Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin
We are more than just a place to stay with many onsite activities and facilities.
The Hunter Valley Resort is located in the very heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country on 70 secluded acres, and is an easy 2 hours drive north of Sydney.
The resort offers the complete Wine Country Experience. Nowhere in Australia is there a family owned lodge being operated and marketed as one facility with all day Bites, Pizza & Pasta offering fabulous food and brews from the Brewhouse, excellent guestrooms and cottages, their own great wines from the Wine Tasting Cellars, also the Hunter Valley's largest winery where guests can learn how the wine is made. All nestled within its own 45 year old vineyards.
The Helé family have owned and managed Hunter Valley Resort since August 1991, when they purchased the freehold property. It’s also a family tradition... The Helé’s come from a long line of Innkeepers - father, grandfather, and great grandfather before were all hoteliers!
So what makes Hunter Valley Resort so different to all other properties in the Wine Country?
The Matilda Bay Brewhouse opened in January 2004 and offers twelve craft brews. All that separates you from the brewhouse is a glass wall behind the contemporary bar where guests enjoy the relaxed atmosphere including a pool table. There is a full flavoured Premium Lager, a traditional Pilsner and traditional Black Ale, a Premium Light, a malty Draught and a truly unique alcoholic Ginger Beer. All Beers are available on tap at the brewery, with bottled product available from the Cellar Door.
We are excited to announce the Hunter Valley Cooking School has now opened in the Wine Country. Executive Chef Phillip Collis conducts the “Hands On” Cooking Schools, where he teaches in purpose built cooking school kitchen. The day starts with a vineyard inspection followed by a tasting then it’s down to business. With a minimum of 8 and maximum of 24 people, (Larger groups catered by special arrangement) it is a great experience including a fabulous lunch or dinner, cooked by their own hands. From $200 per person - please see the website for the latest information.
Candy making class - If you love eating Candy, you’ll love making Big Kids Candy in this 60 minute workshop. You’ll gain a lot of information in a relatively short period of time, and take home some delicious candy! Working with our Executive Chef, you will watch how to make peanut brittle, marshmallows and boozy chocolate! Fun and games, with take home recipes. What better way to spend an afternoon? And matching Candy with alcohol – a first for the Hunter Valley!
The Hermitage Function Centre features a huge open fireplace and bar with club leather lounges. There are a total of 7 different meeting rooms. Be it a meeting for just 5 delegates, to a banquet or wedding for 200 people. All handled by our experienced professional staff. Please see the website to download a copy of our wedding or conference packages.
Daily Vineyard Inspections: 9am daily - Hunter Valley Resort offers the total “Wine Experience.” First it’s the vineyard tour, then the onsite wine tasting tutorial. The Wine tasting cellars are open everyday. Nowhere in the Hunter can you try so many wines – under the one roof. An exclusive range of premium wines from small Hunter Valley winemakers - including Helé Family Wines, Lisa McGuigan, Andrew Thomas, David Hook, Andrew Margan, Ian Little, Polin & Polin, Stormy Ridge, Crisford Family, & San Martino.
The Hunter Wine Theatre - THE experience for visitors to the Hunter Wine Country…
The fun side of seeing a winery in action is when the grapes are being picked and put through the crusher at the winery – which for The Hunter Valley happens only in January and February. For the rest of the year action at the winery is generally pretty quiet.
Not so with the new Hunter Wine Theatre… This experience takes just over half an hour in our dedicated theatre, running several times every day. Up on the big screen – learn a little of the Hunter’s wine heritage, Australia’s oldest wine area. See the grapes being harvested, and being crushed at the on site winery.
The winemaking lesson continues watching how the wine press actually works, the Winemaker adding the yeast, seeing the juice start to ferment into alcohol, learn the art of wine blending, and finally the wine being bottled. After the show – up come the lights and it’s down to the serious business of wine tasting. In front of each visitor is a bracket of the Hunter’s best wines. Every day 11am + 2pm. $30pp.
The onsite Hunter Valley Wine School promises an education of wine daily at 9am. The course starts with a walk through the vineyard to learn how and why a grapevine grows. Then it’s followed by a comprehensive winemaking tutorial with our Cellarmaster. We then take guests through a structured tasting of wines. What are the grape varieties? How are they different? What does one look for, the bouquet, taste, and colour? At the conclusion of the 2 hour Wineschool, guests are presented with a personalised Wine Appreciation Certificate. $50pp.
La Glace Dessert Bar
La Glace is the oldest and probably best confectionary in Denmark. Founded in the middle of old Copenhagen in 1870, it has through six generations delivered joy and quality to Copenhagen and its visitors. And the owners of Hunter Valley Resort also have generations of Danish heritage. Great grandparents, grandparents, and parents of the current generation were all hoteliers in Copenhagen. And La Glace was their favourite cafe growing up.
In the best of Danish tradition, La Glace Gourmet Produce & Dessert Bar offers the freshest Serendipity Ice Creams; Pokolbin Chocolates + Jams, Homemade Cakes, Belarna Olive Oils, Beeswax Candles, Heavenly Hunter Handmade Soap, and of course Organic Amber Coffee. Fri-Sun from 11am till 4pm.
Guest rooms + cottages There are only 35 rooms. They are all both quiet and spacious all with Wine Country vistas.
The Hunter Room has a queen-sized bed and two singles.
The Vineyard Rooms overlook the resort’s vineyard and have a King bed, or can be split into two singles.
Spa Cottage rooms have a king bed, kitchenette, and large spa bath.
Finally, the 2 Bedroom Cottage has two bedrooms each with their own ensuite bathroom, kitchenette and living / dining room. All feature exposed timber cathedral ceilings, solid timber country style furniture, full size bathtub and shower, flat screen TV and DVD player, individually air-conditioned/heated, and big double glass doors open out onto their own balcony overlooking the surrounding countryside, vineyards and the Brokenback Ranges.
Rates range from $150 to $465. See the website for the latest packages.