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Manzanilla Ridge
4.5 of 5 Ranch   |   442 Talga Road, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia   |  
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Brilliant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed for the June long weekend 2013. What a wonderful place to stay. When we arrived the fridge was packed with lashings of local bacon, eggs, tomatoes, milk and juice. The heated spa made for lovely evenings in the cool air then back inside with the cosey wood fire. Our wee 18 month old daughter loved the adventure and was just amazed by the wildlife. Kangaroos got a hearty “Hop, Hop!!” Dom and Jane’s hospitality and local knowledge are fantastic. Winery an wine recommendations are worth the stay alone!! Thanks again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We recently spent three nights at Manzanilla Ridge and would highly recommend it!! The cabins are spacious with a beautiful charm and have everything you could possibly need. The highlight of our stay was the customer service, Jane and Dominic were a breath for fresh air, always ensuring we were well looked after, we were blown away when Jane offered to drive out and pick us up from Verandah restaurant after a very boozy lunch, what a gem! We can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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 May 26, 2013

We loved the place so much, we ended up extending for an extra night. The secluded cabins were perfect for couples and families - cozy and decked out with everything we needed, including a breadmaker, BBQ pit, and outdoor hot tub. It was a special escape in beautiful surroundings, and it was the highlight of our Hunter Valley trip. A real memorable, unique, and perfect little spot - can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Thank you to Dominic and Jane for the most relaxing and luxurious 3 nights. Me and my partner were looking for an isolated country escape and we got just that and so much more!
The cabin was clean and inviting, a real home away from home. This accommodation really made our trip spectacular, with using the spa on the deck under the stars to waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread.
We couldn't have wished for anything better and will be making this a yearly tradition to come stay. I would recommend this to anyone who wants privacy, luxury and a true country escape in the most beautiful of surroundings.

Adam and Melissa

  • Stayed May 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 May 18, 2013

We have just returned from a blissful 4 night stay at Manzanilla Ridge. The beautiful cabins here are a credit to owners Jane and Dominic, who are just delightful and have done an amazing job kitting out the cabins with everything you need for a wonderful stay. The cabins are very secluded and surrounded by beautiful bushland and wildlife - we even saw a wombat during our stay. We loved the bread maker and brekkie hamper and the spa was a great way to end a day of winery hopping. Highly recommended and we'll be back next year for the Lovedale Long Lunch!

  • Stayed May 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 May 14, 2013

I have stayed in many places in my life and this property by far is the best i have experienced. My Girlfriend and myself went away for a weekend of R&R, and we got way more than that.
I am a travel agent so i have seen a fair chunk of properties and this blows every other place i have been to out of the park.

On arrival we were greeted and taken to our cottage and shown around. When we entered the cottage it was better than expected, and the spa on the deck makes it that much more fantastic.

picture this....

On a cold winters night, cooking a barbeque with a glass of wine in hand, enjoying the natural bushland and keeping warm spa.

IT WAS AMAZING AND I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE

  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at the Salcombe Cottage - the most private of them all and it was perfect. My partner had been there with his family and had such a great time that wanted to surprise me with a perfect getaway. I echo the other reviewers. Warm welcome, with the house well lit and lovely Port wine awaiting us. Beautiful surroundings, clean and cozy accommodations that make you feel part of nature. Very tranquil and indeed the hot tub on the deck was a huge bonus! It was absolutely enchanting and we would be happy to return.

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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Manzanilla Ridge

Address: 442 Talga Road, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Cessnock > Rothbury
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Rothbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Manzanilla Ridge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These rustic cedar cottages all with outdoor heated spas sunken into the deck have maximized the privacy and seclusion of the 52 acre property in the Hunter Valley. The cottages all have Oregon beams & rafters, Cathedral ceilings and wooden floorboards. The fully equipped kitchen has a gas cook top, dishwasher, breadmaker with provisions to bake your own bread and even a Gaggia espresso machine. A breakfast hamper is supplied of locally smoked bacon, farm fresh eggs, tomatoes, milk, juice, bread, butter and a selection of cereals. The cottage has coffee, tea and a choice of herbal teas too.Sit back in the lounge watching the flames dance in the wood fire combustion heater while listening to your choice of music from the iPod docking station.All the decks have the gas barbecue and covered sitting area. Sit back with a glass of Hunter's best wine in the bubbling hot water of your private spa, the best place to star gaze or kangaroo spot. Lovedale, home to the famous Lovedale Long Lunch is filled with excellent restaurants and wineries. Should you prefer to eat in we can arrange Gourmet Barbecue packs. We need a minimum of 24 hours notice to arrange so contact us on the number provided on your booking confirmation.The bedrooms all have reverse cycle air-conditioners and all linen and towels are supplied. ... more   less 
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Manzanilla Ridge Greater Newcastle/Rothbury

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