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Spicers Vineyards Estate
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Scotland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Special place”
Reviewed 18 January 2007

Lovely place, one of numerous options amongst the Hunter Valley vineyards in the Pokolbin area. The website is a good starting point, being fair and honest; the welcome is warm and friendly and food and accommodation is excellent.

Pool - small and naturally-set amongst rocks and plants - we saw wallabies hopping in the distance from it! Sun loungers and some shady trees make it a lovely spot after a hard day's wine tasting.

Gardens / estate - lots of opportunities to wander round and admire the vines and the grounds. There's also a 9-hole mini-golf course in good condition and a smart-looking tennis court.

Rooms - lovely; spacious, cool and well equipped (full-sized fridge, toaster, kettle, crockery, etc plus a supply of proper coffee and good biscuits). Large, firm bed; good bathroom with nice smellies; settees; huge TV; log fire though I can't imagine it ever getting cold enough for you to need one.

Restaurant - Splash restaurant is very good, leaning to seafood but offering non-fishy choices too. The wine-list includes the estate's own wines. Friendly service. Only a short stroll from the rooms. Lovely views over the vines. Breakfast is part of the deal and is taken in the main house - excellent cooked breakfast plus all the usual extras and some especially nice poached fruits.

In summary, this is a lovely, peaceful, calm, grown-up kind of place in an area which has lots to do, mostly around wine-tasting but plenty of other things too (eg., cheese tasting). We went in a horse-drawn cart and bumped happily round 5 of the vineyards, tasting as we went. Love the Aussie approach to wine-tasting - free, lots of good advice and tutoring, and no pressure to buy.

  • Liked — Peaceful and relaxing
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2006

We stayed at the Vineyards Estate as part of our honeymoon and I have to agree with one of the previous comments - it really does not deserve 5 stars. Ok, the bed is big, there's a bath for 2 people, fireplace and big tv. However, that feeling of being somewhere special is definitely missing. The pool and loungers were dirty, breakfast wes served only between 8:30 and 9:30 and frankly, we felt as though guests were an inconvenience to the staff as all our questions/requests were met with blank stares and perfunctory answers. They do tick the boxes for 5 * amenities - but not for 5* service.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed 9 November 2005

We just stayed at The Vineyards Estate in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley. It was for our 10th anniversary. We wanted to have a romantic getaway and were not dissappointed. From the the wonderful two person spa bath, the King size bed and the romantic open fire place it was great. The rooms also have a widescreen plasma tv. The outdoor pool was superb. We also had lots of fun on the 9 hole mini golf course.
The dinner was great, the staff must have been told that it was our anniversary because they gave us complimentary glasses of champagne and even had roses on the table for us. We couldn't possibly have had a better time. We highly recommend it.

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Reviewed 26 May 2003

We stayed at the Vineyards Estate during late May 2003. The place ranks itself pretty highly "...small, 5 star, award winning, luxury retreat..." but we were disappointed. In our view the rating and the price simply weren't justified. The general standard of the place is OK but falls well short of 5 star luxury. There must be better accommodation in the area for the money.

  • Stayed May 2003
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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 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#1 Spa 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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