Welcome to wine country LOVEDALE, HUNTER VALLEY NSW
We recently partnered with Visit NSW to explore Regional Country NSW, and what an absolute treat this was. Within 2.5 hrs of Sydney you’ll discover the treasures of the Hunter Valley. Wide open spaces, cool air, friendly folk and more good food and wine than you can poke a baguette at!
With just 24hrs of adventure we explored the Hunter’s Lovedale region and popped together a mini guide for you and your little ones that may come in handy!
After an early flight from the Byron Ballina Airport we collected a hire car from Sydney and headed straight for the wine region (via a quick Bourke St Bakery coffee and croissant). We made it to the Hunter just in time for lunch, perfect!
Nana Kerr’s Kitchen: With an emphasis on homemade and “nana” size servings this rustic restaurant had a all the charm and warmth of a family home. We ordered the gnocchi, Nan’s pie of the day and OMG potatoes with a light red wine it was indeed filling and delicious!
The restaurant is surrounded by organic veggie patches and golden vineyards. Plenty of space to stretch those little legs.
Peppermint tea in the afternoon light inside Nana Kerr’s organic Cafe.
STOMP Wines was our next destination. We met with part owner Meredith who greeted us at this petit cellar door. A relaxed settling catching the afternoon sun (I must admit if I wasn’t pregnant I would have participated in a lot more tastings – thier sparkling presceco was a favourite).
The Convent was our choice of accomodation in the Hunter. This beautiful and truly iconic property had long been a hotel I’d dreamt of staying. The entrance of the property is breathtaking as this lovely heritage building comes into view, set amongst beautiful gardens of roses and lavender.
We enjoyed an Italian inspired dinner in the hotel restaurant that evening. Large rooms allowed plenty of space for baby cots and a comfortable bed and heating for a sleeping in on a cool winters morning.
After a hearty breakfast at On The Deck Cafe and a quick visit to the Hunter Chocolate Shop to buy some gifts for home (which were of course eaten before they were able to be gifted) we headed to the next destination on our Regional country NSW road trip, Mudgee!
You can also look to the Visit NSW website for more information when planning your trip.