Best accommodation in NSW for foodies

Immersive farm stays, vineyards with cute cottages alongside their cellar doors, and luxury hotels with award winning chefs – this is your guide to places to feast then sleep across regional NSW.

Destination NSW

Destination NSW

Mar 2023 -
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Mona Farm, Braidwood 

Mona Farm is so committed to giving you an exceptional food experience, they’ve brought on former Sepia, Café Paci and est. chef Tristan Rebbettes (now a 2022 Good Food Young Chef of the Year finalist). Despite the fact they don’t have a restaurant, Rebbettes and his team’s remit is to deliver the best room service of your life or create private dining experiences in your guesthouse or within the property’s 124-acre of gardens and farmland. In between meals and luxuriating, check out one of the most impressive private art collections in the state. Inside the heritage lodges there are the works of more than 50 local and international artists; and dotted across the century old Southern Tablelands farm is an impressive sculpture collection including enormous abstracts from Peter Lundberg. 

Cooking over charcoal at Mona Farm, Braidwood

Rebbettes cooking over charcoal, Braidwood - Credit: Mona Farm

Hidden Valley Farms, Goulburn 

Rows of pear, apple and quince trees scattered around lush farmland; earth riddled with Périgord truffles and heads of purple-rimmed garlic; then you, sitting under the stars eating it all. That’s the experience offered at Hidden Valley Farms. The rest of the days you’ll spend one of two ways: either relaxing in the quiet of the Goulburn countryside or being fully immersed in the farm experience – picking olives, feeding animals and learning about the sustainability of the land you're on. After it all, you’ll retire to a sauna or a woodfired outdoor bath and a night in the farm’s self-contained cabins.  

Hidden Valley Farms at sunrise, Goulburn

Hidden Valley Farms, Goulburn - Credit: Hidden Valley Farms

Nimbo Fork Lodge, Nimbo 

Imagine a picturesque lodge nestled in the hill of a misty Snowy Mountains valley. A lodge with lush interiors, views of a gum canopy and the surrounding countryside, and baths next to ceiling-high windows. Now imagine that experience is punctuated by meals at Three Blue Ducks, a restaurant run by the acclaimed farm-to-table and sustainability focused hospitality group of the same name. The menu is a mostly Mediterranean expression of Riverina produce, besides its Sunday lunches, where you’ll find a modern take on a British roast.  

Misty view over Nimbo Fork Lodge, Nimbo

Nimbo Fork Lodge, Nimbo - Credit: Nimbo Fork Lodge

Osborn House, Bundanoon 

You could easily drive past Osborn House without noticing a thing, but behind those tree lined Bundanoon back streets is one of the most luxurious experiences in the Southern Highlands. The building is a restored 1892 manor, and the interiors are courtesy of former SOHO House design director Linda Boronkay. The rooms have forest views and baths that’ll melt away an afternoon, and there’s an in-house spa and pool worth their own trip. Then there’s the dining experience, split between two beautifully styled restaurants: George (a relaxed bistro) and Dinah’s (a more sophisticated Italian-inspired fine diner). The real showpiece though is Fire Feast, a spectacular, once-a-week Argentinian open-fire barbecue featuring the best of the region’s meat and produce.  

Dining room at Osborn House, Bundanoon

Dinah’s restaurant at Osborn House, Bundanoon - Credit: Osborn House

Belle Bois, Capertee Valley 

This elegant bed and breakfast designs their entire food experience around produce from the Capertee Valley and surrounds. Start your stay with a full hot breakfast or homemade muesli with local fruit then spend the day exploring the biodiverse Capertee Valley by hiking the land or kayaking the river. Return to homemade snacks and espresso coffee, then end the day with a French dinner looking out onto countryside. You may even spot an echidna or wombat from the table. For a more immersive experience, the Belle Bois family organise private two-day food tours of the valley that’ll have you feasting on local truffles, honey, premium lamb, edible flowers and wine. 

Dining room table setting at Belle Bois, Capertee Valley

A meal overlooking the vines at Belle Bois, Capertee Valley - Credit: Belle Bois

Mavis's Kitchen & Cabins, Uki 

What better place to plant an organic garden and orchard than on the fertile soils around World Heritage-listed Tweed Valley rainforest. That was the idea for Mavis's Kitchen and Cabins, a beautifully designed set of wooden lodges with an accompanying restaurant using tropical produce from the kitchen garden. Horticulturalist Jackie Hopkinson takes care of the produce and head chef Simon Liljeqvist takes on the menu, and the result is a unique and innovative food offering traversing multiple cuisines and cooking styles. Try the seasonally rotating menu in a dining room overlooking the lush garden, pick up an epic picnic hamper and take it on a rainforest adventure, or get three courses delivered to your cabin for a luxurious night in. 

Garden event at Mavis's Kitchen & Cabins, Uki

An event at Mavis's Kitchen & Cabins, Uki - Credit: Mavis's Kitchen & Cabins

Vineyard stays 

NSW has 12 distinct wine regions and dotted throughout are vineyards with overnight options, lauded restaurants and immersive food experiences. Pokolbin's Hanging Tree Wines offers a homestead stay and if you drop in around April you can take part in the festivities of the Olive Harvest Festival. Borrodell Estate in Orange puts you up in cottages by the vines and serves you Borrodell farm produce (including truffles during the winter) at its restaurant Sisters Rock. In Mudgee, Blue Wren has beds in a refurbished farmhouse and The Barn, a casual restaurant with beautifully presented seasonal recipes. And the Southern HighlandsBendooley Estate provides architecturally striking cottages, an inventive restaurant sporting a dining room with views on one side and bookshelves on the other, plus vineyard scenery so epic the estate is regularly booked for weddings.  

Bendooley Estate, Southern Highlands - Credit: Gavin Cato | Bendooley Estate

Bendooley Estate, Southern Highlands - Credit: Gavin Cato | Bendooley Estate

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