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Manzanilla Ridge

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Dominic and Jane Peacock
442 Talga Road, Rothbury, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Tel: + 61 (0)2-4930-9082
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)2-4930-9092

It´s only a short, and typically for these parts, eucalyptus- and kangaroo-gilded drive up one of the area's only stout hilltops to Manzanilla Ridge HQ, the Peacock´s family home. Inside, Dominic and Jane merrily juggled entertaining me, two young children on half-term and an in-law visiting from the UK (Jane is a Brit) whilst also seeing to the preparation of a mouth-watering BBQ hamper for that night´s new arrivals.....

.... Duly impressed by this finely-tuned double act, I got stuck into some coffee and cake and gathered my bearings by looking out over the lay of the vineyard-checked valley below. After years spent working together in hotels around the world, Dominic and Jane decided to go it alone, buy a plot of land and settle for a quieter life in Dominic´s native New South Wales. Not that they are any less busy than before, after only a couple of years the list of return visitors keeps getting longer and its not hard to see why. Scattered around the property and hidden amongst its trees, each cottage has high cathedral ceilings and large windows for the views to look in and for you to look out. Wood fires, exposed Oregon beams, wooden floors and furnitures and of course (obligatory) Ozzy bbq´s make them feel properly rustic. On the other hand, I have never come across log cabins with spa baths sunken into the verandahs, ultra-techy ensembles of flat screen TVs, DVD, VCR, surround sound & iPod docking stations, or with kitchens as upscale as these. Designed for those that love to make more than just a meal of their cooking, knives are sharp, pots decently-sized and there are even Gaggia espresso machines and bread-makers at the ready. The Hunter´s Valley is not just about wine (though a conossieur might argue otherwise), Newcastle´s stunning beaches are under an hour away and there are lots of activities from ballooning, mountain biking and golf to keep everyone at leisure.

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Rooms: 4 self-contained cottages: Schull has 3 doubles and 3 bathrooms. Maracas has 3 doubles with 2 bathrooms. Salcombe has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and Carrickalinga has 2 bedrooms that share a shower. All cottages have fully-equiped kitchens, spa baths and barbeques on the deck.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Selection of BBQ hampers: entrees/desserts from $9 each, mains $15 per person.
Directions: You can download detailed directions from the website or contact them directly and they will email them to you.

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