Five Star Luxury opens in the Hunter Valley
Just like the exquisite wines produced from the Hunter Valley, Spicers Guesthouse took time, attention and creativity to bear its fruit.
I T M TI M T and extensive renovations later, the former iconic eppers uest ouse re-opened as picers uesthouse in ovember. The restoration of this historic hotel marks a new era for the region. s you meander up the driveway you see the uesthouse perched on the hill to your left and the stunning rokenback Mountain ange to your right. ast guests will appreciate the incredible transformation unveil around them as they step inside. ow that you are in wine country take a seat in the lounge and enoy a glassǢ feel the relaxed luxury that picers is renowned for as you settle in for your stay. s you make your way to your room you’ll appreciate the fresh interiors with their neutral tones, luxury finishings and contemporary styling. The stand-alone, four-bedroom cottage is great for friends travelling together or families. omplete with kitchen, lounge and dining, plus a private garden, you’ll find there are very few reasons to want to leave the stylish space. Multi-hatted xecutive hef ameron Matthews is heading up Éremo restaurant, offering modern Italian with high-end taste from onna’s collection of favourites. Matthews draws heavily on the valley’s regional produce, matching contemporary dishes with a curated selection of award-winning wine. utside of the necessary post-wine-tour afternoon snooe you’ll be yearning to be out and about. The mountain view terrace is perfect for afternoon lawn games and watching sunsets over the mountain range with hampagne in hand. The new swimming pool with its native bush views is perfect for cooling off, followed by reclining on a sun lounger with a good book. If you are feeling active, challenge your companions to a game of tennis or take the complimentary bikes out for a ride. ith a number of wineries close by you won’t have far to pedal on your way back. rawing on picers’ love of bush walking and mountain bike riding, the team will direct you to the best trails in the region. The retreat has a selection of impressive event spaces perfect for birthday celebrations, weddings and corporate getaways. The private dining room adacent to the 1200-bottle floor-to-ceiling wine wall is perfect for an intimate celebration. shuttle service is available to take you to nearby picers ineyards state to enoy the pa nise day spa or dine at the much-loved estaurant otanica. ummer is harvest time in the unter alley and it is the most exciting time of the year. ines are laden with grapes and bushy with beautiful green vine leaves. void the coastal crowds and head inland where the wine flows, swimming pools beckon and afternoon picnics mark the end of a perfect day. spicersretreats.com Stay from $329 per night including breakfast 13 77 42
From top: The new Spicers Guesthouse has undergone a meticulous renovation; The chic Private Dining Room; A King Room in the resort.