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Hunter Valley hotel reopens under Spicers brand

Anne Majumdar

Graham and Jude Turner’s Spicers Retreats portfolio continues to expand with the acquisition of Peppers Guest House in the Hunter Valley which reopened this week under its new name The Guest House.

It represents Spicers’ fourth property in New South Wales and its second in the Hunter Valley where it also has Spicers Vineyards Estate. Spicers Victoria Court is currently being redeveloped and will reopen in 2017. Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains will also close for refurbishment next month, and will reopen in April.

“We are delighted to expand our offerings in New South Wales and the majestic Hunter Valley,” founder Jude Turner said.

“The Guest House will make the perfect sibling to Spicers Vineyards Estate and has all the right characteristics and potential to undergo a Spicers transformation to embody our unique brand of relaxed luxury.”

Meanwhile, managing director David Assef said the two Hunter Valley properties would have a “symbiotic relationship” like that between Spicers Clovelly Estate and Spicers Tamarind Retreat on the Sunshine Coast.

“The experience offered in The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, is truly world class,” he said.

“With 48 rooms, a six bedroom cottage, three unique conference and event spaces including the perfect set up for weddings, an on-site restaurant, and a swimming pool and tennis court, all set on 40 acres, we will be able to offer the Spicers Retreats experience to even more guests.”

Assef confirmed that Ryan Dillon, formerly front office manager at Qualia, has been appointed general manager of The Guest House.

“Ryan Dillon brings a wealth of experience and expertise in managing five star properties and his understanding of our brand and commitment to giving guests a truly memorable experience makes him the perfect fit for The Guest House,” he said.

“He will be joined by Chef Brett Hobson, who will transform the restaurant Chez Pok, with his authentic, seasonal and creative style of Italian food.”

Soft internal refurbishments have already begun at the property as well as work to the exterior and grounds as part of the property’s physical transformation, which will involve additional renovations further down the track.

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