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“Should have been excellent, but...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse

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Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 9 Armidale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Should have been excellent, but...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013

We stayed at the Peterson's Winery and Guest House in Armidale, NSW for two nights in December, as a little pampering at the end of a long road trip spent in mostly budget accommodation. So we were looking forward to a bit of luxury. We certainly paid for it at $225/night bed and breakfast.

Upon arrival, we were surprised by the locked door and buzzer system to get in. However, once warmly welcomed into the Great Hall, we were taken by the beautifully furnished and lavish heritage interior. They had certainly gone all out to impress visitors with an excellent first impression. We were shown to our very spacious room and settled in. That's when we noticed the strange things...

I often wonder how people could design rooms the way they do, and can only conclude that they never actually have to 'live' in them, otherwise they'd quickly see how impractical (or really dumb!) some things are. Take the illogical design of the ensuite bathroom for example. The shower door can't open properly as it is obstructed by the room door, so you have to be careful not to smash one into the other (not to mention that the shower leaked). The claw footed bathtub was nice, but faced looking directly into the corner and blocked access to the window that didn't have frosted glass (like the other bathroom window) and people walking by outside could look directly in unless the blinds were closed.

Also, the main bedroom room, while being very spacious, was furnished with a little TV on a tiny table, and a tiny desk too small to even work with a laptop on (I guess the small furniture made the room feel so spacious!). The wardrobe was in the corner, but blocked by the pedestal fan that had to be moved around the extra single bed.

For a place that caters to the high end of the market, it lacked some basic essentials:
-no iron and ironing board in the room (had to ask for them)
-no internet in the room (free wifi is only in the common areas)
-no fridge in the room (only a communal one in the breakfast room)
-no air conditioning (only the pedestal fan) that would've been very handy on the hot days we were there
-king bed ok, but single bed not properly made up
-meager toiletries in tiny bottles that weren't replenished after the first day
-towels fraying at the edges
-only one coat hanger provided in the wardrobe, and that one was in very poor condition

The numerous pot plants in the room and common areas gave a very homey feel, but upon closer inspection, we noticed they were all artificial, giving the place a cheap feel.

There were some really good things about our stay though:
-free muscat/port in the very comfortable, well appointed and beautifully furnished common room
-nice three course dinner ($60/person) and breakfast
-very attentive and friendly staff
-beautiful grounds and comfy large verandah to sit and read
-choice of a bottle of red or white wine upon departure

In summary, the Guest House provides excellent food and service from the staff, but the obvious skimping on cost cutting measures seriously detracted from the 'luxury' experience. For the price we paid for being pampered, I think much better value for money would be had elsewhere. I, for one, could not honestly recommend this place unless I knew the management had addressed the many simple things to make, what could have easily been, an excellent stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We enjoyed a night here and will be back again. We had a spa room which was very large with a large bathroom. The reception was friendly, the house is beautiful. Bed was comfortable. A good breakfast the following morning. The grounds are lovely and I would have liked to be staying overnight to spend some more time in them.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Where do you take 50 over excited 30-something women for their 20 year school reunion? Petersons Armidale of course.

I loved giving my cohort that OMG moment as we tri-trapped in our heels along the gravel driveway around to the veranda of the charming homestead. We loved the bubbles and canapés on that veranda as we mingled until dinner. We loved our private dining room, that offered us the perfect amount of space without losing any intimacy. We loved our barman who dexterously ensured each table was kept in constant supply of the Vineyard’s own wine. We loved the alternate drop main of lamb back strap with salsa verde, roasted shallots & potato gratin or Atlantic salmon on smashed potato with champagne & lemon beurre blanc. And of course, girls can’t go past flourless hazelnut chocolate torte or sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce. Coffee and tea back on the veranda, and the trifecta was almost compete.

