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The Woodford Reserve Mothers Day Polo Classic Media Launch

March 26th, 2014

It’s coming up to that time of the year where Sydney’s social set put the day aside to relax in style and watch the polo.

The Woodford Reserve Mother’s Day Polo Classic, to be held at the Kurri Burri Polo Club on Sunday May 11, launched its charity event on Monday evening at Keystone’s hot spot, Rushcutters.

Welcomed with a Woodford premium craft bourbon Sour cocktail then Stella Artois and Veuve Clicquot to follow, with a tasting of the fancy new wine spritz, Bondi Rd by Yellow Tail.

The Mother’s Day event has fast become a landmark society polo event in NSW. What started out as a small family day in the Kurri Burri fields six years ago, has been building into the thousands. The picturesque estate runs along the Hawkesbury River with the Blue Mountains as a back drop, a perfect escape for city dwellers.

Mahalia Barnes is confirmed as the headlining act and is set to perform some soulful numbers on smooth fm’s entertainment stage; Kris Smith will add star power to the Woodford Reserve marquee as their ambassador, and special guest Blanche d’Alpuget, a long standing patron of their chosen charity Inala, will be attending with The Honourable Bob Hawke.
Inala, supporting individuals living with disabilities and special needs, has raised $173K thus far thanks to the support of the event over the years.

Crispy Pork Hoc was matched with Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Apple, and guests’ taste buds were treated to oysters with Merlot vinaigrette, sardines on toast, tomato and goats curd salad, and for the sweet tooth – Pear and cherry strudel to complete the evening.

Tickets are on sale now and a range of hamper options can be purchased at:

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The JEEP KURRI BURRI Polo Classic – The Perfect Match For Mother’s Day

March 21st, 2013


The JEEP Kurri Burri Polo Classic launched its Mother’s Day event on Wednesday evening to a select crowd of socialites, sponsors, polo players and media at Double Bay’s hot spot, Pelicano – and I was there to enjoy it!

We were greeted by hand crafted signs made with love, by Daimon Downey, exclaiming ‘Pelicano heart mummy’, and making gorgeous references to their sponsors JEEP and Veuve Cliquot. We were also welcomed with delicious canapés provided by Pelicano, who announced they will be hosting a cool, pop-up bar at Kurri Burri.

The event, to be held Sunday May 12, is fast becoming the landmark lifestyle and social polo event in NSW. Event Organisers Yakusan, gave a special thanks to Jeep, Veuve Clicquot, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Shangri La Hotels & Resorts, and Inala for their continued partnership, and welcomed The Classic Safari Company as a new partner for 2013. Gilles Merry (Yakusan MD) also thanked Glenn & Sam Wheatley the entertainment extraordinaires who joined the project to help take the event to new heights in 2013.

Kurri Burri Polo Club CEO, Adam Marshall, was thrilled to announce that the event’s headlining act was to be the talented Prinnie Stevens, one of Australia’s most sought after performers, “Prinnie is a mother herself, and the perfect role model for everything our event stands for.”

Money raised will go towards the charity Inala – a Rudolf Steiner organisation supporting individuals with disabilities. Tony Anderson, CEO, stated, “Since the event began four years ago over $113,000 has been raised for Inala. Proceeds raised from this year’s event will go towards the development of a New Day Service Facility for clients with high support needs.”

The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic is a day for friends and family to enjoy authentic polo competition, country hospitality, gourmet food, beverage and live entertainment, set on a beautiful estate under the back drop of the Blue Mountains.



The Ultimate In Accommodation – An Experience You Won’t Forget – Wolgan Valley Resort And Spa

October 1st, 2010

Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is owned by Emirates, which means you already know you are in for something special, something luxurious and something expensive!

Driving up the long winding driveway, you eventually reach the hidden valley at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, named Wolgan Valley. Dotted along one side of the valley is Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, one of the most mesmerisingly relaxing and luxurious experiences of my life.

When we arrived at the grand foyer to check-in, the service is second to none. The staff are just so helpful, kind and welcoming. After sorting out the usual bits when checking into a resort, we were led to the room.

WOW. Wow wow wow. The resort is impressive enough as it is just to look at from the outside, but when we arrived to our Heritage Suite (one of 3 levels), we were blown away the second the front door swung open. The huge 201 square metre freestanding suite, constructed from wood and stone materials and designed in Federation-style. Each of the suites have a private aspect, with stunning views of the valley beyond.

The standout feature for me is the private pool, which has it’s own deck surrounded by a garden of native plants and shrubs, and a spacious verandah just off it. The pool can be completely made indoors, or outdoors by folding back the glass bi-fold doors that surround the pool. You can even control the temperature of the 4 x 7m pool. There is a huge courtyard garden to soak up the peace and serenity of the surrounding environment.

My suite is just stunning. Simply stunning. A double-sided fireplace, in the lounge room/main bedroom which romantically warms up the whole place. Both bedrooms with king-sized beds, both with en-suites and a his and hers vanity area. For the ladies, the walk-in dressing room is super impressive. The decor is perfection – it’s warm, calming and exudes class and sophistication.

Parked outside the front door are our very own mountain bikes, to ride around the resort or down any of the stunning tracks surrounding the property. To feel part of the nature that surrounds, there’s also binoculars available in the suite.

All of these wonderful luxuries are with the usual ones like LCD TV, DVD player and sound system, air-conditioning, 24-hour room service, and laundry/dry-cleaning service.

Meals are included, The Country Kitchen is where I ducked off between meals for light meals and snacks. Located downstairs, it’s more casual and informal which I enjoyed. I also went here a couple of times for lunch instead of the main dining room. Wolgan Dining Room is the place to eat for breakfast and dinner. The dinner menu changes per season, I was there for the Winter menu and make particular mention about the Cowra lamb rump with roasted vegetables. Absolutely beautiful. Breakfast is the perfect spread of fresh fruits, pastries and other favourites. The wine list? The best I’ve seen in a long long time.

There was so much to do, you can enjoy the huge communal pool, but it was abit too cold for that, it’s still beautiful to look at. You can hang out at the bar, use the spa and fitness facilities, take there horses on your own private tour through the countryside, nature walks, mountain biking or simply nothing.

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa focus on attention to detail. Everything is taken care of, nothing is left for you to think about. Everything is of the best quality. Nothing is missed, even down to paying the bill when you check out – presented with a Mont Blanc gold plated pen in a pouch to sign your credit card bill.

This environmentally friendly, architecturally designed resort is honestly one of the finest experiences I’ve had in a very long time.

For around $1300 per person, per night, it’s well worth every cent.