The Hunter vineyards, of eastern Australia, is one of our favourite destinations.
Close to the cities of Sydney and Newcastle, the Hunter features world-class wineries, boutique cheese and chilli outlets, stunning gardens, concert venues, restaurants and outstanding accommodation.
On a past visit, we spent two days at The Vintage, an Accor Grand Mercure hotel apartment complex near Rothbury.
Before arrival, did the hotel communicate well?
The stay was organised online months in advance and The Vintage efficiently followed up by email to check that everything was running to plan, to explain the location of reception and to point out access for less mobile guests. This was a great individual touch.
What was the first impression?
Wow! The Vintage boasts stylish, modern apartments built around a lush green golf course and swimming pool.
It blends neatly with the surrounding countryside, yet instantly looks luxurious and appealing.
How efficient was the check-in?
We arrived in the early afternoon and were warmly greeted by name, which was appreciated. It was just a matter of signing quickly and handing over our credit card.
We were given clear directions to our apartment, its lock-up, remote-controlled garage and the various facilities.
Were we told about wifi and was there a charge?
We were delighted to see that wifi was complimentary at The Vintage and a password was given to us at reception.
What was the first impression?
Apartments at The Vintage are modern, with quality furnishings and decor. Ours had only a few stairs and level access from the rear – both of which made it ideal for seniors.
The apartment had two bedrooms and was very well appointed. There was a sleek, fully self-contained designer kitchen with Smeg appliances and microwave.
Both the dining and living rooms – complete with large screen TV, cable channels, mini hifi; DVD player, work desk, dining table and a gas fireplace – were large, modern and comfortable.
We were able to relax on our hotel-style balcony overlooking the courtyard and an outdoor area at the rear led down ta gentle path to the golf course, walking trails and a pond.
Firstly, the beds were king-sized and comfy. There weren’t any steps between the bedrooms and the living areas. Each sleeping area was also equipped with a wardrobe, bed-side tables with individual reading lamps, and a combination clock/iPod player which we did not use
Importantly, however, there were adequate power points alongside the bed for charging of phones, which in our case, also serve as wake-up alarms.
The main bedroom also contained an LCD television set.
Each bedroom had its own luxury en-suite bathroom, with a big tub, shower, basin and large window overlooking the bedroom. Each bathroom contained a hair dryer
The taps/water mixers were simple to use and did not require any force.
Each bathroom contained a range of Zambezi toiletries, which were certainly adequate.
There were plenty of soft and fluffy towels.
Although we didn’t need to use it, our apartment also contained a laundry equipped with washing machine, steam iron, ironing board and clothes dryer.
Tea and coffee
The kitchen contained adequate tea and coffee making facilities.
Although we didn’t use it, The Vintage Cafe and Legends Grill restaurant overlooks the 18th hole of the Greg Norman-designed golf course.
The Vintage Cafe is open every day of the week for breakfast and lunch.
The Vintage boasts a sparkling, heated outdoor swimming pool suitable for all ages, exercise room and impressive outdoor barbecue, all of which we didn’t use.
Would we recommend The Vintage.
Yes, without hesitation.
Would we return
Certainly. The Vintage provides quality, self contained accommodation right in the heart of the Hunter vineyards and close enough to Sydney and Newcastle to be ideal for a relaxing getaway.