Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Palmerston and Petersons Wines

Photo: Palmerston, Armidale

Petersons Wines Armidale Winery and Vineyard has turned one Armidale's historic homes into a luxurious new guesthouse.

Palmerston was built in 1911 by members of the Dangar family, one of the pastoral dynasties that has left an indelible mark across New England's built landscape.

The Dangar dynasty was largely founded by Henry Dangar (1796-1861) supported by brother William.

Starting from Neotsfield in the Hunter Valley near Singleton, Henry had acquired over 300,000 acres (121,407 ha) by 1850 spread across New England. This included Gostwyck near Uralla with its beautiful chapel (photo).

In addition to his pastoral interests, Henry acquired town allotments and established inns and stores along the Great North Road to the Liverpool Plains. At Newcastle he had boiling-down works and meat-preserving and tinning works, and in New Zealand he established a steam flour-mill near the wheat farms around Official Bay.

Petersons, a family company already synonymous with quality, award winning wines, has restored Palmerston in line with its original architecture, retaining a historic element but offering contemporary conveniences, like wireless broadband access, heated floors and plasma television to create a unique boutique style getaway.

With seven spacious suites in a fully restored historic home, the guesthouse will cater for couples looking for a romantic and relaxing weekend away, corporate guests passing through Armidale on business, or guests who are in Armidale for a special occasion.
The two acres of gardens surrounding the property are heritage-listed and create a gorgeous view from the drawing room. Walk through the gardens, and you’ll find yourself at Peterson’s cellar door, where you can sample cool climate wines any day of the week. On weekends, you can enjoy a bottle of wine with a cheese platter, or a barbecue lunch on Sundays.

Guest house manager Katrina George said the Guesthouse is designed to give guests the highest level of comfort in a relaxed, spacious and friendly environment.

“We think this Guesthouse is particularly unique to New England,” she said, “and we trust it will be a memorable experience for anyone who stays here.”

Location Details:

Petersons Guesthouse is at Dangarsleigh Road, Armidale about five minutes by car from the Armidale CBD.

Depending on the route you take, Armidale is around six hours from Sydney, five hours from Newcastle, three hours from Port Macquarie, around two and a half hours each from Coffs Harbour and Grafton, four hours from Lismore and four and half hours from Brisbane.

Phone Peterson’s Guesthouse on +61 2 (02) 6772 0422 or email: petersons.armidale@bigpond.com

1 comment:

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