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Perfect Wedding Accommodation

"Perfect! We used this for our wedding and it had everything we needed plus more! Great location and exactly as pictured. Thanks Jacqui!"

Sarah - December 2018

Sense of Luxury

"As soon as you walk in the front door you get a sense of luxury. Once inside all the thoughtful touches in the house back up that luxury feel. The house is in a great spot, a block from the main section of Darby Street, and was sparkling clean. Jacqui also responded very quickly to messages. I rented the house for 4 girls plus myself while we got ready for my wedding day and there was sufficient room for us all! I would highly recommend staying at Cooks Hill Chalets!!"

Rebecca - October 2018

Fabulous Group Stay

"The Cooks Hill Chalet was a fabulous place to stay for our group - it had absolutely everything we needed plus lots of lovely little extra touches that made it even nicer. Jacqui was a pleasure to deal with and the location was superb - definitely will book again."

Camilla - October 2018

Perfect Chalet

"Jacqui's Chalet is perfect. It is clean, spacious and full of special touches to make your stay amazing. The attention to detail is fabulous, and I can highly recommend The Chalet is anyone needing an amazing place to stay in wonderful Cooks Hill."

Kate - September 2018

All the Special Touches

"This chalet is in a nice quiet street but a short stroll to Darby street for coffee, food and the paper! Ideal for our large family with different bedding for both singles and doubles. It was extremely clean and very comfortable. The lovely gift bags of toiletries was a special touch and greatly appreciated. Thanks so much Jacqui."

Mary - September 2018

Stunning House in Perfect Location

"We had an amazing stay at Grande Chalet. The house is in an excellent location with Darby Street and all its cafes, restaurants, bars and shops only a block away. The Oriental or "The Ori" around the corner on Bull St does great pizza and Welsh Blacks a little further up Bull St is a must for coffee. The home was immaculate, spacious and styled beautifully with quality linen and all the provisions you could require - the toiletry bags left on the beds were a lovely touch. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking if you don't feel like venturing out and there is a lovely garden and outdoor eating area. You could walk to beautiful Bar Beach but if you have lots of stuff to transport like we did, you can drive and park easily within 5 minutes. Jacqui was a pleasure to deal with - friendly, efficient and helpful with any information we required. We will absolutely be back! Thanks for a perfect Christmas holiday stay, Jacqui."

Emily - December 2017

Beautiful House

"This is a beautiful house, my bridesmaids and I stayed here the night before my wedding and got ready for the big day! It looks amazing in photos, very spacious and has every thing you need for a short or a long stay! It is in a very central location. My friends and I loved the bath products supplied too!"

Jess - November 2017

A Superb Home, Wonderful Fittings & Fixtures

"A superb home, wonderful fittings & fixtures, and most of all, a personal attention to fine detail. I was truly so impressed, as were all who came, hairdresser, make up artist & guests. We all want to buy it!! I'm pretty fussy & I really couldn't fault any aspect. It was a pleasure to sit on the comfortable leather lounge with the warmth of the fire at night, to sleep on an extremely comfortable mattress with crisp sheets, to enjoy having our hair & make up done in the sun filled dining area & to be able to enjoy the rear outdoor area for a morning cuppa. Not to mention the care packs on the beds, chocolates & quality tea & coffee & late check out. Thank you so so much for making our Wedding Day such a treat! Jacinta, Tahlia and Rose Browne."

Jacinta - August 2017

Beautiful Property

"Jacqui is the perfect host of this gorgeous property. Nothing was too much trouble and she went above and beyond to ensure our stay was just perfect."

Anna - July 2017

Great Location - Hotel Style Accommodation

"My husband and two sons had a great time staying at the Grande Chalet. The house had all the comforts of a home and the perks of a hotel stay - slippers, toiletries, tv in the bedroom! The location was perfect! Great coffee around the corner and we could walk to the beach, the Museum, parks and shopping complex all from the house. I would definitely stay again!"

Amanda - July 2017

5 Star Accommodation

"The grand chalet is superb and beautifully equipped. But what has really shown that Jacqui and her team go above the usual standard is that they posted to us the items (albeit relatively small) that were left behind. I have not experienced this level of care for a long time! A great place to stay, a very short stroll from terrific restaurants and activities. Thanks, Jacqui!"

