My goodness me!
Bobby Jory is one of life's rare finds. I have to start the review with her. Splinters has been created from and around the special qualities and vision that this lady possesses. She is quite an extraordinary woman and a real example for others to emulate within the industry.
Needless to say, we were warmly greeted by Bobby when we arrived after a longish drive from Sydney. We were given enough information to settle in but also given space to ease into the surroundings slowly and at our own pace. This was one of a number of occasions where the hostesses skills and perception shone through.
The room and facilities were just as expected and reflected in the photographs and reviews. The gardens were quite magnificent in scale and that that they were lovingly created over time and had quirky features that reflected real homely personalities rather than an arid corporate identity.
I went on a voyage of discovery on the first morning and spotted my first ever kangaroos in the flesh - so to speak. I was ribbed mercilessly by travelling companions as to whether they were kangaroos or wallabies - but whatever- it was one of those experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life.
There is a wonderful sense of space and tranquility on the land at Splinters where one can lose oneself and have periods of quiet reflection.
The attention to detail and Bobby's innate sense of anticipating guests needs was a joy to behold. The breakfasts were indeed of royal proportions and the tables from the linen to the cutlery and china were fresh, spotless and changed as and when needed. Bobby also took the opportunity over breakfast to help and assist with booking and itineraries. Bobby also afforded great courtesy to a dear friend of ours who had been unable to book Splinters and was staying nearby.
We also met some lovely people here who were all in agreement about the unique atmosphere of the place. A passing mention to Bill (Bobby's husband) who dipped in and out occasionally of the conversations- a lovely bloke and the other half of a great couple.
Bobby has great listening skills,a subtle and alert sense of humour but also has a story to tell of an interesting and varied life. Thank you for sharing some of your experiences. I can only say that we are sorry to have missed the 'iconic' haircut but you will ,nevertheless, remain a legend to us!
Splinters is an outstanding example of what real hospitality is all about . I can honestly say that I spent a few of the happiest days of my life here - what more can anyone say?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Splinters Hotel Pokolbin
- Splinters Guest House Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia