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“Great stay but beware fellow noisy guests.” 4 of 5 stars
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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Diamond Estate | 112 Halls Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Canberra, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Great stay but beware fellow noisy guests.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

We had a very pleasant stay at the carriages. It is nestled in a beautiful location, each room has a lovely open fire, the owner was lovely to deal with and the restaurant next door “Roberts” was one of the best dining experiences of my life (with terrific ambiance).

The only element that marred our stay was the noise generated from some of our fellow guests who chose to carry on a rather loud conversation/argument on the patio outside the rooms till 1:00am and then continued the conversation in their room above us in which the noise seems to travel all too easily. Not particularly the owners fault, but something guests should be aware of, especially when planning a full day of wine

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

The Carriages was a wonderful one-night stay when we were in Hunter Valley over Easter. Ben, our host, was wonderful, and helped to arrange dinner reservations. We very much appreciated the ability to stay one night (they, like most B&B's in the area, have a 2-night minimum over the weekends), as sadly we could only stay one night. The room was amazing and the bed the best we've had in 2 weeks in Australia. And we saw a wild kangaroo just as we were leaving!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2010

Our extended family recently spent 4 very happy days at The Carriages Country House and would highly recommend it. Our hosts were very friendly and extremely helpful, the rooms were large and comfortable and beautifully decorated and the breakfast was magnificent. In fact a highlight was sitting out on the balcony each morning surrounded by the magnicent Hunter Valley scenery and enjoying a delicious croissant. Another highlight was relaxing with the family on the veranda and tasting some of the local produce. Swimming pool was great as well especially for the kids.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

An excellent, but all too brief, stay at The Carriages while spending a day and night in the Hunter Valley. Rated in all aspects as very good but what made in particularly special was sitting out on the veranda in the morning having a very good continental breakfast accommpanied by the wonderful dawn chorus. Reminded us so much of a previous life in East Africa. Also many thanks Ben for the advise for our return trip to Sydney via Wollombi and St Albans - another adventure in itself. We will come and stay with you again. Oh and mustn't forget to mention your own Shiraz - definitely some of the best we drank in the Hunter Valley and definitely worthy of the Gold medal

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

I decided to take my wife to the Hunter Valley for a 4 day break, & also to see a concert at the Hope Estate outdoor concert venue. We booked the Gables suite at The Carriages based on its central location & the reviews here. We were not disappointed. It is a quiet and private setup right in the centre of the Pokolbin area, however, tucked away like a retreat. Ben the host provided phone numbers for a winery tour and horse riding. Both of which were well organised and totally enjoyable. The guest accommodation is a few hundred metres from the reception so we didn’t see the staff at all during our stay. Breakfast is silently delivered to you door at 8.00am each morning. The Gables suite is huge. Leadlight windows, country furniture, nice bathroom. Really good value. With a cute little balcony overlooking a basic garden and bush area. As our last day was Valentines day, I had asked if the hosts could organise some flowers delivered to our room with breakfast. This was done for us and we were so pleased with our lovely hosts.

I also recommend Roberts restaurant which is walking distance. 5 star service with superb food. The Mills restaurant is also splendid with its views across the valley.

I would definitely recommend The Carriages to anybody travelling to the Hunter.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

A perfect little getaway weekend spot. In the heart of all the vineyards yet still tucked away and hidden. Very quite and relaxing, we took a nice a walk around the property and got some great photos. The staff was very helpful and informative, the owner helped with directions on an scenic route back to Sydney, it was beautiful! The room itself was exactly what you would expect from a tucked away cottage in the vineyards, antiqued furniture, beautiful bed, and gorgeous views. In the morning, we woke to a plenitiful basket of food, fresh croissants, muffins, toast, orange juice, milk and cereal that you eat at one of the many tables on the veranda. Although there are no restaurants at this particular spot, there is one within walking distance (~2blocks) and many others within a short drive.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2010

We booked to stay at The Carriages as a last minute trip, we were staying in Sydney with our daughter, who recommended the Hunter Valley for a visit. As our holiday was coming to an end, we only booked to stay 1night, booking 2 rooms in the main house. When we arrived, we were greated by Lise, who said she had upgraded one room, so we call be next to our daughter.

The house was superb, built 20 yrs ago, with such a good design and furnished very tastefully, olde worlde, therefore, does not date. It had a wrap around verandah with lovely comfy wicker furniture. Our breakfast was delivered in a large wicker basket, everything and more than we could eat. Cereal, fresh fruit, bread, coisants, muffins, fresh orange juice and milk. All presented in proper dishes and baskets, no plastic cartons. The room was also fitted with a fridge, mini oven (to warm the coisants), toaster, kettle, all the required crockery and glasses, there was no "make do" here. We were able to lay all our breakfast out on the table on the verandah and enjoy it "al fresco".

The setting for the house was perfectly secluded, with beautifully maintained gardens and a delightful pool, beware of the ants if you stupidly sit on the ground!! I have never heard such loud crickets. We were so happy and relaxed there from the city, that we booked to stay another night, would have stayed more had we not have other arrangements already.

Lise and her husband (sorry I cant remember your name), were such great hosts, even ringing us in the evening when we were out to dinner, to advise us the kangaroos were in their garden, so to call at their house on our return. Nothing was too much trouble. They have built a beautiful house and environment for their guests, and we would not hesitate to return if and when we visit Australia again.

Thankyou to you both for a wonderful relaxing stay, wish we lived closer, to make it a weekend retreat, maybe one day.

John, Viv and Lauren Jones from England.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Diamond Estate | 112 Halls Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We think you’re going to love this place. It’s a boutique hotel with 10 rooms, set on an award-winning vineyard. In winter enjoy a roaring log-fire, a squashy sofa, a smooth bottle of wine. On warm days wander through French doors into the garden, dip into the salt-water pool, or play tennis. Sleep in the finest fresh white sheets and wake up to a seasonal breakfast basket at your door. It’s an enchanting retreat at the end of a famous little road. Legendary vineyards, wineries, chef’s hat restaurants, world class golf courses, spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, chocolate & cheese shops are all close by… plus Carriages Boutique Wines are onsite for your drinking pleasure. COME AND STAY. ... more   less 
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