I couldn't give this place any more praise if I tried.
Hermitage Lodge is situated smack bang in the middle of all the action in the Hunter Valley Wine Country.
We stayed in a Vineyard Studio room - modern and stylish decor, (unlike the overwhelmingly "country B&B" vibe that most other hunter valley accommodation seemed to have) and true to its name, our balcony had a gorgeous view of the Lodge's working vineyard.
The service was outstanding and the staff were always polite and cheerful, and often goes above and beyond what one would expect. On one occasion, after dining out at Brokenback Bar (which was also brilliant, by the way) we decided to head back to the Lodge's restaurant, Il Cacciatore, for some dessert. When we arrived, they had already closed and were counting the till (to be fair, it was about 10pm-ish), but instead of turning us away the manager invited us in and made us an elaborately presented bowl of gelato each for us to take back to our room.
I'd recommend this place to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award winning Hermitage Lodge is nestled on 25 acres in the heart of the vineyards of the Hunter valley, and is within walking distance of many of the areas popular wineries and tourist attractions. Hermitage Lodge is the home to the Italian Restaurant Il Cacciatore open 7 nights a week. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hermitage Hotel Pokolbin
- Hermitage Lodge Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin