About us

Hunter Valley Stays is the No 1, privately owned, boutique Property Management and Short-Term Holiday Rental Accommodation agency in The Hunter Valley. We are an agency that values quality over quantity and puts our Owners investment and our Guests experience first.

We offer a unique and exclusive collection of privately owned, hand-picked holiday homes in the glorious Hunter Valley in regional NSW, Australia. From expansive, luxury vineyard estates to cosy country cottages, our collection is as special and unique as our guests.

Our focus is on providing an elevated guest experience that goes beyond what traditional property management and real estate agents have offered. We have always taken pride in our strategic, small portfolio approach of under 70 properties to ensure we are always able to provide the highest level of service and care for our Owner’s property and for our loyal guests. Prioritising quality over quantity serves the premium experience we wish to provide for our Hunter Valley guests for our Brand and Team. It also ensures we may be of service throughout guests stays and create experiences that exceed the market for quality, nightly rates, occupancy, and reviews.

We collaborate with our Property Owners and Team of specialists, to build, check, prepare and inspect our properties to provide guests with a holiday rental experience within an Owners private home, that is memorable and unmatched in the Hunter. From the aesthetics to the functionality, all guest needs are thoughtfully prepared to meet our loyal and respected guests’ expectations.

The Owners of Hunter Valley Stays, John Vanson and Sasha Degen, supported by our team of 100% Hunter experts bring to the business and region decades of luxury and 5-star hotel management and Reservations experience along with Sales, Marketing and Advertising of some of Australia’s leading brands. Our entire Team lives and work in the Hunter Valley so we are deeply passionate about guiding visitors in their selection of the best property to meet their stay needs and experience and take great delight in sharing with them the world class environment and joy that is our Hunter Valley.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Hunter Valley Stay.


Hunter Valley Stays is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which we live and work.  We do this by supporting charities, local businesses and local activities that make a difference. We have a commitment to Environmental Sustainability through use of environmentally friendly products and our endeavors to reduce the carbon footprint in our properties.

Environmental Efforts

We are doing our part to contribute to environmental sustainability. Some of our initiatives include:

  • Migrating properties to LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Housekeeping use environmentally friendly chemicals where possible.
  • We buy in bulk to reduce packaging.
  • Our properties use on site aerated wastewater treatment systems producing safe, clean water for irrigation.
  • We are striving towards a paperless office.
  • We encourage recycling at all our properties including food scraps for animals where applicable.