Peppers Manor house (formerly Mt Broughton) is located in Sutton Forest in the pitcturesque Southern Highlands. This region is home to beautiful landscapes and features such parks, historic sites, golf courses, walking tracks and plenty of boutique shops to wander around. There’s plenty of wineries too and numerous spots for events such as weddings. Located 90 minutes from Sydney, it’s great for a short little getaway. We did just this, and found that staying in Peppers Manor House was relaxing and very much country living.
The accommodation is on a rural property and historically was once home to Charles Throsby, a pioneer sent by Governor Macquarie to Australia. Subsequently owned by a number of families following this, the site is reflective of the families that once owned it, with beautiful sitting rooms ang games rooms and it is a huge heritage mansion, with extra blocks converted into accommodation. They’ve kept the site in wonderful condition, becoming part of the Peppers group in 1993 and the hotel now has refurbished rooms, yet original character to the main spaces and the groundskeeper has certainly kept the grounds and golf course lush.
On site is Katers Restaurant, named after a family that also once owned the property, There, you can get a fine dining style dinner. On our visit we had the pan fried barramundi, served with thyme and garlic roasted carrots, lemon wilted spinach and salsa verde. Nicely cooked and a very generous portion. In addition the Kilroy grass fed sirloin was also cooked to request and a wonderful dish, served with sautéed garlic kipfler potatoes, butter green beans and red wine jus.
The dinner was excellent. The restaurant also hosts breakfast, and on our visit was a buffet, complete with fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, toast, tea, coffee and hot food.
You can also get drinks from the cute little Nook bar and enjoy them in the sitting room or games rooms or even by the fireplace.
Book your room of preference, the Highland Queen Rooms, Highland King Rooms and the Elizabeth Broughton Suite (in the original master bedroom) or in the adjacent building; Garden Wing Deluxe, Garden Wing Suites. We were in a garden wing and rooms were a decent size, with a couch, desk, fridge and small tv (they do need new larger televisions for guests to take advantage of relaxing in the rooms. The bathroom has a bath and Apelles bathroom products to use. In these rooms the outlook country views of the garden.
On site there’s a golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool. In the main hall theres a fireplace and piano as well as connecting games rooms with a pool table. We made use of this and had an enjoyable and fun time.
We booked our trip as a ‘crazy golf’ deal which was really cost efficient, since it included the room, 2 games of golf, a drink each and breakfast for $280.
Front desk staff weren’t overly friendly, just moving through the motions, but we found the staff in the dining space to be super friendly and helpful, which was impressive given 1 staff member was taking on the roll of about 3 staff.
If you head down to the Southern Highlands, look into Peppers as a place to stay
Sutton Forest NSW 2577