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Spicers Vineyards Estate
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Wine and Gourmet Experience”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were amazed by the quality accommodation and attention to detail from the team at Spicers. Anyone looking for a genuine 5 star experience in the Hunter Valley wine country look no further than here.

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Tamworth, Uk
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Excellent base for touring the area, superb small hotel with very friendly and helpful staff who organised a full day wine tour for us which was great fun and very informative. Only downside was the restaurant is closed on a Monday & Tuesday evening, however after the wine tour we were not hungry anyway. Well worth staying if you are in this area.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We booked a new years eve package at Spicers which included a suite and dinner at Botanica. We were delighted with the very comfortable and well appointed suite and thoroughly enjoyed the five course dinner and matched wines to bring in the new year. Lots of nice touches from the turn down service with cocktail to the well stocked (and complimentary) mini-bar and the access to the on-premise spa treatments. Enjoyed the next day of touring the excellent local wineries and all that the Hunter has to offer. A great alternative to the crowds of Sydney for NYE. We'll be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I are having our wedding here in Feburary so a few days ago we decided to spend a night here to finalize and discuss some of the wedding plans. We have had dinner in the Restauraunt ( restaurant Botanica) but was our first time staying here in the guest house. We were shown to our room, and wow, it was amazing. The room was very spacious, soft jazz music playing in the background, candle lit and a personalized welcome card stood out. Those personal touches felt extremely welcoming. The huge King bed was so comfortable and the king spa was exactly what I needed to relax and unwind. The complementary mini bar was very generous with sparkling wine, beers, soft drink, chocolates, chips and plenty more. There was also a beautiful fireplace. Unfortunately for us we didn't use it because it was quite hot when we stayed. Would love to come back in winter and snuggle up in front of the fireplace. We enjoyed lounging under the big umbrellas beside the pool and was perfect temperature for a swim. We also booked massages in the day spa. This was one of the highlights of our stay, just what we needed. I would recommend anyone who comes to Spicers to spoil themselves with a massage or treatment at the day spa. Those girls are amazing. Our breakfast which was included in our package was also delicious with fresh fruits and juice, homemade jam and yoghurt, quiche and pastries fresh poached eggs and toast, tea, coffee and a cereal buffet left our tummies full and satisfied for our drive home. Thank you again to all the staff at Spicers vineyards estate for making our night away special

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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coffs harbour
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We actually live around the hunter region and decided that we needed a night of wining, dining and a big comfy bed without a long drive to get there. We have dined many times at Spicers restaurant so made sense to checkout their rooms. Even though we only booked says before arrival we received a call to confirm our booking and book out restaurant time in. They also sent us the day spa menu but unfortunately we didn't have enough time to enjoy it also.

The rooms (we had a king spa) were massive, so clean and full of lots of extras like our own coffee machine, lots of books, a boules set and free (yes I said free) mini bar. The beautiful amenities are some of the best I have seen.

We loved the restaurant as usual and so great as it's right on the property and we also received a glass if sparkling as we had dined many times before. Breakie in the morning was delicious - best eggs ever but most of all the staff were so friendly and accommodating- it was just like visiting family that spoil you rotten. We will be sure to have another 'local' getaway very soon as we have found our fav guesthouse - way better than any resort or hotel.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

A delightful resort to explore the many surrounding vineyards from!Easy to find just off the New England Highway. Fabulous pool to cool off in! A must at this time of year is a visit to the Christmas Lights at the Hunter Gardens. An amazing display!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

A nice, big room with free wifi, TV and a fireplace.

Small pool and stark grounds.

Short walk to restaurant, but you'll need a car for everything else.

In short: incredibly overpriced accommodation with very few of the touches that meet its claim of 'luxury'. You'll miss the sense of soul and welcoming boutiques and the service standards of five-star properties. Spicers does not manage to lift the travel experience beyond being a nice place to sleep.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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SpicersVineyards, Owner at Spicers Vineyards Estate, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Dear BlacknBlonde,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on our property. Our entire team were so dissapointed and sad to read your review and your opinion of our property as each and every team member pride themselves on providing outstanding service and value. Our room rates are not based merely on your room or the property facilities, but also on the additional inclusions and services offered. Each and every room rate not only includes a very spacious room with fire place, ensuite with spa, and free wi-fi, our rates also include a complimentary mini bar (complete with a bottle of bubbles, boutique beers, soft beverages and nibbles), evening turndown service, personalised concierge service and a delicious breakfast each morning in Restaurant Botanica.

Spicers Vineyards Estate is a small, welcoming guesthouse retreat designed to offer a fabulous onsite Restaurant and Day Spa, but more so, as a base, located closely to the best offerings of the Hunter Valley. Our property does not feature lots and lots of onsite activities as our guests (based on their feedback) come to enjoy our surroundings, our food, our services but more so to discover the valley, therefore we focus on offering our guests a locals knowledge to assist in planning the best way to discover the valley. Our team made many calls to you prior to your arrival for a one night Stay for NYE to try to assist you in organising extra activities for one of the busiest times of the year for the Hunter - we would have hated for you to miss out on anything you desired to experience within the Hunter. We note that in your guest Survey you did appreciate the fact that our rooms all feature beautiful amenities and individual coffee machines - touches that are certainly attributable to a luxury property.

BlacknBlonde, we hope that you may choose to return to the Hunter Valley and to Spicers Vineyards Estate again - perhaps for more than one quick evening, and that you may allow us to book you into some of the amazing experiences that we often arrange for our guests.
We do understand that everyone has different tastes and perhaps the items you value the most when you travel are different to our other guests that rate us so highly - regardless, we would love the opportunity to spoil you again and change your mind. Please feel free to contact me personally should you wish to return again and enjoy the Hunter.

Warmest Regards in Hospitality,
Belinda Stapleton
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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 Luxury Hotel in Pokolbin
#1 Spa 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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