Travellers who like their camping with a large dose of luxury have a new place to stay in the Mudgee wine region.
Locals Cam and Tasch D’Arcy opened Sierra Escape, the town’s first luxury eco-glamping accommodation, in January.
“Sierra Escape is designed to provide high quality, off-grid accommodation for those who love the outdoors, but still enjoy the luxuries of a hotel,” says Cara George, CEO of Mudgee Tourism.
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It is the second project in the region from the D’Arcys, a Sydney couple who have made Mudgee their second home. The pair got engaged at acclaimed Mudgee restaurant Zin House and married at another local venue, Vinegrove, before opening luxury farm stay Abingdon House in 2016. When a local farming family offered subdivided blocks of land for sale, the pair immediately recognised the potential to develop the secluded spot into the region’s first glamping destination.
The retreat is located 20 minutes from the centre of town on a 110-hectare property “full of wildlife, ridges, hills, creeks, trees and spectacular views,” says George.
The Australian-made tent was designed by luxury tent suppliers Eco Structures to withstand Mudgee’s brisk winters and often meltingly hot summers.
Guests wake up to birdsong from the comfort of a king-size bed within a large, 18-square-metre bedroom. Glass sliding doors and large screened windows offer views of the surrounding bush.
A bathroom features a freestanding bath, shower and a flushing toilet. The tent also has a camp stove, camp fridge, power for charging devices and an ethanol fireplace.
The D’Arcys provide a breakfast pack featuring muesli and condiments. Guests are encouraged to source some of the fine produce found in the region and bring it back to the tent to cook it on-site.
Nearby wineries include Lowe Wines, Burnbrae Winery and Vineyard and Thistle Hill Wines. A wide deck at the front of the tent is the perfect spot “to sit down with a glass of Mudgee wine and watch the sun set over the hills,” says George.