Thanks to the generosity of some friends, Margaret and I spent a few days in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley.
The area, of course, is famous as one of Australia’s prime wine-growing districts. Although it seems to me that tourism is now a bigger industry around there, wineries are still important.
The Hunter Valley Gardens are an impressive attraction. They were developed by the Roche family who made lots of money from the Nutrimetics brand before moving into property development in a big way.
The gardens consist of 10 separate themed gardens such as Italian, Indian, Chinese, formal and so on. The most intriguing one is the Storybook Garden.
Topiary is a major feature of the gardens. It would be a full time job giving the various figures their regular hair cuts.
There is plenty of opportunity for rest and reflection during the long walk.
When you have a few million dollars and your daughter is getting married, the obvious thing to do is build your own chapel.
Our accommodation package included breakfast at the on-site restaurant. Lunch was definitely not required.
We had a great time, but I always think “There is no place like home.”