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Villa Provence
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   15 Gillards Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia   |  
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Ranked #8 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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“Very good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We also thought Villa Provence represented excellent value with a two night, mid-week stay plus a bottle of wine for $149. We found the kitchenette very convenient and chose to eat lunches at restaurants and eat dinners in our unit as we had all the utensils and a microwave and dining table. We appreciated the space afforded by having separate living and bed rooms and the lovely views over the vineyards from our upstairs unit.

Location in Gillards Road right in the centre of the Pokolbin area was excellent with convenience to restaurants, shops and cellar doors.

Only minor criticisms were that we thought a separate heating device in the living room in addition to the air-con in the bedroom would have been good as well as a king bed instead of a queen and a better shower rose please.

But overall we would definitely consider another stay at Villa Provence.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We left this morning after two pleasant days. Value for money on Cudo Voucher for two nights couldnt go wrong. Comfortable accommodation, friendly staff, well located to good restaurants, Hunter Valley Gardens and many wineries. Found the suite clean and tidy, with seperate lounge, kitchen with microwave no stovetop or oven so our recommendation is take what you need for breakfast if you dont want to go out early. We had very pleasant views over the vineyards from our upstairs suite.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This lovely little place may not be to everyone's taste. It is a touch quirky and, yes, it could do with a coat of paint BUT ..... what a restful, comfortable, welcoming and convenient place to stay with wonderful views over the vineyards and the valley.

The rooms are generous. Queen bedroom, crisp sheets, warm doona and 3 pillows per person! Separate living area with sofa,TV, table and chairs. Small but well equipped kitchenette (are you really going to cook??) neat, clean bathroom with generous fluffy towels and L'occitane toiletries. Located in the heart of the wine tasting area just minutes to everywhere!!

I thought this place was delightful, quirks and all!!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have a great view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We have stayed at Villa Provence twice, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay !

The accommodation was very spacious with separate large bedroom, separate large lounge/dining area, great functional kitchen and large bathroom, along with a balcony if you are on the top floor.

Both times we stayed using a voucher deal, excellent value for what we paid.

Proximity to local Restaurants and Vineyards is only a few minutes away.

We'll look forward to staying here again, it's relaxed, laid back & casual. The owners are obliging & pleasant. Overall comfortable and great value for the dollar.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We arrived quite late for our stay and there was a note on the front desk to say our key was just on the table in our room. The rooms are a decent size but not overly clean. There is cutlery and glasses provided, but they were dirty so needed a good wash which was strange as there is a note advising of a 30 dollar wash up fee if you leave dirty stuff.

Sleep quality was very good and the building is a nice southern French style villa. We'll be going back in summer to spend some time next to the pool in between vineyard visits.

Room Tip: Don't move the furniture if you don't want to see the dead caterpillars
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Having been in tuscany last year drinking in the wonderful feeling of history, we were drawn to the facade of the quintessential french villa scene in the photos.
And the price was right.
Unfortunately we were immediately disappointed at the less than sharp attention to detail in the room and public areas.
Clearly mainly a re-paint and a good clean is required 'everywhere', however the location was very pleasant.
Seems like the property is run by the same people who run the 'long house' which seems equally at odds as the longhouse rates very highly.??
We were fortunate to have the Champagne suite which we thought was by far the best as it overlooked the vineyards,pool and bush.on 3 sides
The room suffered from water damage to the interior paintwork above the doors facing the pool and the screen doors caught on the weather overhang whichmade it 'not perfect'.
Cracked cornices which were ugly showing the dark crack running around the rooms ceilings had developed due to the water issue caused by the overhang outside.
Added to that, were tiny cob webs with caught bugs- all around the ceiling cornices.
Spare blankets and an electric blanket were thrown into the cupboard !?.
bed was hard but acceptable and did not appear to be wornout.
Believe it or not we enjoyed our stay but can say (having hospitality and building experience between us) that with a serious effort on the owners/ managers part (paint, minor repairs and proper cleaning) - they could have an outstanding property very quickly without huge expense.
The rose gardens and dilapidated roman columns gave the place a form of authenticity.
My wife was taken by the slightly dilapidated feel of our accommodation in Florence, Italy; and kept reminding me that Villa Provence was similar- I had to reminded her that our accom in Florence was 500 yrs old!

Room Tip: get one on the first lvl as everyone walks by the ground level ones.. Champage seems like the pick i...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We booked two mid-week nights at the Villa Provence on a voucher deal so it was very cheap. The accommodation is in the heart of Polkobin - close to the major wineries, restaurants and pub. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates a nice touch. The setting is good and the owners are friendly and helpful. The only criticism is that noise carries from other rooms, not a problem confined to this venue. Certainly good value for money for what we paid.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villa Provence

Address: 15 Gillards Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Cessnock > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Provence 4*
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