19 May 2009

Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed & Breakfast, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley (15-16 May 2009)

41 Kelman Vineyards, Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Last year for the Lovedale Long Lunch 2008 I stayed at the humble Comfort Inn Cumberland in Cessnock which had simple and spacious rooms but for the Lovedale Long Lunch 2009 I based my stay at this luxury 5 star beautifully designed B&B located on the Kelman Vineyards. My choice was the Shiraz room with extra table and couch area and would also recommend the Chardonnay room which has a window in the bathroom. All three guest rooms join onto an outside patio deck where you can sit and enjoy the sunset over the surrounding vineyards.

The B&B shares the 89 acres of the Kelman Vineyards with other beautiful private properties including a large pond. It has a very large home theatre room to watch movies from their DVD collection and serves a very generous and yummy breakfast in either the dining room or on the deck depending on the weather. The substantial and tasty eggs benedict was perfectly cooked although I would have preferred the turkish bread underneath to have been toasted. The delicious light and fluffy ricotta pancakes are from a signature Bill Granger recipe and I hope to compare them soon at Bills

Our B&B hosts Gay and Warren recommended Blaxlands Inn which I visited for a steak meal and the restaurants Leaves & Fishes and Mojo's on Wilderness for quality meals which I'll have to try and visit next time. Other luxury accommodation I spotted around the Hunter Valley which I might keep in mind for future stays are Crown Plaza HotelGrand Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens and Bimbadeen Estate

Eggs Benedict

Scrambled eggs on toast with rocket

Ricotta pancakes served with fresh banana and topped with honeycomb butter

Honeycomb butter and maple syrup for the ricotta pancakes

Breakfast dining table of seasonal fruit, plunger coffee, juice, yoghurt, Bircher muesli and cereals

Dining and lounge room

Home theatre

Complimentary port and chocolates

Shiraz room

Shiraz bathroom

Large common property pond for a morning walk around

B&B amongst the vineyards

Kelman Lakeview Lane Shiraz 2006 $15

View Larger Map

1 comment:

Stephcookie said...

Oh you must must must try the real Bill's ricotta hotcakes! *drools* Although I do like how they put the honeycomb butter on the side. At bills it's always placed on top of the hotcakes and disappears very quickly. Now I am craving a big breakfast.

Simon Food Favourites Map

View Simon Food Favourites in a larger map Key: BLUE - Location visit and review PINK - Simon Favourites and places offering something special

Small Bars in Sydney map

View Small Bars in Sydney in a larger map