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Sovereign Hill Country Lodge
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Sovereign hills country lodge is in a superb setting. From the rooms it has great views over the hunter valley. The rooms are spacious and clean, with good bathroom facilities. breakfast is provided in the rooms - cereal, eggs, juice and bread. There is a kitchen and lounge facility as par t of the complex where you can cook, otherwise they provide a toaster, egg broiler and kettle in your room.
I am a caeliac, and apart from the eggs and juice, they were unable to cater for my gluten free needs, so if you have any dietary requirements, you will need to sort this for yourself.

The hosts were very friendly and helpful and weren't the sort that got in your way or anything. there is a tennis court if that is what you like, and a swimming pool. Sovereign hills make there own wine and sparkling, but we were not there when the tasting room was open.

The location is a little out of the way as far as the rest of the vineyards are concerned, but there are some wineries on the same road as well has some restaurants and cafe's.

The only negative, and this is being picky, is that the walls are thin, and as we were in the room next to the lounge, one morning we did have to put up with another couple/family having a loud breakfast and could hear every word they said, so perhaps when you book, you may prefer to try and get one of the rooms away from the lounge which is between rooms 3 and 4.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Sovereign Hill in mid May 2013. We really enjoyed the accommodation, and as we were the only ones there, had the whole place to ourselves. They supply a breakfast in the room which is adequate and have a communal kitchen and lounge area. There is a fireplace in the lounge area ready to light if required.The rooms are spacious and have everything you require. Even heated towel racks. The communal kitchen is great because you can go into town and buy supplies and do your own catering, which is what we did.

The views were great, especially in the afternoon when the sun was going down and the kangaroos come out. We went on a wine tour and the tour leader stated that he thought Sovereign Hill had one of the best views in the Hunter Valley. Sovereign Hill is in a quiet area, but that gives it it's character.

What I liked about this place is that the people that run it are not in your face, and if you require assistance you can give them a call. They leave you to your own devices which is what we like. It is a great place, and we already have friends who will be staying here on our advice. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We were a booking of four couples and this was our second visit after a nine year period.
The accommodation is more Motel type, it is well sited atop a steep hill, has six rooms, a common room, all with glorious views over the valley and the.vineyards.

The Rooms are simply furnished but are clean and spacious and include breakfast provisions along with: toasters, egg cookers, crockery, cutlery and tea/coffee making facilities.

Our group also appreciated the ability to prepare and share meals in the well equipped communal kitchen and attractive dining area. The BBQ was used extensively for cooking breakfast, however the BBQ is getting a bit old and needs up-dating. If you want a full breakfast, while eggs are provided, you will need to stock up with bacon, tomatoes etc., yourself.

Overall, Sovereign Hill Country Lodge provides good value for money, particularly on weekday stays.

The location at Lovedale is quiet and just far enough away from the tourist masses but close enough to be able to get to and enjoy the vineyards and restaurants at Pokolin and other sites around the Hunter.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

When booking I was impressed by the good reviews and reasonable mid-week rates for this accommodation. I booked for a group of 4 and on arrival we were all impressed by the glorious views over the valley and the.vineyards. Rooms are simply furnished but are clean and spacious with all the expected hotel amenities. Breakfast provisions are generous and rooms contain toasters, egg cookers, crockery, cutlery and tea/coffee making facilities. Our group also appreciated the ability to prepare and share meals in the well equipped communal kitchen and attractive dining area. A BBQ, tennis court and pool are also available for the use of guests. The location is good, the Cessnock shopping area, the Hunter Valley Gardens, various restaurants and wineries are within a 20 minute drive.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This accommodation must have the best views in the Hunter Valley. We woke up early to watch the hot air ballons float over the valley - it was magical.
Unfortunatley we did not feel that we got value for money as we stayed over a weekend and the prices are inflated then (which we were not aware of as we just planned an itinerary which meant we were in the Hunter Valley area over a weekend). I would only go again and recommend for a mid week stay unless money is no option to you. Our room was tired looking and needed some freshening up. The pool area had overgrown with weeds and didn't appear to be looked after.
The breakfast that was left in the room was OK and there is a communal room with a kitchen that you can use too.

Room Tip: All rooms have the marvellous view
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This country style Motel has only six rooms but has lots of charm and things going for it. Great Views as it is high on a hill in a quiet country road. It has a pool , common room , air and all normal needs. we saw kangaroos in the orchard acros the road and on the way to and from the inn. The only minus was a very squeaky bed..

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stayed for two nights at Sovereign Hill Country Lodge Rothbury, located in the Hunter Valley.
The rooms were very well appointed, with air-con, lcd tv, comfy chairs for watching tv, and the best shower one could wish for. Breakfast was included in the rate and makings were provided, and consisted of Eggs, yoghurt, orange juice, bread, butter, jam, cereal milk and of course, tea and coffee making items. There was also a covered patio outside each of the six guest rooms, with a small outdoor table and chairs which overlooked the vineyard on the hillside below. A large covered bbq area with tables and chairs for guests use was at the back of the lodge.
There was a common room, complete with separate kitchen, again, very well appointed with a family size fridge, stove, dishwasher and most kitchen appliances, and plenty of pots, pans etc. It was a real home away from home. So tranquil and away from the hustle and bustle.
Next to the lodge building there was a full size tennis court, with tennis racquets and balls left in the common room for anyone who wished to get a bit of exercise. A swimming pool with cabana was also located in the grounds. The owners were very helpful, providing us with local information and maps.
I would consider this to be the best value stay in the Hunter Valley, and will be very happy to stay there again on any future visits to the Hunter region.

Room Tip: All six guest rooms overlook the vineyard and have great views of the surrounding country side.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sovereign Hill Country Lodge

Address: 370 Talga Rd, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Cessnock > Lovedale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Lovedale
Price Range: $98 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sovereign Hill Country Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a ridge overlooking the picturesque Brokenback Ranges, Sovereign Hill Country Lodge offers a home away from home in the Hunter Valley. Your beautiful Lovedale accommodation boasts superb views of Hunter Valley Wine Country, with each room overlooking a valley of vineyards framed by the majestic backdrop of Brokenback Mountains.Sovereign Hill offers comfortable motel style accommodation, with a choice of queen rooms, king or two single beds. Each room features private patios looking out to mountain or vineyard views and in room breakfast. Take time to relax around the outdoor swimming pool or tennis court or why not wind down at the end of the day with a private wine tasting from our own vineyard. In winter, enjoy sitting by the fire in the comfort of the communal lounge/dining/kitchen or in summer, relax with a glass of crisp Hunter wine while cooking your own barbecue in the private Sovereign Hill courtyard. Enjoy the comfort of the communal living room. Perfect for preparing your own meals, sharing time with other friends or family or just relaxing by the fire. Sovereign Hill offers guests the opportunity to cool off at the end of a hot summer's day in the sparkling private pool. NEW Pool Pavilion at Sovereign Hill for your relaxation!!! Everyone loves a game of tennis and here at Sovereign Hill, everyone can join in. The shady courtyard with outdoor tables and barbecue facilities means that family and friends can relax together at the end of the day to share a great meal. A great option for those wishing to stay home and try the gourmet delights and Hunter Valley wine purchased during the day. ... more   less 
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