No, they didn't pay me to write this! I'm just a big fan
Imagine driving up a quiet country lane, past several popular vineyards and restaurants, into a secluded retreat where you are greeted by friendly hosts (Ken and Susie) and directed to your miniature cottage. Surrounded by hedges to ensure your privacy from the 3 other cottages, you enter your temporary home, to be confonted by unobstructed drop-dead views of the Brokenback Ranges, vineyards and dams.
The wood fire has been set and ready to set a match. The air-conditioner in the bedroom has been switched on to ensure your immediate comfort in the beautiful, brisk Hunter air. The fridge reveals fresh home-made muffins, to be consumed with the fresh plunger coffee and Twinings tea.
Or perhaps a glass of local wine White or red? A half-bottle of each awaits. Weather permitting, enjoy your wine on the private terrace, enjoying those stunning views. Perhaps saying hello to the visiting kangaroos, magpies, butcher birds or kookaburras.
If all that sounds too exhausting, hop in the claw-foot bath tub in the pristine bathroom, enjoying the complimentary MOR toiletries and fluffy white towels.
So private that you need not see another soul during your stay. Several varieties of cereals, organic wholemeal sourdough bread, milk, juices, butter and spreads ensure there's no need to do a breakfast shop.
Need something? Ken and Susie are literally just up the hill, but don't intrude on your private enjoyment of the gorgeous property.
With several local wineries and Bluetongue Brewery within walking distance, you may wish to venture out to enjoy some tasting, without worrying about breathalysers. When you return, you'll discover that the fire has been rebuilt, ready for your enjoyment.
The time will fly by, and you'll find that sadly, you'll have to say goodbye to this lovely place.
But it will have worked its magic on you, and, like me, you'll soon be planning your next trip to Berenbell, in the lovely Hunter Valley.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on extensive grounds in a secluded lane, Berenbell Vineyard Retreat offers superior self contained one bedroom Cottages and 2 bedroom Lodges. This superb location enjoys magnificent views of rolling vineyards and the rugged Brokenback range which are simply without compare. Berenbell is the idyllic retreat in which to relax or celebrate that special occasion and explore the Pokolbin wine country. Berenbell is located within minutes drive of 17 Cellar Doors and 8 restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Berenbell Vineyard Retreat Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia