Located just two hours drive from Sydney in the Hunter Valley is Peppers Convent is a piece of luxury and old world charm amongst the vines. It was recently awarded the ‘Best Luxury Country Hotel’ in the world and ‘Best Luxury Lodge’ in Australasia at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
The Convent was built in 1909 as home to the Brigidine Order of nuns in central NSW and was transported to Pokolbin in 1990. Karlie and Matt Cowley took over The Convent in 2010 after seven successful years at the helm of multi-award winning Tower Estate Lodge & Winery nearby.
It recently underwent an extensive renovation to transform The Convent into a boutique hotel with Art Deco influences. We’re told that each piece of furnishing has been personally sourced from all over the world to create a grand and luxurious space. That can be a little overwhelming when all you really want from a weekend away is a place to relax. So if you’re afraid of touching anything you can always take solace by the outdoor pool or go for a stroll through the luscious green grounds.
Whilst the foyer feels very elegant and grand for a small hotel the rooms are more modest. They are simple, clean and comfortable. Let the cicadas lullaby you to sleep at night after a warm bath.
While you’re here be sure to book in for lunch or dinner at Circa 1876 the neighbouring restaurant run by award-winning Executive Chef George Francisco. Set in a heritage listed cottage the restaurant overlooks a three-acre organic kitchen garden with free roaming chickens. It’s an enjoyable ‘paddock to plate’ style dining experience any foodie should try.
The service at The Convent is first class and makes it hard to leave. 11am on a Sunday is a sad time of day as you’re dropping back your keys and checking out.
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Peppers Convent Hunter Valley
88 Halls Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
P: 02 4998 4999 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org