My wife and I spent a lovely weekend with Peter and Christine, including very much enjoying lunch, dinner and breakfast with them. From the moment we arrived they both made us feel welcome, from offering a cappuccino to showing us our spacious, spotlessly-clean room and the great gallery of locally-crafted items.
We stayed in the Huon Room, which has a particularly comfortable King-size bed and a very spacious private bathroom. There is also a comfortable chair plus lots of storage and hanging space in the room. While this is the premium room, the other rooms also looked very good.
I took the opportunity to have Peter enhance my basic woodturning knowledge with a personally-tailored refresher course, which was terrific. We started with how to establish the optimal shape and then the fine sharpening of chisels for the lathe, then progressed to correct tool-holding and through to turning and polishing a bowl. Thanks to Peter's expert tuition (with a constant eye on safety as well as handy tips) I was able to create a significantly better finish to the timber than I had ever previously achieved. If you're interested in wood turning, regardless of your skill level, I highly recommend a session at Artisans.
The property has panoramic views of the countryside and is an easy three-hour drive from the start of the expressway at Wahroonga (with no dirt roads).
Whether you're interested in the range of craft courses available, or simply a pleasant stay in a peaceful country retreat, I'd genuinely recommend "Artisans on the Hill".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Artisans ...on the Hill is Completely Different! Five spacious, air-conditioned rooms, with four bathrooms. Fully self-contained accommodation or catered meals available. Amazing Gallery with pieces from some of Australia's best artisans. Relaxing Coffee Lounge to enjoy home cooked delights while taking in the expansive views of the Manning Valley. Large, purpose built workshop where we will teach you to make your own masterpieces in wood, glass, wax and even pure silver, or for your use! Add to this unique architecture, rural atmosphere, engaging hosts and easy access to the wonders of the Manning Valley - why would you not spend some time at Artisans ...on the Hill! ... more less