Be Transported to far off lands.

Find Bliss on our Lotus Lake or among our tropical gardens.

Slow Down, Indulge, Relax, Connect.

Our accommodation is nothing short of breathtaking…even if we do say so ourselves.

All our buildings have been lovingly designed and created with reclaimed and antique materials collected around the world. As you escape to the privacy of the two-bedroom Villa or one of the four beautifully appointed king boathouses, you will fall in love with the exquisite fit out and design details that are a feature of the stunning Boathouse accommodation.

All our boathouses are set over the tranquil waters of the lotus lake, which fills with flowers every year between November and March. Watch the resident water hens and ducks explore the waters or help feed the Koi Fish who swim peacefully below your private deck.


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Whilst we call Lovedale, and the Hunter Valley home, entering our grounds you will feel like you’ve stepped into another world.

Our boutique Hunter Valley accommodation caters to a maximum of just six couples at a time ensuring you can enjoy our sanctuary and the environment as nature intended – with complete peace and privacy.

Leaves and Fishes also runs a calendar of in-house creative events and seasonal dining experiences, so if you are looking to be inspired during your stay click here to see what’s on.


The Villa

For the first time The Villa is being offered to the public. This Jewel of the Crown offers accommodation for four adults with everything you might need to relax and unwind. Our two large and luxurious king bedrooms provide the ultimate away from home comfort. Each room opens out to an ensuite, and there is a third bathroom off the living space.

Make yourself at home and relax with friends in the large open living and dining space which opens onto a large deck with panoramic views over the Lotus Lake, the villa also contains a complete kitchen fitted with all the modern conveniences you might need during your stay.

Indulge in your rainforest and watery surroundings, enjoy the heated outdoor shower, or bask in the sunshine like one of our resident turtles on your private deck, the choice is yours.

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The Boathouses

Switch off and be present as you relax on your own private deck overlooking the lotus lake.

Our beautifully appointed boathouse rooms, with opulent timber furnishings, offer a luxurious king size bed with the finest quality linen, marble tiling, double showers and stone baths, air conditioning, small mini bar, Nespresso machine, Bondi Wash amenities.

Most loved by our guests are private decks situated over the Lotus Pond which allows for complete immersion with nature without sacrificing on indulgence.

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Exclusive Stays/Group Bookings/Sole Use

Looking to celebrate or travelling with a group? Craving complete privacy and isolation? Or looking for the opportunity to celebrate? Our accommodation is now available for sole use (subject to availability).

The property has had some very special guests over the years, who value the complete privacy and the anonymity that can be provided when booking one of our exclusive stays.

We are so excited to launch our Luxe offerings for those looking to indulge.

Book our Private chef, or bring your own, book one of our unique in-house private dining experiences in the restaurant, enjoy a guided wine flight, or book in with our private concierge to design a bespoke Hunter Valley experience. Further detail available on request.

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We provide complete privacy and as such value non-intrusive service, on the day of check-in you will receive your individual access code to enter your boathouse, filled with everything you need to enjoy your stay with us. Come experience everything the Hunter Valley has to offer or relax on your own. It’s up to you!


Leaves & Fishes is situated in the heart of Lovedale, Hunter Valley. Just east of Pokolbin, Lovedale features numerous boutique wineries and restaurants that are largely family-run and offer a true point of difference. Activity options are endless in the heart of the hunter with hot-air ballooning, cooking classes, wine tours and cheese and olive tastings available within minutes from our unique accommodation.

Eat, drink and experience the best of the Hunter Valley. For great local ideas for dining outside of our on-site option visit or

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Book a massage, order a cheese plate, read a book or simply let nature entertain you. The Restaurant is open 11am through to 9pm, Friday & Saturday & 11am to 3pm Sunday & Monday. Takeaway is also available during this time.

We also run a calendar of events and dining experiences throughout the year and can arrange wine tastings on site to help you plan your vineyard visits, please don’t hesitate to reach out and we can help you plan your stay!

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Leaves & Fishes is located 737 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale NSW 2325 centrally located in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, easily reached via the M1 & M15 (Hunter Valley Expressway).

Leaves & Fishes is only 1.5 hrs from Sydney, 45 mins from Newcastle and 1-15 mins from most of the Hunter’s most popular restaurants and wineries. Book your stay today!


Are The Boathouses family friendly?
The Boathouses are adults-only. Each boathouse accommodates a maximum of two adults with one king bed and an open plan bathroom, bed and living format. The Villa accommodates a maximum of four adults with two king bedrooms, three bathrooms and generous living areas.

If you are booking the accommodation at Leaves & Fishes for exclusive use, we are open to different arrangements for families. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before booking and we will do our best to facilitate your stay. Please note all accommodation is situated over the lotus lake so safety for children is our key priority under these circumstances.

Is there a minimum stay?
The boathouses are a minimum two night stay Friday to Sunday. One night stays are available on a Monday to Thursday evening. All availability and rates can be found here.

How many boathouses are there?
There are four boathouses and the Villa, accommodating a maximum of 12 guests at any time.

When is check-in and check-out?
Check-in is 3pm, and check-out is 10am. You will be provided with your access PIN just prior to the time of check-in via the mobile provided on your booking.

Can we dine at The Restaurant at Leaves & Fishes on the night of our stay?
The Restaurant is open 11am through to 9pm Friday & Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sunday & Monday. Takeaway is also available during this time.

You can also check out What’s on page as we run different dining experiences throughout the year, or if you are booking the villa you can enquire about booking our private chef for your stay. For great local ideas for dining outside of our on-site option visit or

Are early check-in/late check-outs available?
As we offer only four boathouses and are a small team our availability for earlier check-in or late check-out is based on our bookings before and after your chosen dates. We recommend if an earlier check-in time or later check-out time is a requirement to book your chosen room the night before or after to ensure availability.

I have a gift voucher, can I use this for accommodation?
Absolutely! Please include your voucher code number in the box marked “Gift Voucher Code” during the booking process. To prevent an automatic payment of your deposit the promotional code VOUCHER can also be used. This can be entered when selecting your dates by clicking the ‘Have a promo code?‘ prompt. Our team will then validate your voucher and process any remaining balance manually for you. Please note a valid credit card is still required to secure all bookings.

What are the different boathouse types?
We have two different room types, three with a stone bath and overhead shower and one accessible boathouse with a double shower.

Are your rooms accessible?
Our double shower room is fully accessible with ramp entry, close parking and bathroom supports. Please let us know in your booking if any further assistance is required and we will do our absolute best to accommodate.

Is there parking?
Each boathouse has a single parking spot directly beside it. More parking is also available adjacent to the boathouses.

Are the boathouses serviced? 
Once checked in, the boathouses are not serviced during your stay. Each boathouse is supplied with linens, toiletries and supplies for the length of your stay however if you need any top ups at all during your stay please feel free to contact us. For stays longer than 3 nights an appropriate day and time to provide an included service will be organised with you on the day of check-in.

What is the best time of year to experience the lotus?
The lotus typically bloom from November through to March. The water lilies, closer to the edge and underneath each boathouse deck usually flower from September to May.


Have a question ahead of your stay? You can reach our family-run team on 0438985676 or