The History of Peppers Convent
Built in 1909 in Coonamble, the retreat now known as Peppers Convent was once home to the Brigidine Order of nuns.
In 1990, it was carefully divided into four sections and transported on seven low loaders about 600km east to the Hunter Valley. The size of the small laneways and bridges on the way had to be adjusted to allow for the convoy to continue.
The building was rebuilt as faithfully as possible to the point of having new timber made in the same mill in Coonamble where the original timber was cut. All the pressed metal interiors are original, although it could not all be saved and does not cover all the walls as before. Many of the walls have since been moved to enlarge the rooms, yielding more elegant and luxurious suites.
Many of the nuns have visited the newly restored Peppers Convent and have blissfully commented on how their old home has returned to its original form. The Nuns illustrated their appreciation by returning the original foundation stone, stained glass windows and etched wooden doors, which they reserved when they moved into their new home at Coonamble.
Peppers Convent's Chapel was in Room 1, now a suite. Rooms 6 and 7 also suites, were initially the music rooms and kindergarten. The parlours are the office and the dining room. The library is now Room 4. The boarder's section included Rooms 14 to 16 each with their own verandah. The nuns' section was the remainder of the top floor.
The rooms of The Convent are decorated in a tastefully pared-back version of French Baroque with a nod to relaxed Hamptons-style. With all the inclusions you might expect from a grand manor house, along with all the contemporary trappings of luxury and comfort - the overall aesthetic is crafted to ensure that you feel a million miles from anywhere and comfortable everywhere.
With fresh light paintwork, crisp black and white touches and large windows that capitalise on the breezy views of the verdant wine country - the feel is fresh, light and bright - just as one would expect of a country escape.
The Pepper Tree Estate includes the Peppers Convent and only a short stroll away is the renowned Circa 1876 Restaurant, which houses the original 1876 Pepper Tree Cottage, and Pepper Tree Winery and Tasting Barn. With over 100 regional wineries and endless recreation options Peppers Convent is ideally situated to make the most of your stay in the region.