I read a few reviews on Trip Advisor about The Sebel and had a little trepidation about going there but mostly there were fine about the place.
My take on it is that the place was built in 1987 and it doesnt look 26 years old but 26 years new. Not sure if they have done a refurbishment in the last 20 odd years but the place looks pretty nice no matter where you go.
I chose to stay in a deluxe room because I am sick of those showers in bathtubs and wanted a separate shower and a bath if I wanted one....and I did have one. The shower was large and plenty of room for a 6ft 3in 100kg guy like me plus another if you are so inclined to save water. The bath was also long and roomy for me and my extra long legs and wide girth after sampling so many wines in the area but more about that later.
The room was very clean and elegant in my opinion and given we arrived on a quiet Thursday night, we had the Reg Drayton Wing to ourselves that night though there there were a few people in adjoining rooms on the Friday night. Yes, we stayed 2 nights there. The bedroom was very large and the queen size bed ample and quite comfortable. The bathroom could not be faulted. Plenty of cupboard and wardrobe space and you could fit a dozen suitcases or a dozen cases of wine in the room if you so chose. A nice balcony albeit shared was a nice touch as well and the view amazing over the valley.
The public areas of the hotel were very nice as well and probably 4-5 star. The breakfast buffet was adequate but you had to ask for additional items which I think should be explained when you sit down by the staff member rather than me being informed only by what I saw on the website before I arrived. but I did order some poached eggs which were perfect. The rest of the buffet is standard fare and the pastries were very nice.
We had dinner at the hotel on the first night and the staff were pretty laid back which I dont mind for a quieter night. The food was hit and miss. The entree of Pork Belly was 99% fat and no meat hardly and I could not eat it at all whilst the main meal of Barramundi was nothing short of sensational. My wifes salmon was also first class. The salad was good too to go with it. The wine list of local wines were good but not spectacular as there were not that many choices to be had especially by the glass. But the prices were very reasnoable and to think you can buy a glass of Mt Pleasant Philip Hermitage (Shiraz) for $5 a glass, that should give you an idea. There wasnt a wine over $10 per glass. Amazing value. I think though a revamp of the wine list in total could be on the cards to ensure I eat there again or drink there at least. The bar was a fun place albeit small and the snooker/pool table fun though this too could be improved as there was only one decent cue to use. But overall a nice area to have a pre dinner dinner drink or a few after dinner. The bar had plenty of things to keep you happy including a nice cocktail list.
The hotel has a mountain of areas to find a chair or lounge to while away a few hours and there is a fireplace for the cooler evenings.
I think the hotel is almost 5 star if they just moved ahead in a few minor areas.
The cost for me was pretty good thus my rating of the place. I dont think I would be paying $300+ for a night here but if you can score a deal at the mid $150 mark, you are doing very well.
The only other criticism is that they charged you extra for a flat white or latte coffee if you order the fully cooked buffet breakfast. At $30 and very small in theory, coffee could be thrown in rather than just the percolated stuff which is free and average at best.
But this place is so central to all the wineries as well as a choice restaurant called Twine 200 yards down the road and worth the walk. They have about 50 wines on thier wine list and quite a few by the glass to boot.
They have a pool and spa area and a gym too though we did not use this but had a look.
I'll be back I'm sure and looking forward to getting revenge on the pool table......enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the luxury and refinement of one of the Hunter Valley’s most prestigious estates. Situated on 70 acres of rolling countryside with spectacular mountain views, Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley is the ultimate place for you to escape, unwind and indulge. Kirkton Park is boutique hotel that blends classic elegance and charm with contemporary style and sophistication. It’s a place where you can leave the day-to-day behind, relaxing in luxurious accommodation, tasting exquisite food, and embracing the beautiful surrounds. Stroll through manicured gardens, breathe in the fresh air on picturesque walking trails, and make the most of our fitness centre and tennis courts. Or simply luxuriate in our impressive Grecian style heated indoor pool, spa and sauna. Only two hours drive north of Sydney, Kirkton Park is also a convenient venue for meetings, conferences and weddings. With a range of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, as well as mouth-watering food and beverage menus, your event will be a memorable experience. The hotel also acts as your base from which to explore the delights of the Hunter Valley region. Discover boutique wineries, sample local cheeses and visit the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens – the largest display garden in the southern hemisphere. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, challenge yourself on a championship golf course or take a dream ride in a hot air balloon. Whether it’s a romantic weekend, time away with the family, a conference or wedding, or simply an indulgent escape, Kirkton Park is your luxurious retreat in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Hotel Pokolbin
- Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia