Places to stay while you're in the Hunter Valley
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!
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
This is a great spot for families who want to have everything conveniently located nearby. It is located just outside of central Pokolbin and has all the amenities you will need for your stay. You can either dine in the Lovedale Bar or perhaps upstairs at Redsalt depending on how you're feeling after a day of activities.
Spicers Vineyard Estate
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.
Carriages Boutique Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little Orchard Cottage
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.
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
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.
Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
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.