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“Serenity and Ambience”

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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard
Ranked #3 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Port Stephens, Australia
1 review
“Serenity and Ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Arriving in driving rain to the gateway of the vineyard, the rain droplets hung from the leaves and fruit of the rows of vines, the mood was of romance. At the easily found reception we were warmly greeted by our host who directed us to the beautiful verandah style guest house. Reminisant of a quality, character filled European country home, the mood was hightened. The beautiful furniture and wooden decking of the verandah led us to our room. The polished timber floors, soft furnishings and "feel" made us reassured that this was going to be a wonderful memorable time together.
Although the rain persisted it encouraged us to enjoy a lazy day, enoying the gentle pitter patter of rain as the room provided to our needs both practical and in ambience.

Highly recommended

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

We were here for Chirstmas and the owners were friendly, helpful, cheerful, and took time out of their own celebration to make sure our stay was lovely. Their wine is quiet good as well, so buy a bottle when you arrive and safe it for later. The breakfast baskets were big and we almost always had some left over to pack in our afternoon picnic basket. Their dog is hysterical and the homey feel to the porch and rooms was just what we wanted. The cops in Hunter Valley don't fool around concerning drivers and rules (as well they shouldn't). SO as not to risk a ticket we were able to amble down the lane from our room to four wonderful vineyards! They helped us with reservations for Christmas dinner and really respected our privacy while still accomodating us in every way. I was a little surprised that their weren't any decorations for the holidays in the rooms, but at the same time that might just be my own nostalgia talking. We coulnd't have asked for a more perfect holiday stay at a lovely vineyard run by a wonderful family. Thanks for having us!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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BexVictoria, General Manager at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
We've shared your kind words with the team, thank you. We're pleased you were able to relax and enjoy the Carriages property and surrounding wineries over Christmas.

In 2013, we hope to make Carriages better than ever. Since New Year we've introduced a mini-bar service in each room, and have resurfaced the guest tennis court - its looking fresh! We are just days away from picking the ripe Chardonnay grapes in the vineyard for our 2013 harvest, so its a vibrant time on the estate indeed...

Thanks again for taking the time to review Carriages.
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

My partner and I had an amazing weekend away at The Carriages in August/September, the host Rebecca was fantastic and the room was brilliant. Ideally located in the heart of the Hunter Wine Region, we walked to restaurants and wineries, had our fill then retired back to the comfort of our country style room where we finished off our complimentary cheese platter and cracked open another bottle in front of the fire place. Upon waking up to the sounds of the birds our breakfast was waiting for us in a basket at the front door, the selection of muffins, cereals, croissants, bread, juice, etc hit the spot and set us up for another day of eating and tasting the local wines and produce. This was our third visit to the Hunter Valley and by far the best, we will stay at The Carriages again in the hopefully not too distant future!

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room with a fire place in the Winter!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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BexVictoria, General Manager at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard, responded to this review, September 18, 2012
Thanks for your kind words, its always a pleasure to hear guests enjoy their time at CARRIAGES. We'd love to welcome you back - its wonderful here as we head towards Summer - the vineyard is transforming into a bright green display of new growth, the salt-water pool is sparkling, the gardens are blooming, and the Rose is on ice.. hope to see you soon!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

With a group of 4 couples the Carriages was a logical choice - very central location in the Hunter Valley and great facilities for socialising.

We booked the two rooms in the 'Gate House' and 2 rooms in the 'main house'. The former has two spacious guest rooms (with spas) and a roomy kitchen/lounge in between. The latter consists of 8 rooms.

Booking was relatively easy - was going to do online, but to make sure our group was all confirmed we called and booked over the phone.

The rooms were great - spacious and comfy (and the bed was just right). We did, however, find the hot water wasn't very hot - particularly if our friends in the other room in the gate house had already had a spa or shower. I did mention this on check out, and the owner was apologetic - and texted me later to apologise again.

The central lounge and kitchen was ideal for our group. The fire was fantastic!

The breakfast basket was well received by all - breakfast in the sun on the balcony was a hit.

I recommend anyone staying at the Carriages take the short stroll down the road to Roberts for dinner. I also recommend you splash out on a limo tour of the wineries - we used Hunter Valley Limos and had a great time. Much better than drink driving yourself, and you'll get much better personalised attention.

Overall I'd definately stay here again, and I'm sure our friends would make similar recommendations.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

My partner and I recently stayed for 2 nights and we were absolutely thrilled.
We stayed in the loft, (I think it was the biggest room) and my partner had a great time playing with the open fire.
The hosts were very courteous and available without being overbearing.
Charmingly furnished.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

My partner & I had heard good things about The Carriages from friends, & I had visited the cellar door previously. (This boutique winery offers a fantastic shiraz & delicious chardonnay. You can't visit without buying either/both of these wines!)
But the best part of this hidden nook at the end of Halls Road, Pokolbin, is the Carriages.
We arrived late & our key was waiting in the cute office part of the Owner's house. We made our way slowly down the winding gravel road, through the vineyard, & happened upon the charming Main House. A huge verandah (with chairs & a table for each of the rooms) surrounds this magnificent B&B, just begging you to sit & relax.
Our room was well appointed & had a definite country feel, without being too kitsch. A basket of kindling & newspaper awaited our open fireplace & it didn't take long to get a fire lit! There was Twinings tea of all types, plunger coffee & wine glasses.
In the morning we awoke to a breakfast hamper at the front door & what a joy this was! 2 large croissants, 2 fresh muffins, bread & jams/honey, 3 different cereals, yoghurt, a jug of milk in the fridge, orange juice & fruit. I couldn't wait to set up the table with the supplied cutlery & placemats & dig into this delicious well-prepared piece of luxury.
The 'backyard' was a beautiful sight to wake to in the early wintery morning, so green & leafy.
(If it hadnt been raining, we would have played some tennis with the supplied racquets/balls.)
Instead we were recommended a few options for lunch, by the owner Rebecca. Knowledgeable & accommodating, she made us feel like old friends staying over for a couple of nights.
This romantic, cosy B&B was the highlight of our holiday.

Room Tip: One with an open fire will surely delight during winter!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights and would definitely recommend the Carriages. Lovely and relaxing, just what we needed in our break from Sydney. The room was cosy and quiet and candles are provided to add to the romantic atmosphere. It would have been perfect if one of the rooms with the log fire had been available but unfortunately all booked out..never mind maybe next time! We loved the breakfast hamper, enjoying it on the veranda in the morning sunshine was bliss! Lovely touch.
A bonus was that we realised the Carriages is located just up from the PepperTree winery..our fave!
We will be back in the furture for sure. If you want some R&R the Carriages is perfect rather than staying at the larger hotel complexes.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard

Property: Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard
Address: Diamond Estate | 112 Halls Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We think you’re going to love this place. It’s a boutique hotel with 10 rooms, set on an award-winning vineyard. In winter enjoy a roaring log-fire, a squashy sofa, a smooth bottle of wine. On warm days wander through French doors into the garden, dip into the salt-water pool, or play tennis. Sleep in the finest fresh white sheets and wake up to a seasonal breakfast basket at your door. It’s an enchanting retreat at the end of a famous little road. Legendary vineyards, wineries, chef’s hat restaurants, world class golf courses, spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, chocolate & cheese shops are all close by… plus Carriages Boutique Wines are onsite for your drinking pleasure. COME AND STAY. ... more   less 
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