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Hermitage Lodge – Hunter Valley

609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin



It’s been  just a short few hours’ drive from Sydney, the last of the sun has slipped away  and the still of the night engulfs the Hunter Valley.  I have arrived at Hermitage Lodge, nestled  amongst 25 acres in the heart of Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley vineyards.

Arriving  so late at night after such a long day, I was more than impressed by the staff  and their quick attention to my arrival.   Within minutes I was relaxing on the back deck of the Premier Suite  overlooking part of Hermitage Lodge’s Shiraz vineyard, with a glass of their  own Partner’s Pick wine.

The  Premier Suite gives the feeling of home away from home with its self contained  two storey suite and multiple  private decks overlooking vineyards.  It has a fully equipped deluxe kitchen, a spacious living room with polished  hardwood floor complete with a gas fireplace, double sofa bed and large LCD TV.  Downstairs is a full bathroom. Upstairs from the lounge area is the main  bedroom complete with king size bed, a walk-through wardrobe and a large  luxurious bathroom.   However, the  highlight for me was the jetted tub (for 2) on the upstairs deck overlooking vineyards.  I truly was in heaven.

Hermitage Lodge has a total of twenty studios  and suites offering four star boutique accommodation combined with personal,  attentive service rarely found today. The rooms are large, comfortable and  tastefully decorated with a great deal of attention to detail, and all have  beautiful decks or verandas overlooking the property’s own Shiraz vineyard.

If you don’t feel like  organising your own meal, you can stroll over to the award-winning restaurant Il Cacciatore,  voted Best Italian Restaurant, Hunter Region from 2001-2011. Located at  Hermitage Lodge, Il Cacciatore offers Northern Italian- inspired cuisine in a  relaxed, casual atmosphere with exceptional friendly service.  The restaurant has long been a favourite with  visitors and locals alike.

The unique settings of the  lodge make for the perfect place for your next corporate or executive event. It  is an ideal venue for small meetings, conferences, strategy and planning  sessions.

The  Vineyard View Room is a fully equipped meeting room filled with natural light.

If a relaxing stay at the  lodge enjoying its surroundings is just too quiet for you, then activities such  as team building, wine tasting, cooking lessons, golf, hot air ballooning and  winery tours are all available either at Hermitage Lodge or just a short drive  away.

Winner of regional, state and  national awards, Hermitage Lodge’s luxury rooms and suites will suit even the  most discerning guests. One suite has been specifically designed for wheelchair  accessibility.