We stayed at the Branxton Hotel on a Saturday night after a vineyards tour. Penny at reception was very warm and welcoming and was very accomadating when we asked if we could turn up early to put our gear in the rooms (providing there was no one in the room from the night before). The rooms were very plushy and newly refurbished - way above standard for this priced accom.
Only one room has an ensuite, however the shared bathroom were immaculate - even nicer than some 4 star accom we have stayed in. Although it was winter everything was nice and cosy with the heater and plushy carpet. The decor of the building is gorgeous - heritage style with class (not a tissy B&B like the Hunter is renowned for).
Grab a room on the balcony - PARTY!
Book in advance for nearby restuarants on SAT night, otherwise eat at the pub accross the road - 4 star pub food!