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2025 May Reading Retreat

2025 May Reading Retreat

Cosy up with us for the first retreat of 2025, over 2 nights in May.


Retreat from the noise and distraction of your daily life and join us in the Hunter Valley where all you have to do is read and relax. With us, you can let the outside world melt away for a weekend all about you and your books.


Dates: check in 2nd of May from 3pm, checkout 10am 4th of May

Location: Hunter Valley NSW

Rooms: Rooms are available as a single or a double booking

Diet: We will cater for any dietary needs, please let us know

Reading prescription: We'll be in touch to create your personalised reading prescription and book pack


The property boasts 4 large rooms, all with ensuites. As well as a separate cottage detached from the main house which iffers maximum privacy.

Bedroom 1 - Queen bed and single bed with ensuite, spa bath and balcony

Bedroom 2 - Queen bed with ensuite, spa bath and balcony

Bedroom 3 - Queen bed and ensuite

Private cottage - Queen Bed with ensuite, fireplace and kitchenette


To book a room for 2 people please use the "shared room" option, to book for a room to yourself choose "single room". Shared rooms are available for couples or friends, no rooms will be shared between people who havent booked it together.


On Friday and Saturday nights we will be offering a chef prepared dinner for all guests. Entree, main and desert will be included as well as beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee/tea. This is a fabulous opportunity to come together and chat about what you're reading and your favourite books. If you would prefer to not come to the dinner, you can be served in your room or in another part of the house.


Breakfast, lunches, morning and afternoon teas are provided so you dont have to lift a finger.


Prior to your retreat, you will receive an email from us regarding your book prescription. This will help us learn about you, your reading and assist us to customise your prescription. Please ensure our emails arent heading to your junk inbox.

  • What's included

    We aim to make things as easy as possible for you to spend the maximum amount of time reading. The following is included for all guests​

    2 night stay in cosy Hunter Valley accommodation. Our property boasts numerous reading areas, a designated quiet reading space, luxurious private bedrooms, shared and private dining spaces, a spa and grounds to explore. The spaces are generous, and you'll always find a private area to read.


    A bespoke reading prescription customised to you.


    A welcome gift bag including a selection of your prescribed books, annotation kit, bookmark, handmade small batch tea, tea infuser and book bag.


    Chef prepared menus including breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas and dinners. No need for you to lift a finger, everything is supplied for you.


    Excellent tea, coffee and snacks available at all times

  • Terms and Conditions

    Should you need to cancel your booking the following policy will be applied:

    • More than 12 weeks notice before the booked retreat-you will receive a full refund.
    • Between 12 and 8 weeks from the booked retreat- you are entitled to a 50% refund. Or we will work with you to move your retreat to a mutually convenient alternative retreat date.
    • If you cancel within 8 weeks of the booked retreat, we are unable to offer a refund. However, we will endeavour to resell your booking and, if successful, we will provide you with a refund to the amount we resell your booking for. Alternatively, we will work with you to move your booking to a mutually convenient alternative retreat.

    We will do everything to ensure that the retreat takes place on the planned date and at the location advertised. However, where this becomes impractical due to circumstances beyond our control, or where bookings are insufficient to justify it, we may cancel or rearrange the retreat at our discretion.

    In such cases:
    Where a Retreat is cancelled, we will refund the total amount of payment which we have received from you in respect of the retreat, less any previously processed refunds.

    Cancellations based on low bookings will not take place within 8 weeks prior to the retreat taking place. Cancellations within this period of time will only ever take place for circumstances beyond our control. And in every instance of a cancellation by us we will endeavour to book you into an alternative retreat date.

    Personal effects:
    Betty Loves Books does not accept any liability for loss, damage or theft of your personal effects, it is your responsibility to ensure you keep your valuables secure.  

    Dietary requirements:
    Whilst we try to accommodate your dietary needs, we cannot guarantee an allergy-free diet as the kitchens we use are not entirely under our control. Betty Loves Books will not assume any liability for adverse reactions from the food consumed, or items one may come in contact with whilst staying at the property.

    We reserve the right to ask any guests to leave whose behaviour is disruptive or threatening (no refund will be offered).

    Please get in contact if you would like to bring your well-behaved pet to the retreat. In some instances, this may be possible. For assistance animals please get in contact and we will work with you to ensure your animal is with you for your retreat.

    Additional needs:
    Our retreat locations may not all be able to accommodate additional needs. Should you require specialised facilities, please contact us and we will work with you to ensure your stay is as comfortable and safe as possible.

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