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Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
n.s.w
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“Otstanding”
Reviewed 22 February 2014

Stayed at huntercountry lodge for 2 nights fantastic food at Shakey tables restaurant , great room clean and comfortable 2 great ladies conducting breakfast great job since they were full and kept smiling and chatting with guest . Great job

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Tamworth
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We booked this hotel as part of a package through girls getaway. The rooms were rustic, clean with basic facilities & the bed was amazingly comfortable. Nice verandah to sit outside for drinks, this looked out onto the pool. There is plenty of space to "look out onto" or wander about . The food was great, breakfast was contintental but included meats, relishes, boiled eggs homemade jam delicious!. We had dinner at Shakey Tables which was a real delight, staff were very accommdating the food different but yum especially dessert.
Room service was slightly expensive but good.
The only downfall was other guests staying were noisy late at night an the rooms were not sound proof.
This hotel is on the outskrts of the wineries however we were picked up for our wine tour so didnt need the car.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Tamworth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed her for a girls weekend away, the rooms were clean with basic facilities & the bed was amazingly comfortable. Nice verandah to sit outside for drinks, this looked out onto the pool. This would be a good place to with children as there is plenty of room to run. The food was great both for breakfast and dinner. The room service was also good. the only downfall was other guests staying were noisy late at night an the rooms were not very sound proof.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Hunter Country Lodge in November and loved every minute of it! The rooms are a little out-dated and simple, however, the love of the owners and their unique personalities breathe through every other part of the property. The long gravel driveway can be misleading, but it reveals an old-style house and rows and rows of grape vines, used to make the delicious house wines. One of our favourite features were the worn and well loved antique doors which give a uniqueness to every single room, other eclectic details such as the old farm truck, garden arch and stunning antique church pews really caught our eye. While the accomodation was modest, the restaurant was anything but. Clearly the love of chef Paula, this motel surprised us with a fine dining experience a few steps away from our front door. Somewhat of a culture clash, however, well worth the price tag. I will however add that we were given one night free dining in the restaurant as we stayed more than two nights, a very good deal for us.

Last but not least be sure to try some of Simon's home grown wine. As unique and eclectic as the rest of their little corner of the world, we walked away with more than a few to enjoy when we got home. This was just our sort of place, will be our first choice when we head back there. For the surroundings, Paula's food, Simon's wine and their fantastic hospitality.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

My friend and I travelled up from Sydney to go to the Alicia Keys/John Legend concert. We stayed at Hunter Country Lodge Friday night, Saturday and Saturday night on Dec 13,14,15. The accommodation was lovely, perfect for our weekend getaway. We didn't spend too much time in the rooms as we were out exploring the Hunter, but the bed was extremely comfortable, the rooms were very clean, and beds were made and amenities replaced every morning. We brought along our dog, a Japanese Spitz, and the staff were very accommodating and welcoming. The girls in the restaurant at Shakey Tables were absolutely incredible. The service was above and beyond. They went out of their way to accommodate us and make our trip extra special. My friend is a Vegan, and they had prepared a delicious variety of foods for her to eat, without any trouble. We also arrived late on Friday night due to traffic, missing the dinner times, but it was no trouble for the kitchen staff at the restaurant. They had an amazing 3 course meal for us and we didn't have the wait long at all. It was much needed after the Friday traffic drive! The location was perfect! About a 10 minute drive to Pokolbin, the Hope Estate, the Hunter Gardens and Cafe Enzo. It isn't 5 star accommodation, but it's comfortable, clean and has a warmth about it that made us enjoy our stay! I would definitely recommend staying there and i will be back again next year - if only just to visit the wonderful staff! The food was delicious at the restaurant! Thank you Hunter Country Lodge and Shakey Tables staff for making our first trip to the Hunter Valley so memorable, welcoming and an overall awesome experience away! Miss you guys already!! :)
Cheers & Merry Christmas,
Genevieve, Hilary and Suzanne (the Japanese Spitz).

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

The location is great, dinner was good but pricey, breakfast was poor. The rooms are dated and need maintenance. More cheap motel than country lodge and many things needed painting or fixing. Same could be said about the pool area and the marquee.
So call it what it is and price it appropriately. About half the current rate would be fair.
That said the location is great and the hosts were charming so hope they get it right.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

My partner and I researched on nice affordable accommodation for a romantic weekend in the hunter. We where very disappointed to say the least, the rooms and establishment where nothing like what was advertised on their website. We went to open our cabin and the door handle nearly fell off. Walking inside the room we noticed it was neither clean or secure. We could see the outdoors through holes in the walls, the walls were very dirty and the windows and blinds have obviously never been cleaned. After the journey I was busting to go to the toilet, I then found out their was no handle on the bathroom door, there was mould all on the walls and window. The window also had a large hole and cracks throughout it. The bathroom I'm pretty sure is made from asbestos. The front balcony was in desperate need of repair and we could hear absolutely everything from either cabins and guests walking past. One of the staff I found to be very pushy and rude and was quick to bad mouth other local establishments. Overall for $220 a night it was a huge disappointment and when we asked if we could transfer rooms or have someone come to do some maintenance it was not even considered. We were told their was nothing they could do. I would not recommend anyone staying here.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant
Address: Cessnock-Branxton Rd | Rothbury, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, New South Wales, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #15 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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