HUNTER MOON COUNTRY HOUSE  (Formerly Cicada and Hunter Moon Country House)


Located in beautiful Broke Fordwich in the Hunter Valley, this spectacular peaceful 25 acre property offers an eight bedroom and six bathroom luxurious Country House with a magnificent backdrop of the Brokenback Mountain range and vineyards. Hunter Moon is minutes from the village of Broke and a 5 minute drive to some of the eleven of the best cellar doors in the Hunter Valley and 3 fabulous restaurants including the award winning Margan cellar door and restaurant and a short 15 minute drive to the Hunter Valley Gardens.

As you enter the circular driveway, you are greeted by this stunning Country House with beautiful gardens fabulous rotunda and views to mountains and paddocks. Hunter Moon looks over a tranquil dam full of water lilies and wildlife and the sensory garden includes many plants that you can touch, smell, feel and eat. The heavenly smell of roses, lavender, gardenias, oranges, mandarins, cumquats and rosemary immediately relaxes you as you enter this special space.

Hunter Moon has been created with larger groups in mind and nothing has been left to chance. The quality finishes and high ceilings give the house a feeling of great space. The house has been stylishly furnished with many original and unique pieces from around the world.

Hunter Moon boasts a modern fully equipped kitchen and multiple internal and external dining options, a large fireplace, ducted air-conditioning, free WIFI, Foxtel and Xbox. The icing on the cake is a huge 10 person spa that can be set to hot or cold and a spacious deck with a large lawn area for games, yoga or cricket.

Hunter Moon will accommodate up to 23 guests across 8 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, one of which has a fully disabled bathroom. The media room can be converted to a ninth bedroom if required.

The property backs onto the Wollembi Creek where you can cast a line or paddle around. There is a large dam where we have a couple of kayaks which can keep the kids amused. We often have horses, kangaroos and wombats on the property.

There is a media room provides Foxtel/Netflix, Xbox, Books, DVD’s and a wonderful fireplace. It also has a stereo and blue tooth sound system to complete your entertainment needs. We have another smart TV in the main dining room suitable for presentations of that special birthday celebration, or company conference.

Come join us at Hunter Moon for a stay you will never forget.


The indoor dining area can be set up to accommodate 20 at the table and 23 on the deck. There is a large BBQ area and the kitchen has a stand alone 90cm cooktop and oven, 2 Fridge/freezers, one with filtered water and ice, large crock pot, microwave, Juicer, Nutri Bullet, Blender, Sandwich Press Machine, 2 Coffee Pod machines, kettle, large toaster, rice cooker plus complete utensils, servers, bowls and everything you would need to cook up a storm for a large crowd.

Accommodation 16 to 23 guests

Frida Kahlo Room - King Bed that can be converted to two king singles. An additional 2 single beds available upon request. (4)

Moon Room - King Bed that can be converted to two king singles (2)

Azure Room - King Bed that can be converted to two king singles (2)

Raj room - King Bed that can be converted to two king singles (2)

Orange Room- King Bed that can be converted to two king singles plus a single bed (3)

Colonial Room - King Bed that can be converted to two king an additional single bed (3

Cockatoo Room - King Bed that can be converted to two king an additional single bed (3),

Gum Nut Room King Bed that can be converted to two king an additional single bed (3)

Photos of the Colonial, Cockatoo and Grevillea room will be ready early July.

What we provide:

We provide a selection of  Coffee (about two pods per person) plus teas, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper. We also provide cling wrap, foil and baking paper, paper towels, dishwashing tabs, washing up liquid, spray and wipe, laundry detergent, scrubs, tea towels, medical kit. We provide toilet paper, artisan shampoo, conditioner and body wash in each bathroom plus a hair

We provide complimentary wine, olive oil and artisan soaps from the area.

All beds are made to hotel standards and includes linen and one towel per person.

The Location

Around a two hour journey from Sydney and 90 minutes from Newcastle the Broke Fordwich area is in the southwest corner of the mid Hunter Valley. Sitting between Pokolbin and Wollombi, Broke played a critical role in the development and history of NSW.

Next door to boutique vineyards and near the olive farms of Broke , 15-20 minutes to the heart or Pokolbin for the best wine tasting and restaurants in NSW and for the golf enthusiasts, two of the best and most challenging golf courses in Australia (the Vintage and Cypress Lakes). Near great Wedding Venues.

