Hunter Valley, Australia
At a Glance
For a trip to the winelands, you can't get a much better location than this
Tower Winery, Robert’s Restaurant and Blaxland’s Restaurant are all within walking distance
With a Baronial dining room, bar, lounge, library and a central courtyard the lodge is intimate and welcoming
A range of massage and beauty treatments are available at Tower Lodge
Boasting one of the most extensive cellars, The Lodge guest lounge and bar serves the wines of Tower Estate, aged Hunter wines, imported Champagnes and a range of malt whiskies and cognacs
To start planning your vacation to Tower Lodge
Tower Lodge is tucked away on the Tower Estate at Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. After sampling the Tower Estate wines, guests can spend days roaming the different wine districts that make up this area and its 80 wineries, each providing a wine tasting experience that is unique. Choose from an organized wine tour or simply visit the wineries at your own pace by car, horse drawn carriage, bicycle or limousine!
The lodge boasts ten guest rooms and two suites, all individually furnished with antiques, treasures and collectables. The rooms are all different but each has a bedroom, lounge area, dressing room and large bathroom with double spa bath. Some rooms have wood burning fireplaces and the Oriental Suite has an outdoor plunge tub. Many rooms have other quirky individual features such as private courtyards, fountains or balconies.
Robert's Restaurant at Tower Lodge serves the finest regional cuisine and has views across the beautiful Brokenback Range. In Summer the cloistered courtyard is the perfect setting for breakfasts and evening drinks. It goes without saying that the wine list here is extensive and accompanies Hunter's premier gastronomic experience perfectly.
Tower Lodge also has an intimate lounge and bar, cosy library and impressive recreational facilities. These include The Dinks, an 18-hole pitch and putt golf course, a 1.6 km walking track, a heated pool, a sauna, gym as well as a massage treatment room.
Tower Lodge has ten guest rooms and two suites set along its portico passageways. Rooms vary in size and are furnished with antiques, recycled old timbers, rich fabrics and treasures. Some have balconies, wood burning fireplaces, outdoor courtyards and even fountains. The rooms all have a bedroom, lounge area, dressing area and a large airy bathroom with separate shower and double spa bath. The freestanding Chairman's Suite has its own tower, viewing platform and a 300 year old hand carved bed!
Children are more than welcome at Tower Lodge but there are no specific facilities for them. As the main purpose for visiting this region is for wine tasting and visiting the vineyards not all children would enjoy this region.
Roberts Restaurant is one of the premier dining experiences in Australia so is not to be missed. Nine is Tower Lodge's private dining room - the restaurant is located nine feet below the earth which makes for a cosy, intimate dining experience. Weekend high teas here are also a fantastic event. Tower Lodge also has an 18 hole pitch and putt golf course, a 1.6km walking track, a heated pool, gym and sauna and massage room.
Wine tasting is the predominant activity in the area but Tower Lodge also has several golf courses within a 15-minute drive and there are numerous drives and walks in the area to discover local food such as cheeses and olives as well as great pubs, restaurants. Visiting charming local villages, historic towns and bushwalking are also a great way to while away the days.
Location & Directions
Hunter Valley, Australia
Tower Lodge is located on the Tower Estate at Pokolbin in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region of New South Wales, Australia. The Hunter Valley is 170 km north west of Sydney.
When to go
The summer months (December-February), although popular, can get very hot and sticky. The idyllic times to come here are spring (September-October) and in particular autumn (March-May). Fall sees the vineyards operating at full tilt as the harvest is gathered in. Winter (June-Aug) is very cosy at Tower Lodge, with fires in the drawing room and some bedrooms.
Annual food and musical events include 'Gastronomy and the Good Vintage' in February-March, 'Hunter Valley Harvest Festival' in March-April, 'Jazz in the Vines' (held at Tyrrells winery) and 'Opera in the Vineyards' (on the historic Wyndhams Estate), both in October.