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Elfin Hill
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Perfect place to stay”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

What a perfect retreat close to the vineyards and a great place to stay when attending a concert such as we did this past weekend to see Carole King at Hope Estate. Maree could not have been more helpful and accommodating, her relaxed and friendly service made our whole group feel immediately at home. Pluses - yummy breakfasts, comfortable clean rooms; great indoor/outdoor space for drinks and nibbles whilst enjoying the peaceful surroundings, kitchen available with the basics to self cater for lunch and dinner (if you can resist the Hunter's fab restaurants/ eateries!). Cons - none I can think of! Will definitely be going back for our next girls weekend away!! Thanks Maree and team!

Room Tip: Ask about the Cottage - that's where I will stay next time!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Elfin Hill is a wonderful place to stay in the Hunter Valley - Marie made us extremely welcome and is a lovely hostess. This is such a relaxing, peaceful place set in the vineyards - the rooms are very comfortable with everything you need. Marie served excellent breakfasts and the pool was very welcome on a hot day. Marie is extremely attentitive and makes sure you have everything you need. This really is the only place to stay in the Hunter Valley.
Thanks Marie - we will definitely be back.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a wonderful view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

Pros
A beautifully located studio loft, with stunning views.
It felt relaxing, private and exclusive from the minute we arrived
Bedroom upstairs - great bed, very comfy
Sofa bed downstairs, handy
Kitchenette spacious
DVDs avail which were handy for our rainy stay

Cons
The blinds in our studio needed a good dust and clean from cobwebs
It was obvious that the loft had been sprayed for insects but sweeping them up on our arrival was disappointing
Sensor lights would be a great suggestion/addition to assist guests when walking from loft to shared lounge area at night (so no-one trips like I did)

Overall we enjoyed our break - alot of competitive places to stay but this has the personal touch that so many other, larger establishments don't have.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at Elfin Hill just before Christmas in 2012. Marie was very welcoming and happy to assist in anything, making our stay feel very homely.
Elfin Hill has very peaceful setting which creates a very relaxing experience.
We had booked into the studio and it exceeded all expectations. Very private, modern and a great view as you look out to see the rolling hills in the distance.
Lola also adds to the homely feel of this place, a rescue dog always happy for a pat and belly rub.
Being quite a hot weekend, the pool was very refreshing and great to while away the afternoon.
Complimentary breakfast was also a treat, in particular the homemade jams!
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and is highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Booked in once again to the Elfin Hill Motel, this is a great place to stay with only 6 units and 1 studio, with no close neighbors it has the perfect setting, Marie the owner makes you most welcome, the views of the surrounding mountains and valley is perfect, they have a nice pool and BBQ area, a nice deck to sit and enjoy the views while trying the valley wines, there is a large sitting room where you can have your breakfast if not in your room, there are things for the kids too, charming and worth staying, have been back about 6 times now and will again on next trip, virtually no road noise especially at night. the rooms are named not numbered all with wine type names like Chardonnay

Room Tip: All rooms face the same way and only differ in the people they sleep, the studio faces slightly diff...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Would highly recommend Elfin Hill to stay. Surrounded by vineyards and a very peaceful area. The rooms are very spacous and comfortable. The owner Marie is lovely and will go out of her way to help you. Really enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Marie is truly amazing, helpful, heartwarming and thoughtful. Couldn't have asked for a lovelier host.

Most people explore Hunter Valley and nearby Port Stephens by driving or day trips out from Sydney. My family did not drive yet we cannot resist the idea of staying over at Hunter Valley to enjoy the serenity and beautiful scenery. After pouring through TripAdvisor, reading reviews, comparing prices, availability and photos, we settled for Elfin Hill. We're really grateful to Marie for her prompt replies and helpfulness in making this trip possible.

And so we left Sydney Central on a late afternoon. We traveled by train to Morisset station and transferred to Rover Coaches to Cessnock (all included in the MyMulti 3 pass!). It was raining when we arrived at the bus terminal, and I was so relieved to see Marie right there waiting for us, constantly on the lookout for our arrival. She fetched us back to Elfin Hill, despite running late for an appointment on the very same night.

We took the cottage. With the loft Queen bed, the sofa bed and an additional stow-away bed, it sleeps 4 people quite comfortably. From the living room, we could see the rolling hills, the enchanting vines, a nice little chicken coop. There are sheeps and llamas just over the fence in her neighbour's fields. On a clear night, we could see the bright full moon and shimmering stars in the skies from the patio.

The complimentary breakfast consists of simple toasts and a wide selection of cereals and drinks. Mum loved the wheat bread toast and marmalade. Cooked breakfast is available for a small fee and it was delicious.

The common lounge has splendid views of the surroundings. One can dip in the small adjacent pool during the hot summer period. Or have a game of table tennis with friends in the lounge.

We went on a vineyard tour with Jenny from Trekabout Tours, as recommended by Marie. Went wine tasting, stopped at a couple of lookouts to take in the beautiful scenery, all at a nice and comfortable pace. Later that evening, Marie even brought us to the Hunter Valley Gardens. We had dinner at The Cellar as recommended, and it was really good (a little pricey though). It was a shame we didn't get to see the Christmas lights in the gardens as it rained heavily that evening.

We left for Port Stephens and Newcastle after 2 nights (yes, with none of us driving!), with many thanks to Marie who helped us arrange a driver and a comfortable van.

To sum it up, I will return to Elfin Hill if I get the chance to visit Hunter Valley again. Thanks Marie for making it a memorable experience! And I really hope you get to travel soon too.

Room Tip: Cottage. Splendid views. Roomy and cosy. Private patio.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Elfin Hill
Address: Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Elfin Hill 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful elevated property in the heart of the grape growing district of Pokolbin with fabulous views of the surrounding vineyards and the Brokenback mountain range.Quietly tucked away yet so close to all the very best that the wine region has to offer including only minutes to 4 world class golf courses.Recently refurbished and upgraded hotel style rooms are very comfortable with everything you need to make your stay easy and enjoyable with large glass french doors opening out onto your private veranda and perfectly framing the stunning vista. The separate loft/villa cottage provides a luxurious space with full amenities.The views from here are also fantastic with doors that open out onto the garden and courtyard area.Our small table grape vineyard and our neighbours extra large Chardonnay & Shiraz vineyard and farm animals complete the picture. The salt water swimming pool along side the BBQ area and the guest pavilion provides a refreshing end to a day out amongst the many cellar doors, restaurants, cafes, gardens etc during the summer months. The pavilion is the perfect place to relax and watch the sun go down. ... more   less 
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