résumé: The "Hunter" is easily ‘ground zero’ for Australian wine, dating to 1825 when James Busby set about planting vineyards near Singleton for a readily accessible market in Sydney. The region's vineyards and wineries has risen to over 120, with some of the most esteemed vineyards found near Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW. It is here you will find Peppers Convent.
the wherefore: Set amongst vineyards this former nun’s convent was built in 1906, 600km from its present location. Moved to the current location, it was carefully reassembled into a luxury getaway. Combining the ambiance of a French Baroque hotel and the charm of a country house reminiscent of “The Thorn Birds”, 17 intimate guest suites reflect this outback heritage. Deep verandahs & French doors provide fairy-tale views of gardens and vineyards. Highly awarded Roberts Restaurant is a short walk away in the 1878 National Trust listed Pepper Tree Cottage. Often described as the Hunter Valley’s most beautiful dining room, the menu highlights local produce and premium local vintages.
logistics: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, 90 minutes drive north of Sydney. By train via the NSW Trainlink's “Xplorer” departing from Sydney Central Station to Singleton. www.hunterprivatetours.com.au offers private Hunter winery tours, with possible station pick-ups.
features: car rental, limo service, pool, tennis court, bicycles, in-room Wi-Fi, Concierge, and spa. (02) 4998 4999