Orange, making it an excellent hub from which to explore the region.

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    Experience the diverse range of food and wine in the Orange region at Borrodell Vineyard. Choose between the Cider Suites, offering a modern, romantic retreat, and the two cottages — named Chardonnay and Truffles for two premium products from the estate — each featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an ensuite. Enjoy endless views of the mountain valley from the fireplace or balcony while sipping a glass of vino. You can even indulge in bespoke pampering packages, including beauty treatments, helicopter joy flights, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Dine at Sister’s Rock, the on-site restaurant, or enjoy a wine tasting at SkyBar.

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    Experience a snug and private homestead nestled in picturesque farming land at The Millhouse Cottage. This enchanting and heritage-listed accommodation promises to charm you and your guests with its rustic romantic setting. The award-winning cottage is rich in character, built with mellow clay-fired bricks that were made on the property. The two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom cottage sleeps four guests and is surrounded by a stunning six-acre garden. Take a wintry still to explore the natural beauty of the 140-year-old garden with its fountains, statues, and tree-lined walks.

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    Located a short stroll away from the central business district in Orange, de Russie Boutique Hotel offers a luxurious stay with 25 stylishly designed self-contained rooms equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Open up your Juliet balcony for a breath of crisp winter morning air and take in views of the surrounding area and plan your trip to award-winning vineyards, fine dining, and boutique shopping.

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    For a cosy winter getaway in Orange, The Old Bakery Cottage in Millthorpe is an ideal spot. This charming two-bedroom cottage, dating back to the 1890s, has been lovingly restored and extended to provide an ideal location for a romantic weekend or quiet countryside retreat. Inside, the cottage is adorned with chandeliers, books, and candles, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere to unwind and enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace. With two comfortable bedrooms that can accommodate up to five guests, the cottage is just a short walk from the charming historic village of Millthorpe, where you can discover award-winning restaurants, cellar doors and quaint homeware stores.

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    Escape to the picturesque Mayfield Vineyard in Orange, where an abundance of comfortable accommodation options awaits. From a heritage-listed homestead to quaint cottages, this is the perfect spot to unwind and indulge in award-winning wine. Whether it’s a romantic retreat for two or a large gathering, Mayfield Vineyard has something to offer every traveller. With a history that dates back over a century and award-winning wines, this is a must-visit destination in Orange.

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    For a luxurious country escape in the heart of downtown Orange, The Art Studio is the perfect base for your winter getaway. Recently renovated, the stylish one-bedroom retreat is within walking distance of bars, cafes, and restaurants. After a day of exploring the delights of the area, return to The Art Studio and enjoy all the comforts of home, including a well-equipped kitchen, a lounge room with a gas fireplace, and a spacious bedroom with a plush king-size bed. You can also take advantage of the free on-street parking and the short stroll (just two blocks!) to the Orange CBD. Guests at The Art Studio have exclusive private access via a walkway to the entire studio, including the private patio with outdoor furniture where you can sit and take in the tranquillity of your surroundings.

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    Escape the hustle and bustle of city living and stay in the beautifully restored terrace house, the White House in the gorgeous town of Molong. All the heritage elements you would expect can be found in this quaint house on the heritage-listed main street: timber floors, throughout, high ceilings with pressed tin and large timber windows. Downstairs you’ll find the kitchen, living room, toilet and laundry with views out onto the courtyard with a large lemon tree — a perfect spot for your morning coffee if the spacious terrace verandah doesn’t take your fancy. There are three bedrooms (one queen and two doubles) and a bathroom upstairs. A nice cosy spot tucked into the heritage town of Molong.

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The vines may be taking a rest for winter, but the producers of the region are not. Plan your excursion to wine country for when the Orange Winter Fire Festival is taking place from Friday, August 4 till Sunday, August 13 — showcasing the best of an authentic country winter through a series of events. 

Top Images: Glamping @ Nashdale, Orange360

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