Karen - June 2017

Beautiful Property

"All out amazed by this property! So beautiful inside with enough room to comfortably home 7 people. We had an amazing stay. The beds were comfy, everything was clean and neat when we arrived. We even arrived to little welcome packages. Close to Darby street with heaps of cafes and restaurants. The lady I dealt with through Stayz was really lovely and very helpful. Would definitely recommend this place and would definitely stay again!"

May 2017

Perfection

"We have used the Chalet for family visits to Newcastle, we find it ideal for three generations. The location is excellent. The house is warm and welcoming, it has everything you need down to the last detail. The owner is so helpful, ensuring every request is handled promptly and graciously. We are always reluctant to leave the Chalet, we relax and enjoy our stay as soon as we enter the front door. Off street parking, and the outdoor area are such a bonus."

Neryl - April 2017

Dream home away from home

"We had an amazing time in this house .. it was brilliantly set out with absolutely everything you could imagine in the house .. the beds were so comfortable and the house was so clean and had an amazing charm .. the hardest part was leaving .. we will forever book this amazing house every time we plan to come to Newcastle .. the location was brilliant and no real need to have a car . This house was outstanding and the host Jacqui was the most attentive caring host you could possible need."

Catriona - March 2017

Outstanding!

"Wow, if you need somewhere central & easy location to everything in Newcastle, this is the place. We stayed for 3 nights for a wedding where the groom & groomsmen kicked back & relaxed before getting changed in to suits, house was perfect in every way & we'll definitely be back for another short stay, thanks again Jacqui."

Mark - March 2017

A Lovely Weekend

"A family wedding was a great excuse to have a family get-together at this lovely, beautifully decorated  house. It had everything we could wish for, and anything else we needed was to be found only a short walk away in Darby Street, a really interesting area with lovely restaurants, cafes and pubs. Jacqui was extremely accommodating. I would highly recommend this property for a luxury break."

Anne - February 2017

Perfect Property

"We had the most amazing time at this property. We had our wedding on the Friday and I had my bridesmaids stay here with me. From start to finish Jacqui was lovely to speak to and made everything so smooth from check in to check out and the property itself was clean and presentable and looks amazing in photos."

Rebecca - November 2016

Beautiful house

"A group of 5 ladies stayed at Cooks Hill Chalet for 2 nights. The house was absolutely beautiful. Every detail was covered, including personal complimentary shower packs in a gift bag. Plenty of space for everyone, the master bedroom a feature. Great location, a block from local eateries in Darby St,and walking distance of beaches and harbour foreshore. Would definitely stay there again."

Sue - November 2016

Stunning property in the heart of Cafe Central

"This gorgeous house caters for everyone. Extremely well appointed and furnished to perfection. so close to the cafe strip and beaches, yet so quiet. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and highly recommend this property to all."

Helen - October 2016

Gorgeous Property

"We spent a very relaxed weekend in this lovely house. Every small detail was covered and the location to shop and restaurants was awesome."

Kim - September 2016

Perfect Holiday House

"As two families, we stayed for 4 nights and the house catered for our every need. The bedding was extremely comfortable, the house clean and tidy and every little thing you think you need, you'll find. Jacqui was extremely helpful prior and after our stay so thanks again Jacqui. I highly recommend this property to anyone seeking accommodation in Newcastle, with Darby street less than a minute walk the location just tops it off."

Jade - August 2016

Best in the Country!

"My work requires my family and I to travel around the country and we have just got back from the most perfect time at Cooks Hill Chalets - Grande Chalet. Right in the heart of Newcastle, it is a spacious, modern and BRILLIANTLY designed home. The photos don't do it justice! The stunning attention to detail was made it is as luxurious as a 5 star hotel, but with the comfort of plenty of bedrooms, office, kitchen (with everything!), dining, a nice open living area and a HUGE master bedroom. We have stayed all around the country, but this has been the best stay yet! Response to emails was efficient and everything was very dealt with very professionally. I would recommend it to anyone if we weren't so keen to keep it all to ourselves!"

Callum - August 2016

Fantastic!!!

