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Thistle Hill Guest House
Ranked #1 of 9 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
south africa
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2008

what an amazing place thisle hill is. we would like to thank Carol so much for making us feel at home, Penny ,Myself (Janine) are from south africa and our dear friend Alison from NSW booked us into the thistle hill. we had the most outstanding stay. the scenery is amazing the accomadation was heaven, the breakfast was scrumptious. chloe the kangaroo kept us entertained. Carol thanks so much for being our friend and making us feel so at home. Love your deco and hospitality. may you grow from strength to strength. hope to back there in the near future with my family.

  • Liked — everything was great from food to decor to hospitality
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank jjbsouthafrica
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  • Location
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  • 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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Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2008

We decided on a quick trip to the wine region of Sydney only 2 hours drive for us,vinyards & wine tasting all around.We can't thank our hosts Peter & Carol enough .We were also greeted by Chloe the resident 24 year old kangaroo.a real treat.We felt like family,able to freely walk around the orchard & rose gardens beautifully maintained.Breakfast mmm delicious.We also spent time with other guests visiting from the UK & Germany...Definitely a place to put on your wish list.Many thanks Carol & Peter.Remember us Brook & Candace

  • Liked — French provincial , plush , clean ,inviting
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank gilwinga
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California
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2008

Thistle Hill had amazing grounds, including a swimming pool, guest lounge, large grass area, lounge chairs and a resident kangaroo named Chloe. The breakfasts were wonderful and large, with lots of freshly baked things. The rooms were a good size, very comfortable, and had great views of the area. Also, Carol and Peter were very kind and helpful. Overall, Thistle Hill was a beautiful place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SSCalifornia
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Carmel,GWYNEDD.
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2008

We were away from home for a month staying for the most part
in bnb's apart from HK where we stayed in a very expensive hotel?.I can state categorically that Carol gave us the best
breakfast of anywhere we stayed and that is not to say that the
others were poor, to the contrary. The breakfast pavilion was
lovely and we ate overlooking the extensive grounds with the
doors open .It was special made even better by the warm sunny
morning and the other guests , a Columbian with his Italian
girlfriend. We bought some bottles of local wine (next door but
one down the road from bnb). It was very good, so good in fact
that we drank it whislt on holiday so I have no idea what it was
called. Back to Carol and the bnb. It was very nice indeed but it
was the most expensive bnb that we stayed in whilst in Oz hence
we only stayed the one night. At the end of the day you get what
you pay for and Carol's breakfast justifies the extra cost. To be
fair if you are on a tight budget then you should probably give this
place a miss .But if you want a bit of a treat or want to impress?
then this is the place and I suspect that you could have a few laughs with Carol.

  • Liked — The breakfast and the location.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank CYMROCARMEL
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Hamburg
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2008

This place is just amazing!

The rooms are very beautiful, nicely decorated. The setting and the surrounding is stunning and so are the small pool, the deck and the breakfast area.

On top you get a warm welcome from the very friendly and interesting hosts! And there is Cloe (the Kangoroo) you have to meet.

Can redommend to evryone - You will just enjoy it!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — nothing to mention
  • Stayed September 2008
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Thank mokohh
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Brisbane
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2008

We have travelled around the world extensively and Thistle Hill was one of our best experiences ever. The accomodation and setting is breathtakingly stunning, and the breakfast setting and food absolutely sensational. As inner city dwellers enjoying a 'tree-change' weekend and attending a wedding in Pokolbin, we didn't want to leave! The hosts Peter and Carol are charming, friendly and helpful without being over-bearing, and we especially loved Charlie the cat and Chloe the kangaroo. Thistle Hill has got every aspect of a fantastic weekend right. We will be recommending this to all of our friends. We could not fault it in any way and we are still dreaming of Carol's muffins and bread and butter pudding served at breakfast looking at the gum trees :-)

Stayed September 2008
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Thank moving_canvas
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Sydney
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2008

We had a fabulous time at this lovely B&B run by the most accommodating of hosts, Peter and Carol. We arrived late on a Friday night after a gruelling week and a hellish drive from Sydney through the torrential rain to a warm welcome - met at the car with an umbrella, followed by a warm bowl of soup, a glass of red wine and a cheese platter. Couldn't have been better.

This B&B is charming, there is great attention to detail. The summer house for breakfast was so pretty, and I wish it had been warmer as I would definitely have taken a dip in the pool. Breakfast was excellent - especially the poached pears and the mixed berry bread and butter pudding.

Also - Peter drew us up a great itinerary - loved all his vineyard and restaurant recommendations.

I couldn't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Liked — Pretty setting and attention to detail
  • Disliked — Lack of bath! (Very minor point though)
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Someoneinsydney
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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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