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Spicers Vineyards Estate
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
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13 reviews
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“Relaxing”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Spicers resort recently and upon arrival were greeted with friendly helpful staff which continued throughout our stay.

The resort is very quiet which is due to only a small amount of people can stay which makes for a pleasant stay.

The rooms were clean, comfortable and nicely laid out.

My only whinge, and this is due to my husband and I like to keep active, would be the tennis court and pool.

The tennis court is virtually out of use due to the uneven court surface. If you were to play you would probably break your ankle and the pool was very uninviting.

This disappointed us as we weren't told when making our reservation the tennis court was the way it is.

In all fairness we could see the resort was having additions and work done to it but having said that they need to upkeep and maintain these areas especially since they say they have them to use and certainly the staying price is not cheap and they call themselves a resort.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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SpicersVineyards, Owner at Spicers Vineyards Estate, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Dear Lyn,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of our guesthouse property and for providing feedback on your recent stay. We are really pleased to hear that you felt your experience was relaxing with great service and rooms. You are absolutely right, we have been working on some additions and updates to the property. We strongly believe in continual improvement so our current additions are 4 new guest rooms, a day spa facility and you will be pleased to hear - a new pool! We will be excited to unvail our new pool in this coming Feb and the day spa should open in March. We have also nearly completed a new outdoor games pavillion with lifesized Chess and Checkers!

The team at Spicers Vineyards Estate pride themselves on promoting our property as an intimate, wine region retreat/guesthouse (rather than a resort) and will always strive for improvement. We look forward to your return to the property so that you can enjoy our new pool and we can spoil you in the day spa. I would be delighted to upgrade you to one of our new suites so that you can experience all thats new!

Kind Regards,

Belinda Stapleton
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We have just stayed at Spicers Vineyards Estate for our second time and can conclude that the warm service we experienced the first time was no fluke. We were eloping this time and there was nothing that went unattended by the delightful Spicers' staff from the champagne when we signed the register, the "extra" witness and rose petals and candles when we came back to our room after a dinner to remember at Botanica. The staff had also "conspired" with our children to serve us "breakfast in the vines" one morning.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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SpicersVineyards, Owner at Spicers Vineyards Estate, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Amanda ,

We were all so pleased that your elopement was everything you were after. At Spicers VIneyards Estate we love hosting elopments and small intimate special occasions such as your wedding and we look forward to keeping our record for amazing service going when perhaps you visit for your anniversary!

Warmest Regards,

Belinda Stapleton
Managing Director/Owner
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed at Spicer's Vineyards Estate to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Excellent accommodation which was very quiet but central to all vineyards etc..Free mini bar including champagne was very good & generous. On site restaurant, Botannica, was excellent also. service in the estate & restaurant was very very friendly also.

Only critique I have is that the estate does not have foxtel but they do provide a large DVD library which is free.

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Sydney
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed at Spicers Vineyards Estate once again last week and we were, as always, so impressed by this property and the amazing staff. Each of the suites are very quiet, tastefully decorated and comfortable. The amazing thing is that everything in the mini-bar is there for the use of the guest – totally complimentary! The staff are the most obliging in any place I have ever stayed and sooooo very friendly – it almost makes you feel like you are in a private home! There are 8 suites and soon to be 12. What can I say about Restaurant Botanica – other than to say that Mark (the Chef) and his team run a great ship with a lot of the produce coming from their own gardens. The food is just of the best quality, and to start your meal, you receive a little complimentary hors d’oeuvre which differs each night. They are now open for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. I cannot leave this page without mentioning their breakfasts – mixed fruit juice (different each day), cereal, fruit platter, Danish pastries, home made little quiches, yoghurt and home made quince jam and poached egg in either tomato or polenta – differing each day. Cannot wait to get back there soon.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are my choice as they have lovely views.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

My Partner and I stayed 2 nights and the staff were very friendly & helpful, we had the couples massages which were very relaxing and well worth it. Dinner and Breakfast were absolutely beautiful in the restaurant and the service was fantastic! We would definetly go back again as this was a fantastic getaway!

Room Tip: If you want privacy i would suggest the rooms on the top level.
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed only one night but great location to experience Hunter Valley wines, great room, friendly and very helpful service, good breakfast.
Bed was great and having you own log fire in your room adds to the charm of the very clean and warmly decorated room.
We will definitely come back when the new rooms are finished, perfect for a romantic getaway in autumn.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Just returned to WA after spending time at the Spicers Estate. I was there to celebrate with girlfriends our 60th Birthdays. We could not have been better looked after. Their care and friendliness made it a wonderful memory. We have decided to all come back soon to celebrate another big birthday. The rooms were wonderful and clean, every comfort was looked after. The restaurant meal was of a high standard and the wait staff could not do enough for you. Well done Spicers!!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms up stairs.
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Additional Information about Spicers Vineyards Estate

Property: Spicers Vineyards Estate
Address: 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Spicers Vineyards Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Personal service & attention to detail in every way! A luxurious Guesthouse, Spicers Vineyards Estate is set amidst its own private vineyard. Every suite features king beds, lounge area, open fireplace, spa en-suite, flat screen TV with CD/DVD and IPod dock, whilst the property boasts gourmet dining experiences at onsite Restaurant Botanica, Salt water pool & spa, guest lounge & boardroom, free wireless broadband and every guest is greeted on arrival with complimentary wine. ... more   less 
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