So what was the icing on the cake? Great owners and staff of course. Their patience dealing with last minute additions and changes, and their impeccable manners and helpfulness did not go unnoticed. Petersons proved to be the perfect venue for our function.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EscapeNow
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Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

My partner and I stayed recently and the house and surrounds are magnificent. The rooms are comfortable though some items needed some maintenance - some of the lamps did not work. The bathroom is heated which is good for the cold Armidale nights but the only heating in the rooms are oil heaters - they sort of do the job but things still felt chilly. The breakfast was nice, well cooked but pretty standard fare. To me the place felt more like a small hotel then a B&B - it just didn't have the usual cosines and small personal touches. A nice enough stay but I would give it 3 and half stars if I could - good but not very good.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

My fiancé and I were looking for one night stay in or around Armidale that was a little bit special and not so common as a hotel/motel stay. We decided on a B&B style stay and looked at all the options. The photo's of Petersons was quite tempting and we thought we would give it a try. We were not disappointed.
Judy is so lovely and warm. She greeted us with a big friendly smile like we were old friends. Th Great Hall was so inviting with roaring fires, magazines and big comfy chairs. We shared a beer and waited for dinner in the separate dining room.
Our bedroom was pure luxury with a heavenly bed, heated floor tiles in the bathroom, electric blanket and an amazing view of the gardens.
Dinner was filling and a very good price for 3 courses. We had a glass of house verdelho with dinner and followed with tea in the Great Hall.
We slept like babies.
Breakfast was so amazing. Tea and coffee then a selection of juice, fruit, yoghurt, muesli followed by a hot course with everything you need including eggs any way you like, bacon, mushrooms, tomato and toast with home made blackberry jam.
Judy was more than willing to have a chat about the history of the house, the area and the family which is exactly what we look for in a B&B.
With a bottle of wine in hand we left, but with our wedding plans in early stages, we very well may be back to enjoy this beautiful property for our special day :)

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Anthony S
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

Recently my partner and I booked in for dinner at Petersons, on our arrival we were greeted by friendly, well presented staff. Before dinner we were invited to have a drink infront of the two open roaring fireplaces, which only added to the amazing ambience of the Great Hall.

Come dinner time we were seated in another room with yet again a beautiful fireplace, lovely paintings and exquisite furniture. Our waitress was very attentive and no request went unpursued.

Now to the best part of our evening... The food! We enjoyed a beautiful three course dinner. There was absolutely nothing my partner or I could fault! Our entrees were prompt, mains were the perfect size (not sparing, like some places), not to mention full of flavour and dessert!,well, possibly the best chocolate torte I have ever had! My partner enjoyed a cheese platter and to compliment everything beautifully we had a glass of the Armidale dessert wine recommended by the chef.

We will most certainly we back and next time we'll book a room just to enjoy the amazing, tranquil experience longer!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AR79E
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Adelaide, South Australia
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

On a recent trip (from South Australia) to the northern NSW coast we decided to forsake our usual motel accommodation and have a night of luxury on the way and we stayed, with another couple, at Petersons Guesthouse. It was a great idea and we had a wonderful time. I'd booked the Romance Suite but on arrival found that, although large and well furnished, it didn't have any external window. I explained that we could not stay in it as my husband is claustrophobic and they were very courteous and helpful and upgraded us free of charge to the only other room available, the Premium Spa Suite which was an absolutely charming room - huge, comfortable, our own lounge and the largest warmest bathroom imaginable (the underfloor heating was brilliant). We asked to see the winery and the very genial host opened it for the 4 of us and gave us a marvellous private tasting of a very wide selection of their large range. Before dinner we sat in the comfy easy chairs grouped round one of the roaring fires in the reception hall and enjoyed drinks before moving into the dining room to sit by another lovely fire and enjoy a delicious, very modestly priced 3 course meal. And afterwards we again sat around the fire (the second of two in the reception hall) and shared stories over complimentary muscat with other guests. It was like being guests at a weekend house party in a very lovely old Australian homestead.

The bed was superb - huge, firm but comfortable, and excellent linen - and more delights were in store in the morning when we went to the breakfast room. It was such a pretty light filled room with delightful views out to the garden and the breakfast was first rate. I se a few reviewers have carped about the breakfast served but we can only compliment it and I have to say that the bacon was THE best cooked and tasting I've had in a very long time - and the eggs were cooked perfectly too.

My husband and I would highly recommend a night at Petersons.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BlueSkies16
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Property: Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse
Address: 345 Dangarsleigh Rd, Armidale, New South Wales 2350, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Armidale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Armidale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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