June 28, 2021
The Hunter Valley will soon welcome the return of an old friend, as the iconic Tower Estate lodge and winery in Pokolbin is reimagined with a $6m renovation, expected to be complete by June 2022.
Two family-owned businesses that share a deep passion for the region and its vinous roots, Spicers Retreats and Tower Estate, owned by Michael and Karen Hope of nearby Hope Estate, are excited to announce the inception of Spicers Tower Lodge in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country.
Spicers Tower Lodge is a labour of love that will bring back to glory a magnificent venue with a rich history, built by two partners with a strong presence in the region.
“Hope Estate shares much with Spicers Retreats,” said Michael Hope, owner of Hope Estate Wines. “We’ve both worked to do something wonderful with our piece of heaven in the Hunter, and draw in more people seeking somewhere to enjoy life to the fullest.”
“But we each bring something unique to the partnership,” he continues. “Spicers have perfected their brand of relaxed luxury, and we’re the custodians of Tower Estate. This area is my family’s lifeblood.”
The Hope Estate winery, brewery and distillery in Pokolbin is set in spectacular grounds, and home to Australia’s largest winery concert amphitheatre.
Spicers Tower Lodge will be the third Spicers Retreat in the area, joining Spicers Guesthouse and Spicers Vineyards Estate. Each retreat compliments the region and offers a very different experience.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the Hope family to restore Tower Estate,” commented David Assef, Spicers Retreats Managing Director. “It’s a great opportunity for all of us to bring back an iconic lodge drawing on its history and creating something special together.”
Assef says, “We have ambitious plans for the Lodge and function space. The buildings will have that sense of place and a strong connection to the landscape, with plentiful natural materials and colours. Spicers Tower Lodge will be a new way to experience the flavour and landscapes of the beautiful Hunter Valley tapping into the world class wines of the region and working alongside Australia’s best chefs and restaurateurs in the region.”
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