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Thistle Hill Guest House
Ranked #1 of 8 Pokolbin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This guest house is conveniently located in the Hunter Valley, in a serenely beautiful location. The room was lovely, with everything we might have needed. The grounds were beautifully maintained and perfect for morning and evening walks. But Donna and Stuart were the best hosts ever, giving us advice that was always right on the mark and making us feel right at home. The breakfast was the best I have ever had in a hotel or guest house. If you want a tranquil and beautiful setting with warm and helpful hosts, this is the place.

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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

We stayed for 1 night in the cottage (2 rooms with ensuite) which was amazing. The rooms have a nice touch to it, smelled great and make you feel at home. We arrived late in the evening but were greeted with smiles from Donna and family, and of course many cuddles and tail whips from the dogs. (Love them all!) The bottle of wine and cheese plate were a nice and welcoming touch.

We would have liked to stay another night but it was full (depsite booking more than a month ago!) so we had to split up. My mum and sister stayed in their glorious guestroom while my boyfriend and I went to another accommodation. Despite being in different accommodation, Donna welcomed us to use her pool or to hang out at their place. Definitely 5 stars for her (and her family) amazing hospitality.

Would definitely head there again if I'm ever in HV. My advice is to book early to avoid disappointment! :)

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

Quiet, luxurious, I could go on! We arrived late due to traffic, but were met after 9.30 with open arms and a big smile. The suites are spacious, clean, every detail from the welcome cheese plate and wine ( what else!) to the chocolates well thought out to make us feel at home. Beds very comfy, breakfast a leisurely, sumptuous pleasure to collect out thoughts and plan the weekend with our hosts help.
This was our second stay here,and I will come back, again, soon.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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PeCas51, Owner at Thistle Hill Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2016

Thanks Deb and Alan, you were wonderful guests and it was such a great group of people that weekend thanks to you both as well! Hope mother liked the chocolates, we look forward to seeing you again and hope that 2016 is good to you both!

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Reviewed 15 February 2016

We booked all 6 rooms and the cottage for 2 nights for our sons' wedding late January. The ceremony was held on site near the dam and as there were only 15 of us all told, we enjoyed a lovely evening on the deck outside the pool area. The rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious with additional sofa and armchairs, television, bar fridge, ensuite and air conditioning. The bed and pillows were super comfortable and everything was immaculately clean. A nice touch was the complimentary cheese plate and bottle of wine and also the brownies the following day. The grounds are beautifully manicured and large enough for a stroll around and the quietness added to the ambience, instant relaxation! Donna and Stuart the new owners were the perfect hosts and were so warm and friendly to us all, as were Emile and Soxie, the resident four legged staff members. We enjoyed breakfast both mornings in the pavilion, near the pool. A range of cereals, fruits, bircher muesli, fresh honey, baked pears (to die for), fruit compotes,toast, pastries, croissants, jams, (egg burritos as well on Sunday morning) and an espresso machine made for a terrific breakfast. Will definitely return and can only say you do yourself a favour and enjoy a stay here. An easy 2 1/2 hour drive from Sydney and 45 mins from Newcastle.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

The accommodation is first rate. We stayed in the cottage which has two bedrooms each with an ensuite. It's tucked away behind a grove of trees, beautifully private and peaceful. Breakfast in the pavilion by the pool is superb. We loved chatting with Donna and Stuart the new owners - so helpful and generous. Looking forward to my next stay

Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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PeCas51, Owner at Thistle Hill Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2016

Thank you Shauna for bringing your wonderful American friends David and Cindy to stay at Thistle Hill. We enjoyed every minute of you being here and i felt sad when you left us! I know our paths will cross again and hope the year is kind to you all in the meantime, dx

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Additional Information about Thistle Hill Guest House

Address: 591 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
Region: 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: $241 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Thistle Hill Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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