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Pokolbin

Spicers Tower Lodge

A new exclusive & luxury retreat launches in the Hunter Valley

Photography courtesy of Spicers Retreats

The Hunter Valley is welcoming the return of an old friend, as the iconic Tower Lodge in Pokolbin has officially reopened as Spicers Tower Lodge. After a more than $6m renovation, you can now book an all-inclusive package and join visitors in the Basque-inspired Sebastian Restaurant.

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The exclusive retreat is built in a modern Spanish mission style, featuring warm, earthy textures and colours that blend into the landscape. Handmade Mexican terracotta tiles line the floors, thick abode-rendered walls that catch the sunset over the Brokenback Range, high ceilings to soak up the summer sun, and open fireplaces to keep you warm in winter.

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Massive, ornate, late 19th-century French coach-house doors give entry to the retreat’s central hub, an enclosed courtyard paved with limestone, circling a dramatic fountain pond. Cloistered walkways framed by timber beams disappear toward suites and a labyrinth of spaces to explore.

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David Assef, Spicers Retreats Managing Director, loves the simple, robust design, and the spacious rooms and high ceilings.

“We are honoured to be the new custodians of this iconic property. Tower Lodge has a wonderfully earthy and natural design, it’s in harmony with the changing seasons around it, as the vines bud, flower and eventually drop their leaves for a winter display.”

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Rounding out the Spicers Retreat offering to number three, Spicers Tower Lodge joins the line-up alongside Spicers Vineyard Estate and Spicers Guesthouse. Spoiling you for choice whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, an adventure with friends, an inspiring business retreat, or even a wedding among the vines.

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The 14 rooms at Spicers Tower Lodge all feature a large bedroom, lounge, dressing room, and gorgeous new bathtubs, with some even hosting a private courtyard, open fireplace, or outdoor hot tub, from which to gaze across the lawns to the winery and vineyards in the distance.

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“Tower Lodge is something unique in the Hunter. There will never be design so personal or esoteric in the area again. Think of Morocco meetings Athens and going on holiday to Spain!”

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Also on-site will be Tower Lodge’s Sebastian Restaurant, inspired by the gastronomic destination of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque country. The city is famous for its endless pintxos bars and world-leading Michelin star restaurants, melding cosmopolitan flair with local traditions.

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Sebastian offers a five-course set menu, which changes daily on a four-day cycle, with different premium meat presented three ways as the main course each night. A special treat for guests staying longer than four days will see you presented with their very own bespoke menu.

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Spicers Tower Lodge is a place where you can celebrate and share the wonders of life. It’s ideal for intimate events and long, convivial days and nights enjoying some of the region’s finest cuisine and wine with friends, family, and colleagues.

Enjoy the spacious lounge, bar, library, conference facilities, and sauna and take full advantage of the carefully tended grounds that surround Tower Lodge, with games on the lawn like frisbee golf, croquet, and kite flying, there’s even an archery range!

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“There are so many outstanding spaces for our guests to enjoy. There’s the underground cellar, gorgeous restaurant, a newly designed outdoor terrace with a fireplace, and a stunning pool area in an undercover courtyard, it’s a real treat on those warm Hunter Valley afternoons,” says General Manager, Patrick Barrie.

Spicers Tower Lodge is the luxurious new addition to the Hunter Valley perfect for a romantic getaway to experience life and explore the delights of the area.