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“A little bit of heaven in the Hunter”
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Deja Vu Estate
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

This place ticks all the boxes!!
Wonderfully appointed accommodation, luxurious, fresh, clean and funky. From the "wine barrel" four poster bed, to the spa on the deck, the two generous decks (with herb garden) communing with nature, to the well appointed kitchen, surround sound, cosy lounge and heated bathroom floor. The list goes on. This place is extremely private, your only visitors are the native kind - wallabies, goannas, rabbits, birds and even a fox!!!!
The "do it yourself" nature of the place appealed to us, and meant we really could take our time, relax and recharge. Do nothing and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a little slice of heaven in the Hunter.......
Oh, and of course, dont forget the wineries.
Having stayed in the Hunter a number of times, we can thoroughly recommend Deja Vu Estate for its 5 star luxury and value for money!!
Deja Vu hosts Jillian and Brent are very welcoming and engaging. Thank you Jillian and Brent for the little "extras", they were very thoughtful and appreciated.
We will definitely be back and hopefully try out the fireplace next time - if not sooner!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Fran M
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Hi Fran M,
Thank you for your kind words and review of Deja Vu Estate. It was lovely to meet you and Simon. We're glad you enjoyed your special celebration so much. It was a pity with all this crazy weather that you didn't get a chance to try out the fire place. This week it was cold enough to stoke the fire and keep it going all night, but a week ago it was 34°.
We look forward to welcoming you back and wish you and Simon another 28 happy years.
Kind Regards
Jillian and Brent

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This is by far the best place in the Hunter Valley. 100% recommend it for the seclusion but the place itself is one of the best I have ever stayed. The biggest complaint was that we only stayed 2 nights. Will definitely be back.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2012

Hi Benched1, We value your comments and thank you for your compliments. We appreciate you choosing to stay with us at Deja Vu Estate on such a special occasion. Let's hope that when you stay with us again you are able to enjoy a longer visit. All the best in the future.
Regards, Jillian and Brent

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

What a wonderful time we had in your magnificent accommodation. There is nothing you could do to make it anymore perfect. Thank you Jillian for all the personal touches.
We could not of dreamed of anything more beautiful and private, absolutely fantastic.
Loved the fire place and jacuzzi and the dinner you supplied for us was delicious.
We didn’t want to leave but we guarantee we’ll be back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2012

Hi NinaR, We are so glad you had a wonderful time at Deja Vu Estate. Thank you for your kind words. The fire place and jacuzzi, as you would imagine, are very popular with our guests, as is the privacy. Now that the weather has started to warm up we have replanted the potted herb garden on the BBQ deck. The next time you stay with us you can enjoy picking fresh herbs to have a go at the herb steak rub you enjoyed so much. We look forward to welcoming you back to Deja Vu.
Regards Jillian and Brent

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Psst, don't tell anyone, but we have found the "hidden paradise" location in the Hunter Valley, NSW. One side of me wants to tell the world and the other tells me that when I do, that we will not be able to enjoy Deja Vu Estate again soon as it will be permanently booked out!

As well-travelled folks, we always look for something different and of value and once again we have found it in the Hunter Valley. If you want privacy and beautifully appointed accommodation in the bush with the vineyards right at your doorstep, then you can go no further!

Jillian and Brent are fantastic hosts and have provided everything that you could possibly desire. The villa is as a large as a house, has a fantastically appointed kitchen, dining area and lounge with open fireplace as well as a huge bedroom and bathroom that will impress anyone. Two large decks and a spa pool provide relaxing areas in the morning and afternoon.

This is a villa meant for two and only two as you would only want to share it with your loved one.

Well done Deja Vu.



Jillian and Brent - thank you both for such a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: Don't bother looking at any other accommodation in Pokolbin; this is the one you want.

Room Tip: If there is better in the Hunter Valley, you will pay a whole lot more and get a whole lot less.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank PaulLouSydney
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2012

Hi PaulLou, Thank you for your review, we very much appreciate your kind words. We have tried to include as many "little extras" as possible and will continue to do so in the future. We're currently saving up to buy some beautiful artworks to hang. We're very pleased you said we offer value for money as that is what we set out to do. Please let the side of you that wants to tell the world win. We'll make sure you get another booking.
Again many thanks.
Regards Jillian and Brent

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Last week, my husband and I stayed at Deja Vu Estate on our way home to Brisbane from Newcastle. After attending my sister-in-law's wedding it was time for us to have some alone time and enjoy a bit of romance for ourselves. We are very well-travelled people and can honestly say that there is no better place anywhere in the world than Deja Vu Estate for some romantic recharge time. Acres of property surround you and there is not another human being in sight!

