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“Unbelievable hospitality and weekend” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Casa La Vina
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Lugarno, Australia
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3 reviews
“Unbelievable hospitality and weekend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

The amount of friendliness and care Tracey and Frank put into their guests is unbelievable. Not only did they cater for us beyond any expectations they offered us a lift with the other guest to our concerts both nights at hope estate. We would never try and find another place whilst at hunter valley. Will definitely be returning shortly. Thanks again Tracey and Frank. :-)

Room Tip: We had the privilege of looking at all rooms. Every room is beautiful just depends if you want a spa...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Michelle H
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
It was a fun weekend with "The Boss", and having great guests such as yourselves. We look forward to having you return for the next lot of concerts. Casa La Vina is in a great central spot, we even get the privilege of hearing the guest artist from our villas. Cheers, Frank and Tracey - Casa La VIna
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Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

My best friend and I travelled to Hunter Valley to watch Dolly Parton.

We had booked Casa La Vina as it was close to the venue and looked nice on the website. The detail of 'adults only' was also a bonus.

We arrived late that Friday night and the owner's were very kind and left our porch light on, whilst also warning us to drive safely and watch out for the Roo's that late at night.

When we walked in, my best friend and I were so impressed. The size of the villa, so spacious, outdoor covered area, bathroom, the facilities. Fantastic!
The villa was immaculate. All features of and in the villa are high end. I've stayed in 5 star hotels before and you can get a basic (plastic) kettle in them. Every detail is quality.

Was very impressed with how clean the villa was. The bathroom was amazing. That shower head *bliss*.

The owner's stocked our refrigerator with lots of food, juices, milk, bread, wine etc. which we could enjoy as Saturday's breakfast and throughout the duration of our stay.
The weather was dreary but humid, so we didn't venture out but basically, we relaxed all Saturday, eating, watching Foxtel / Austar up until the lead up to getting ready for the Dolly concert!

Honestly, cannot say a bad word, and have been telling friends of Casa La Vina.

Will definitely like to come back and stay a few more days and do wine tours etc.

Room Tip: One of the villa's have a Jacuzzi!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lep247
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
It has been a great concert month for the Hunter Valley. We are lucky to be within a walking distance to all the concerts and we can always hear them. Thank you for taking the time to review our small business. We always welcome you and your friend back next time you are in the Hunter Valley. Cheers Frank and Tracey - Casa La VIna
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Castiglione Della Pescaia, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

My husband an I were completely blown away with the accommodation, it is first class, and the layout of the villa's guaranteed all the privacy any couple could hope for on a romantic getaway.

The hosts Frank and Tracey totally go out of their way to accommodate any needs you might have, not that you will need anything in the rooms they are immaculate. They have a great knowledge of things to do and places to go to help you enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Don't forget to ask for a villa with a spa.....
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank j m
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
We always appreciate getting great feed backs from our guests, it really makes us more keen providing our little touches to make our guest have a wonderful stay. Thank you again for choosing Casa La Vina for your stay in the Hunter Valley. Yours truly, Frank and Tracey
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

My husband and I had a wonderful time at Casa La Vina for our wedding anniversary weekend. We stayed in the luxury villa with spa and were absolutely delighted with all the accouterments that Frank and Tracey had provided.

The Villa was impeccable. It was clean, tidy, and very cozy (fireplace, people, c'mon!). Definitely a top choice for a winter time escape to the Hunter. There is a well-stocked kitchen, both in terms of the bar fridge filled with goodies like yogurts, chocs, milk, butter, and of course the welcome breakfast tray, and in terms of the actual kitchen utensils needed for most kinds of cooking. I got the feeling that this kitchen is stocked by people who know exactly what they want when they stay at in a self-contained villa. I usually find myself saying "Where's the freaking paper towels!!" (There is a bbq outside near the spa), but not this trip. I mostly said things like "Wow, they've even got spa slippers to go with the bathrobes!"

Casa La Vina is also ridiculously close to the wineries. It is definitely centrally located.

It was a very romantic stay for us. There are tea light candles around the spa and when we lit those and turned off all the lights and got in the hot tub, we had the whole Milky Way shining down on us. Very nice.

My only suggestion would be for some sort of fan system for the patio, as Hunter summers can get very hot, and if the wind isn't blowing in the right direction it can become slightly uncomfortable sitting outside. But most people aren't at their accommodations during the day time - out wine tasting and such - and we are accustomed to the heat anyway, so it wasn't a very big deal.

Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay at Casa La Vina and will definitely recommend it to our friends and family - perhaps rent out the whole place and have a reunion! Thank you Tracey and Frank for your seriously well thought out and charming boutique hotel!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AtM85
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Thank you so much for a great and informative review. We take notice of what our guest have to say . We glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa La Vina. We like to provide a unique and memorable stay for our guests. We look forward to your return, yours truly, Frank and Tracey
- Casa La Vina
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Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

My husband and I stayed in the luxury studio (without spa) and it exceeded both of our expectations. The villa was perfect for our quiet romantic Christmas getaway - just the two of us - we loved our private courtyard and the barbecue was perfect to make Spanish tapas while drinking sangria. We did contemplate visiting the local vineyards but couldn't resist staying in and soaking up the Mexican charm. We now want to go to Mexico and check out the adobes which inspired the owners to recreate in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Tracey and Frank made us feel so welcome that we are definitely visiting again next year.

Room Tip: Any of the villas would be good to choose from.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anne M
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
We are happy you enjoyed your Christmas break away from home and hope that the rest of your holiday up to the north coast was a great, restful break. Thank you for the photos, and we thank you for your time in reviewing Casa La Vina. It was our pleasure having you stay with us!
Yours truly, Frank and Tracey
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

We've stayed at many top end resorts, hotels & boutique accommodation spots throughout Australia and Casa La Vina jumped out at us as being a place with a 'point of difference'. The 5 star experience, romantic getaway, self contained Villa was touted on their website and we weren't disappointed! Privacy was guaranteed from the keyless entry to the Villa itself which was perfectly appointed from the gorgeous smell of the body lotion (which I generally don't tend to use) and other bathroom products including toothbrushes, to all the necessities required for a few days away - from cutlery, dinnerware & BBQ utensils, Nespresso machine, lots of towels including separate ones for the spa and even a dishwasher which meant no clumsy washing of cups, glasses etc in small sinks. The double showers, king bed and LCD TV also received our tick of approval.

The breakfast hamper was more than ample together with a generous supply of drinks and welcome bubbles in the fridge. We thoroughly enjoyed cooking a full breakfast on the barbie on at least a couple of mornings - we even had leftovers.

Casa La Vina is very well situated and close to everything. It was clean, private, cosy, up to date technologically, and well thought of in terms of needs. The hosts, who we met as we were leaving, were warm, friendly and passionate about their business - it shows.

I would heartily recommend this place to anyone and will must certainly be making a return visit.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Trish C
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you Trish for taking the time to tell us about your experience at Casa La Vina.
It is our goal to have all our guest enjoy their stay with the little touches that you mention.
Having only the three villas, keeps it private and quiet. Your kind and wonderful comments are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you back the following year. Yours truly, Frank and Tracey
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Sydney
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41 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

Casa la Vina is a well designed, well built, romantic stay. There is great attention to detail in design including in the fixtures, fittings and ornaments. Thorough research must have been undertaken to provide an authentic New Mexican feel.
Ideal for couples in terms of seclusion and romance. From the self check in, to the inside and outside fire, to spa under the stars, it doesn't get much nicer than this. Frank and Tracey have done a great job. What a pleasant stay.
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Room Tip: Villa 2 was perfect
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank elise1
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Casa_La_Vina, Owner at Casa La Vina, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Thank you very much for staying with us. We are glad you appreciate the little extras that make staying at Casa La Vina special. We wish you all the best, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Yours truly, Frank and Tracey - Casa La VIna
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Property: Casa La Vina
Address: 657 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 41 Specialty Lodging in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa La Vina 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa La Vina - Opened November 2012 offers three, luxury, unique, spacious adobe villas for that intimate couples escape. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region. The Santa Fe inspired adobe villas, with rustic south western decor, create the feel and ambiance of a contemporary New Mexican Adobe. Featuring exposed log timber ceilings, gas log fireplace, reverse cycle air conditioning, plush king beds, private courtyards with Jacuzzi's and outdoor wood fireplace to soak up the rural serenity or the evening stars. Casa La Vina is the perfect romantic couples getaway. Free breakfast hamper, Free wireless WiFi, Foxtel TV and under covered parking AAA Rated 4 1/2 Star ... more   less 
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