Stayed here for 3 nights that included a weekend. Hotel is in a good location, about a 7/8 minute drive from the second wineries' turn-off in Cessnock and about 7 minutes from the junction of Broke and McDonald's Roads. The hotel is on a large property and is surrounded by fields and vineyards.
Hotel complex is also quite large with over 70 rooms contained in 5 different buildings that are both either side and behind the building containing the main reception/dining area. There are covered pathways between each of the buildings and the main reception/dining area. There were also 2 fairly large car parks at either end of the complex.
Our room was on the ground floor of the Manor House, the last building on one side of the main reception/dining area, but only a 3/4 minute walk away. The car park at our end of the complex was effectively on the same level as the top level of the Manor House. You then descended 20 stairs, down a very grand staircase, to get to the ground floor.
Room was a reasonable size and contained a queen sized bed, two person sofa, wardrobe, strange upright cabinet that contained the bar fridge, table, desk, chair and only one bed-side table and lamp (difficult for the person on the other side of the bed to read). The bed was on a wooden frame that was quite high off the floor. All of the furniture was pretty dated. Bathroom was quite small with a washbasin with a small cabinet underneath, toilet and shower. Shower pressure was good but ran hot and cold. There was no safe. Could also hear noise from people walking around in the rooms and on the balcony upstairs. Room was air-conditioned and the WIFI was free and worked well.
Outside was a nice garden area with a table and two chairs and a good view of the fields and vineyards. The garden area was accessed via a sliding glass door. There was no fly screen on the sliding door.
The hotel was crowded with what appeared to be guests for 2 wedding parties. Check-in on Friday took a good 10 minutes, there being a queue with only one staff member present for the first 5 minutes. Breakfast was also a very crowded affair on both the Saturday and Sunday mornings.
We were also very disappointed that we were not advised that there would be pre-dinner wedding drinks taking place in the garden just outside our door. We arrived back to our room at about 4-30pm on Saturday to have a brief rest and get ready for dinner only to find a crowd of people directly outside our sliding door. Too much noise to read a book and sitting outside was certainly out of the question as wedding guests were sitting at our table and chairs. Thought this was pretty poor on management's behalf a) not to advise us of this fact and b) that they did not allocate these rooms on the ground floor to guests of the wedding party - pretty easy to ask if they were attending the wedding at check-in and allocate the rooms accordingly. Had to close our curtains to get any privacy.
Cleaning was an issue. We had a cheese platter on the Friday afternoon and unfortunately some biscuit crumbs fell on the floor. They were still there on Monday morning when we checked out. Also there were still a couple of empty bottles and sticks from meat skewers from the pre-dinner wedding drinks on Saturday on our outside table and the air-conditioning unit on Monday morning.
There was a good mix of hot and cold offerings for breakfast and the staff did very well restocking everything given how busy it was on Saturday and Sunday mornings - the billiard table was being used as a large buffet table. We had to wait a good 5 minutes for a table on Sunday morning. The hotel should though look at retiring its 2x4 slice toasters - totally inadequate for such a large crowd.
There was quite a good walking track around the property.
Would look elsewhere next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the luxury and refinement of one of the Hunter Valley’s most prestigious estates. Situated on 70 acres of rolling countryside with spectacular mountain views, Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley is the ultimate place for you to escape, unwind and indulge. Kirkton Park is boutique hotel that blends classic elegance and charm with contemporary style and sophistication. It’s a place where you can leave the day-to-day behind, relaxing in luxurious accommodation, tasting exquisite food, and embracing the beautiful surrounds. Stroll through manicured gardens, breathe in the fresh air on picturesque walking trails, and make the most of our fitness centre and tennis courts. Or simply luxuriate in our impressive Grecian style heated indoor pool, spa and sauna. Only two hours drive north of Sydney, Kirkton Park is also a convenient venue for meetings, conferences and weddings. With a range of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, as well as mouth-watering food and beverage menus, your event will be a memorable experience. The hotel also acts as your base from which to explore the delights of the Hunter Valley region. Discover boutique wineries, sample local cheeses and visit the magnificent Hunter Valley Gardens – the largest display garden in the southern hemisphere. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, challenge yourself on a championship golf course or take a dream ride in a hot air balloon. Whether it’s a romantic weekend, time away with the family, a conference or wedding, or simply an indulgent escape, Kirkton Park is your luxurious retreat in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Hotel Pokolbin
- Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin