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Thistle Hill Guest House
Ranked #1 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Incredible - Friendly & Romantic”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We just arrived back from Thistle Hill after spending two nights of our honeymoon there.
We had great expectations from all the glowing reviews and we were not disappointed.
Thistle Hill is close to the wineries and set back on a sprawling property. The rooms were immaculate - so thoughtfully designed and furnished.
We were treated in the room with a lovely cheese platter, wine and chocolate brownies baked by Carol.
The breakfast is incredible - Carol puts on absolute spread - it was different each morning but included croissants, freshly baked brownies, roasted pears, fresh fruit together with cereals etc.
Carol is absolutely lovely and makes you feel so welcome.
You won't find a better bed and breakfast than Thistle Hill.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights mid week for some peace and quiet.
The place was exactly as we wished... Peaceful and very tastefully furnished...attention to detail was second to none.
From the small culinary touches each day left in our room, to the complimentary cognac on arrival we were impressed
First night we purchased local cheeses and wines and enjoyed them in the separate drawing room house by the fire ...
Thank you we will return!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 28, 2013

From the warm friendly welcome by host Carol to the cosy comfortable guestroom we felt immediately at home and settled in with excited anticipation of our 3 day stay at Thistle Hill.
At every turn there is an abundance of visual distractions, interesting ornaments, pots and plants. Chairs and garden settings dot the landscape on the acres of cleared grounds, vineyard and dam. A complimentary cheese plate and bottle of wine, a selection of DVDs and reading material were generously made available.
The breakfast room and Carols homemade fruits, cereals and cakes were the highlight of our
mornings. Simply delicious!
Feeling as though we had stayed with an old friend we left with fond memories and high regard
for Carol and the haven she and her husband Peter have created for visitors looking for a peaceful and beautiful retreat.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Its located in a quite tranquil location with beautiful rooms, exceptional and the most wonderful hosts in Peter and Carol. Upon arriving they provided a nice cheese plate with a bottle of wine.The room was nicely decorated--the bed very comfortable which had been pre-heated prior our arrival. Breakfast was excellent.All in all a pleasant stay and will definitely come back again :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Great location, fantastic rooms, exceptional personal service and the most wonderful hosts in Peter and Carol. So peaceful and quiet with beautiful gardens, walking distance to a few fabulous restaurants. The "proof of this pudding" was that we were incredibly sad to be leaving, and will most certainly be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2013

My Mum, Dad and I went up to the Hunter for my Dads Birthday, and could have wished for a nicer place to stay. Peter and Carol were extremely welcoming and showed us around there beautiful Bed and Breakfast. The rooms were stunning, and beautifully decorated with so much attention to detail. The Beds were extremely comfortable with amazing Linens to match, and on arrival we were told that there was a bottle of wine and cheese plate in the fridge as well as fresh baked brownies for us to enjoy. The overall location of Thistle Hill is amazing, located half way down Hermitage Road, is easily accessible to a vast range of wineries close by including, Wombats Run, Scarborough and Tulloch. The Grounds were beautiful with rose bushes surrounding the perfect stone paths, and beautifully cut lawn leading down to a dam with a wooden deck leading to the breakfast room and swimming pool. Breakfast which was served everyday from 8:30am-10am was incredible, Fresh fruit, Scones, Baked Pears, Quiche, Bircher Muesli, Croissants, Fresh juice, and other items were put out each morning, to which every single item was perfectly executed and cooked by Carol and Peter. Carol and Peter are such delightful people and know a huge amount about the Hunter and gave us the most amazing restaurant suggestions. We have all visited the Hunter many times over the years and have all agreed that this is with out a doubt the best place any of us have stayed, and that we all will be returning to stay again. We cannot express enough how amazing this place is and highly recommend it to anyone as they are such an accommodating couple who have poured so much love into this place and it shows. Thank you again for an amazing stay, and we look forward to our return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

Peter and Carol have an outstanding Bed and Breakfast. We stayed one night in room 5. The room was nicely decorated--the bed very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent. Carol made an excellent roasted pear dish--that she provided the recipe for. It was fun to watch a pair of Kangeroos "box" on the lawn outside the breakfast room. Chocolates and brownies were in our room upon arrival (didn't see a bottle of wine but there was brandy?). Forgot to ask about Internet access but it was nice to leave the iPad alone and just enjoy the quiet--found out there was Internet access.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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