Spicers Guesthouse

Spicers Guesthouse is a renovation of an original 1980s hotel. The retreat is a collection of luxurious buildings set amongst the landscape of Australia’s oldest wine region – the Hunter Valley. The project honours the history of the location by providing a quintessentially Australian experience in a fresh contemporary environment.

The 40-acre site underwent a major overhaul and upgrade including the addition of a new pool deck and function lawns both with vistas to surrounding mountain ranges and neighbouring vineyards.

The main building comprises a well-appointed kitchen – capable of servicing 220 guests, bar, restaurant and private dining room featuring a sky-high wine wall, conference/function rooms and staff facilities. Significant renovations were undertaken to the 49 accommodation rooms, spread across four buildings including a standalone cottage.

The client brief was to enhance and honour the property’s identity as the first ‘guesthouse’ of the region. A place where locals and visitors have created unforgettable memories and moments over the past three decades.

The focus was on ensuring guests felt as if they were staying at a warm, welcoming home and not a generic hotel. This concept inspired an interior driven by intimate textures and tactile finishes. By layering both actual and implied textures and patterns a sense of depth and dimension has been bought to each space. The colour palette was chosen to enhance the original sandstone walls. The scheme is predominately a neutral base of timber and stone punctuated by rich, deep, ink tones and subtle metallic accents.

LightCo supplied lighting solutions to the Spicers Retreat project. The lights featured are the Chantilly Wall Light, the grand nine-light Chantilly Chandelier and the Lanterne Outdoor Wall Light. 

Photographers: Hamilton Lund, Mauro Risch and Florian Groehn

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