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Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard

Diamond Estate 112 Halls Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia
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#3 of 5 guest houses in Pokolbin
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We think you’re going to love this place. It’s a boutique hotel with just 10 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms brimming with vintage charm and set on an award-winning vineyard. In winter curl up on a sofa next to a real log-fire with a glass of wine. On warm days wander through French doors to sit out on the wide veranda overlooking the garden, dip into the salt-water pool, or play tennis. Sleep in the finest fresh white sheets and wake up to a seasonal breakfast basket at your door. It’s an enchanting retreat at the end of a famous little road. It’s just a short stroll to the local café and Circa 1876 restaurant. Legendary vineyards, wineries, an amazing range of restaurants, cheese and chocolate shops, world class golf courses, and the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens, are all close by… plus Carriages Boutique Wines are on site for your drinking pleasure. COME AND STAY.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Laundry service
Outdoor pool
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Air conditioning
Minibar
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Quaint
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Sandie S wrote a review Feb 2024
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From the moment we arrived at Carriages we felt spoiled. Our room was beautifully appointed and very quiet. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of Carriages Shiraz on the verandah before walking to enjoy our dinner at a nearby restaurant. A beautiful breakfast was delivered to us the next morning. Our hosts couldn’t do enough for us and were so friendly and welcoming. We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend. Sandie and Jerry. X
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Melissa K wrote a review Jan 2024
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Comfortable, quiet, welcoming. A generous breakfast was delivered about 8am each day and was lovely to eat out on the wide verandah. The pool was deep enough for a refreshing splash on a hot afternoon. Tennis before breakfast was fun.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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reverendanaglyph wrote a review Oct 2023
Melbourne, Australia57 contributions36 helpful votes
My wife and I chose Carriages as a base for our visit to the Hunter Valley to attend a friend's wedding. This is the kind of place that you really hope to find when you're spending a few days away, but seldom do. Our room was one of six on the ground floor, arranged along a long shared verandah. There are two other rooms on a floor above that have private balconies. The verandah looks out on a large lawn with shady trees. There is a tennis court and a pool nearby. The room was unfussy and well appointed, with adjoining bathroom and shower. There was a small service area with toaster, electric kettle and plates and cutlery. Tea and coffee (fresh ground for plunger) was provided. Bed was a comfortable queen size. Everything was clean and well-serviced. A 'mini bar' was stocked with beers, an assortment of snacks, and wines from the Carriages vineyards. Our room came with breakfast, which was brought to the verandah in the morning in a picnic hamper. The excellent continental-style fare consisted of fresh croissants, fresh fruit salad, fresh orange juice, muesli, yoghurt and grain bread for toasting, with an assortment of condiments. The Carriages environment is among vineyards and situated away from the main house. It was quiet and relaxing, with bird life and the occasional kangaroo transiting the lawn. Our hosts were convivial and attentive without being intrusive. Carriages is a short walking distance to both The Convent and Circa 1876, which makes it an ideal place to stay if attending events at either of those venues. It's also close driving distance to most of the main Hunter Valley vineyards and attractions. I highly recommend this hotel, and would make it my preferred stay on any further visits to the Hunter Valley.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Tracey O wrote a review Sept 2023
Echuca, Australia19 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a lovely stay here for 2 nights. Hosts are fabulous and the rooms are beautiful. Very comfortable with a lovely view. Lots of great wildlife around to give you that extra country feel. It is a bonus that you can walk to Circa Restaurant which is just metres away.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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westy54 wrote a review Apr 2023
Sydney, Australia9050 contributions1200 helpful votes
