Peppers Convent



Peppers Convent turns 100 and the port is on us

12 February 2010

Elegant Hunter Valley retreat, Peppers Convent, celebrates 100 years of exquisite stays this summer with a range of indulgent getaways complete with bottle of specially-commissioned port.

Encircled by lush gardens and vineyards in the heart of the famous wine country, Peppers Convent provides the ideal escape from the pressures of everyday life – and with a bonus drop 100 years in the making as a special gift, there has never been a better time for a taste of luxury.

To mark its centenary, Peppers Convent commissioned Pepper Tree Wines to create the commemorative Liqueur Merlot  Port, described by experts as displaying the attributes of a ripe Wrattonbully Merlot but richer.

Visitors can savour it for themselves on a unique getaway, or take it home as a souvenir, with a bottle valued at $50 included in Peppers Convents’ Sleepy Summer Indulgence Packages valid to 31 March 2010.

Packages start from $252* per person including overnight midweek accommodation, exclusive full country breakfast each morning, pre-dinner drinks and canapés, dinner at the renowned Roberts Restaurant and bottle of Peppers Convent Commemorative Liqueur Merlot.

Built in 1909, Peppers Convent was originally home to the Brigidine order of nuns in Coonamble, located nearly 600km to the west of the Hunter. The building was moved in pieces to its present location amidst the Pepper Tree Winery Estate, where it was painstakingly reconstructed by a team of master tradesmen.

Lovingly restored to reflect the building's charming heritage and character, Peppers Convent infuses the ambience of an indulgent French Baroque hotel with the distinctive character of an Australian country guest house.

Boasting 17 deluxe accommodation rooms, the intimate retreat features a range of first class leisure options such as tennis, swimming pool and endota spa. Located in Pokolbin, two hours drive from Sydney, Peppers Convent is surrounded by boutique wineries and endless outdoor recreation activities.

The retreat is just a short stroll from the renowned Robert's Restaurant and Pepper Tree wine tasting barn and five minutes down the road from Peppers Guest House.

Guests can also enjoy hot air ballooning, golf, bushwalks, horse riding, 4WD tours and cheese tasting at the Hunter Valley Cheese Company  For reservations or further information phone (02) 4993 8999, email

ABOUT PEPPERS CONVENT:  The Convent was originally built in 1909 at Coonamble in far-western New South Wales, by the Brigidine Order of Nuns who had just arrived from Ireland. In 1990 the property was destined for demolition due to its dilapidated state, much to the distress of the local townsfolk. Mike and Suzie O’Connor, the founders of the Peppers Group, purchased the building with the promise to restore and re-locate it.

A TASTE OF PEPPERS CONVENT COMMEMORATIVE LIQUER MERLOT: The style of wine is quite unique displaying all the attributes of very ripe Wrattonbully Merlot only in a richer, concentrated form. It displays masses of liquorice, ripe plum, cassis and blackberry wine with exceptional length of flavour.

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