Retreating in style: Peppers Convent in the Hunter Valley

Peppers Convent is a uniquely relaxing boutique accommodation venue in the Hunter Valley that is both charming and luxurious

Peppers Convent is a uniquely relaxing boutique accommodation venue in the Hunter Valley that is both charming and luxurious.

Originally built around 1876, Peppers Convent was home to the Brigidine Order of Nuns in Coonamble before being restored and converted into a luxury retreat which stands out in the Hunter Valley boutique accommodation market.

It provides for a charming experience from another era – with all the modern comforts and conveniences. Peppers Convent has 17 well-appointed guest rooms that feature hand-sourced decor reflecting this retreat’s unique heritage. Rooms are decorated in a tastefully pared-back version of Euro-luxe, with a nod to fresh, relaxed Hamptons-style, and the overall aesthetic is designed to provide guests with an experience and setting which is conducive to doing nothing but relaxing.

French doors open onto wide verandahs for guests, who are greeted with sweeping views of well-manicured gardens and the surrounding estate, which caters to Pepper Tree Winery for guests who are inclined to local wine tasting. Alternatively, guests can start the day with a game of tennis on the retreat’s private court, play boules or take a dip in the pool.

Peppers Convent is a short stroll from the renowned Circa 1876 restaurant, or alternatively, guests can dine in Restaurant Eighty Eight located in the Convent, where an a la carte country breakfast, Devonshire tea and high tea are served daily.

Circa 1876 and Restaurant Eighty Eight source the finest Hunter Valley regional wines and ingredients, blending their flavours to create an international cuisine that is world class. Located in a historic cottage on the picturesque grounds of Roscrea Estate, Circa 1876 literally brings the “farm to fork” ethos to life as guests overlook the organic kitchen garden that their food came from just beyond their plate.

“Guests can start the day with a game of tennis on the retreat’s private court, play boules or take a dip in the pool”

The Convent is also an ideal location for exclusive conferences, company board meetings and intimate corporate events. Its purpose-built executive boardroom, the Brigidine Room, comes with a 60-inch LCD TV, wireless broadband and the flexibility to accommodate a variety of conferencing styles. This self-sufficient room features plenty of natural light and a designer boardroom table, and can hold up to 40 delegates (standing) or 20 delegates (seated).

Peppers Convent can also set up a grand marquee for product launches and larger conference dining options of up to 160 guests, while the private dining room is ideal for eight delegates or less. Circa 1876 can also be utilised for small executive meetings of up to 40 guests.

Peppers Convent is an ideal base from which to explore many activities in the Hunter Valley region, including wineries, hot air ballooning, joy flights, golf, the Hunter Valley Gardens, skydiving, horse riding, bike riding, 4WD tours and cheese tasting at the Hunter Valley Cheese Company. Peppers Convent can even arrange for guests to arrive by private helicopter or hire a luxury convertible for the scenic two-hour drive from Sydney to this boutique accommodation venue.

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