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Spicers Vineyards Estate
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Peaceful and relaxing but no spa...”
Reviewed 13 August 2012

We were here for a weekend getaway from the city and enjoyed our stay. The only shortcoming I would say is that it didn't have a spa. They told me that it was being considered to be constructed at some point in the future. I was badly in need of a massage and they were nice enough to book one for me and had a masseuse come to the room - but it was not ideal (as I prefer to be in a separate spa area and my husband wouldn't have to feel like he should leave the room).

All and all however, the place is quite lovely. Great service, food, clean, quiet and very relaxing. Also loved the fireplace and extras that came with the room (i.e., wine, etc.). But if you are looking for a complete package including access to a spa - you might want to consider other similar places with a spa. It was our fault for not checking in advance to see if they had a spa - my husband assumed that they would...

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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SpicersVineyards, Owner at Spicers Vineyards Estate, responded to this review, 19 August 2012
Dear Washingtonienne73,

Great news! We have actually had our plans in with council for a dedicated day spa facility for over 12 months - finally, this month, our approval came through! We will be beginning building in the coming weeks and by early next year will have the Day Spa we have been planning for a couple of years.

By the time you visit again, we will be able to offer you the Spa experience you are wanting and of course, re-deliver an amazing accommodation and restaurant experience just like your last one!
Thank you for taking the time to post a review online - our team truly appreciate your feedback!

Warm Regards,

Belinda Stapleton
Owner / General Manager
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

There's nothing not to like about Spicers. We bought the mid-week Overnight Mini-break and enjoyed a totally indulgent 24hr stay where every little detail was effortlessly taken care of with grace and style. Quality inclusions in our spacious, well appointed room offered the right amount of luxury without resorting to pretentiousness, while the generous spa bath and in-room wood fireplace added to the fuss-free yet welcoming ambience. A fully complimentary well stocked mini-bar was a nice touch. A sumptious dinner and breakfast in the on-site restaurant Botanica, tended by attentive but unobtrusive wait staff, completed the package perfectly.

Given the chance I would visit Spicers again. In a heartbeat. And there is no other overnight stay I could honestly say that about.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms probably offer slightly better privacy, albeit without veranda/garden access.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

What an incredible experience.Wonderful large rooms with a wood fireplace and so spacious and tasteful. Complementary mini bar with champagne,nibbles,beer and soft drink a nice touch.we could not fault it it any way.lovely friendly staff and the packages are great value .The dinner at Botanica restaurant was amazing as was the breakfast .The ambience is lovely with candles everywhere and tasteful furnishings .we will be back

Room Tip: All rooms would be great.lovely outlook
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2012 via mobile

I had the most fabulous weekend celebrating my birthday here. EVERY staff member I came across had a big smile, we're extreamly friendly and knew how to make you feel like your the number one person on site! It was so lovely coming into the room and having a beautiful smelly candle lit along with a sweet card wishing me a happy birthday. I also loved coming back to our room after being out for dinner one night and finding the room lit with candles all over the room! I definatly felt special! I will be back again and will surely go to other spicers property's!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We had a fantastic escape at Spicers Vineyards with all the things we wanted: beautifully appointed rooms, own fireplace and amazing restaurant. Staff were great in arranging us lunches in other vineyards along with transfers. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Had a 2 night stay for our 21st wedding anniversary. Staff were professional thoughout our stay, even when the power went out which was beyond their control - made sure everyone had candles - made it very romantic. Rooms are spacious and well appointed - the open fire place in each room is very nice during the winter time and was reset for use every day. The breakfast was lovely (included in price) and should you wish to have a more substanial cooked breakfast this was very well priced (can't comment on content as never felt the need to have the cooked breakfast). Dinner for one night (also included in price) was again very nice. Front desk helped with booking our day winery tour and their recommendation on who to use was spot on. Would recommend and will definately stay again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane Aust
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

My wife and I had stayed at Spicers in 2010 - when it was previously known as The Vineyard Retreat - so when a group of 6 friends/3 couples decided to do a Xmas in July (which for the husbands was a thinly disguised excuse to do some winetasting & buying for our cellars) & someone else booked the accommodation I hadn't realised we were headed back to the same place.
Well under a new brand & a few years on the rooms were in better condition than our original trip - the facilities are top notch, your own fireplace & seriously comfortable bed & delightful massive continental pillows - the free mini bar is a nice touch & I found the breakfasts more than adequate.
Botanica - the inhouse restaurant is regarded by the locals as 1 of the best in the district & was part of the package we took up -food was great but then the standard across the entire valley for foodies is amazing.
All couples struggled to leave -probably because we knew what sort of mess our teenagers had generated at home!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Spicers Vineyards Estate

Property: Spicers Vineyards Estate
Address: 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Spicers Vineyards Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Personal service & attention to detail in every way! A luxurious Guesthouse, Spicers Vineyards Estate is set amidst its own private vineyard. Every suite features king beds, lounge area, open fireplace, spa en-suite, flat screen TV with CD/DVD and IPod dock, whilst the property boasts gourmet dining experiences at onsite Restaurant Botanica, Salt water pool & spa, guest lounge & boardroom, free wireless broadband and every guest is greeted on arrival with complimentary wine. ... more   less 
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