The place to remain within the Hunter Valley


Staying someplace lovely is at all times going to raise your journey expertise to a distinct dimension. And though there are many luxurious lodging choices within the Hunter Valley, Tower Lodge and its 5 suites will elevate your keep in NSW’s premier wine area.

Tower Estate, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Set amongst the vines and rolling lawns of Tower Property Vineyard in Pokolbin, Tower Lodge strikes a grand pose, filled with Spanish class and delicate European nuance.

The nice vintage carved timber entrance doorways open right into a terracotta floored reception replete with carriage clocks, silver-handled strolling canes and even a piano in a single nook.

Take a look at our video walkthrough of Tower Lodge right here:

As soon as checked in, we’re taken by to the spectacular drawing room with its magnificent fire and well-stocked bar, the place we’re left to loosen up with a glass of bubbles.

There’s a stunning degree of element to this resort.

The broad espresso desk, surrounded by cozy armchairs and couches, has all the things from boardgames and books to vases and Gillie & Marc ornaments, and the lofted ceiling with its great-hall model uncovered beams solely provides to the grandeur.

Behind this room, hidden behind a floating wall, is the lodge’s vaunted restaurant, Sebastian. However extra in regards to the restaurant later.


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What Are The Rooms Like At Tower Lodge?

As we cross into the central courtyard, the hacienda really feel of the resort actually kicks in.

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Columns maintain up the veranda roofs of every wing of suites. On the centre fountain tinkles, and extra terracotta tiling and white granite bricks pave the way in which down in the direction of our suite.

To 1 facet, one other water function bubbles away, on the opposite a timber deck with a tree sunk within the centre traps the solar.

It’s not an enormous leap to think about you’re in a good looking villa someplace within the Basque countryside.

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The place To Keep In The Hunter Valley—Our Property Suite

By way of the tall double doorways of distressed vintage timber, the room is a vibrant open area. Its lofted ceilings and tonal decor reiterate the luxurious we loved within the drawing room.

The identical darkish wealthy terracotta tiles from reception and the courtyard are all through our suite too. They work properly with the nice and cozy whites of the rendered partitions, and the greys and taupes of the delicate furnishings.

There’s a low espresso desk and comfy lounge as we stroll in (we each additionally make a psychological notice of the backgammon set that we’ll be organising after dinner) and to our left the mattress. It’s arrange some steps, elevated from the decrease a part of the suite, which provides to the grandeur.

By way of a doorway behind the mattress is the walk-in wardrobe after which by to the toilet.

The bathe, outfitted with Leif facilities, seems to be very welcoming, nevertheless it’s the deep, sunken tub that actually catches our eye.

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Apparently, there’s type of steady door that opens from the pinnacle of the tub by to the opposite facet of the mattress the place you may look out over the remainder of the room.

It doesn’t make sense at first, however then we realise it connects the room and the tub completely. Actually, you may also have a view exterior in case you open the again door too.

This again door opens out onto views throughout the grounds and over to the vineyards of Tower Property and to our low-walled veranda, the place we will sit, get pleasure from a glass of wine and admire the view throughout the lawns.

These lawns are a favorite spot for kangaroos, particularly within the mornings and at nightfall.

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However as we mentioned earlier than, all these parts create a stunning place to sleep, nevertheless it’s not solely the excessive ceilings or the deep-fill tub, the throne-like mattress or the heavy oaken doorways that make up the luxurious really feel right here.

It’s the eye to element.

It’s the gorgeous iridescent tiles within the lavatory, it’s the oil work and different paintings that hangs from the deep plaster of the partitions, it’s the frieze above the mattress and the elegant lighting all through the suite that make all of the distinction.

Ebook your keep in Tower Lodge’s Property Room right here.

Sebastian Restaurant at Tower Lodge, Pokolbin

Sebastian Restaurant is greater than only a nod to Spain’s celebrated Basque Nation, the kitchen makes use of methods and flavours impressed by this unbelievable meals vacation spot of northwestern Spain.

Sharing the excessive exposed-beamed ceiling with the drawing room that we first got here into with our welcome drinks, Sebastian has a light-weight ethereal really feel that might simply really feel echoey and empty.

However because of cautious ornament and an intimate but well-spaced seating plan is cosy with out feeling squashed in.

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From the great four-course menu, Christina chooses the wealthy and luxurious Basque fish soup with fried caper, saffron and herbed sourdough for entree.

I’m going for the candy and juicy seared scallops and tender pork cheek with puffed crackling and cauliflower puree.

For mains, Christina has the superbly French-trimmed lamb cutlets with an indulgent eggplant puree, cauliflower tabouli and tangy yoghurt.

My major is the spectacular Basque-inspired beef tenderloin, cooked completely to medium-rare, with spiced beans, chorizo and a potato tortilla.

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Lastly, our desserts, threatening to complete us off slightly than the opposite means spherical, come. Christina’s deconstructed Basque cheesecake with meyer lemon, sable and plum gel is unbelievable—baked to perfection with dots of the assorted gels and sauces highlighting the savoury sweetness of the cheesecake.

My heat chocolate frangipane tart with salted caramel, poached pear and vanilla ice cream is nearly my undoing and we stagger the mercifully brief distance again to our suite, discarding the ambitions of backgammon we’d had earlier.

It’s an outstanding meal and one which justifies Sebastian’s repute and Chef’s Hat awards.

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Tower Lodge’s Pool & Sauna

We don’t typically discuss a lot a couple of resort’s pool, however this one deserves a bit extra of a point out.

Put aside from the principle complicated, the pool space is surrounded by a excessive round wall. Inside, aside from the lengthy lap pool, is a sauna steam room, roofed space and bar.

It’s right here greater than anyplace at Tower Lodge that you just’re transported to your personal personal villa within the hills above San Sebastián, your personal slice of Spanish paradise.

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Breakfast at Tower Lodge can also be superb – served in the principle plaza across the central fountain

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We stayed as company of Tower Lodge courtesy of Scarborough Wines, however our experiences and opinions stay our personal.

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