Updated: Oct 27
We aren’t just a Vineyard and Cellar Door, we also provide accommodation across the wine Estate. As such we can be the base for your weekend break in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter offers an array of experiences that cater to different interests, not just wine lovers! Here's a suggested itinerary to make the most of your time in our beautiful wine region:
First decide if you are going to stay in one of our Tiny Houses Vine or Valley, or if you are looking for something larger maybe you can choose Claremont Manor. More information on the facilities available in the Manor found at the bottom of this blog. Can't decide by the name alone check out our accommodation page. Once you’ve booked in for your stay, it is time to think about what is next! If you are arriving with us in the evening we recommend your first wine tasting is with us! Maybe you might even have one of our renowned cheese platters.
Start your day with a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards. Witness the sunrise and enjoy breathtaking views of the Hunter Valley from above. We have hot air balloons raising up over the property on a regular basis, even if you aren’t keen to go up in one, watching them from the ground flying over the valley is a magical experience in itself!
After your flight, head to one of the local cafes or bakeries for a delicious breakfast paired with freshly brewed coffee. We recommend Jimmy Joans just a few minutes away or Cafe Enzo which is just about 10-15 minutes drive away
Begin your wine exploration by visiting some of the other cellar doors in the region. Our next door neighbours Emma’s Cottage is a great place to start, Brokenwood Wines, and Audrey Wilkinson are highly recommended. Engage with the passionate winemakers, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy wine tastings. We recommend you do a couple of wine tasting sessions over the weekend from different locations across the Hunter to understand the impact geography and processing has on the wine! If half of your party prefers golf to wine, why not tee off at one of the region's stunning golf courses, such as The Vintage Golf Club or Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the winery restaurants or nearby gourmet eateries including The Deck just 5 minutes from Thirsty Palette. Indulge in farm-to-table cuisine paired with exceptional Hunter Valley wines. There are lots of places to choose from if you are stuck for choice just let us know and we'd be happy to recommend somewhere to your taste and budget.
If you are brave or love the outdoors, hiring a bicycle to explore more of the region at your own pace is also a good option. You could end the day with a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens. Explore the beautiful landscapes, themed gardens, and water features. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. Embracing some of the regions most interesting flora!
Book a table at one of the region's acclaimed restaurants for a memorable dinner. Many establishments offer seasonal menus featuring local produce, ensuring a delightful gastronomic experience. It is best to ask us directly where to go for dinner as our recommendation will change dramatically based upon what you like and your budget
If you're interested in local produce, visit The Hunter Valley Cheese Company to learn first hand how to make great Aussie cheese with their artisan cheese making workshop, it is an experience you'll never forget. if you are looking for an alternative for breakfast we can highly recommend if you didn't go the day before Jimmy Joans open Thursday-Sunday... make sure you book in advance though because it is full most day. photo below.
Head to the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company and indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of handcrafted chocolates and truffles. Take a guided tour to learn about the chocolate-making process. Don't have a sweet tooth? we can provide lots of alternative options for you instead just ask!
Enjoy an afternoon picnic in our picturesque vineyard. Pair your lunch with a bottle of our wine, relax, and soak in the tranquil atmosphere looking back across the valley.
Take a scenic drive through the countryside, visiting nearby attractions such as the historic town of Wollombi or the Hunter Valley Zoo, where you can encounter native and exotic wildlife.
Conclude your weekend with a sunset wine tasting or one of the many twilight concert at one of the wineries you can check out the Wine Country website for information for events of all sorts of upcoming events. Many vineyards and venues host live music events, providing the perfect ambiance to unwind and savor your last moments in the Hunter Valley.
Remember to check ahead for any reservations, events, or tours to ensure a smooth and enjoyable weekend in the Hunter Valley. Whether you're a wine lover, nature enthusiast, or simply seeking relaxation, this region offers a delightful escape from the bustling city life.
If you don't want to get out in to the big bad world and you'd prefer just to stay at Claremont we have a massive range of facilities in the manor house include Air hockey table, Bose wireless speaker, Ceiling fans in bedrooms, Covered outdoor entertaining area, Onsite cellar door, Open fireplace, Outdoor fire-pit (seasonal), Smart TV with streaming services, Tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper, olive oil, WiFi, Fireplace, Billiard/pool table, Dishwasher, air conditioning, Freshly laundered towels and linen, Fully equipped gourmet kitchen, Gas BBQ, Library, Nespresso Coffee Machine (with pod starter pack), Outdoor entertainment area, Parking, Swimming pool, Vineyard Estate, if there are too many of you for the Manor House we've got Pool Houses, Family Houses and of course the tiny houses available for more accommodation