The Hotel: Grand Mercure The Vintage Hunter Valley
The Grand Mercure blends effortlessly into its surrounds with a holistic design that captures the light and natural colours of the rolling Hunter Valley. All accommodation is designed to embody luxury and relaxation in an attempt to emit the same feeling from guests. With rich colours and textures, balconies and amenities, the Grand Mercure is an ideal home base from which to explore the region.
Groupies can spend a relaxing getaway exploring the Hunter Valley’s many attractions, then return to their apartments to sip on wine and nibble on some cheese which the region is famour for, while warming up with the gas fireplaces. Two balconies with sun lounges create the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset at the end of the day. Those who don’t feel like taking advantage of the fully self-contained designer kitchen can choose to wine and dine at the nearby Legends Grill at The Vintage Clubhouse. Golf enthusiasts may also choose to enjoy the Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole, par 71 course that sits on The Vintage grounds.
- Bed size/type: Two king beds or one king and two singles
- Maximum occupancy: Four adults - additional bedding available at a cost
- The apartment features gas fireplace, air-conditioning, LCD screens in main bedroom and living areas, two balconies/patios with sun lounges and outdoor setting for private dining, fully self-contained designer kitchen with Smeg appliances and microwave, CD/ Radio, mini Hi-Fi and DVD player, work desks, coffee- and tea-making facilities, in-room safe, washing machine and dryer, and remotely controlled garage.
The Area: Hunter Valley
One of Australia’s premier wine-growing regions, the Hunter Valley is a landscape where rolling vineyards are surrounded by native bush and vast farmland. It’s a place where kangaroos bound across paddocks, locals enlighten tourists about hidden gems, and an abundance of charming cafés and restaurants await hungry travellers.
Hardworking visitors reward themselves by absconding the city and spending long, carefree days vineyard hopping and enjoying the sprawling bush scenery. With dozens of wineries located nearby, retreaters embark on a self-guided vino adventure or join a tour to hear from the experts.
Foodies experience a variety of fresh food, dining at one of the many cafés for lunch or quality restaurants in the evening. Cheese and chocolate fans are in their element with numerous factories scattered about, including the famous Smelly Cheese Shop. For something different, try horse riding, hot air ballooning, or take a stroll through the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens. There are also a number of golf courses and day spas within easy reach.