"Our stay at the Grande Chalet was perfect. We went for a competition and the location was awesome. The accommodation was homely, yet felt like an expensive hotel. We all received a toiletries pack each, which was a lovely added feature. Will definitely be staying here again and recommend to friends."

Cassie - June 2016

Beautifully appointed, heritage holiday experience

"We felt instantly at home staying in this gorgeous heritage cottage. Great if you are looking for a luxury experience with load of extras and attention to detail. If you must bring your work with you there is a fully fitted out study that's private but part of the home. We started most days with coffee in Darby Street just a few steps away and everything we needed was in walking distance. The sunny backyard with outdoor setting was a bonus. Highly recommended."

Des - April 2016

Pure Luxury!

"My Mum and I stayed at the beautiful Grande Chalet for a week around the wedding of my daughter. The chalet was perfect for the dressing, preparations and importantly the photos of the girls on the day of the wedding. Everything you could ever want was in the house from luxurious linen, beautiful furniture to amazingly equipped kitchen, laundry, office, bathroom and bedrooms. The outside area was very pleasant and relaxing. Also the car park was super convenient in this centrally located area with great cafes, shops and the beach close by. Communication with Jacqui was great and we felt very welcome. A lovely touch was the Orange (my home town) sparkling wine on arrival. I would definitely recommend this beautiful accommodation and will stay again. Thanks."

Karen - April 2016

A Bride's Dream!

"Such an AMAZING property ! The Grand Chalet was a fabulous place to stay in the days leading up to, and on my wedding day. Every detail has been thought of and the property is not only luxurious but beautifully furnished and immaculately clean. Being so close to the beach and the popular Darby Street also made it a fabulous and central location. Having a property of such a high standard to feature in my wedding photos would make me recommend The Grand Chalet to all brides-it really did make a difference. A must visit for all !!"

Kelly - March 2016

Beautiful property with all you need

"Fantastic place to stay in a charming area of Newcastle. We loved all the little touches from the lovely toiletries to the Nespresso pods and the beach towels. Jacqui was very helpful with any enquiry. Would happily stay there again."

Sally - February 2016

Fabulous place

"We took two properties owned by the same person for a family wedding. We needed to accommodate 11 adults in various combinations and of varying ages. The Grande Chalet was ideal. Fantastic king size bedroom and other useful configurations that comfortably took 6 adults (only 2 of whom were a couple!). The furnishing, decor and accoutrements were exceptional. Nothing you needed or wanted had been forgotten. The owner even provided replenishment of decaf pods for the coffee machine!! Location is perfect-near shops and beaches, cafe's and restaurants. A short walk to the Darby street cafe precinct!! everything went perfectly for our 5 day stay."

Anne Marie - February 2016

Fabulous, glamorous & perfectly located

"My husband had a fantastic 4 night stay at the Grande Chalet with my parents from the UK, a baby. The cottage is unbelievably well appointed and generously proportioned. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and can't wait to return!"

Holly - February 2016

Exceptional property

"A luxury property providing everything you need for a short or long stay, enabling you to relax and enjoy being at home in the property or to take advantage of all the city has to offer. I would not hesitate to recommend this property."

Neryl - January 2016

Everything we were looking for

"We loved Cooks Hill Chalets, location was great and the house was just beautiful, four nights was not enough we will definitely be back. Lovely touches from the bath products to the library of books provided. With a small child the courtyard was fantastic so that we could relax while he was able to play outside."

Rebecca - December 2015

Just beautiful

"I am so thankful that I booked this property to stay prior to my wedding and to have my pre-wedding photos at. The house was amazing and just so beautiful. It was so easy to relax and enjoy the extra space whilst the hairdressers and make up artists made us us. The photographer loved the light in the house. My photos taken at Cooks Hill Chalet turned out stunning (they were my favourite). The owner was so easy and nice to deal with. The was nothing that I felt that she had not thought of to make my stay comfortable and enjoyable. I would recommend this to any brides or people staying in Newcastle. I hope also to be able to stay again at some stage even though I only live a short distance away. Thank you for providing such great accommodation."

Kylie - December 15

Stunning!

