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“Wacky place - worth a detour.” 5 of 5 stars
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Kings Plains Road, Glenn Innes, New South Wales 2370, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Glenn Innes B&B and Inns
Brisbane
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“Wacky place - worth a detour.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

OK so it was some time ago that we stayed here (Dec 2008 so ignore the travel date below) on a stopover from Bris to Sydney. The drive up the gravel road was magic - all those parrots! We were the only guests in the vast place and had our choice of any of the amazing rooms. We'd pre-ordered pies for dinner and the meal was delivered and heated for us by a drop-in helper (there was no host on the premises). The pies were mislabeled so neither of us got what we ordered but it was good food and we were given a run of the wine cellar! Strangely there was only a gardener on the premises the following morning (& I can't remember what we did about brekkie). Our self-guided tour of the old shearing sheds and family burial ground plus our crazy games of pool made this one of the wackiest places we have ever stayed at. I want to go back and try it again.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We spent three nights in the castle and had a fabulous time. We had the Kings room which is a must...we were met by the most warm hostess Colleen who had all the fires lite and the place warm and inviting. After a tour and intro to the castle and its specialties and attractions we were left to settle in and soak up the beauty both in and outside the castle. There was plenty og photos and literature to support the wonderful history . George Vivers was much talked about.
We were joined by other guests and shared a wonderful evening dinner in the spectacular dining room. Colleen cooked a beautiful breakfast each morning . It was a wonderful step back into history and so relaxing. Well worth the trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We were unsure of what to expect when driving the good gravel road to a castle in the middle of the Kings Plains! We were so pleasantly greeted upon arrival at this beautiful dwelling! The interior is warm and comforting and well appointed. Each room has a name and is distinctive and very comfortable. The King room is the very best! Honeymooners would be in heaven! We stayed in Emma and could have made it our home. Even though the castle was built in 1910 it was in no way dank or dark. Rooms captured light from the numerous windows, (blackout shades fended off the morning sun) It is extremely quiet; no cell phone reception, no WiFi, (there is a tv). ( hosts have phones and Internet in an emergency) The stars are incredible at night, no city light interference.
The castle is situated among mature trees and the plains open to a faraway view. Two towns are 45 minutes away. We never left our castle home to eat out. We BBQ'd for two nights, either come with food or make prior arrangements with the gracious and accommodating hostess. Not suitable for children. Plan on staying two to three nights, one night is not enough to get the full benefit of this stay. This area is a center of sapphire mining, you may want to ask the hostess about obtaining a nice stone. We have been on the road in Australia for almost three weeks and this stay has been the highlight of our trip!
PS. Availability of bookings in winter depends on the weather, call or email.

Room Tip: King Room is the best but most expensive. It is the only one with en suite. Emma is next largest , w...
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Had heard about a castle in NSW a few times but kept forgetting the name, then eventually stummbled on it on the net and thought wow, have to go there.
We booked the ensuite room and pre ordered dinner a 2 course dinner.
There is a gravel road for a few kilometers to get there which we were a little worried about but it is well kept and no problem to drive on, it actually added to the ambience of the trip as you drive in what seems the middle of no where until you suddenly come upon this wonderful castle complete with its own cemetary, that is on a working cattle farm.
We were greeted by Carol the owner who showed us around this magnificent castle that is over 100 years old. She cooked a lovely chicken curry and we had profiteroles, strawberries and cream for dinner. We stayed mid week and no one else was there so we felt like the lords of the castle. Room was massive, comfortable and lovely claw foot bath in the ensuite.
In the morning we had breakfast on the front veranda as we watched the birds flying around in the beautifully kept garden before we reluctantly left..
We should have stayed a couple of nights as this is a wonderful relaxing and uniquely different experience - you can really switch off.
Thank you for a wonderful night Carol.
Will be going back to stay again.

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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Our group of 14 adults spent four fantastic days at Kings Plains Castle, circa 1910, and thoroughly enjoyed our reunion there. Our host, Colleen Hollingworth, took us on a guided tour of the castle, which included former servants' quarters, old billiard room, kitchen and the castle turret accessed via an internal ladder. Outside we explored the gardens, heritage-listed cemetery and woolshed and listened with great interest to Colleen's expert narration. Although full catering is available at Kings Plains Castle, our group decided to self-cater and Colleen was happy to provide us with whatever we required. The rooms were well appointed and clean. We were fortunate to have two warm, balmy days before experiencing very cold weather which turned to snow towards the end of our stay. We were especially appreciative of the coats and jackets which Colleen provided to those of our group who came unprepared for the unseasonal cold snap. The daily log fires lit by Colleen were also appreciated and our evenings were cosily spent together in the warm drawing room. Nothing was too much trouble for our host, and we were each made to feel very welcome and comfortable. We highly recommend a stay at Kings Plains Castle. M & P

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

For those wanting a holiday out of the ordinary, this is the place. Amazing accommodation in a "castle"...not the fake, on a smaller scale variety, but a true to form castle that makes you feel as though you really are in the heart of Scotland. It's the little touches and authenticity of this place that makes it special. I highly recommend and will be going back!

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2009

The view from the top of the Kings Plains castle battlements is uninterrupted. The fact there’s nothing but gently rolling bush and grazing paddocks as far as the eye can see makes this hideen gem of a bed and breakfast in the New England area of New South Wales all the more remarkable.
What must the neighbours have thought when Dr George Vivers began importing dray loads of cedar, employing an army or stone masons and carpenters to build the family pile?
The decorative art nuvo led light windows alone would have caused a stir because of their colourful intricacy not to mention value. And the plaster ceilings if they’d been brought in would have turned a no nonsense local head or two . . . what reasons would a man out here – well past Wellingrove which is well past Glen Innes towards Inverell – need fancy plaster on his ceilings?
And the cast iron spiral stair to the rooms above the second floor, school and maid rooms perhaps, has the same Victorian romanticism as the Queen Victoria building in Sydney. A real surprise in a place where the nearest shop would have been a day’s dray ride away.
So why did Dr Vivers build a 28 room three storey Scottish-inspired baronial mansion in the middle of a 24 thousand sheep and cattle property in 1908?
Sadly, he built it for his Scottish bride, the charming and beautiful Irene Marks. But Mrs George Vivers only spent a couple of years in the country and despite having a castle with the finest furnishings and most devoted staff money and circumstance could afford, she returned to the more “civilised” climes of Scotland.
Present owners, Colleen and Don Hollingworth have endeavoured to preserve this rich piece of Australian pastoral heritage and the home’s vibrant past.
Each of the castle’s 12 bedrooms, all beautifully appointed and furnished in period furniture, is named after a historic figure in the home’s past.
And there’s plenty of history to soak up around the castle with turn of the century gardens, an 1860’s shingle roofed garden shed, a national Trust-listed family cemetery, a working woolshed and outbuildings dating from the earliest settlement of this property.
The fact that the castle is well off the beaten track is a point or two in its favour. Firstly because the history has been left undisturbed and visitors staying at the castle are equally far from the maddening crowd. I imagine this would be a perfect bolt hole for a celebrity. It has welcomed European musicians and captains of industry, wedding parties and backpackers and is a must for anyone who wants to see authentic Australian rural heritage.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 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: Kings Plains Road, Glenn Innes, New South Wales 2370, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Glenn Innes
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Glenn Innes
Number of rooms: 12

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