During our stay in Orange during our post-conference tour at the 2019 Wine Media Conference, Orange360 provided us with accommodations. Our second night in the region we stayed in the city of Orange and the beautiful Byng Steet Boutique Hotel.
Orange is a city in New South Wales Australia and is located within the Orange Wine Region. We came for the wine, but the region has so much to offer, with amazing shops, great food, lakes and mountains, and charming surrounding villages.
The Byng Street Boutique Hotel and its history
Arriving at the Byng Street Boutique Hotel was a bit deceiving. As you arrive, you are greeted by the large front lawn and the original family residence built in 1896. The homestead was originally named “Yallungah”. The homestead had become rundown but was located in Orange’s heritage conservation area.
In 2014 the Nock Family acquired the property and set about restoring it to its former glory. They restored the slate roof, the brickwork, and many of the beautiful interior details.
They had some snags, new construction in an area like this is always bound to. The new construction was the addition of 25 rooms to be built in a wing off the back of the original homestead.
As I mentioned, arriving was a bit deceiving. It appeared to be a relatively large historic home. As we entered the driveway down the side of the building, we encountered the new modern wing behind the house. It is beautiful, but cannot be seen from the street, thus keeping the historic appearance of the property.
Peace and calm around every corner
As we parked and headed to check in, I was taken in by the quiet. This was a peaceful neighborhood and immediately, you felt the calm.
Inside we were greeted and directed to our room in the new wing. There is a stunning common area, with chairs and books on the side of the wing, an architectural screen allows dappled sunlight through into the space which is modern and inviting.
At our room, we found tea laid out for us. Through the window into the side yard, blossoms floated to the ground from breezes in the trees. I longed to curl up on the couch and watch the petals with a cup of tea but needed to get our bags in before we were off to another winery.
We gathered our bags from the car and there is an entrance with an elevator on that level. That we needed. It’s hard to travel light with camera equipment, and this was also our opportunity to repack our bags for our flight home.
Breakfast in the Yallungah Dining Room
We were scheduled to meet our group for breakfast the following morning to say our farewells at Groundstone Coffee at the Orange Regional Museum. Well, we did, but it was mostly for just for coffee. I mean how could we leave the Byng Street Boutique Hotel without enjoying breakfast in the Yallungah Dining Room?
We entered to find a counter of fruits and granolas, juice, and coffee and then headed to the dining room to find a seat near the front to look out over the lawn as we enjoyed breakfast. They have a full menu for breakfast, and we had arrived early enough to enjoy the room almost to ourselves. Slowly other guests quietly came in and you could feel the contentment of a relaxing breakfast before setting out to enjoy the day in Orange.
The Historic part of the Hotel is this Yallungah Wing, which has all of it’s old charm, with wooden staircases, stained glass windows and elegant touches.
A stroll down Byng Street
We finished breakfast and strolled down Byng Street to the coffee shop. This is such a beautiful area with historic bars and restaurants mingled in with churches and private homes. Large trees line the street. It really was a perfect start to the day.
Sadly, we had but one night here. It’s really a magical spot and worthy of staying a few days to relax and stroll the town, oh, and maybe visit a few wineries.
How to find them
The Byng Street Boutique Hotel
62 Byng Street, Orange NSW 2800
Prices include breakfast and run between $280.00 – $460.00 Aus
Of course I am sure there have been some adjustments with COVID-19, so check with the hotel for all current details.
Resources for planning a trip to Orange
More on Australia
We visited a bit of New South Wales while we were in Australia. Here are some more pieces on the regions we visited.
Robin Renken is a wine writer and Certified Specialist of Wine. She and her husband Michael travel to wine regions interviewing vineyard owners and winemakers and learning the stories behind the glass.
When not traveling they indulge in cooking and pairing wines with food at home in Las Vegas.