I’ve perviously dubbed this year the of the road trips and with that in mind, a trip up to the Hunter Valley is a must. It’s only a short two-hour drive from Sydney but if you have the time, I suggest taking Route 33. It’s just off the highway and has countless hidden gems to check out on the way up. You’ll pass through country towns that are worth stopping off at and a number of cafes and even restaurants at the finer end of dining.
I am a frequent visitor to the Hunter, and I know a convenient and a satisfying staycation in the Hunter Valley comes down to the location of your accommodation. With this in mind, I stayed at Chateau Elan The Vintage Golf Course in Pokolbin (A.k.a the centre of the Hunter Valley).
Chateau Elan is both comfortable and relaxing for a few days away whilst wine tasting. It’s in the heart of Pokolbin, making a very convenient place to stay. It would be great for a big group of friends away together. The highlight of our stay would have to be the staff. They were all so lovely and made sure we were looked after week. The spa needs mention here too. It’s beautifully renovated and be sure to book yourself a relaxation massage. You won’t regret it!
My favourite part of a staycation is getting out of the city and experiencing the fresh air and wide-open spaces. NSW has so much to offer only a few hours from the city. I love meeting new people and businesses whilst travelling, the people I meet along the way are always so passionate.
We stayed in a one-bedroom apartment at Chateau Elan, it was fitted out with a full kitchen, fireplace and spa overlooking the lush green golf course. When it comes to convenience, breakfast is only a short and enjoyable walk across the picturesque gold course. Set overlooking the 18th green, we knew we were in for a treat. The nailed it, a restaurant that does a good smashed avocado is a big thumbs up from me.
Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley is fun but sometimes exhausting, you’d be happy to know that Legends & Bar Grill is equally convenient and just as mouth-watering to settle into of a evening. We enjoyed a two set menu with a bottle of local wine. When it comes to the menu, order the stuff Portobello Mushrooms and the Roasted Chicken – you won’t be disappointed.
The Spa at Chateau Elan needs a special mention too, it’s newly renovated and the perfect way to relax after a hard day of wine tasting! I was treated to a 60-minute relaxation massage, which was so relaxing I fell asleep right at the end. Continue to unwind at the spa with a glass of bubbles too.
Chateau Elan suits both couples and friends. I’d suggest going up to the Hunter Valley with a group of friends as it’s a very convenient place to stay.
When it comes to making a booking for your stay in the Hunter Valley, I’d suggest booking via Trip, they’re a one-stop-shop when its come to booking your next staycation. It’s a very seamless app and very easy to navigate and use. With countless experiences too, you can arrange it all in one booking process. Be sure to do this advance to your travel date, as the Hunter books out quite quickly.
Now that it is getting warmer, I am looking at booking a trip up the Central Coast or Port Stephens. I’ll also try and get down Mollymook this summer too.
Words and photographs by Jo Hombsch @johombsch
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