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Off-grid eco luxury in new Blue Mountain lodge

If you’re a Mildrover who likes to feel you’ve gone bush yet you’re only a three-hour scenic drive from Sydney, you may have already discovered Turon Gates near the Blue Mountains.

With its 6,000 acres of tranquility, Turon Gates has been the go-to escape for lovers of log cabins, camping and glamping for 50 years. Nestled in that much nature, you might not see another guest all weekend, surely part of the reason why it’s so popular as a retreat for romantic couples.

Now the owners have added a new attraction, a luxury lodge with scenic views from wherever you look and inside is the perfect temperature come rain shine or snow (it happens!) Christmas in July anyone?

“Sunvale” is perfectly suited for a stunning, hedonistic experience for up to eight guests who love to cook, relax and play together in a warm, ambient setting highlighted with exquisite timbers and rich leather furnishings. This is a unique stay experience in a very private natural setting.

“Sunvale” has ample space and multiple living areas for the whole crew to chill and unwind with both indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Inside, you will find high ceilings, chandeliers, stunning art and a wide, transparent, crackling fireplace backed by panoramic views. 

Four large bedrooms and two supersized bathrooms add to the feeling of space and grandeur. The full-sized kitchen is an entertainer’s delight complete with a dishwasher, multiple refrigerators, a large gas range, oven, espresso machine and everything you need to make gourmet meals.

Step onto the 100 sqm balcony, drag your eyes away from the view for a minute and you’ll discover a timber-panelled hot tub, a gas BBQ, dining table and sun lounges to make the most of those amazing mountain and valley sunset views.

After dinner, relax in a camp chair, warming around a firepit in the cool mountain air and gaze at the never-ending stars.

While the lodge does offer a 65” TV, Bluetooth speaker systems and Wi-Fi, the focus is the natural beauty of Turon Gates.

To this end, Sunvale has floor-to-ceiling glass bi-fold doors to take full advantage of the scenic views offering a complete indoor/outdoor living environment.

When it’s time to retire, sink into the plush, king-sized, four-poster beds in airconditioned/heated comfort and wake to breathtaking views from every room.

Even the bathtub for two with a concertina glass wall provides another way to enjoy nature in luxury.

Relish a guilt-free escape knowing your stay has a minimal environmental footprint. ‘Sunvale’ is built with recycled timber, is completely off-grid and almost entirely solar-powered, with gas only used for the four-burner stovetop.

Guests are welcome to enjoy the activities at Turon Gates including guided horse rides, varied hiking trails, canoeing, swimming and trout fishing in crystal clear Turon River waters.

Nearby you can uncover the world of glow worm caves, adrenaline-pumping adventures like abseiling and canyoning, or go super-luxe with a breathtaking helicopter ride offering panoramic views of Capertree Canyon.

Or how about a drive to a vineyard cellar door in nearby Mudgee to get your wines for dinner?

Michael Lunoe of Turon Gates says, “It has been our dream to offer a truly elegant bush lodge. We believe Sunvale offers something truly exceptional and unusual. To have this much space and this much privacy is really unique”

Rates for Sunvale start from $1175 per night, for more information about Turon Gates including accommodation options, prices and availability CLICK HERE

Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne
Michael G Browne is a crime author (Money Bags), comedy writer an inveterate traveller.

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