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Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 9 Armidale B&B and Inns
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

We stayed one night ( a monday night ) while we in Armidale for business. Petersons is a lovely place to stay and we enjoyed the peace of the beautiful gardens and surrounds. The room was comfortable with only one disappointment being that for the quality of the accomodation there should be television in the rooms. The managers were friendly and accomodating to our needs. Breakfast was lovely with muesli and honey yoghurt, wonderful choice of hot foods ,tea and coffee. After one night we felt relaxed and refreshed.....it would have been nice to stay longer. Maybe next time!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

We stayed at the Petersons Guesthouse for two consecutive nights recently, and had a wonderfully restful time. Sue and Scott couldn't do enough to make our stay memorable. A gathering after dinner with other guests in front of the roaring log fire, sipping Petersons wines and swapping travel stories revealed an interesting connection for us. We would recommend having dinner in-house - lovely dining room, good food. The breakfasts were equally as good, and a great way to start a day of travels. Our room was spacious, warm, and had a very comfortable king bed. The spa bathroom was also very spacious, with underfloor heating that made all the difference, and the shower, also very spacious. On arrival we were a little disappointed to find the front door firmly locked, and had to wait awhile after ringing the bell until Sue came and welcomed us. We thought that as we were expected, it would have been nice for the door to be left ajar so that we could go into the lovely hall/lounge and wait there for a welcome. We will stay there again without hesitation, when next in the area.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

Petersons sits in a beautiful location - tucked away on the edge of town, a classic vineyard location. There's a long dusty driveway, vines in all directions and a whiff of luxury about the place. Sadly, staying there is like sampling a rather a mediocre wine in an eye-catching bottle. To cut to the chase, we arrived at Petersons via the excellent Tourist Information Centre in town. It was late afternoon, mid-week and out of season. We were told there was room but the lady of the house was out and the host was battling to cope with a group of visitors at the cellar door. When we turned up, the guest house was deserted, apart from a young lad who point us in the direction of the cellar. The host told us the only room out of 'seven elegant rooms' was the premium spa suit at 300 Oz dollars. This was about 50 dollars more than we were told at the TIC but decided the place looked promising enough. My gripe with Petersons is that, as far as we could see, NONE of the other rooms were occupied. There were no other cars in the park, nobody at breakfast and only a pet dog on the balcony. We found our elegant room to be very large but also very empty of character and style. It was also rather cold and two of the bedroom windows, at ground level, bordered the path to the cellar door, with a fair amount of traffic. I'm not an advocat of net curtains but the first thing we had to do was close our elegant drapes to avoid frightening the locals! The rooms were best described as soul-less. Tiny soap and shampoo bottles, only one bin in the three room suit and the wi-fi only works in some rooms apparently (certainly not ours). They also forgot the orange juice at breakfast and in all truth, the meal was rather disappointing. Petersons is probably the only place in this price bracket in the immediate area but we were completely underwhelmed.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank jeremy t
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

