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Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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“Quaint Weekend Retreat”
Reviewed 9 June 2008

The Cooperage is beautifully located on the Kelman Vineyards Estate. This is a working Vineyard and the Vines are all around you as you enter. Not too far from most of the other Wineries in the Hunter Valley, it makes a quiet drive from Cellar Door to Shops or attraction peaceful.

Consisting of 4 rooms with The Retreat (where we stayed) seperate from everybody else. This was a self-contained room with it's own kitchen and 2 double-beds. The only drawback to it's location above a working garage is that it can get a little noisy. The decor was an eclectic mix but mostly Scandinavian inspired with plenty of wood everywhere. It was a bit tired though, with plenty of scuff marks on the kitchen benches and exposed wiring (not live?) in several places (incl. the shower!) Being sited above the garage and constructed entirely of wood means that a quiet trip to the toilet in the middle of the night (or anywhere, anytime) is out of the question.

The meals served at breakfast (incl. in the price) are amazing and almost make up for any drawbacks that you could find. Gay & Warren are fantastic and willing to accomodate you in any way possible, definitely going above and beyond the call. They have plenty of advice and recommendations for attractions and Wine & Food and if they say go to Mojo's for dinner... GO!

All in all a great little place to stay for a weekend.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2008

The Hunter Valley Cooperage is a true gem. My wife and I stayed there during our honeymoon. We stayed during the week, when things are slower, and also got an excellent rate that was very favorable compared with comparable B&Bs in the Hunter.

The single most important aspect of our stay was Gay and her husband, who were truly lovely hosts. Our room was ample in size, clean and well-appointed, and had a large deck with a table overlooking the vineyards. It also has a small television and DVD player as well as remote-operated climate controls. There is a large home theater downstairs for guests' use that features surround sound, a cinema-style floor-to-ceiling projection screen and theater-style seating - a great way to unwind after a day of wine tasting!

Of all the places we stayed in Australia during our honeymoon, this was probably my favorite. The congenial hosts, gorgeous scenery and convenient location really made it special and gave you a great taste of what Australia and the Hunter are all about. Also - Gay is an amazing cook and her breakfasts are not to be missed under any circumstances! They were some of our best meals in all of Australia!

I would strongly and unreservedly recommend the Hunter Valley Cooperage for all travelers to the Hunter.

  • Liked — Wonderful hosts, delicious breakfasts, theater
  • Disliked — Absolutely no complaints.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2007

Hello,

I stayed in this gorgeous B&B in June this year with my boyfriend. I have so many great things to say about this place absolutely gorgeous house and gardens, really comfy bed, beautiful bathroom, incredibly clean, great massive cinema. In a great location short drive to all the great sights in the Hunter Valley. The hosts are so incredibly LOVELY and the breakfast is too DIE FOR......

We got the romantic package which included the most delicious 3 course meal at this cute little restaurant and a really really relaxing massage for two at this lovely day spa.

I highly recommend this place if you are going to the hunter valley and I would be more than happy to answer any questions.

Thanks

  • Liked — The food......
  • Disliked — NOTHING
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2006

Just had a great weekend in the Hunter Valley doing the whole wine tasting thing.

We stayed at the Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B in Kelman Vineyards which was absolutely perfect. I had emailed a few weeks back and had no problem making a reservation and arranging everything. There are 3 or 4 rooms at the B&B plus "the retreat" (which was booked by Honeymooners when we stayed). We had The "Shiraz" room which was spacious, spotlessly clean and well equipped - very clean bathroom with nice toiletries, TV & DVD, big bed, plush bathrobes and slippers etc, even a welcome tray with a welcome bottle of liquor and chocolates.

The Cooperage feels like a modern new building - huge guest living room, brilliant little "theatre" downstairs with big screen, surround sound and DVDs to choose from (I'd probably bring my own if we go again). Would be fantastic to stay if there were a group of you - you could have your own movie night. Gay & Warren Cooper were very welcoming and not "in your face" at all. Breakfasts out on the deck were superb - freshly poached eggs, asparagus and hollandaise sauce on toasted breads on the first morning (with lots of fresh fuits and yogurts and cereals as an option) and ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter and maple syrup the next day - great views out over the vines.

Excellent location - tons of vineyards in Polkolbin - all within 15 mins drive. Gay Cooper (Joint owner with Warren Cooper) also kindly recommended and made reservations for a tour with "James" for $50/person - a minibus took us around various vineyards from 10:30am to around 5pm. A great tour if you're new to wine as it was a good introduction with some nice wineries included but if you consider yourself a wine expert might be a bit basic. We'd done our research and were particularly interested in the wineries with better reviews/unusual higher quality wines - Meerea Park, Tyrells, Lake's Folly etc - and these weren't included by James but I'd still give the tour 7/10.

We tried to eat at Leaves and Fishes on Saturday night but unfortunatley tried to book the shuttle too late so had to give it a miss - ended up a cheap but cheerful BLUE Thai restaurant round the corner - very good food.

Made reservations for Esca restaurant at Bimbadgen vineyard for Sunday lunch (they only do lunch) and had amazing meal with great wines.

Hunter Valley is VERY different to Napa Valley (we went to Napa last year) - more relaxed, more affordable (tastings are free), not as glossy and polished as Napa but just as much fun - everyone very friendly and welcoming and some good wines.

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Property: Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed & Breakfast
Address: 41 Kelman Vineyards, Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
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Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hunter Valley Cooperage Bed & Breakfast 5*
Number of rooms: 5
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