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Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
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Reviewed 22 December 2005

My husband and l stayed here as part of our honeymoon jaunt round Australia and loved it. It was so different from the usual type of chain hotel, quaint little lodges with a real country feel, and there really are kangaroos grazing all around. The Shakey Tables restaurant lived up to its amazing reputation with simply stunning food, and the staff are just lovely. Highly recommended it you fancy experiencing a different kind of hotel on your trip. A very peaceful place to be.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed 3 August 2005

We have just returned home from a stay at the Hunter Country Lodge and the Shakey Tables Restaurant. The facility is about a 10 minute drive up the main road from the Visitors Center. The accomodations and restaurant are on a beautiful large piece of property. There are two long rows of cabins that are rustic but nicely decorated and very comfortable. They are on each side of the restaurant. If you are looking for a 5 star, spa type atmosphere, you would not be happy here. However if you like the country, do not mind a rustic cabin, and would like a chance to see live kangaroos hop about (lots of them!) right outside your window and abundant wildlife, you will love it.

The lovely owners (also chef and vitner) could not be nicer and each room comes stocked with the wines grown on the new vineyard on the property. We found the wines very nice, and are available for sale. The food is yummy and beautifully presented. Paula, the owner/chef has won several well deserved awards. The restaurant is decorated with vivid colors and very whimsical, with wonderful paintings by Paula that add to the atmosphere. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed 27 April 2005

This is a great place if you are looking for a relaxed break in the Hunter Valley. The cabins are clean and cosy with views over the hotels vineyards where the kangaroos hop around freely.
The food in the restaurant is fantastic and can't be faulted and I would recommend the package that includes dinner.
The owners are very friendly and will arrange wine tours that pick you up from reception and take you around various vineyards for the day.
All in all a fantastic place - I would highly recommend it. We will go back when we are next in Oz.

Stayed February 2005
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Additional Information about Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant

Property: Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant
Address: Cessnock-Branxton Rd | Rothbury, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, New South Wales, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Price range (per night): $95 - $370
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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Hunter Country Hotel Shakey Tables
Hunter Country Lodge & Shakey Tables Restaurant Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin

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