Located a 20-minute drive from Mudgee’s town centre and less than 10 minutes to the historic township of Gulgong, Owl Head Lodge’s tranquil cottages and self-contained apartments are close enough to explore the region’s highlights and far enough away to relax amid the calming countryside.

Boasting multiple accommodation options for smaller and larger rooms, Owl Head Lodge is the perfect place for group retreats, from families celebrating a special occasion to corporate team-building getaways. The entire homestead can be booked at once, allowing guests to relax with loved ones and friends in peace.

Owl Head Lodge person enjoying outdoors, Mudgee Region NSW

Experience countryside tranquillity

From the moment you drive along the regal-like entrance – a long scenic driveway lined with tall groomed trees – you’ll feel a little lighter. Out here, on a property adjoined by a cattle farm and vineyards that flow into the green rolling hills of Mudgee, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only people present for miles.

Owl Head Lodge couple feeding goat, Mudgee Region NSW

Listen hard and you might just hear the rumbling of a working tractor. Otherwise, the only calls to reach your ears are those of tweeting birds or neighbouring wildlife rustling among the grass. Think long-haired, long-horned Angora goats, adorable shaggy highland cows and majestic horses. There’s also a resident pig onsite but don’t worry, he’s shiny and bronze. The only movement you’ll see from this poolside artwork is the ever-changing light that bounces off its chunky bronze skin. Of course, we’re not the only ones who enjoy roaming vineyards. It’s not uncommon for a kangaroo (or several) to hop into your line of sight as you gaze over the vineyards and surrounding forested range.

Of course, we’re not the only ones who enjoy roaming vineyards. It’s not uncommon for a kangaroo (or several) to hop into your line of sight as you gaze over the vineyards and surrounding forested range.

Owl Head Lodge couple inside in front of fireplace Mudgee Region NSW

Stay in unique cottages and studios

The original owner of Owl Head Lodge set out to blend great architecture with the love for the land on which the property lies. Three fundamental principles were brought to life throughout the homestead: function, structure and beauty. Many years and new ownership later, these original philosophies are as apparent as ever.

The thoughtfully designed architecture brings the region’s undulating pastures closer to guests while offering a luxurious stay for groups, couples and families.

The light and bright Glass Cottage and Glass Motel-style studios are particularly unique. Sharing one roof in a pavilion style, the cottage and two studios boast floor-to-ceiling glass walls that flow onto a wide wrap-around verandah, separated for each unit’s privacy. It’s one thing to be encompassed by endless countryside, but it’s another to experience it throughout your entire accommodation. The property’s original bones remain among the modern kitchen and bathroom renovations, creating a beautiful contrast of old and new throughout the Glass Cottages, Studios and Slab Cottage.

The Shearers Cottage and Shearers Quarters are the latest additions to Owl Head Lodge. Each unit features a raised balcony with sweeping views of the Cudgegong Valley and distant ranges, perfect for a tipple of Mudgee wine paired with local produce. Each accommodation comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, while the shared manicured gardens are dotted with BBQs, outdoor dining and a heated swimming pool.

Owl Head Lodge two people drinking wine around outdoor firepit, Mudgee Region NSW

Things to do at Owl Head Lodge

When you’re ready to pull yourself away from your scenic verandah, there’s plenty to explore in and around the Mudgee Region. If you’re anything like Owl Head Lodge owners, Sarah and Rob, you’ll be hard-pressed not to fall in love. Originally from Sydney, the couple said, “After living in Mudgee for a few months in lockdown, we went back to Sydney and quickly realised we had fallen in love with the Mudgee Region. We decided to pack up our stuff and move out here about a year later”.

Gulgong Holterman Museum

In the nearby town of Gulgong, wander along Mayne Street where pretty 19th-century buildings with iron-laced verandahs house boutique shops, historic buildings and some of the region’s first hotels. For a cold beer, stop by The Prince of Wales, known for its appearance on Australia’s first ten-dollar note, friendly patrons and quirky remnants of the 1800s that adorn the pub’s walls.

Museums are aplenty in Gulgong, too. From the Pioneers Museum to the Gulgong Holtermann Museum, Henry Lawson Society and the Gold Rush Experience, there’s no shortage of opportunities to go digging back in time – or for gold.

Owl Head Lodge group of four people at dusk holding sparklers, Mudgee Region NSW

Back at Owl Head Lodge, the only show you’ll need happens right above your head. On a clear evening, the night sky is often punctuated by stars, clustered together to create a celestial spectacle.

No matter what you get up to on your getaway, Owl Head Lodge’s warm ambience and lovely countryside outlook will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. What better way to reset your senses?

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