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Tranquil Vale Vineyard

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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.

Phil and Lucy Griffiths
325 Pywells Road, Luskintyre, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Tel: + 61 (0)2-4930-6100
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)2-4930-6105

The Griffithses have a reputation in this northern part of the Hunter Valley as the couple who bought their beautiful property without seeing it. And I for one (of many) was mightily impressed by both bravura and result.....

.... While living in England they saw an ad for some land, sent a Sydney friend up to have a look and, on receiving a glowing report, they bought the place. An old dairy farm became a new vineyard and, voilà, Tranquil Vale was born. They took over full-time in 1998 and, after studying viticulture locally, now produce shiraz, sémillon and chardonnay. Guests are offered a tasting on arrival and can ask all the wine questions they feel they should already know the answers to without embarrassment. It’s that kind of a place. Both Phil and Lucy were foreign exchange traders in previous lives, but I suspect their people skills were wasted. Phil juggled wine-tasters, vine grafters, budders and me, and dropped nothing. Three modern guest cottages look out over the vines to the hills beyond, with shrubbery all around them. There are comforts ancient (fire, view) and modern (TV, video, CDs) and a separate BBQ area if the restaurants of the Hunter Valley don’t tempt you. And if you want to feel you’ve earned all this cosseting, punish yourself in the 15-metre pool, floodlit tennis court and fully-equipped gym.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Wine-makers    
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Rooms: 3 cottages: each has one king/twin room, one double room, shower room, sitting-room, dining area and kitchen.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast pack included for first morning. BBQ packs available for $20 pp.
Directions: From Sydney: take Freeway towards Newcastle then turn along New England Hwy through Maitland. 12km after Maitland turn R to Windermere/Luskintyre. L to Luskintyre over bdge. 3km to T-jct and turn L. “TV” is 2nd property on R.

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