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“Romantically Transcendent”
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Hermitage Lodge
Ranked #2 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Romantically Transcendent”
Reviewed 10 February 2008

Hermitage Lodge would have to be the cleanest room we have stayed in so far in our travels. We had Il Cacciatore room service for dinner and must say that it was the best Italian we've had in a while and no extra surcharge. Continental Breakfast was included in the room tariff with coffee, juice, cereal and english muffins. We wanted toast instead of muffins and the staff were more than helpful in giving us some. If you stay here, go to Peterson House for Champange & Chocolate, Blue Tounge Brewery for beer and for cheese the Hunter Valley Cheese Co. Owners very friendly, highly recommend.

  • Liked — Great Food & Great Service
  • Disliked — Common Outside Areas Lack Privacy e.g. Verandah/Balconies
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2008

Booked into the Hermitage Lodge after viewing their relatively well designed website. The pictures on the site depicted a picturesque hideaway in the Hunter Valley and the review I read here supported that view. However, whilst I can say the stay was adequate, the Hermitage Lodge failed to inspire or even live up to it's website.

On the plus side, having stayed in one of the Vineyard Studios, the room was large, air-conditioned and with a nice back balcony. The bed was large and comfortable and the mini-bar reasonably priced. The restaurant is quite good and the main was particularly lovely, despite a relatively limited dessert and wine menu.

On the down side, the quilt on one of our beds was dirty, the room had a peculiar damp smell which persisted throughout the duration of our stay and the housekeeping service was less than prompt. In fact, one of the days during our stay, our room was not even made up, despite our being out sightseeing all day. Irritatingly, the staff did not apologise for either problem, instead raising their eyebrows upon our complaint. Another problem is the relatively thin walls, which unfortunately for us, allowed the noise of a young family who insisted in jumping up and down on the adjoining balcony and running up and down in the room next door, seeped through.

Overall, the location whilst being central, is scrubby and not particularly pretty in comparison to many other accomodation points around the Hunter and whilst we were mostly comfortable for our stay, it was not exceptional and with the cons listed above, relatively disappointing. If you are looking for a standard mediocre location for your stay, the Hermitage Lodge will afford you this opportunity.

Stayed January 2008
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Sydney
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2007

A lovely place! We stayed in the Vineyard Studio which was very nice (sleek and modern). Would have preferred one with a spa bath but they were all booked out :( But the room had a fantastic view over the lodge's little vineyard (and you can buy the wine it produces!) Owners very friendly and gave us lots of advice about where to go in the Hunter.

Il Caccitore was delicious - a little pricey but great value for the quality of the food. I had riccotta and spinach gnocci which was unusual and lovely and my boyfriend had the pork medallions which he described as possibly the best he'd ever eaten. Tiramisu was divine and there's a great wine list too.

Had two very positive reviews in the Herald, and we found HL to be of the same standard when we visited. I'd recommend Hermitage Lodge to anyone!

  • Liked — Lovely room and restaurant. Great escape!
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed July 2007
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32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2007

Fabulous! Lovely room with little balcony, friendly owners and a FANTASTIC italian restaurant onsite. Would definitely recommend this gorgeous little boutique hotel. Only complaint: continential breakfast was certainly adequate but would have like a fresh criossant rather than the refrigerated english muffin. But this was far outweighed by the fantastic dinner we had at Il Caccitore - thanks guys :)

  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hermitage Lodge
Address: 609 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hermitage Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award winning Hermitage Lodge is nestled on 25 acres in the heart of the vineyards of the Hunter valley, and is within walking distance of many of the areas popular wineries and tourist attractions. Hermitage Lodge is the home to the Italian Restaurant Il Cacciatore open 7 nights a week. ... more   less 
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Hermitage Lodge Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia

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