Trip to the Hunter Valley

Trip to the Hunter Valley

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Summer is a brilliant time to visit the Hunter Valley, just a few hours from Sydney, good food, good wine and the grape vines are at their lushest so the vineyards are picture perfect.

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If you are heading that way for a little getaway or a day trip here are some spots to remember…

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Tempus Two Winery Hall has restaurants, bars and a spectacular food hall selling delicatessen goodies, wines, gelato and local produce. They even have a separate “Smelly Cheese Shop” serving tasty local and international cheeses. All whilst looking out over the rows of vines over the lush grassy hillside. Definitely worth a stop.

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For a delicious lunch why not stop at The Convent Hunter Valley, they have two restaurants Circa 1876 or Restaurant Eighty Eight. They also have accomodation, a barrel room selling wine and a beautiful garden leading to the spectacular blue weatherboard old nunnery. Which is also a wedding venue, I had painted it for a lovely customer a few months earlier, so it is always exciting to visit the actual location.
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Circa 1876 is a Hatted restaurant, set in an old rustic workers cottage on the Roscrea Estate, it is truly beautiful. For a more relaxed time Restaurant Eighty Eight serves Breakfast and High tea in the Wisteria Courtyard at The Convent, which just sounds perfectly pleasant!

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peppertree-winery

Another great stop is the Hunter Valley Gardens and village, very family friendly and perfect for a sunny day out. The gardens even have a special Christmas Lights Festival every year which is so magical! The gardens are beautifully kept and always change with the seasons, so they are different all year round.

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At the little village of shops next to the gardens there are a variety of boutiques and cafes. There is the most beautiful paper and stationery store ‘Pulp Fiction’ it has beautiful papers, calligraphy bits and luxury notebooks from a range of interesting companies, it is a treasure trove.

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Joel was pretty thrilled to visit the Cellar that has the International Beer Tunnel, which has an amazing selection of Beers. They also stock a lot of micro Breweries from Australia. So is definitely worth a visit.

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The buildings alone are worth a lovely little visit, cute little stone cottages and walkways lined with trees or hung with Jasmin vines. It is lovely.

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