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“A Fantastic Hunter Experience”

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Thistle Hill Guest House
Ranked #1 of 8 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 7, 2013

My Wife and I spent four nights at this wonderful establishment last week and felt totally spoilt by the owners Peter and Carol.
The rooms were very comfortable and beautifully decorated and upon our return each afternoon we were pampered with special treats, which included wine and cheese, as well as freshly baked chocolate brownies and cup cakes.
Breakfast was a totally amazing experience in the beautifully decorated separate breakfast pavilion and lounge area. Although it was classified as continental, the range of fresh seasonal berries and fruits, yoghurt, traditional cereals, baked cinnamon pears and Bircher muesli supplemented by a range of breads, croissants and freshly baked pastries was superb.
Wherever you wander on this lovely property it is evident that Peter and Carol are intent on providing an unforgettable experience for their guests.
This was our first visit to Thistle Hill but we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

My husband and I were in the Hunter Valley for a wedding and were looking for an intimate and stylish stay, close to both the venue and the vineyards - Thistle Hill was the perfect choice!

From the gorgeous grounds, to the rooms, gourmet breakfast, lovely 'extras' (cheese platter on arrival; brownies for afternoon tea!) and the wonderfully warm hosts - Carol and Peter - this was a faultless accommodation experience. We can't wait for our return visit!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I was not surprised to find our hosts were South African. Thistle Hill reminded us of the high standard and excellent service we had in Guest Houses in and around Cape Town. The property has been lovingly decorated and the attention to detail is impeccable. Carol's
restaurant recommendations were fantastic (Botanica nextdoor is beautiful) and she happily booked tables for us and made other recommendations. You learn very quickly her taste is to be trusted! Breakfast is homemade, lovingly presented and served overlooking the vineyards. We did not get service of this level anywhere else in Australia, even in hotels 3 times the cost. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank RuthLDN
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We have stayed at Thistle Hill before and chose to come back here to share with friends from overseas. This time we were in the cottage. It is superb. It is private and relaxed and the quality is above 5 stars. We still opted to have breakfast in the guest lounge because this is out of this world - a gourmet experience. Carol and Peter who run Thistle Hill are so friendly and helpful, with advice and information never too much trouble. It deserves its reputation as the best B&B in the Hunter Valley.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank socdev25
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

My partner and I visited Thistle Hill in the Hunter Valley over Christans and New Year - December 2012. It was so relaxing, beautifully decorated and picture perfect! Peter and Carol were incredible hosts in making sure you have everything you need. They were great to chat to and gave the best tips on where to go and what to do in the region. Every tip they gave was right on! The breakfast every morning made by Carol herself was so delicious - straight out of a Vogue Living magazine. I plan to come back to Thistle Hill the next time I'm in NSW and in need of some wine, cheese, fabulous food and great company. Also perhaps some decorating tips - Carol's style is simply beautiful!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Steph C
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Rated the top property in Pokolbin, Thistle Hill is a wonderful place to chill, unwind in the midst of a very tastefully constructed homestead surrounded by quiet gardens bursting with flowers, greenery and serenity. Minutes away from the region's best wineries, it is extremely well located. The owners - a South African couple; Peter and Carol, know where to send you for a good lunch and dinner, and the breakfast Carol prepares in the mornings is to die for!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank vasantnath
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

In October of last year my wife and I with my sister from Sydney had the greatest pleasure to have two wonderful relaxing days at this guest house. The comfortable room, Carol, our very gracious and helpful host and the scenic surrounds of the gardens and kangaroos could not have been any more typical of Australian hospitality. Not to mention how we felt absolutely spoiled by the wholesome organic based breakfasts. What a fabulous base to explore the surrounding wineries and general countryside. Thank you Thistle Hill! We shall be back! Enduring a Canadian winter on the west coast warmed greatly by these memories.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Bob S
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Additional Information about 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
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Pokolbin
Price Range: $179 - $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thistle Hill Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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