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“Very relaxing; our new base in the Hunter”

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Splinters Guest House
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
In-Cog-Nito
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“Very relaxing; our new base in the Hunter”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

Just back from a three night weekend and we loved it. Have previously only visited the region for day trips so followed the reviews on TripAdvisor and was not disappointed. Bobby the owner appears to be a big draw card but she wasn't there for our weekend and we had an amazing time. The property is beautiful and we intend to stay here again when we return in summer. Book in advance they are often booked solid.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Our only regret here was that we only stayed for one night! It was lovely. You arrive to port and cheese, a lovely comfortable bed, chairs outside your door to sit out on the patio, a nice shower and a swimming pool and sitting area close to the rooms.

Only three or four rooms I think on site therefore very peaceful.

Down the road, you'll find a few vineyards within walking distance. If we'd have had more time we would have hired bicycles as this would have been perfect!

We went on a Monday night and therefore not many restaurants were open for dinner. We paid $15 each for a local gent to take us in a minibus to a restaurant a few miles away, and pick us up when we were ready. Bobby arranges this for you. Apparently on any other day there would have been a steakhouse type restaurant within walking distance available.

For breakfast Bobby serves up fruit / croissants / cereal / toast / juice / coffee / tea (anything you like really!) to a table on the courtyard patio outside your room overlooking the pond, and Hunter Valley countryside. Really nice.

We could have stayed much longer. It really was a beautiful place and would be perfect for a relaxing few days getaway. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary in The Hunter Valley. Bobby made our trip effortless and wonderful from the cheese and wine upon arrival to amazing dinner and tour recommendations. We were spoiled by homemade breakfasts and the relaxed country setting and our only disappointment was having to leave. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

No doubt clean, well kept and in a good location. Owner wasn't around, so we didn't get the personal service that so many others have commented on. We stayed in the cottage and the open plan Mezzanine nature of the upstairs "bedroom" meant the kids didn't sleep that well with us downstairs. The 1980s leather chairs weren't our thing. And, as nice as it was to get the provisions on arrival, whilst making our own breakfast it was hard to conclude that $360 per night is good value.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 May 2011

Splinters Guest House was a great place to base ourselves for our wine-tasting weekend in the Hunter Valley.

We were travelling with friends and family from Australia, the UK and Italy and stayed at Splinters as we could base ourselves in their two onsite cottages. The cottages were clean, well equipped, spacious, comfortable and a great place to spend time when not visiting wineries.

Bobbi, Splinters owner/manager, was the perfect host and provided us with some restaurant and winery tour recommendations which were excellent.

I would defintely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 May 2011

What can I say? This place meets and exceeds all expectations that you might have on a weekend break in the wine region. We were a group of ten thirty-somethings (plus mamma all the way from Italy) and we booked the two cottages. My highlights:

1. The cottages are immaculately appointed. They have got character, they are large, they are clean, they contain everything you need: from a proper coffee machine to a fireplace for those winter getaways, top quality local stuff for breaky, cheese and wine on arrival, verandas with BBQ, port and chocolate and more.

2. The owner Bobby is delightful. She is friendly but not intrusive, efficient, helpful and just utterly pleasant. She helped us organize a wine tour and gave us top tips on local restaurants (real gastro heavens if you are foodies...check out my other reviews on the area).

3. The place is perfectly located for wine/chocolate/olive oil/cheese and any other type of indulgence tasting in the area. It is easy to reach from Sydney (about 160km).

4. There are quite a few amenities such as pool, golf course, gardens.

All in all this was a magical weekend and I will be back.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

I decided to surprise my boyfriend with a trip away for his 30th. We had an amazing time in the Hunter Valley and our stay at Splinters definitely contributed. Our host Bobby (who also owns the guest house) was so helpful, she pointed out some great wineries and sights to see and went above and beyond to get us and other guests booked into restaurants for the busy long weekend. The breakfasts in the morning were delicious!!! Bobby is quite the chef and whipped up savory scones, egg tarts and croissants.

The rooms were lovely and clean with everything you could need. The cheese and wine on arrival was a lovely touch and the chocolate supply was replenished every morning which for a chocoholic like me was awesome!

I can't recommend this enough, if you want a personal touch to your stay in the Hunter you couldn't pick a better place to kick back after a long day of wine tasting (such a tough life!)

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Splinters Guest House
Address: 617 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
#2 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
#3 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Splinters Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Splinters Guest House is the perfect retreat for couples and groups wishing to enjoy all the pleasures of the Hunter Valley. Nestled on 10 acres in the Hermitage Road region of Pokolbin with beautiful views of the Brokenback Ranges. Splinters Guest House offers a number of facilities for the use of guests including log fires, reverse cycle air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens and lounge/ dining area in the Guest Houses; TV, DVD, CD player, private BBQ and courtyard areas plus a swimming pool for use in the warmer months. At Splinters we strive to ensure your stay with us is relaxing and comfortable. ... more   less 
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