This Hunter Valley hotel has had a seriously impressive facelift
When mere mortals try to mix patterns in their homes, the result can be a room that’s the embodiment of a child who got into the dress up box. Far too much going on… a headache-inducing space where your eyes don’t know what to focus on. But in the hands of acclaimed interior designer, Greg Natale, clashing patterns are right at home.
The lobby of Kirkton Park hotel.
Natale has never shied away from bold interiors. He masterfully used pops of purple in this luxurious waterfront home in Sydney. He dialed up the drama with gold and navy in this wine bar in Melbourne, and he’s just completed a refresh of Kirkton Park in the Hunter Valley, which has been reopened under the voco hotel brand.
Locavore restaurant at Kirkton Park hotel.
The hotel asked Natale to reflect the stylish, outgoing nature of voco in his choice of colour, artwork and textiles. He selected a calming blue palette offset by bright yellow accents, with dramatic patterns everywhere from floor to ceiling. Blue and white chinoiserie motifs are used throughout the hotel in cushions, vases and lamps.
Blue and white chinoiserie matches well with textured upholstery and wallpaper at Locavore restaurant.
Fine food and wine is akin to religion in this part of the world, and Kirkton Park doesn’t disappoint discerning palettes. The paddock-to-plate movement has been fully embraced by the hotel’s restaurant, Locavore, which uses fresh produce from its on-site vegetable garden and beehives.
The reception lobby of Kirkton Park.
Food waste is fed back to farm animals who call the estate home as part of the hotel’s sustainability program. Luxury skincare brand Aveda is also on board to keep things eco-friendly, as they supply beauty products to the hotel’s bathrooms in special bottles to reduce plastic waste.
Epoche bar at Kirkton Park.
Kirkton Park’s property is vast, comprising 70 acres of rolling countryside and scenic mountain views – as well as an indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, gym, tennis courts and a billiards room. It was one of the first hotels established in the Hunter Valley and is just a few minutes away from some of the best wineries in the region.
An open fireplace (as well as excellent cocktails) keeps guests warm on cold nights at Epoche.
“Guests have a revived appetite for bold, new experiences – and we know dining continues to be one of the leading reasons we choose to travel,” says Penny Crossley, general manager of the hotel. “The Hunter Valley is renowned for its exceptional food and wine offering, so it is tremendously exciting to introduce voco to the region to enhance our beautiful estate with a new, fresh and fun approach.”
Rooms in the Manor House at Kirkton Park feature king-sized beds.
Rooms reflect the character of the Hunter Valley — chic and elevated.
Blue and white chinoiserie patterns are used throughout the hotel.
Food at Epoche bar is designed to share.
Food and wine at Kirkton Park reflects the Hunter Valley’s reputation as a dining destination.
Al fresco dining at Kirkton Park’s pizzeria.
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Guests can enjoy high tea overlooking the rose garden.
The hotel enjoys scenic mountain vistas.
A classical fountain in the hotel’s grounds.
The Kirkton Park property comprises 70 acres of rolling countryside.