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Berenbell Vineyard Retreat
4.5 of 5 Ranch   |   60 Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia   |  
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“A really top-notch retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

I stayed with my partner and her family and everyone absolutely loved it. The first thing that strikes you when you arrive is the fantastic views down the valley across the vineyards and towards the hills. It's not too far from civilisation but does feel nicely remote. Luckily it seemed the other lodges weren't in use, which added to the effect of it being your own private retreat. I was delighted to see the kangaroos when I wandered down towards the little lake - they seemed pretty relaxed even with me pointing my lens at them. We were treated to a beautiful sunset and then we had a great barbecue. The owners weren't around when we arrived (they'd left everything in the post box as agreed), but they did leave some wine and food. We had a great day with the lady they recommended (Jenny at TrekTours) doing a pretty drunken wine tour - what a place to come back to in the evening. One of the best places I've ever stayed at, taking into account price, atmosphere, location etc. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I just returned from a three day mid week stay at Berenbell.

It was great staying at Berenbell as it was really close to lovely wineries. Blue Tongue Brewery is just up the road so we wandered up there one afternoon for a few drinks. It was a quick drive for my partner to play golf, visit his favourite wineries (Petersons) and for me to wander around the Hunter Valley gardens.

Our cottage was very comfortable with fantastic views. We had our own little kitchen, lounge area (with television and dvd player), confortable bed and a bathroom with a lovely huge bath.

Ken was extremely helpful if we needed anything as he wanted our stay to be comfortable and enjoyable.

I would definitely stay at Berenbell again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I went with my partner last weekend for the annual Jazz in the Vines festival. The retreat is on Mistletoe Lane, in the midst of wineries and restaurants in the upper Hunter area between the towns of Cessnock, Broke and Singleton. Gorgeous location with views of the mountain range. A short walk down the road there is a larger resort with on site fine dining restaurant and casual eatery.
The amenities, the room were all top-notch. The room came with continental breakfast ion your own kitchen. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have slept in. The room was so well stocked, even the fireplace was stocked with wood ready to light.

I would highly recommend this place for a getaway exploring the wine country.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Berenbell Retreat was a perfect venue for our extended family group. Large cottages could accommodate everyone for meals, whilst we all had our own space when required. Great grassy play areas for the kids. Views to die for. Extremely well appointed, lacking nothing. Hosts Ken and Susie set a standard to which all others could aspire, even providing welcome home-made muffins on arrival!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Berenbell played host to our recent family reunion and golf trip. The self contained cabins were perfect, accommodating our large group in comfort and offering first class facilities to make our reunion a major success. Owners, Ken and Susie went out of their way to ensure we were well looked after. Thank you both.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in the 1 bedroom cottage & found the complex to be ideal for a short vineyard getaway. It is quiet, the views are magic, the cottage itself is comfortable & clean and the place is run in a professional manner. Ken greeted us on check-in and gave us lots of useful information all which was appreciated. We would rerun to this place as the location is perfect & it allows privacy, which is what you want on a short stay. A genuine find if you are looking for self contained accommodation in the vineyards!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

My partner and I just spent a long weekend staying at Berenbell and it was absolutely gorgeous. We stayed in a one-bedroom cabin and it was perfect - very comfortable, everything you could want, and lovely views over the valley (and kangaroos!). The bathroom was lovely, large and clean and had a gorgeous claw-foot bath that was very relaxing. The loungeroom and bedroom were also large, clean and very pleasant, as was the pot-belly fireplace. The couple who run the cabins were absolutely delightful, very warm and friendly and extremely helpful. We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 60 Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Berenbell Vineyard Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on extensive grounds in a secluded lane, this superb location enjoys magnificent views of rolling vineyards and the rugged Brokenback range which are simply without compare. Berenbell is the idyllic retreat in which to relax or celebrate that special occasion and explore the Pokolbin wine country. ... more   less 
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Berenbell Vineyard Retreat Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin

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