Broke Village stands at the base of the Brokenback and Hunter Ranges on the Wollombi Brook. The massive Yellow Rock escarpment stands guard above. The Ranges shelter Broke Fordwich from much of the rainfall that surrounding districts receive. The area has a sandy loam with river flat alluvial soil, volcanic soil and pockets of red basalt giving wine producers a variety of soil types known as terra rossa.

Today Broke Fordwich is still making history. In 1994 it was the first area formally recognised as a separate viticulture. Whilst historically, it is one of the oldest wine growing areas in Australia, it is only in the last 30 years that Broke Fordwich has started to become an important player in the Australian industry.

Today, more than a quarter of the Hunters wine grape production now comes from the area and Broke Fordwich wines are winning more than their fair share of national and international awards.

Importantly, Broke Fordwich retains its integrity as a rural community remaining free of large scale development yet offering first class B&B and self catering accommodation, restaurants and activities. Visitors to the area are surprised by the amount of wildlife they see

Hunter Moon is a purposely built house for large group accommodation.  It is the perfect place for your Hen Party, Friends or Family getaway.  We are 3 minutes from 11 cellar doors and 3 restaurants.  Broke Fordwich is know as the quieter part of the Hunter Valley and its many boutique cellar doors. Surrounded in the beauty of vineyards and the Brokenback range and the famous Yellow Rock..


*Free Wi Fi

*Custom made beds, comfy sofas and much much more.

*Outdoor spa for 12 people which can be set to hold or cold (advance notice)

* Wood burner fireplace wood provided and setup for arrival

* Fully ducted Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning

* In addition, All bedrooms have overhead fans

* Outdoor entertainment area with seating for up to 24. (can be configured easily to suit any crowd)

* Large dining table up to 22.(can be configured easily to suit any crowd)

* Outdoor bbq kitchen

* Large Flat LED SMART PASSIVE 3D TV, DVD, CD ,IPOD dock stereo, Blue Tooth Boom Box

* Additional LED TV ,DVD and X-Box

* Austar satellite TV

* Selection of DVDs and CD music library

* Mobile reception, wi fi broadband internet connection

* Books, Magazines and games for all ages

* Bush Petonque/Boules/Outdoor games

* Ping Pong Table under cover

* Bush Badminton

* Freshly laundered towels,crisp linen and all beds made up to hotel quality

* Gourmet kitchen with gas top stove and oven, microwave

* 2 large Fridges, one with filtered water and ice maker

* Equipment included a Blender, Large Croc Pot, Sandwich Toaster, Rice Cooker

* Large selection of pots/pans/crockery/cutlery/utensils including chop sticks and woks

* Expresso Pod Machine, Milk Frothers, tea and sugar and basic condiments

* Bathroom amenities, All natural artisan Lavender Products: Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower gel

* Hairdryers and special areas with Hollywood lighting for that special day wedding, birthdays etc.

* Fully equipped laundry, dryer, washing machine, iron

* Non-smoking

* Conference Facilities with smart TV, long table and catering can be arranged

* 5 minutes to General Store

Amelia Nov 2, 2018 Google and Home Away Review

The BEST getaway we have ever had. Can't rave more about this place. From the great air conditioning, the vast space to party and have fun as well as the comfiest beds ever, look no further. Thank you Colette and Mike! Your house is unreal.

Caitlin Oct 31, Home Away stay for Oct 19 2018

This is an amazing and beautiful house in Broke to stay at. Wonderfully located close to the great wineries of Broke. The house itself is decorated very beautifully and the house easily accommodates a large group. The owners are very easy to deal with and ensure you have a great stay.


Sydney, Australia

Beautiful , serene and really cosy!

Left on May 20, 2018 for a stay in May 2018

We were looking for accommodation for my family to stay during our wedding weekend. The houses are located in a beautiful and quiet area. Hunter has a lake behind the house, gorgeous views. Cicada has a swing on a tree and spa outdoors - unfortunately since it was so cold during that week we didn't get to try it. However there's a massage chair that was a favourite of everyone! The beds in each house were supercomfy, plenty of bedroom and space for a group of people to stay in. Colette was lovely and if ever we have another big event we would love to stay here again. Thanks so much!!!

Trip Advisor

Latest reviews from Stayz:

Oct 8, 2017


Great Group Getaway Hunter Moon

Fantastic house and location for a group getaway. Really enjoyed the back deck and spa and single beds for all 12 guests. Would highly recommend this place!

Aug 17, 2017

Jeane, ACT, New South Wales

Excellent property

We really enjoyed out stay at Cicada it had everything we needed. Very comfortable beds fully equipped kitchen and fabulous country atmosphere. We had a lovely bottle of champagne waiting for us relaxing music and hot spa ready to go all fantastic for our girls weekend. There are two great wineries on the same road had a fabulous lunch at nightinggales which has georgeous views. Would definitely stay again

Mar 20 20l7 

Simone Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Beautiful house!

