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Accommodating ourselves!

20 May

So, I recall mentioning we were quite happy with the accommodation we procured for our guests.

Now I’m going to talk about accommodating ourselves. On the follow-up to the wedding, we’ll be staying with our guests at the Crowne and spending as much time as we can with our friends and family. We’ve got a few things planned, but we’re still unsure, so we’ll see how it goes! However, after the wedding, Mr Big and I want to spend our first night together as husband and wife in private seclusion. So we’ve been trying to find a place to stay – just the two of us.

Enter the Château Élan.

The Château Élan is located on a HUGE block of land called The Vintage. It’s basically resort living for the retired up in the Hunter Valley and you can even buy a house or a block of land there. Mr Big saw the place and was immediately IN LOVE. He wants to buy a house up there, which I’m all for, but we both know that won’t be in the books until much later in our lives.

At the end of the long driveway of The Vintage is Château Élan, which calls itself the “Luxury Hunter Valley Hotel”. It has four types of accommodation: the Spa King, Spa Suite, 1-Bed Spa Villa, and 2-Bed Spa Villa.

I perused through the website and upon seeing the Spa Suite, was instantly hooked.

The Spa Suite offers so much, including an open plan living space, a spa and a king bed. You’ve also got easy access to the spa onsite (which I probably won’t use, since we’ll be there for one night).

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Open-plan living space. / Image taken from the Château Élan website.

On Saturday 18 May, we went to Château Élan to take a look around.

When we arrived we were shocked by how big the place was. The drive down to the actual hotel took about 2-3 minutes (maybe even 5!) but when we finally arrived and parked we were in awe. Just outside on the hotel grounds we saw wallabies grazing.

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Wallabies right out front! / Image taken from the Château Élan website.

The hotel itself was beautiful.

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Image taken from the Château Élan website.

When we walked up to the front we were greeted by one of the hotel staff who quickly sorted out what we wanted and kept us comfortable. Meanwhile, I was feeling horrible because I was holding a cup of coffee from another winery in their café. In a few moments time, our guide – Christina – came out to show us around.

We were taken to the Spa Suite.

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The Spa – I can’t wait to use this… / Image taken from the Château Élan website.

We had a tour around one of the ground floor Spa Suite rooms and were given tips when booking, like mentioning we wanted one of the first floor rooms (and she even mentioned the room numbers!) and the view towards the golf course (the other side is the view of the car park – not as pretty!).

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The view of the golf course / Image taken from the Château Élan website.

We were able to have a good look around and a good chat with Christina, and by the end, Mr Big and I were pretty sure that would be the place to stay.

It’s also located right next to one of our favourite wineries – Bimbadgen Estate – and it’s only 5 minutes from Tamburlaine, where we’ll be having our reception. All-in-all, we’re both über happy with the choice and can’t wait to spend the night there!

Also, bonus for my coffee-loving self. They have this som’bitch:

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Yes please! / Image taken from the Château Élan website.

A Nespresso machine!

I love coffee, so this is perfect, especially after a day of smiling, excitement and being wed! Mr Big and I are both super excited to end the night in this fabulous place, and I can’t wait to make myself a coffee (I’m sad, I know).

Who else is excited about something that’s probably completely unnecessary? Do you think Mr Big and I made a good choice?