After 20 years in hospitality, I have yet to meet the equal of Jillian and Brent; they are exceptional hosts. Everything that we could possibly desire was at our fingertips; nothing was left out. Even the Jacuzzi was pre-heated and ready to go for us when we arrived. Believe me when I tell you that we were in that hot-tub just as soon as Jillian drove over the hill after showing us around the villa.

Every review for Deja Vu Estate here on TripAdvisor is at the 'Excellent' level. Jillian and Brent have earned every praise they get and more. I have no doubt that their hard work, forethought, attention to detail and outstanding insight into what a guest wants, will see them through a great many years of unparalleled success.

We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank them for the best service we have ever received from an accommodation provider. I defy anyone to say something negative about this wonderful couple and their superlative Estate.

Jillian and Brent - thank you both for such a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: Don't bother looking at any other accommodation in Pokolbin; this is the one you want.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Hi Jim, Thank you so much for your generous words and wonderful review of Deja Vu Estate.
We always strive to exceed peoples expectations and are so glad that we achieved our goal for your stay. People have been very considerate and thoughtful with their reviews and we are continually thankful for this. We only hope that the next time you visit us at Deja Vu Estate it can be for a longer period. Regards and Thanks, Jillian and Brent.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

A perfect place to come and relax. This was just what we needed, also the perfect place to get engaged. We loved the personal touches and homemade muffins and cookies. What a breakfast. Amazing villa with everything and fantastic hospitality. We will definitely be back again. Happy to say we are one of the first engagements in your beautiful new place, just perfect the entire weekend. Thank you again, we'll tell everyone what a great time we had.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alan A
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2012

Hi Alan A, Lots of thanks for your lovely review of Deja Vu Estate. Congratulations on your engagement, we're happy we were able to play a small role in it. All the best with future plans for the big day, keep in touch and let us know how it goes. We look forward to seeing you again, maybe for the anniversary! Again, best of luck for your future and many thanks for your kind words.
Regards Jillian and Brent

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

I know this headline has been used in many different forms but I honestly feel that Deja Vu is “As Good As It Gets” when it comes to accommodation.
We have been to the Hunter a couple of times now and always try to stay somewhere different, not any more. We will return to Deja Vu again and again. I think our only problem will be booking ahead earlier enough. We arrived when it was dark and were personally shown to the villa, as we approached it looked beautiful with the exterior night lighting.
We were truly surprised by the size of the villa, it’s huge. The pictures on the website look good but when you see it in person it’s beautiful. It is just like something out of Vogue magazine. Everything has been thought of, I honestly could’t have wished for a better place to stay. Congratulations on such a beautiful place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kerrie B
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Craig V, Owner at Deja Vu Estate, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2012

Hi Kerrie B, We don't mind how many times you use these words to describe Deja Vu Estate. Thank you very much for your kind words, we love it when guests give us this kind of feedback. Yes the villa is rather large, in fact we do get asked this question often - how big are the villas? Under roof space it's 98 sqm and if you include the two recreational decks that's another 80 sqm of area. As the weather warms up and the new gardens planted in March start to grow we'll take some more pictures. In the meantime if you took any shoots you would like to share with us please send them through and we'll post them on trip advisor and our face book page. Again Kerrie, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back to Deja Vu Estate. Kind Regards, Jillian and Brent

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Address: 280 Old North Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Pokolbin
Price Range: $293 - $348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Deja Vu Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each of the luxury villas have been located to offer complete privacy on the 35 acre bushland estate.Guests are offered seclusion and luxury around the clock.The fully self contained Villas offer opened planned living areas oriented to take advantage of the bushland and water views. The dining, lounge, bedroom and bathrooms all open out onto private decks with day beds and heated out door spas. Double sided fireplaces in the bedroom/loungeroom add to the luxury. ... more   less 
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