The Twins Review – Harrigans Irish Pub + Acomodation

Oh happy days! I do just love getting away from home.  Love leaving and then adore getting back.

As a single young slapper I zoomed all over the place, most exotic perhaps was the scuba diving off Zanzibar.  Since I had the kids, I’ve found that a trip across town can be equally challenging.

These days, I’m starting to almost enjoy getting away with the kids in tow.  It’s becoming less sheer ardure and more of an adventure.  About time!

Here’s a photo and video mini-review of Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accomodation.

This is where the twins and I stayed for the night when we went to see the Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Here’s a twin-tastic minute of video, where their expert opinion is revealed.

We were kindly put up by Harrigans – many thanks – so I wanted to repay the treat by posting some info that might be useful to other families looking for somewhere to stay in the Hunter Valley.

All the rooms and units are on ground level and parking is right outside. That’s handy when you have children with you.

There is heaps of safe space to run around at the rear of the rooms.

My two children enjoyed whizzing in and out of the room.

Plenty of space and views of vines outside, lovely.

The bedrooms are spacious, look how much room there is for the mess my kids make.

The pool is large and lovely, with lots of space to play.

Pool is excellent for leaping into!

Click here for all the info on Harrigans plus booking details

The pub itself is full of Irish decor and ambience.  There is a fenced beer garden with a bouncy castle beside it.  Very handy and I shall definitely make better use of that next visit.

We enjoyed a huge Irish buffet breakfast, so much so that it’s going to get its own blog post.  Yup, it was that good; we do love a good breakfast in our family.


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Can you recommend a great place to stay for families??

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Posted on: December 2, 2011


  • Looks like a fun weekend! Love the video and underwater shots:) If I ever make it to the Hunter Valley I won’t stay anywhere else.

    • Reply December 2, 2011


      LOL Thank you Annabel, I really love making little videos and in fact have heaps of raw footage… it’s a time thing tho… and I write this dashing out the door with twins and a picnic off to school Picnic day. Actually, better get out of my pjs first.

  • Reply December 2, 2011


    I’m with you there on the whole doing anything with kids is an adventure akin to international travel! 26 hour flight next to some stinky guy who keeps looking at me strangely and stealing my food when I go to the loo and then finding out my bags went to a completely different country and I’m stuck smelling like a hobo? Yeah, so much easier than spending 1 hour doing the grocery shop with 3 and 4 year olds!

    Love the video, your children are adorable and that place looks magical!

  • Reply December 4, 2011


    Any place that gets a thumbs up from the little people gets archived in my mind for future reference. ( I remember well those single young slapper days too 🙂 Although I didn’t scuba dive in Zanzibar…dammit.)

    • Reply December 4, 2011


      Shall we pop over to Zanzibar, say in 15 years time?

      Baking has restored our family today after too much arguing and too many slamming doors. That rain and wind got right to us. But thank goodness for banana muffins and pineapple upside down cake; harmony restored for the moment.

  • Reply October 27, 2012


    Thankyou I am a mum with 3 princesses 8 6 4 from melbourne these places sound wonderful.
    Really hard to find accomodation for five without paying for 2 rooms
    will definately try when next in sydney

  • Reply July 28, 2013


    Love, love, love Hunter Valley Gardens! 🙂

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