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Peppers Retreats in the Southern Highlands and Hunter Valley are inviting guests to a gourmet country Christmas escape and themed New Year’s Eve events to celebrate the festive season and welcome in the new year.  

Peppers Manor House in the NSW Southern Highlands has a choice of a Christmas Buffet Lunch or Degustation Lunch at its renowned Katers Restaurant; and for New Years Eve, guests are invited to kick up their heels at a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed party to welcome in 2014.

The Christmas Day Buffet Lunch from noon to 3pm is priced at $160 for adults and $75 for children aged 6 to 12 years and includes bonbons, presents for the children and a drinks package. On offer will be a selection of cold and hot dishes ranging from freshly shucked oysters and Lobster Mornay to duck breast and pork rack, topped off with a Dessert Buffet featuring a Christmas Macaroon Tower, edible Gingerbread House and White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle amongst the selection.  

The six-course degustation menu with matching wines is available for $180 per person or $150 without wines (suitable for children) and boasts flavours from Cured Salmon and Rabbit Pate to Raspberry White Chocolate Tart with Almonds.
New Year’s Eve at Peppers Manor House will see guests swinging to a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed party beginning at 6pm with canapés and drinks in the Courtyard, five-course dinner and drinks package, then a party with DJ followed by port in the Great Hall until 1am, all for $199 per person. New Years Eve accommodation is also available from $150* per night. 

For bookings and enquiries contact Peppers Manor House on 02 4860 3111 or visit www.peppers.com.au/manor-house

Another renowned Southern Highlands retreat, Peppers Craigieburn, will serve Christmas Lunch in Montfort’s Dining Room from 12.30pm for $165 per adult including a 2.5 hour drinks package, and $60 for children. Lunch includes a Cold and Hot Buffet, Soup, Bread Buffet and Dessert selection with tempting dishes including Cranberry and Honey Roasted Turkey, Whole Dressed Atlantic Salmon and Eggnog Panna Cotta.

An elegant evening celebrating the New Year is also on offer with a four-course degustation designed to match local wines for $125 per person.
Staying at Peppers Craigieburn for that extra special Christmas break away is easy too, with accommodation from $189 including breakfast per night.

For bookings and enquiries contact Peppers Craigieburn on 02 4862 8000 or visit www.peppers.com.au/craigieburn

In the Hunter Valley there’s more Christmas fare to be shared, with both Peppers Guest House and Peppers Convent holding special festive events.

Celebrate a magical Christmas Eve experience at Peppers Guest House where old-fashioned fare with a festive twist and a Christmas movie classic will be served up.  The four-course degustation dinner in Chez Pok restaurant created by new Executive Chef Alexis Agapiou will be followed by dessert under the stars including sea-salted caramel popcorn and waffle ice-cream sundaes, plus drinks such as sticky dessert wines, homemade old-fashioned lemonade and creaming soda.  

The meal will be followed by a viewing of the Christmas classic, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ being played in the ‘Starlight Outdoor Cinema’ under the stars in the grounds of Peppers Guest House.   The Christmas dining and movie experience is $120* per person, or $40* for just dessert and the movie.

On Christmas Day, from 12:30pm or 2:15pm, enjoy a French-inspired Christmas Lunch menu with champagne on arrival, followed by a buffet selection, a Flambé Station and Gingerbread House for dessert, from $145* per person.

The Christmas Day lunch and breakfast including accommodation for two people in a Vintage Room starts from $430* per night.

Guests staying at Peppers Guest House between 15 November and 26 January can also experiencing the ‘Christmas Lights in the Hunter Valley’, featuring nightly light displays (except 25 December) of the Hunter Valley Gardens. Packages start from $259 per night Sunday to Friday or from $349 on Saturdays and include two tickets to the Christmas Lights at Hunter Valley Gardens, complimentary wine on arrival and daily breakfast.

For Peppers Guest House bookings and enquiries call 02 4993 8999 or visit www.peppers.com.au/guest-house

Peppers Convent has the ‘Ultimate Package’ for guests to celebrate Christmas and Boxing Day at the heritage retreat.  Customise your Ultimate Package from the following options:

• Two nights accommodation for two in a Deluxe Room including breakfast, pre-dinner beverage and canapés from $595.
• Seven course degustation menu Christmas Lunch for two at Roberts Circa 1876 with a choice for main and dessert for $370 (excl. beverage).
• Three course a la carte menu Boxing Day for two at Roberts Circa 1876 (excl. beverage) for $95 per person.

 For Peppers Convent bookings and enquiries call 02 4998 4999 or visit www.peppers.com.au/convent

* Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Blockout dates may apply.