Guests arriving at the Hermes Estate in Australia instantly feel a sense of calm. This sprawling five-acre property adjoining the pristine Never Never River in the sleepy town of Gleniffer is all theirs when they check-in. They hire the entire estate and it becomes one private vacation stay with staff to cater for everything.
WELCOMING GUESTS IN STYLE
After driving along a path lined with manicured trees, they’re welcomed by the property’s butler and concierge. The butler has champagne ready for everyone although wellness guests can opt for delicious herbal beverages instead.
You experience instant serenity as soon as you walk through the door. There are wide-open spaces, views of the Dorrigo National Park Mountains, and greenery as far as the eye can see. The staff has also placed fresh flowers everywhere. The florals complement the French-inspired décor, the gilded interiors and Russian artist Ladovsky’s pieces on the walls.
ABOUT THE HERMES ESTATE IN AUSTRALIA
Originally built in the 1980s, Hermes Estate was recently renovated although the decorators maintained most of its original vintage features. Meanwhile, the renovators haven’t scrimped on 21st century technology either. Guests can easily connect to music media via WIFI and have their favourite sounds filling the space via ducted speakers.
The library is another attraction. The owner has left in it a 1867 first edition of Charles Dickens that he purchased at auction over 14 years ago. There are other vintage and well cherished books as well.
The Hermes Estate is also fully equipped for a wellness holiday. Guests can dip into a hot tub nestled on their private balcony before heading to the spa studio. Inside, there’s a memory foam therapy bed ready for spa treatments. On the other hand, looking at the stunning gardens full of white hydrangeas, twin agave, white zephyranthus, and towering Magnolia trees.
The decorators took almost three years to complete the renovations. In the process, they’ve added an infinity pool and a pool house with a full service spa. They’re also making a yoga and art studio, a tennis court and an on site helipad.
NATURAL MINERAL WATER AND ORGANIC FOOD
Those who want to just forget everything can swim in the pure Never Never River which adjoins the retreat. This is also the source of the property’s mountain-fresh mineral water following a three-phase UV filtering system. Furthermore, local organic produce is sourced direct from the Bellingen area. So guests can indulge in healthy meals prepared by a French chef while dining with the finest crystal and cutlery.
BEST HOTEL IN BELLINGEN
One night at the Hermes Estate costs AUS$5,000 per night. Furthermore, it’s just 12 minutes’ drive from Bellingen, which is often called Australia’s most beautiful town. It was voted Australia’s ‘Town Of The Year’ 2020.
On the property, guests can curate a truly personalised experience. This includes selecting their preferred pillows and scents. Yes, lavender, lemongrass, vanilla or rose permeates throughout the villa to ensure a comprehensive wellness stay.
Guests also have many things to do near the Hermes Estate. They can book private dolphin visits, go whale watching, explore hiking trails, or learn to surf.