Saturday, 3 March 2012

Hermitage Lodge, Pokolbin (Hunter Valley)

Dale & I recently took a romantic weekend trip to the Hunter Valley (Australia's version of Nappa Valley ). Whilst we loved the wineries/cheese shops we went to, I'll get into all that in more detail another day. What i really wanted to do was give a bit of a review of our accommodation - Hermitage Lodge.

We did some preliminary googling and researching for accommodation, wanting the elusive duo of quality AND affordability. Having read really mixed reviews about a lot of places, I was pleasantly surprised by how many good reviews there were for Hermitage Lodge. Actually, I only ever came across two bad reviews which i considered good odds!

The above picture was taken from our balcony - the vines are only about 5 meters away!

Hermitage lodge is a small vineyard surrounded by a small amount of rooms. It is situated on McDonald Road & in prime location to visit the great wineries of the Hunter Valley.

This is another picture from our balcony of the edge of the vines and an honest to god tractor. See those barrels at the corner of the shed? They are honest to god WINE barrels. I know, talk about immersion.


We stayed in the Scarborough Studio - one of their "Vineyard Studio's" which we sourced for a very affordable $165 a night on www.wotif.com. You can see why its called a Vineyard Studio - the vines are an arms length away! The room included a MASSIVE bed & modern accommodations. We were super pleased with both the room and the service we received from the staff.

A picture from our balcony of the Lodge Rooms across the vineyard. They were cheaper, but we liked the idea of a private driveway & balcony. We were really pleased our room had air conditioning because it was a sweltering 31 degrees Celsius both days we were there - mix that with some serious wine drinking & you have potential for disaster!

If you look closely you can see the grapes on the wine ready for picking. We were tempted to go down and try one, but didnt muster up the courage!

Another great thing about Hermitage is that every room comes with an in room continental breakfast that includes English muffins, home made muesli, jams, butter & spreads, two home made yogurts (berry & mango), tea, plunger coffee, juice & milk. We bought some gorgeous strawberries from the farmers market on the way out of Sydney so we threw those into the mix too.

It may sound like a simple breakfast, but after a MASSIVE dinner at Il Cacciatore (the amazing on-site restaurant) and a full day of wine tasting behind us, a simple breakfast was all we needed & really hit the spot. We especially loved eating in the sunshine on our balcony looking across the gorgeous scenery!

We give it 5 stars & will definately be back soon!

Sunny xx

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