Orange is the kind of place you’re going to want to linger a little longer. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly (and budget-savvy) room, a glamping tent among the vines or a design-driven hotel in the heart of town, these stylish properties provide the perfect base to explore everything the region has to offer.
To immerse yourself in history (without sacrificing modern style), it’s hard to go past the Byng Street Boutique Hotel. It began life as Yallungah, a stately family home built circa 1896, before being transformed into a spectacular 22-room hotel in 2019. Heritage features were meticulously restored and contrasted with playful, colourful interior design, surrounded by lush gardens.Out of town, Lakeview Luxury Retreat is a five-star bed and breakfast set beside Lake Canobolas, with five romantic self-contained villas designed for couples seeking to escape the world.
Divine heritage digs are also on offer at Orange’s grandest historic mansion, Duntryleague, built in 1876. It now has 14 guest rooms overlooking vast gardens and an 18-hole golf course.For something more modern, de Russie Boutique Hotel has 25 rooms ranging from studios (some with spa baths) to spacious two- and three-bedroom suites. The location is also five-star, just a few minutes’ walk from Orange’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.
With more than 60 vineyards and wineries surrounding the town, it’s easy to wake up surrounded by endless rows of vines. Nashdale Lane has two adults-only Scandinavian-style glamping tents with luxurious bathrooms, four-poster beds, wood fires and plenty of pinot. At Borrodell Estate, just opposite Lake Canobolas, there are two sleek modern Cider Suites for couples or two three-bedroom cottages ideal for groups and families.
At Rowlee Wines, you’ll stay in a stunning heritage guesthouse and be spoiled with a range of exclusive experiences, plus half a dozen bottles to take home. Basalt is the newest – and highest – vineyard stay in the area, with two architecturally designed studios perched 1,100m above sea level. There are four rustic cottages at Mayfield Vineyard, two self-contained options at Mortimer’s Wines and one cute apartment at Strawhouse.
Many of Orange’s most charming private homes are now holiday houses, perfect for families or larger groups. The team behind local lifestyle store The White Place rent out two exquisitely styled four-bedroom historic houses close to the centre of town. Cadogan Country House is a luxurious retreat on a 1400-hectare cattle property 30 minutes from town that sleeps 10, and comes complete with a hedge maze and private hatted dining.
Choose one of Orange’s crop of comfortable hotels for well-appointed rooms, tasty dining options and lots of facilities. The Oriana was built in the 1960s and has been given a retro-chic makeover, with vibrant colours and quirky furnishings, plus a glamorous Pool Club. Quest Orange has serviced studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a gym, communal barbecue area and a shopping service that can stock the pantry before you arrive.
Mercure Orange is a modern property with 77 rooms and the town’s coolest rooftop restaurant and bar, The Greenhouse of Orange. The Remington, which opened in late 2020 on the outskirts of town, promises high-end style, exceptional service and delicious dining at on-site restaurant Whitney’s. Travellers on a budget will like the Ibis Styles, which is currently undergoing a major renovation.
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A guide to Orange
A guide to Orange
With acclaimed wineries and cellar doors, fine dining, glorious parks and gardens, fabulous shopping and charming heritage villages, Orange makes for an unforgettable country break. When you’ve had your fill of wine and food (if that’s ever possible), drive the endless rural roads to your heart’s content or take to the skies in a hot-air balloon for an altogether different perspective.
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