I don't usually write reviews, but we just had the best weekend away that I feel compelled to share it!
My husband and I just spent 3 nights at Carriages and it was one of the best weekends we've had away. The guesthouse is set apart from the main house, down a winding pebbled road, past the actual vineyard that provides the grapes for their own wine label. It sits on manicured lawns next to a forest and a lake - stunning!! I got really excited when we drove towards it!
The rooms are beautifully done with lots of pale wooden antiques and nice soft bed linen, and by the way the rooms are MASSIVE. I guess that's what you'd expect for the price, but it was like having your own little apartment, with big couch/lounge area, desk area, mini kitchen area and fireplace/rug/tv in the middle. It all has a lovely old english country feel to it.
In the morning they leave a big basket of breakie stuff at your door and we toasted the croissants and ate the muffins etc sitting on the huge verandah that wraps around all the rooms. The hubbie ended up having a couple of games of tennis with some of the other guests, which he loved, and I hung around the pool a lot because it was very hot weather.
We asked the owners on the Saturday to recommend a restaurant, which was probably too late, as they all book out pretty far in advance. They managed to get us into Rock, which was good but a tiny bit overpriced for the quality of the food, I'd say. Next time we're going to try Roberts, which is right next door to Carriages, and meant to be amazing.
All in all I'd highly recommend staying here, and it would probably be great in winter as well, with the fireplace. It's perfect for a bit of luxury and to just unwind, and right in the middle of all the stunning vineyards so you can't beat the location.
- 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