"We were a group of friends and colleagues staying at the Chalet while at a conference at University House: with six minutes walking time to the conference venue (including waiting for traffic lights to change) we were thoroughly spoiled. Unlike those staying in hotels, at lunch time most of us would saunter back home down tree-lined Dawson Street to sit in the Chalet garden and eat our own food made in the splendidly equipped kitchen, rather than queuing up in a café. (Although the cafés of Darby Street were very close and supplied coffee en route to University House in the morning.) The Chalet luxury and extraordinary attention to detail were a recurrent topic of conversation and delight. With so much space, we didn't feel on top of each other, the aerobed in the study option was highly acceptable, the furnishings were beautiful. We could only regret that we didn't have time to avail ourselves of the picnic set, the beach tennis set, the BBQ or all the kitchen equipment. Congratulations! We would highly recommend."

Barbara - December 2015

Wonderful stay

"Cooks Hill Chalet is a pleasure to stay in. We had a really great time. It's very clean and it's a great place to relax . Though it rained during our stay we still managed to go to the beach because its very close and visited the beautiful gardens. Even when we had to stay indoors there was always something for the kids to do and us. And the owners were so nice , when I had left behind some belongings they were extremely nice and extra helpful in helping me get them back. So I would love to go back one day ... And recommend the chalet to anyone planning to hunter valley."

Shashika - October 2015

Beautiful property

"We recently stayed here for our wedding and cannot recommend this accommodation more highly. It was the perfect place for photos before our wedding and accommodation on the night. Checking in and checking out was so easy and the chalet had everything we needed, including thoughtful gift packs on all of the beds, robes and slippers. The location was excellent! This was really like staying in a five star hotel. We will definitely be staying there again."

Catherine - October 2015

What a gorgeous property! We loved our stay!

"My husband and I and my parents simply loved our stay in the Cooks Hill Chalet! The house itself is in an incredibly handy location just one street and a stroll from Darby St and all its cafes and restaurants. There is off street plus a parking token for an extra car so none of the usual Newcastle parking problems either. Thank you! And that is before you even enter the house itself .. the property is simply gorgeous! A prime example of beautiful period architecture lovingly restored. Elegant furniture with a lovely neutral colour palette and timber throughout and every possible kitchen/entertaining appliance thoughtfully provided. Superb! Even beach towels if you wanted to nip to the beach (which we didn't as it was winter!) but, as we were chilly, ducted a/c made it simple and cosy to heat the whole property. There was even a little fire effect heater in the sitting room to complete the wrap-up and stay warm effect. Perfect! And not to forget the welcome packs of toiletries supplied for each of us. All little touches that made us know the team at Cooks Hill Chalets really wanted to ensure we had a great stay .. and we did! We would definitely recommend this property. We would definitely stay again. Thank you!" 

Shelley - August 2014

Elegance and comfort on Cooks Hill

"A delightful residence in the desirable Cooks Hill District. Tall ceilings and wooden floors give it a spacious and luxurious character. The kitchen is well-equipped and invites one to cook. Alternatively, barely five minutes walk away is Darby street with a wide variety of attractive dining options including Vietnamese and Japanese. For book lovers there are fine used book stores and even the study of the house is well-stocked with interesting and up to date books. Beaches are a short drive away while vineyards and Lake Macquarie are less than an hour away. Our favorite discovery was the lakeside town of Toronto. The owner Jacqui was welcoming and had everything organised."

Virginia Y - August 2014 

This could be Newcastle's best kept secret hideaway....

"From the moment we parked our car it was obvious that Cooks Hill Chalet was everything the gorgeous website photos had promised it would be, and more. An elegant European styled property boasting light filled rooms and stylish furnishings, not only was Cooks Hill Chalet stunning from a design perspective - it felt like a real home with all the thoughtful added comfort, trimmings and touches of a 5 star luxury hotel. Its obvious that no expense has been spared and a lot of love was poured into the creation of this boutique hideaway. A stone's throw from eclectic Darby Street, beautiful local beaches, Newcastle Harbour waterfront and the city proper we loved the location. I wanted to book somewhere beautiful, self contained and close to all the best things to do in Newcastle, and we couldn't have picked anywhere better. Thanks so much Jacqui, you've been great to deal with, we look forward to our next stay!" 

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