Category Archives: Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Accommodation – Krinklewood Train carriages

We’re all trying to recycle, reuse, refashion to live more sustainable lives. But Marie Garvey has taken the mantra to a whole new level.

Marie has been collecting old train carriages from around New South Wales and bringing them back to life as unique accommodations on her property nestled in the vineyards of Pokolbin.

She does most of the renovations herself -repannelling the cabins with rosewood, ceilings with pressed metal … even sourcing thousands of authentic rivets.

The carriages vary in size and sleep between two and 12 people. Perfect for weddings, celebrations and family gatherings.

We stayed in the Royal carriage which captures the romanticism of the best of luxury train travel. Ever so comfortable bed, heating, soft lighting, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. And beautiful touches like the stained glass window Marie made herself and some original antique lights.

The pictures below show a carriage she is renovating at the moment. It should be spruced up and ready for its first guests for summer.

Krinklewood with its carriages under the gumtrees, kangaroos grazing in the paddocks, is a special experience for any traveller looking for a slice of a bygone era.

Hunter Valley, Pokolbin – Peacock Hill Vineyard B&B

Why is it that the paradise on our doorstep tends to get overlooked? If the Hunter Valley was in Burgundy  – or Margaret River for that matter – Sydney-siders would be beating a path to its lush vineyards, world-class restaurants and jaw-droppin surrounds …. all just 2 1/2  hours drive away.
Instead the region is doing it tough. The high Australian dollar has driven down export sales and a glut of grapes has scene winemakers forced to multi-skill.

One of our favourite Hunter labels is the Peacock Hill Vineyard in Pokolbin. We’ve been keen members of George and Sylvi’s wine club for several years now and are devotees of their

 individually-crafted boutique wines.
They have 20 hectares of vineyards planted with Shiraz,  Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc grapes. Their wines have been showered with awards.
Our favourites are their Godfather Chardonnay, Shiraz and their distinctive fortifieds. These are dedicated craftspeople following their passion, swimming against the mainstream and producing wine of true elegance.
They’ve even installed extensive rain-water tanks and solar-panel grids as part of their commitment to make their operation more sustainable.
They also have some lovely accommodation options. This is country hospitality at its best. We stayed in the spacious, two-bedroom apartment above the tasting room.
Wonderfully comfortable beds, large shower with great water pressure, flat screen TV, iPod and a chef’s kitchen stocked with everything you need for a hearty cooked breakfast.
.. and a wonderful view overlooking a citrus orchard.
Isn’t time to revisit the Hunter?