As a single mum, juggling the demands of everyday life can leave little time for self-care. So when the opportunity arose for a weekend escape to the serene landscapes of Hunter Valley, I seized it eagerly, craving some much-needed me-time and a chance to refill my cup. And let me tell you, my stay at Spicers Guesthouse was nothing short of a rejuvenating experience. My friend Jenna and I escaped for a me-time mum staycation, and it didn’t disappoint.

Nestled amidst the rolling vineyards and lush countryside, Spicers Guesthouse offered the perfect sanctuary for relaxation and indulgence. From the moment I arrived, I felt the weight of the world melt away as I was enveloped in the tranquility of the surroundings. It’s honestly like being transported to another place in time.


The Restaurant

One of the highlights of our stay was the culinary experience at Spicers Guesthouse. éRemo is the stunning (and welcoming) on-site restaurant, offering a farm-to-table dining experience, and surpassed all expectations.

Each meal was a gastronomic delight, with locally sourced ingredients crafted into exquisite dishes that tantalized the taste buds. From hearty breakfasts to indulgent dinners, every bite was a celebration of flavors.

The menu

Wine Matching

The steak, oh the steak

The Pool

On a lazy Friday afternoon, when I arrived ahead of Jenna, I headed straight to the sparkling infinity pool, soaking up the warm Spring sunshine, with a welcome glass of bubbles. Surrounded by lush greenery and chirping birds, it was the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the serene ambiance.

The cool water provided a refreshing escape from the heat, and the tranquil setting made it hard to believe we were just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city life.

It also has a hot tub, which for me is a massive win. I was right at home leaving the worries of work behind and embracing the present moment I manifested into reality.

The Rooms

Our room at Spicers Guesthouse exuded understated elegance and comfort. The rustic charm of the wooden furnishings combined with modern amenities created a cozy haven to unwind. The bed is literally the comfiest bed I’ve ever slept on and Had the best night’s sleep. The spacious ensuite bathroom (which is bigger than my apartment) with its luxurious amenities was nothing short of palatial.

Top 5 Things to Do in Pokolbin

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride: There’s something magical about watching the sunrise from high above the Hunter Valley. A hot air balloon ride offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the vineyards as they come to life in the soft morning light. It’s a truly unforgettable experience that sets the tone for a perfect day ahead.

Champagne Breakfast at Petersons House: Indulge in a lavish champagne breakfast amidst the picturesque surroundings of Petersons House. Sip on sparkling wine as you savor delectable dishes, all while soaking in the tranquil ambiance of the vineyard.

Lunch at Yellow Billy: Treat your taste buds to a culinary adventure at Yellow Billys, a charming restaurant known for its delicious farm-to-table cuisine. Enjoy fresh seasonal produce paired with local wines, all served in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Hunter Valley Gardens: Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Stroll through themed gardens bursting with vibrant blooms, relax by tranquil water features, and admire the stunning landscapes that surround you. It’s the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with the natural world. I went when the winter festival was on, and the kids LOVED it.

Hope Estate for Concerts and Festivals: If you’re lucky enough to visit during a concert or festival at Hope Estate, don’t miss the opportunity to experience live music amidst the stunning backdrop of the vineyards. Whether you’re a fan of rock, jazz, or classical music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this iconic venue.

In conclusion, my weekend escape to Spicers Retreat in Hunter Valley was a truly revitalizing experience. From the serene surroundings and luxurious accommodations to the exquisite dining and array of activities, it was the perfect getaway to replenish my mind, body, and soul. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a girlie weekend away, family vacay, a single parent staycay with your lil’ one or a solo adventure, Spicers Guesthouse offers an idyllic sanctuary to unwind and reconnect with yourself amidst the beauty of nature.

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Lisa Hollinshead
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Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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