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“Wonderful Weekend Getaway”

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Spicers Vineyards Estate
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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“Wonderful Weekend Getaway”
Reviewed 23 July 2012

My husband and I along with two other couples just spent a beautiful weekend at Spicers Vineyards Estate. Nothing was too much trouble. Little things like having a fire ready every evening after a long day of wine tasting was wonderful. The staff were attentive without even being noticed, they simply managed to deal with every need without you even noticing.

Breakfast was a treat, beatifully set tables and wonderful food but for the price paid would have been nice to include a cooked breakfast. Dinner was fantastic great.

Comfortable king size beds and good size rooms.

Thanks for a very lovely weekend away.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

We stayed at The Vineyards Estate for our Christmas in July getaway with our group of 12. The weather was quite cool so we spent a bit of time in front of our open fire (each room has their own fire). We did a bit of wine tasting around the Valley and came back to our lovely warm room. The rooms are very tastefully furnished with every comfort you could imagine. One of the really special things is that the total mini bar is complimentary with beer, wine, soft drinks, chocolates, crisps, nuts – can you imagine that!
Before going to dinner at the Botanica Restaurant that evening, we had a get-together in the board room downstairs with our group where we were served lovely hot mulled wine and canapés in front of a roaring fire. How good is that?

Room Tip: Every room (there are 8) is great but my preference are the upstairs ones if you are Ok with stairs.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

The previous reviews hit the mark. The only gripe for us was the "Parisian breakfast" did not hit the spot, you can't beat a cooked breakfast, if you want it you have to pay $16 (each) extra which is a bit steep given the outlay for the weekend. I would forego the free mini bar for a cooked breakfast! Also newspapers for all guests should be provided, there is only one set at breakfast and you don't feel like reading a copy if it has already been read. Small things but they matter in an upmarket place. The staff are impeccable here, as good as in any five star hotel. Loved the remote location, away from the tourist spots. Room immaculately clean. If you want total privacy, chose an upstairs room, but then you do not have the outside patio (front and back) if you are not downstairs. A downside of being downstairs is that when cars, tour buses etc pull up at Reception they can see straight into your room if you have the lights on, to avoid that you have to pull down the blinds which defeats the object of being in the country. Try their estate chardonnay at dinner, then buy a bottle when you check out, it's divine.

Room Tip: Upstairs if you need privacy, room 4 or 5 if downstairs
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Owner at Spicers Vineyards Estate, responded to this review, 9 July 2012
Dear Simla10

Thank you so much for your review and contrustive feedback - it is much appreciated. Our team were sad to hear that you did not enjoy your Parisian breakfast. We pride ourselves on holding regular guest feedback forums and to date the overall majority of guests have indicated that they prefer items such as the complimentary mini bar (the bottle of bubbles in there is the perfect way to begin every stay or celebrate a special occasion), a perfectly set fireplace with endless supplies of firewood and kindling, and a turndown service where they enjoy fresh towels later in the day, their beds remade if they enjoyed a nap during the day and the room refreshed, rubbish removed - rather than having a la carte breakfast items included in everyday's stay. With so many fabulous meals to enjoy in the Hunter valley, they note finding the balance of the Parisan breakfast great for most days - better than continental, not as filling as a full country cooked breakfast, and the option of upgrading on any day is always there. That being said, here at Spicers Vineyards Estate, our focus is all on you, our guest, and next time you visit us, we would be delighted to tailor your package for you, perhaps swapping the mini bar for breakfast as you have suggested. And of course would be delighted to organise your newpaper of choice, awaiting you each morning of your stay.

We are so pleased you enjoyed our service and the teams passion for caring for our guests. The entire team look forward to welcoming you back and providing you with a personally tailored package.

Warm Regards,
Belinda Stapleton - Managing Director
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

My wife & I have just returned from Spicers having celebrated my 60th birthday. What a great couple of days. From the moment we booked the 2 night accomodation package which inluded breakfast on both days as well as dinner on 1 night, the service was impeccable.

To begin, we booked over the phone after reviewing other Trip Advisor comments. The service offered by Rhianon when booking was first class. No detail was left undone and she did what she said she would do regarding email confirmation etc.

Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and shown to our room which was spotless, very roomy and modern. Two of the staff offered to carry our luggage. The rooms are spacious and the bed very comfortable as are the pillows. The fire place is a great feature especially in this cold weather and provides warmth while indulging in the complimentary mini bar. There is an extensive number of DVD's and you can order as many as you wish and the staff deliver to your room.

Our breakfast was served in the restaurant Botannica on both mornings and is what they call a Parisian breakfast made up of fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, quiche etc which is more than enough to get you going. Everything is so fresh.

Dinner on our night in the restaurant was spectacular. Three courses with everything as it should be ie. delicious, fresh and tasty with just the right amount of service from the staff. Of particular note Rhianon & Michalea were superb. The wine list is extensive.

In conclusion the whole experience is fantastic. The complex includes activities such as tennis, swimming, mini golf, and many board games. Each room also has a number of books. It really seems nothing is left to chance.

Booking out is simple & uncomplicated and Sophie should also be commended on her approach. Will definately be back sometime in the future.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

I was given a voucher for a one night stay as a gift for my 21st birthday. I decided to add on another night to make it a two night/three day stay.
The extremely lovely and ever so helpful Sharon went out of her way to make sure that everything was perfect for my partner and I. Sharon made dinner reservations and even booked a wine tour for us. The service, care and attention to detail at Spicer's is out of this world. We were given a tour of the premises on arrival and then shown to our room which was perfect. It was the little things that made it even more special for us, like the personally addressed and signed greeting card from the team that was left on our coffee table, a staff member comes around to personally turn down your bed each evening and a log fire is made for you in your room - all you have to do is light a match and enjoy!
I have stayed at many top hotels and resorts in my time and I also work in the Hospitality industry myself so I just want to say that my stay at Spicer's Vineyards Estate has been the best holiday/getaway I have ever had, and the facilities, staff and service is unmatched by any other establishment!
May I also say that the restaurant at the resort "Restaurant Botanica" is a must visit, as a Chef I'm always looking for things to pick at, but at Botanica everything was perfect. The food was stunning, staff were pleasant and helpful with picking wines and dishes, and the Breakfast has such a personal feel to it. Instead of some unpleasant line-up buffet continental breakfast that you would get at any other hotel, breakfast at Spicer's is sitting at your own table and having a member of staff bring your own little basket of freshly baked pastries and quiches to your table along with a plate of freshly prepared fruits and freshly blended fruit juice. There are no lines or waiting for toast here, its all made just for you and brought personally to your table.

To sum it up, this is a MUST VISIT destination for anyone travelling to the Hunter Valley, you will not be disappointed.

Adam & Josh, Sydney

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Spicers Vineyards Estate

Property: Spicers Vineyards Estate
Address: 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
Price range (per night): ₹ 21,839 - ₹ 39,077
Hotel Class:5 star — Spicers Vineyards Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Personal service & attention to detail in every way! A luxurious Guesthouse, Spicers Vineyards Estate is set amidst its own private vineyard. Every suite features king beds, lounge area, open fireplace, spa en-suite, flat screen TV with CD/DVD and IPod dock, whilst the property boasts gourmet dining experiences at onsite Restaurant Botanica, Salt water pool & spa, guest lounge & boardroom, free wireless broadband and every guest is greeted on arrival with complimentary wine. ... more   less 
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