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Peppers Convent Hunter Valley

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Peppers Convent Hunter Valley is set in beautiful gardens and vineyards. It was once home to the Brigidine Order of nuns at Coonamble before being transported 600km to the Pepper Tree Estate.

Its 17 rooms reflect the building's outback heritage and character. French doors lead to deep verandahs, which offer views across the gardens and vineyards.

Superior rooms are king-sized and have a private lounge area. Most bathrooms have a deep bath tub. Airy deluxe rooms are queen-sized and mosquito netting adds a romantic touch.

Country breakfast is served between 8am and 10am, and each evening from 6.30pm, guests relax with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the guest lounge.

The retreat has an outdoor pool, heated spa pavilion, tennis court, boules, bicycles and massage facilities.

Pepper Tree Wine Tasting Barn is a few steps from your accommodation. Sharon Evans is the cellar door manager and is an expert on the region's wines.

A short stroll from Peppers is the renowned Robert's Restaurant and Pepper Tree Wine tasting barn.

Robert's is in an 1878 National Trust early settlers' slab cottage. Robert and Sally Molines are superb hosts, and together, offer a memorable dining experience, equal to anything in the world.

In what has been described as the Valley's most beautiful dining room, you will be tempted by oysters, crabs and scallops, qual veal or rabbit, duckling, suckling pig and prime beef. Vegetables and fungi are locally grown, pastas and risottos are handmade and ice-creams are freshly churned. There are delicious farmhouse cheeses and homemade breads and pastries.

In the true French country tradition, Robert's has Le Plat du Jour. The dish, selected by Robert, is accompanied by crusty bread, salad and a glass of premium Hunter Valley Wine.

Activities include winery tours, cheese and chocolate factory tours, cycling, golf, horseriding, horse and carriage rides, hot air ballooning, scenic flights and skydiving.


Pokolbin, around two hours north-west of Sydney.


Peppers Convent Hunter Valley mid-week Hunter Getaway is $396 a couple per night. Accommodation, breakfast and pre-dinner drinks are included.

Robert's Le Plat du Jour is available on week days, excluding public holidays, and is $29 per person. The restaurant is open every day for lunch from noon and dinner from 7pm.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

For further information

Peppers Convent Hunter Valley
Halls Road
Pokolbin 2320
Ph: (02) 4998 7764
Fax: (02) 4998 7323

Robert's Restaurant
Halls Road
Pokolbin 2320
Ph: (02) 4998 7330
Fax: (02) 4998 7329

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