Top Places to Stay in the Hunter Valley
Planning a trip to the Hunter Valley? The Scarborough team has done the legwork to unearth the top spots to stay in our wine region, revealing a few insider secrets along the way.
Best Places to Stay in the Hunter Valley
If you’re planning an escape to NSW’s wine country to enjoy the warm hospitality of Scarborough’s cellar doors, why not book a night or two at one of these fabulous lodgings and make it a proper getaway? Here are our recommendations – take your pick!
Book into one of the 12 luxuriously appointed rooms at Spicers for a couples’ getaway and enjoy the estate’s gorgeous gardens among the vineyard and natural bushland. With open fires, spa facilities on-site and meals at the acclaimed Restaurant Botanica, you’re guaranteed an experience to remember.
555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
When you step inside this boutique hotel set in the twin-gabled The Carriages House, it’s like entering a charming nursery rhyme where roaring fires warm the rooms and French doors open to the veranda overlooking the sublime oak trees in the magical garden. And wine tasting is made easy as this boutique hotel is in the heart of Pokolbin and walking distance to the esteemed Circa 1876 restaurant.
112 Halls Road, Pokolbin
This handsome Tuscan-inspired accommodation overlooks the Brokenback Ranges and is a short stroll to our Scarborough on Hermitage Cellar Door. Planning a wedding? The estate makes the perfect venue. Oh, and if cheese is your indulgence of choice, drop into Binnorie Dairy on the same property for a tasting – the cheeses are all made with locally sourced milk.
Corner Hermitage Road and Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin
Golf – love it or hate it, the Hunter Valley is visited by many players for its respectable courses. The luxury Chateau Elan hotel is located on one of them – The Vintage. It also features a day spa and salon, as well as The Legends Grill Restaurant and The Vintage Café. Perfect for a weekend of pampering.
Vintage Drive, Pokolbin
Set among 10 hectares of bushland, The Hermitage features 20 studios and suites, both offering 4-4.5-star boutique accommodation. After a fantastic tasting experience at Scarborough’s Gillards Road Cellar Door, which is a 1½km stroll up the road, walk home to enjoy dinner at the property’s on-site Il Cacciatore Restaurant, which serves Northern Italian-inspired dishes.
Corner of Gillards and McDonalds Roads, Pokolbin
Head to your home away from home at this two-bedroom self-contained cottage overlooking the surrounding rolling hills. It features all the comforts of home with the acclaimed Bistro Molines just a stroll up the hill. Wake up to the sounds of the local birdlife and a fresh breakfast provided for a leisurely morning – bacon, eggs (from the property’s chickens), local breads, juices and fruit from the nearby orchard.
749 Mount View Rd, Mount View
Travelling with kids? Not only is the Mercure Resort smack bang in the middle of Pokolbin and myriad wineries, it’s also a stone’s throw away from the fun Hunter Valley Gardens, which is home to putt-putt golf and aqua golf. With tennis courts, a swimming pool, sauna, spa and other family-friendly facilities, the resort proves a winner for all kinds of visitors.
2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin
If interior design floats your boat, book a night or two at the newly refurbished Kirkton Park Hunter Valley. It’s been brought back to its former colonial glory with on-point interiors, stylish rooms, manicured gardens and three restaurants within the hotel estate. There’s one word to describe this property – special. Treat yourself.
336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin