Last week, Sam and I spent a night in the Hunter Valley after spending the day wine tasting at 5 different wineries with Best Tour Hunter Valley. You can read more about the wine tour – here. It was such an amazing experience with hands down the best tour operator in the area! As sad that I was that the day of wine tasting had ended, I was really excited to get back to our accommodation and take a walk around the premises.
We were lucky enough to stay at The Hermitage Lodge, a boutique accommodation in the Valley, for one night. When we first arrived at the beginning of the day, our host, Noreen, had so kindly taken our bags for us as we rushed off for the tour. When we got back from a full day, it was so nice to hear that Noreen had already taken our bags to our room, and had everything set up already. The Lodge offers 20 Studios and Suites that has been acclaimed with 4.5 stars as boutique accommodation. The studios and suites are situated around ponds, vineyards and pools. Each block has its own little pice of serenity, and the layout never seemed crowded.
We stayed in the Hanging Tree Studio, which was a beautiful, large room with a king sized bed and a veranda overlooking the estate’s Shiraz vineyard. It was more than enough space for two people, and had a very relaxing feel. (Also, wi-fi and breakfast were included!) Next door was the Suite, which are like townhouses with two-stories. I honestly never felt like we were imposing in another couple’s or family’s space. We felt like we were the only ones at the entire Lodge, even though their on-site, award-winning restaurant, Il Cacciatore, would tell us otherwise!
Sam and I decided to fill up our glasses of wine and take a walk around the estate. We walked through their beautiful green Shiraz vineyards, past all the other Studios and Suites, took a seat near the salt water pool and decided to book a table for 8 pm at the award-winning restaurant. I don’t think I’ve been on a holiday where everything was just so serene and peaceful. Not a single sound of a car or a baby screaming or a loud party brewing next door. It was truly one of the most calming hotel’s I’ve been to.
Maybe this was because of the precision and care and passion of the owner’s, who looked after each guest with a personal touch of friendliness. It felt like we were visiting old friends, instead of just checking in for one night.
We got to dinner around 8 for our reservation and were seated outside next to the pond with the calming sounds of the water feature right next to us. The restaurant was busy, which was expected being one of the most award-winning venues in the area. Il Cacciatore specializes in Northern Italian inspired cuisine, and offers their home Shiraz. We ordered the Garlic Parmesan Pizza, the Prawn Crab & Mascarpone Filled Tortellini and the House Made Gnocchi. Each of which were so beautifully done. I haven’t had Italian food in Australia in months, so I was especially excited to taste authentic, amazing Italian!
After dinner, we were absolutely exhausted from such a long, yet fabulous day! We were actually really happy to just relax in the room and take a breather. The room made for a perfect area to have a nice glass of wine and wind down. I pretty much fell asleep right after with silence all around us. It was one of the deepest sleeps I’ve had in a while!
The next morning, we were pretty reluctant to leave. Who wants to go back to the hustle and bustle of the city after a day like yesterday?! Noreen had been so kind to us during our stay, and I could really tell how much heart and soul she puts into the Lodge and Restaurant. I’m very happy to be able to share these boutique experiences with all of my readers. These are the experiences and opportunities that I hope everyone takes. The Hermitage Lodge offered a boutique, personal and caring experience that I’ll never forget!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Hermitage Lodge in exchange for this review. My opinions are my own, and I only write honest and truthful reviews.