We have stayed at Petersons three times now and would not bother with anything else in Armidale. The house is simply stunning, the rooms are large and comfortable, the big common room with open fires wonderful and the gardens peaceful and beautiful. And it comes with a bottle of wine! Optional evening meal is well-prepared and well-presented. Breakfast, however, lets it down badly. Very plain bacon & eggs not very well prepared or presented; no fresh fruit or nice breads; just not up to the standard that this place promises or demands.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Petersens is about 4 km out of Armidale on a nice quiet road. Up the very nice drive you go and park under the beautiful archway outside the front door - it's a very impressive start. Out comes the manager to welcome you in and you are given a brief introduction to the house before being shown to your room. We were there on a Monday and Tuesday and we were upgraded from a Romance room to a Spa room. The room and bathroom were big with high ceilings and very much in period. Furniture seemed a little lost in such a big space and the only form of heating was a minuscule oil filled electric radiator. The bathroom had underfloor heating so that was okay. Bathroom products are cheap and should not be and there is nowhere to dry your towel (apart from that tiny little heater) if you like to shower before bed.
Not sure if it gets very hot in Armidale in the summer but opening the windows would be the only cooling option. Now this place promotes itself as luxury so nowhere to plug my iPod and the absence of a television in our room were noted. However there is a television in the breakfast room!? And in the blurb it says they will bring a portable to your room if you want it. Why isn't one there in the first place? Not the old "you're here to get away from all that" excuse I hope. There are tea/coffee making facilities in the room but on day 2 our tea supply was not replenished and neither were the bathroom products - either they were overlooked or it smacks of cost cutting. Dinner has to be booked in advance, which we had done, and it was superb along with a good choice of Petersens wines from a very reasonably priced list. But why on earth did we get cheap and nasty 1 ply paper napkins and no table cloth? This scenario was to be repeated at breakfast. Out in the reception area a nice log fire was blazing and should you wish you can help yourself to a complimentary port or muscat - if they have remembered to put the glasses out - only one there on day 2, but isn't sharing romantic? Breakfast is in one word disappointing. Not a skerrick of fresh fruit to be seen, orange juice is re-constituted, muesli with yogurt and honey only cereal option, no toast of jams offered, two eggs how you like them accompanied by the skinniest piece of bacon and half a tomato and there are baked beans if you'd like them - whoopee and that's your lot. Crockery and cutlery is cheap as chips and not befitting a luxury guest house. We stayed at 3 other excellent guest houses during our week's trip - Bronte in Morpeth, Casa Belle in Belligen and The Bank in Wingham and their breakfast offerings, table cloths, napkins, crockery and cutlery put Petersen's way back in the shade. Come on guys if you want to be luxury at least give us some of the finer things in life and may be spend a night with your competition to see how it's done. Having been fairly critical of what I see as cheap-skating in some areas we would still recommend Petersens as somewhere to stay as the alternatives in the area would never match the beauty of this house. Our wine tasting was an excellent affair and professionally conducted but why the Palmerston wine as our giveaway?

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank yungkara
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

A beautiful property, lovely guesthouse feel, pleasant friendly hosts who unfortunately seem to be cutting costs.
Actually as a "hospitality/tourism professional' I just don't understand how a business can miss an opportunity to promote itself.
We have spent many nights in all sorts of hotels,guest houses and cottages. So many miss the little things. Such a shame when the basic product is great.
Because of our industry we stay mid week often. This should not be seen as an opportunity to cut costs but rather promote the product for the future and also rely on positive reviews.
Petersons is an example of this. We pay the advertised rate less a discount for wine club members (which means we already contribute to its profits regularly - and how we knew about the guesthouse!)
We arrive late afternoon to a pleasant but very casually attired welcome. We are told we are the only guests - Monday night. Ok we booked the cheapest room, surely this is the great opportunity to surprise and delight by providing an upgrade. No. The room is pleasant and very clean. Sadly the lovely fireplace is not operating and no lights are on - the room is very dark. A small electric heater which is inadequate is on. I had enquired at booking about dinner and was told that it was possible to arrange but the undertone was that it was not the preferred option. The recommendation of the Whitebull Hotel in town could not have been a better option - it was great.
We enjoyed the free wifi and fire in the living area after returning from dinner. And the wine we purchased from the cellar door on arrival was a great way to end the night even if it was in the liquer glasses from the sideboard with the muscat that we were not sure t was available to guests or not.
Breakfast the next morning was served in the most beautiful room. A room with a lovely fireplace that was unfortunately not lit. Instead a gas heater!
We placed our hot choice breakfast order - and that was it. No cereal or that special homemade muesli, no yoghurt or fruit, no preserves with bakery. Did we miss something. Were we expected to mention this - who knows but I guess our waistlines appreciated it. My husband loves capp. and whilst it is something only special places serve it certainly should be available at this level of accom.
After breakfast we checked out. No bottle of Petersons wine as advertised was forthcoming - no matter, my next 'paid for' mail order will arrive soon.
This was just a stopover enroute from the Gold Coast. OK we purposely went via Armidale to stay at Petersons. And the extra distance meant an additional stop in the Hunter (if only to visit the lovely staff at the Champagne House!). But our stay did have us wondering why we did not just stay in town - at a lesser cost and closer to the Whitebull.
Such a lovely place but lets face it walking into rooms with an open fireplace not lit in the middle of winter is a tease!!! May be the friendly new managers are not prepared to put in the extra effort to customers especially mid week.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

Enjoyed a lovely weekend and great hosts at this guesthouse. Very comfortable, great food, delightful area, would recommend for a weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 345 Dangarsleigh Rd, Armidale, New South Wales 2350, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Armidale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Armidale
Price Range: $148 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Petersons Armidale Winery & Guesthouse 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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