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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

We booked the Carriages for a quiet, relaxing retreat over the New Year. We booked into our room which was quite expensive at $295 per night we thought as the room was quite basic perhaps 2/3 star. We were told by the lady who booked us in that a large group would be holding a party/ BBQ and she hoped they wouldn't be too loud. They were loud and partied from 4pm to 4am, nothing outrageous just talking laughing, singing ( apparently one of them was celebrating a birthday and well as the New Year) They had obviously asked the oweners if this was OK to do as the woman was well aware of this.

On booking out we said that the noise was not really acceptable and were told "its New Years Eve what did you excpect?" not said nastily but still. We just paid up and left we wont be back, who in there right minds lets half the accomodation hold a party at the expense of other paying guests?

And so in answer to the question what did I expect? I expected a lovely relaxing , quite New Years Eve in the country, if I wanted to listen to other people party I would have stayed in Bondi for free!

I note this isnt the only time noise issues have been raised and wish I had looked on Trip Adisor before we booked.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank SydneyS_k
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Reviewed December 18, 2009

Recently enjoyed staying at this relaxing country guesthouse that is centrally located but tucked away from the main road with only the sounds of birds as you wake in the morning. Room was spacious, private, very comfortable and spotlessly clean but best of all was the breakfast delivered to your door each morning - freshly baked muffins, beautiful seasonal fruits (we had mangos and plums), cereal, yoghurt, juice etc. Temps were over 40degrees when we were there so cooled down in the pool and made good use of the shady trees nearby. Our room had it's own balcony where we could enjoy a bottle of wine and some cheese in the cool of the evening. The owners Ben and Lise were extremely helpful with directions and recommendations to restaurants and wineries in the area and nothing was too much trouble. Their attention to detail was obvious in everything - cleanliness, comfort and catering. We loved out stay and definitely intend to return in the future.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank rockrobyn99
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Reviewed December 16, 2009

This was a return visit to the Carriages Country House after living overseas for the past four years and I was not disappointed. I had wonderful memories of drinking a glass of red by the fire in our room and relaxing over breakfast the next morning on the verandah, but this 2 day stay was in the heat of summer, so a whole new experience awaited.
We were not disappointed. We had driven up from Sydney in the morning, stopping for a long, leisurely lunch along the way and arriving at the Carriages in the heat of the afternoon. As we wound our way through the vines to the guesthouse itself, the long verandah and gabled roof came into view - a haven beckoning.
Opening the door to our upstairs gabled room, the cool air conditioning welcomed us and we knew we had found the respite we craved. The room and adjoining bathroom were both large and beautifully decorated with every comfort. The central fireplace would not be needed this visit, but created an ambience of country charm.
In the early evening when the temperature had cooled, we enjoyed a bottle of the Carriages wine and some cheese and crackers on our private balcony. Watching the setting sun listening only to the sound of cicadas is such a truly Australian experience and one that I had missed.
After a delicious breakfast the next day of fruit, yoghurt and home-cooked muffins we enjoyed a long walk followed by a swim in the pool. We then decided we did not want to leave this haven, even for the day, catching up on our reading and enjoying an afternoon nap in the heat of the day.
This Carriages Country House is a tranquil haven and I couldn't recommend it more highly as a place to recharge your batteries. The owners, Ben and Lise, were totally charming and are happy to meet every need. The wine we enjoyed on our first night had been grown from vines on the estate and was first rate, so we couldn't resist buying a case to take home.
All in all, the Carriages Country House is the perfect getaway winter or summer, and I am already looking for an opportunity to go back again!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank SanFranKate
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

Had a fabulous stay here on the weekend. From the moment we arrived everything was perfect - extremely welcoming owners, quaint and private setting, very comfortable room, all the facilities we needed, we loved the breakfast basket that was delivered to our door each morning!! And the location was ideal - right in the heart of Pokolbin!! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing weekend away in the food and wine capital!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jane12345
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

In response to the previous negative review: we were fortunate enough to book the property after failure to confirm by the previous reservation. From our perspective, when we emailed the management with an enquiry for this weekend we were told that the property was fully booked with the possible exception of one room for which the owners had received an invalid credit card number and no reply to several phone calls they had made in attempts to follow up the original booking. We were asked to wait for three more days during which the owners tried to confirm the original booking, after which we were first in line to book the presumed-free room. We had an extremely pleasant stay. The rooms were comfortable, the breakfast was generous, the property lovely, the owners professional and helpful. I would recommend this property to anybody.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank drhappytravels
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