One of the Hunter Valley’s most iconic accommodation properties is to be rebranded and refurbished – with upgrades including a hobby farm.
The 70-acre Colonial Heritage hotel Kirkton Park, one of the first hotels built in the central NSW wine region, will have a “genuine, sustainable and paddock-to-plate focused mindset, embracing local surroundings” when it opens as one of IHG’s voco brand properties.
Guests will be invited to collect eggs, help staff feed on-site farm animals and learn about home-grown vegetables from the chef as part of their voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley experience.
With a focus on sustainability, the hotel has committed to upgrade existing vegetable gardens, minimise food waste with on-property animals, install a panel Solar Farm 100 KW system, serve filtered water, reduce plastic usage and provide sustainable amenities and shower concepts.
Interior designer Greg Natale will oversee the interior refresh of the Pokolbin property, which also boasts extensive landscaped gardens, walking trails and tennis courts.
Inside, there’s a billiards room, indoor heated pool, gym, open-fire library and on-site restaurants and bars.
General manager Penny Crossley said: “The Hunter Valley is famous for local wineries and produce growers.
“voco is the perfect fit for us to deliver genuine, passionate service every day. Our approach is personalised, friendly and charming and we want to ensure every stay is memorable.
“As a hotel, we are connected with the local community, so can offer a truly localised experience as our beautiful country estate serves as the perfect spot to unwind.”
“We are very proud to bring this amazing property to life as voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.”
Kirkton Park will be the fourth voco signing in Australia since Intercontinental launched the upscale brand in June.
IHG currently has 48 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 27 in the pipeline, including voco, EVEN Hotels and Hotel Indigo.