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The turnoff to this hotel is located at the end of Halls Road (just over a kilometre off Broke Road). The actual residence is then a further 200/300 metres along an unsealed road past a vineyard and the owner's residence and around the lake to a large car park. The hotel's rooms appear to be in the same building with some being upstairs. A number of the rooms, including ours, fronted onto a lovely covered verandah with cane chairs and tables where we sat looking over the lovely grassed area towards the tennis courts and swimming pool. We stayed for two nights in a verandah suite which was quite large and very comfortable. The suite was the width of the building with French doors at either end. The room was furnished with a queen bed (comfortable) that had a bedside table with a lamp on it on either side of the bed. There was also a wardrobe, two seater lounge, coffee table, dining table with a lamp and two chairs, a flat screen TV attached to the wall, a breakfast buffet with plates, cutlery, glasses, toaster, kettle, tea and coffee making facilities and a minbar. There was also a fireplace. The bathroom had a vanity that was large enough to hold toiletries and a walk in shower (good pressure). Both the room and the bathroom were very clean and serviced daily. WIFI was included and worked well. The breakfast basket that was brought to your room around 8-00am each morning was very good. It included bread (including Gluten Free if requested) for toasting, butter, a selection of jams, croissants, muesli, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, orange juice and milk. Very all encompassing. The hotel also had bottles of its own wine for sale. The only downside that I can see is also one of its advantages - the peace and quiet that you get from being out of the thick of the action. I would see a car as a definite requirement.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Dianah W wrote a review Apr 2023
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Quietly nestled away from the main thoroughfare, a perfect retreat for a peaceful time away. Lovely grounds, friendly hosts, comfortable accommodation to suit couples. A shared, yet private verandah, lends itself to long lazy mornings with a book in the Sun or a late afternoon platter of local fare and wine before strolling to nearby establishments.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Danielle Z wrote a review Nov 2022
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The quaint cottage was clean, secluded and everything we needed for our weekend get away.. Our hosts were lovely & down to earth , their wine is delicious. We tried and bought some home with us😊 If you are looking for a quiet get away highly recommended place to stay
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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MuskokaGirlDownUnder wrote a review Sept 2022
Canberra, Australia151 contributions69 helpful votes
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We enjoyed two nights mid-week at Carriages. The location was great, just minutes from dozens of wineries and restaurants. Being midweek, only a few rooms had guests, which added to the peaceful feel of the garden locale. This would be a great place for a weekend away for a group of couples, particularly in warmer months when you could fully enjoy the pool and tennis courts. Our room was spacious, with a big breakfast feast delivered to our door each morning. The decor is French country, and is needing a bit of a refresh, but this adds to the country charm, to be honest.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Elisha S wrote a review Sept 2022
Morisset, Australia2 contributions2 helpful votes
We booked a room with a fireplace. We called to confirm and left a voicemail but there was no answer and no call back. He called again the next day and got through and they confirmed yes room has fireplace. When we arrived about 20 mins early we picked up the keys from reception and checked the room. We noticed immediately there was NO fireplace and the room was cold and dirty and basically a outdated falling apart shanty and nothing like the photos in the booking listing and so went back to reception to find out what had happened. They advised they had no more rooms with fireplaces left but we would get a refund if we chose not to stay for this reason. We made the decision to find alternative accommodation although we had paid in full already they had assured us we would get a full refund so we weren’t worried. We left the room untouched and stayed at another hotel. We called booking.com and emailed to confirm the conversation we had with the receptionist and they also confirm we would receive a full refund but that it was up to the carriages to process it through. We waited for out refund but nothing came through. Hubby contacted the carriages hotel again and they said that because we didn’t double check that the room we booked had a fireplace that we won’t be getting it a refund! Hubby explained that he did confirm and also that booking.com description listed fireplace on the site. They still refused to refund us. We went to fair trading who said they would only offer a maximum of half our money back despite promising us a full refund on the day! Absolutely disgusted at the pathetic lack of customer service and blatant lies! Would not even rate one star but unfortunately it won’t let you do zero!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lucinda V wrote a review June 2022
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Absolutely amazing. We spent 2 nights here for my birthday and could not me more impressed with the stay. Nerina and Alistair were absolutely lovely, they are a friendly face and have a wonderful property. Definitely book a room with a fireplace if you stay in winter, it adds to the atmosphere. Comfortable beds, great continental breakfast delivered in the morning and all round serenity! We can’t wait to come back.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AU$279 - AU$287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesGreater NewcastleCessnockPokolbin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard
Which popular attractions are close to Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Nearby attractions include Sutton Estate - Hunter Valley (5.6 km), Hunter Valley Wildlife Park (4.7 km), and Saddlers Creek Wines (4.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hunters Quarter, EXP. restaurant, and The Gates Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Carriages Boutique Hotel & Vineyard?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Poppet Head Park (11.4 km).