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Top fireside spots to warm up this Winter in Wine Country

It’s not only lap cats and dogs who like to snuggle up by the warmth and glow of a fire and bask in the heat. Many of us humans enjoy relaxing and snuggling up by the fireside just as much, both at home and when away. There’s something welcoming and comforting about a fireplace that can make you feel completely at home whilst on a holiday. When the weather cools down, the Hunter Valley is always ready to turn the heat up with plenty of winter warmer options. From fiery outdoor bonfires, to intimate in-house log fires, there is something for a range of occasions. So, grab your partner, a hearty bottle of Hunter Shiraz, and a bag of marshmallows for the ideal, low-key Hunter Valley Winter date. Here are our top fireside date spots this Winter in Wine Country.

Spicers at Tower Estate Lodge

The Hunter Valley officially has re-welcomed the return of an old friend. Tower Estate Lodge in the heart of Pokolbin is operating as a luxury hotel once again. Recently renovated, this new Spicers property boasts an opulent richness with its grand Mediterranean inspired architecturally designed curves and dramatic spaces complimented by cosy furnishings giving it that warm welcoming charm. Curl up fireside with a glass of Tower Estate red in hand, in one of the many glamorous suites for an intimate escape with a loved one, or laze around in one of the many common areas next to one of the several impressive fireplaces with a charcuterie board and good book in hand. 

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eRemo at Spicers Guesthouse

A relatively new eatery that has well and truly made its mark on the region's top dining chart, eRemo is the renowned, resident restaurant at Spicers Guesthouse open seven days a week. Offering a range of intimate fireside experiences from casual snacks and drinks around the main bar fireplace, the gastronomical degustation dining experience front and centre of the grand fireplace in the restaurant, or a bottle of red with a slow sunset around the large, open outdoor fireplace facing restful bushlands, eRemo is the perfect Winter retreat.

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Briar Ridge Winter Firepit Picnic Package

Experience Briar Ridge Vineyard at a different pace with their Winter Firepit Picnic Package. Situated in the Wine Garden, be greeted with a glass of their Signature Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir upon arrival, before making your way down to your private pre-lit wood fire. Blankets, outdoor beanbags and oversized hassocks will be set up to guarantee only the cosiest of moments. Relish on artisan cheese, charcuterie and tea sandwich platter and a bottle of wine each (from any range of Briar Ridge Vineyard wine), chosen by you on the day. Offered from 2pm onward from Thursday to Mondays, $90pp. Bookings are essential. 

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Lillians On Lovedale

A quintessential two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage with a unique country charm that all city slickers seek, this hidden gem is the perfect spot for a private getaway to the countryside. Snuggle up by the log fire and enjoy a glass of fine Hunter Valley wine with your Netflix movie of choice after your busy day of cellar door hopping through Wine Country. 

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Arenridge Broke

If cosy indoor days and nights with friends are more your thing, book in at the luxurious Arenridge homestead located in Broke Fordwich. Set on your own private vineyard in the Hunter Valley’s beautiful Broke, Arenridge enjoys 180 degree sweeping views over vines and across the panoramic Brokenback Range. Perfect for large groups of family and friends, Arenridge features six luxurious, light-filled bedrooms, plenty of separate living spaces and an impressive private swimming pool boasting vineyard and mountain views.

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Harrigan’s Hunter Valley

Nothing beats a rustic Irish pub with a Beef & Guinness Pot Pie and a pint of beer. Harrigan's offers a relaxed, family friendly bistro with casual pub eats in cozy atmosphere featuring two large stone fireplaces in the indoor bistro – the perfect spot for those easy, hearty winter meals.

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Casa La Vina

You’ll fall in love with Casa La Vina and it’s unique Adobe style architecture imitating the traditional ‘Pueblo’ style which dates back to early Native American dwellings. This style features exposed timber ceilings, South Western décor and a cosy clay feel. Combine this with the country serenity of the picturesque Hunter Valley and you have the perfect romantic escape destination. Each of the three Casa La Vina Villas home their own indoor gas log fireplace and private outdoor wood fireplace. 

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Crowne Plaza Winter Indulgence Offer 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and wind down at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley this Winter. Take advantage of Crowne Plaza's Winter Indulgence deal and save big on your trip to the Hunter Valley. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine by an open fire on the luscious lawn, paired with a gourmet cheese platter and topped off with live music each weekend. 

With the Hunter Valley on your doorstep, this package is a great way to explore one of the most iconic holiday destinations; spend the day tasting wine from your choice of over 150 wineries, take a hot air balloon ride over majestic scenery or visit the family-friendly Hunter Valley Wildlife Park or Hunter Valley Gardens and finish off your day with our relaxing Winter Indulgence Experience.

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Stay Warm & Stay Here!

In Wine Country, we won’t let the winter blues get you down! Book in for lunch, for a day or an overnight stay with one of our warm local offerings above or check out more holiday options here on our website. 

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