This was a return visit to the Carriages Country House after living overseas for the past four years and I was not disappointed. I had wonderful memories of drinking a glass of red by the fire in our room and relaxing over breakfast the next morning on the verandah, but this 2 day stay was in the heat of summer, so a whole new experience awaited.
We were not disappointed. We had driven up from Sydney in the morning, stopping for a long, leisurely lunch along the way and arriving at the Carriages in the heat of the afternoon. As we wound our way through the vines to the guesthouse itself, the long verandah and gabled roof came into view - a haven beckoning.
Opening the door to our upstairs gabled room, the cool air conditioning welcomed us and we knew we had found the respite we craved. The room and adjoining bathroom were both large and beautifully decorated with every comfort. The central fireplace would not be needed this visit, but created an ambience of country charm.
In the early evening when the temperature had cooled, we enjoyed a bottle of the Carriages wine and some cheese and crackers on our private balcony. Watching the setting sun listening only to the sound of cicadas is such a truly Australian experience and one that I had missed.
After a delicious breakfast the next day of fruit, yoghurt and home-cooked muffins we enjoyed a long walk followed by a swim in the pool. We then decided we did not want to leave this haven, even for the day, catching up on our reading and enjoying an afternoon nap in the heat of the day.
This Carriages Country House is a tranquil haven and I couldn't recommend it more highly as a place to recharge your batteries. The owners, Ben and Lise, were totally charming and are happy to meet every need. The wine we enjoyed on our first night had been grown from vines on the estate and was first rate, so we couldn't resist buying a case to take home.
All in all, the Carriages Country House is the perfect getaway winter or summer, and I am already looking for an opportunity to go back again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We think you’re going to love this place. It’s a boutique hotel with 10 rooms, set on an award-winning vineyard. In winter enjoy a roaring log-fire, a squashy sofa, a smooth bottle of wine. On warm days wander through French doors into the garden, dip into the salt-water pool, or play tennis. Sleep in the finest fresh white sheets and wake up to a seasonal breakfast basket at your door. It’s an enchanting retreat at the end of a famous little road. Legendary vineyards, wineries, chef’s hat restaurants, world class golf courses, spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, chocolate & cheese shops are all close by… plus Carriages Boutique Wines are onsite for your drinking pleasure. COME AND STAY. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia