This is an affordable boutique style hotel to stay if you are into exploring all that Hunter Valley has to offer. It’s about 2-3 hrs drive from Sydney, away from city life, quiet, intimate and not a place you can visit without a car. There are a lot of resident kangaroos at this place , and vast gardens full of grape vines ( naturally). It doesn’t process the grapes here , that is done elsewhere in HV, but still there is something rather ethereal about seeing all those lush vines around the place. The people who work here are passionate about customer satisfaction. The rooms are large ( have a look at around the website), king size double beds , a lovely comfortable lounge area with a fireplace and a whirlpool bath in the bathroom The products on offer from shower gel to lovely soft towels / bath robes are really gorgeous .
Outside to the back of the hotel is a small lap pool and a jacquzi with lots of loungers to chill out on, surrounded by lush grass and trees. Perfect for enjoying that glass of wine and reading a great book ( or take one of the many books the hotel has to offer)
There is an on-site restaurant called Botanica, the food is ok ( the service though is great and it’s clearly very popular with locals). The “ chain” has a larger sister restaurant about 10 minutes drive away. The food here is very good , cheaper than the Botanica, and it has unsurprisingly an excellent selection of wines by the glass ( beyond what most places have for those of us who don’t want a bottle of wine). Again service is exemplary , friendly and in beautiful surroundings.
The hotel is ideal for wine buffs exploring the area as there are so many different wine tours on offer. The hotel does have a spa attached – I didn’t use this but I feel confident it would be pretty decent for those who wanted this service going by the products the hotel uses and all the staff who work there. As an extra Brie one of the hotel manageress, would bring around a cocktail to each room for each hotel guest , which is a lovely intimate touch.
The grounds around the hotel are perfect, and again it’s the staff who make this extra special. Certainly worth staying at for a whole range of reasons, you can be assured of great service by knowledgeable staff whose sole task ( it feels like) is for all its guests to have a great time.