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“Very friendly, homelike atomosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thistle Hill Guest House
Ranked #1 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very friendly, homelike atomosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2007

My husband and I stayed at Thistle hill for 2 nights earlier this month and we loved the homey atmosphere here. The room is not 5-star but its clean and comfy and the owners Glenn and Chris were friendly and helpful whenever we needed something but not intrusive. Since we were celebrating our anniversary, they gave us the corner room at the end and even welcomed us with champagne in addition to the complementary bottle of their semillion. Chloe the kangaroo and Whiskey the plump cat are added attractions to a stay here. Breakfast was good too. I would definitely stay here again and recommend this to my friends. Thanks Chris & Glenn for a great stay!

  • Liked — Attentive but not intrusive hosts
  • Disliked — Difficult to carry large suitacses over the gravel path
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank pygmyt
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2007

We had a wonderful stay at Thistle Hill's Lavender Cottage. Everything about our weekend was perfect from the beautiful rural setting, to the warm (but not over bearing) welcome, the generous breakfast, the pets (including the free roaming Chloe the Kangaroo), and the gorgeous country house decor which was very comfortable and homely rather than twee.

I can't recommend Thistle Hill highly enough, I will definitely be back!

  • Liked — The comfort
  • Disliked — ??
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KellySydney
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Essex Uk
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2007

We loved our stay at the Thistle Hill Guest House immensly. It's lovely accomodation, beautifully placed and put together with everything you could wish for and the wonderful breakfasts were enhanced by the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. We can't thank Chris and Glenn enough for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Liked — The friendly atmostphere
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2007, 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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1 Thank liketravelling
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Hoboken
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2007

Our stay at the Lavender Cottage at Thistle Hill was wonderful. It was so tastefully decorated and very clean. Our host was so helpful with recommendations for wineries and great eats. We felt so relaxed and away from it all. When we arrived we were welcomed with a wonderful bottle of wine and a great cheese platter. Also the fridge was filled with all the fixins for a great breakfast. Would highly recommend this. Also checked out the rooms available in the main house. They were also very nice. Can't wait to go back. It is truly a gem.

  • Liked — serene setting
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2007, 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
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank petalpusher
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Sydney, Australia
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109 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2007

We chose Thistle Hill after reading the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed.

On arrival we were greeted by Chris and Glenn and shown to our tastefully decorated guestroom with crisp white sheets and fluffy towels. The Guesthouse is on 25 acres with views to the vineyard and within a easy drive from wineries and the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Breakfast is served in the Guest Pavillion overlooking the pool. There is a log fire with comfortable lounges for a cosy retreat during the winter months. The guesthouse family includes a pet Kangaroo Chloe, Tinkerbell the Cat and the two dogs.

Chris extended her hospitality by giving our daughter who was celebrating her birthday a small gift.

Well done Chris and Glenn.

The only suggestion we could make would me an addition of a shade sail for the pool.

  • Liked — Comfortable room and friendly hospitality
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 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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1 Thank coasttraveller
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Derby
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2006

Simply a wonderful experience. We arrived to a welcome complinentary bottle of the local produce and a nice selection of cheese. followed by a glass of liqueur. The room was tastfully appointed, with the most comfortable of beds. A perfect ensuite with a great shower. Breakfast was excellent and in a lovely setting. To cap it all, the pet Kangroo was around for photographs. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Go For It
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AuldReckie
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East Mids
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189 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2006

Faultless. Excellent, spotless, well-furnished and equipped rooms, resident kangaroo, excellent breakfast and wine and cheese welcome pack. What a shame that everyone cannot do it this well. Would recommend with no hesitation.

  • Liked — The whole experience
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not miss
  • Stayed November 2006, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank HippyTraveller
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Property: Thistle Hill Guest House
Address: 591 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle Hill Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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