Two hours drive north of Sydney, Pokolbin is the centre of the Hunter Valley region and is mainly recognised for its vineyards and being Australia's oldest commercial wine producing area. Viticulture in the Hunter Valley is considered to have commenced with James Busby who brought over cuttings of European vines in the 1830s and established what was probably the first vineyard in the district. The Drayton family then established a vineyard at Pokolbin around the late 1850s and the Tyrrells Estate was set up in 1859 and produced the first batch of wine in 1864. It was not really until the 1960s that the wine industry of the Lower Hunter Valley really began to boom due to the closure of local mining operations.
Vast vineyards hidden among bushland and forested ridges, paddocks with grazing cattle, superb wines, gourmet food, delightful restaurants and cafes, and rustic cottages make up the Hunter Valley region. This wine region produces spicy, peppery shiraz, red and dry semillon, but whites are the specialty of Hunter Valley wineries. Many wineries in the region are internationally known as producing high quality vintages. February is harvest, which is a great time to see a vineyard in full swing. For something different, explore the wineries by horse-drawn carriage, hot air balloon, or bicycle.
For those who are not wine enthusiasts, there are still many secondary attractions to see and do. Visit an art gallery, the cheese factory and the chocolate factory, or perhaps for the more adventurous try horse riding and hot air ballooning. Tyrrell's Winery hosts Jazz in the Vines every October.
Twin Trees Country Cottages are country-style cedar cottages nestled in the heart of Pokolbin offering perfect accommodation in the middle of the vineyards to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Their rustic self-contained accommodations are set amongst forty-five acres of tranquil vineyard. Explore the grapevines and native gardens, right in the middle of the award-winning wineries, restaurants, and attractions of the Lower Hunter Valley. Whether you want to stay in and enjoy a barbeque and a couple of wines, or get out and do a bit of wine-tasting and dining, Twin Trees is ideal. For the ultimate in fine dining in the Hunter Valley, Twin Trees is situated next door to Roberts of Peppertree.
To enjoy the Hunter Valley Wine Country, you can drive yourself or take advantage of the many services that are on offer from horse-drawn carriages to Hummer rentals and helicopter charters or even take a trip on a hot-air balloon.
Conveniently located at the end of a quiet rural road just minutes from Cessnock Airport and the Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitor Information Centre, Twin Trees is ideally situated to enjoy the region. There are ten cottages fully self-contained which are spread out on the property allowing for privacy so that you can enjoy the peaceful and relaxing country living.
One-bedroom and two-bedroom cottages are available with queen-sized beds, complete with full kitchen facilities, dining and living room, and private outdoor area with your own barbeque. For slightly larger families or groups, most cottages also have a double sofa bed to accommodate an extra two persons. The cottages have Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning for summer stays and for those cosy winter's nights. All linen and towelling is provided, and some personal toiletries and breakfast items are available for purchase from reception. BBQ hampers, Cheese and Wine hampers and food hamper including Chocolate can be arranged upon request.
Twin Trees Country Cottages Feature:
- Full kitchen facilities
- Cooking utensils
- Gas stove
- Gas barbeque
- Outdoor area
- TV, DVD, CD player
- Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning
- Ceiling fans
- Hair dryer
- Linen, blankets and towels
- Ironing facilities/Guest laundry
- Queen-sized beds
- Double sofa-beds (most cottages only)
- Separate bathroom and toilet
- Farm fresh hen eggs
- Communal saltwater pool and gazebo
- Spectacular sunsets
- Peace and tranquility
There's nothing like coming back to your own private country cottage after a day of sampling the local Hunter Valley wines and throwing a few snags on the barbecue while you watch the sun sink over the Brokenback Ranges!
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