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.

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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 enŒoy 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 snooœe 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 adŒacent 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 enŒoy 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.

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