We stayed here for a concert at the Hope estate. Colette was able to give us a contact so that transport between the house and the concert was super easy. Everything was lovely and we felt so well accomodated for. There was plenty of space and the scenery was beautiful and relaxing.

Wonderful House

Carren Jan 2017 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cicada Country House, the house was spacious and comfortable easily catering to small or large groups. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and having a moonlit spa. Colette and Mike thought of all the extra touches like turning on the air conditioning prior to arrival and having a bottle of bubbly chilled as a welcome gift. The property was in a great location being so close to all the major wineries yet far enough to be able to have peace and quiet looking out over the rural property. We will definitely come back. Thanks again Carren and friends.

Hunter Moon for a stay Oct 2016 Natalie NSW, Australia

Fantastic Place to Stay

We stayed at the house for a 70th birthday girls weekend with ages from 30's - 70's. OMG it was perfect the house and has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing stay you only need to take your self and you food and wine, the kitchen was fully equipped with everything you could possibly need , the beds were very comfy, the house is very well set out with enough room for everyone, the garden is beautiful and we arrived to fresh cut roses in each room. Would recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing getaway , we booked a wine tour that picked us up at the house and dropped us back. Will definitely be back to stay

Fantastic House

 Aug 2016 by Michael at Cicada

The house was very well presented when we arrived - the heating was on and Foxtel music was playing on the large screen TV. The large open fireplace was also set up which we used throughout our stay. The kitchen was very well equipped and the dining areas both indoor and out are very large! Hot tub was also perfectly located! It was the perfect spot for a weekend away with friends.

Absolutely Amazing

 July 2016 by Lauren at Hunter Moon

A group of us recently went for a weekend away to The Hunter Valley and stayed at the Hunter Moon Country House. Colette the owner had arranged a package where we received 2 nights accommodation, a private chef (Mottys Cuisine) that made us a home cooked BBQ dinner on the Friday night and a 3 course home cooked meal on the Saturday night and a wine tour for the 8 of us on the Saturday. We had the most amazing time. The house was stunning, the bedrooms were a fantastic size and the facilities were great. The chef (Melissa) and the food was absolutely fabulous and the wine tour company was very friendly and accommodating to the wineries that we wanted to go to. We would defiantly recommend this place to anyone heading to The Hunter for a weekend away. 5 stars all the way.

Would go back in a heartbeat

 April 2016 by Adrian

First up, I would like to say that the photos provided above do not to this lush property enough justice. Not only is the property a beauty in itself but the location is by far one of the most picturesque I have ever seen. Over the Anzac Day long weekend a big group of us hired both the Hunter Moon & Cicada properties for some well deserved down time and what a down time it was - whether you're looking to spend the entire weekend in a spa, sitting in front of the TV playing Xbox, reading a book in the green, relaxing in a top-shelf massage chair or just having a great time with mates, this place has it all. In addition, if you're keen to go check out a few wineries, both these properties are located in the heart of it all, whilst still feeling so far away from reality. I would go back to both Hunter Moon & Cicada in a heart beat.

Julia for a stay Jan 19th 2016  For Hunter Moon

Just stunning!

What a beautiful home. Everything was perfect! Roses were picked from the garden and put throughout the house ready for arrival, The gardens are beautiful, the huge sunflowers and stunning roses were a highlight. We loved having a spa under the stars and the house is perfect for large groups. All your entertaining needs are taken care of. Overall everything was fantastic. The attention to detail from Colette made our stay so enjoyable. Thank you we will be back (we hope annually!).  

Trip Advisor Reviews

Everything taken care of

Left on Jan 1, 2016 for a stay in Dec 2015 For Cicada Country House

We stayed here for a couple of nights to attend a friend's wedding. there were 4 couples (room for another couple and an extra single person also!) From the moment we walked into the place, we knew that everything had been taken care of and our stay was going to be very comfortable. Indeed it was! Little things, like needing a safety pin, looking in the bottom draw in the kitchen and bingo! The massage chair was a big hit with all of us (especially the ladies!) and whilst we ended up not using the spa, it did look very inviting. Excellent place to stay, very clean and comfortable.


Hunter Moon can take up to 23 people. . You can view the layouts and photos in our gallery. Feel free to contact us if you have questions on the group, layouts and prices for children either by or Phone 0431907528.

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