Kicking Back on Comfy Sofas in Hunter Valley, Australia
Tower Lodge is a retreat just over two hours from Sydney in Hunter Valley, one of Australia's finest wine-growing regions. Len Evans, Australian wine-industry guru and bon vivant, recently passed away, but his legacy remains at Tower Lodge, part of Tower Estate, the winery he launched in 1999 that also comprises Robert's Restaurant and Blaxland's Restaurant. It is sophisticated and stylish, yet extremely comfortable; from the moment you walk through the massive double wooden doors, you feel as though you are staying at an elegant country manor, but one with a twist. Large comfy sofas and ottomans in rich fabrics with elegant mohair throws are just begging to be sprawled on. A well-stocked sidebar runs along one side, and floor-to-ceiling windows, fine art and ornate mirrors give the Lodge a style most aptly described as 'Vogue' meets 'Horse & Hound'.