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57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia
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Spicers Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley offers a modern elegance where wine & exploration is the talk around the table. Having undergone an 18 month revitalisation the retreat has an inviting, homely feel that envelopes guests once inside. Spicers Guesthouse offer 49 luxuriously appointed rooms including a four bedroom house, state of the art conference facilities, an events gazebo and an outdoor pool with spa. Éremo Restaurant with its modern Italian cuisine is a centrepiece of the retreat. The private dining room offers a unique experience for small private occasions while the variety of larger spaces are ideal for weddings and conferences
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Bicycles available
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
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Wifi
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Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Food C wrote a review Jun 2021
Sydney, Australia217 contributions390 helpful votes
After a wonderful week in the Hunter and not being able to get an extension of stay, we tried the obvious place to move to, Spicers Vineyards Estate on Hermitage Road, where we had dined the evening before at their superb, amazing, incredible Restaurant Botanica!!!! Again sad news, NO vacancy, but the delightful staff there, did manage to get us into their 5 star sister property on Ekerts Road- Spicers Guesthouse. The location is in the heart of the Pokolbin Vineyards, off Broke Road. Tyrrell’s Vineyard is the closest. It’s not far from the crossroads of Mc Donalds and Broke Road. It took time for me to realise, I had actually stayed at this address before in the 80s, and identify it was the iconic Peppers Resort of old. I remembered the fabulous dinners at Chez Pok Restaurant vividly in the 90s. Today, completely renovated by Spicers over a two year period, this stunning property retains some nostalgic elements of its past life. We checked into our queen room, which was very very small, but found surprisingly, while compact, everything was there we needed. The colour scheme was soothing, white with a warm grey trim and the room lead out onto a wrap- around balcony, with views forever down the picturesque valley, across the dam and vineyards to the mountains. We were on the ground floor and there were rooms above us. The foyer outside our room retained all the lead lights and memorabilia of the past. With the louvers on our windows open, we weren’t claustrophobic at all and we spent all of our time by day in the resort seated on the bench on our balcony. I couldn’t get over how quiet it was, considering the resort was completely full. It was a stunning setting unequalled anywhere. The lawns and lush gardens were manicured to perfection. But the quietness, it was deafening!!!!! Our bathroom was cosy, very cosy, even for one person, but had more than enough luxurious fluffy white towels to impress, and the toiletries were wonderful. The perfume filled the entire room. There was a huge wall- mounted TV opposite the bed with a fully stocked mini bar underneath, complimentary bottled water, coffee and tea making facilities, and all the usual- slippers, fluffy white gowns, safe, iron, air con. etc. of a luxury retreat including Bose speakers. Breakfast was included in the tariff each morning in the restaurant, just a short walk uphill, with a choice of one item on the extensive menu, plus tea or coffee and a freshly squeezed juice. (Helens Granola and yogurt was wonderful!!!!!) The breakfast atrium overlooks a sunken fireplace slightly downhill in the garden, surrounded by giant Corten steel kangaroo sculptures by award winning sculptor Matt Hill.(It was obviously used every evening, as it took three waitresses to remove all the wine bottles and glasses each morning!!!) Adjoining the beautifully laid out eRemo Italian restaurant in the main reception area is a huge bar which is a new addition in the recent upgrade ( I don’t remember it being there in past years. )The lounge area is a huge feature, warm and inviting with a log fire and the comfiest, classiest lounges I’ve ever sat on. Lead lighting ties the old to the new. The Alan-Wolf-tasker artwork is worth perusing in the restaurant along with the highly impressive walk- in, glassed wine room and Private Dining Room. A stunning setting which reflects Jude Turners great design strengths, and seats 14 people for an intimate occasion. Sadly on this visit we didn’t get the opportunity to dine at eRemo but we DO need to leave something for next time. Other guests we spoke to couldn’t speak highly enough of hatted chef Cameron Mathews creations. We couldn’t fault anything during our stay. The staff from reception to housekeeping were amazing and nothing was too much trouble to attend to. The little extra touches were there throughout our stay, making it personal and very special, and our Therapy Dog was accepted without drama. With 49 rooms across 40 acres, there’s not a better address in the Hunter and just a few hour’s drive from Sydney makes this a hidden gem for a weekend away. We look forward to returning soon and thank everyone who made our stay so very special.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Margie48 wrote a review May 2021
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
The service levels are what stood out for us. The staff were exceptional friendly, efficient, helpful and obliging. The accommodation was of a high standard also and the surroundings clean, neat and in good condition. We would certainly stay there again.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Responded 29 May 2021
Dear Margie, Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We always strive to deliver exceptionally friendly hospitality and it is so wonderful to hear that you experienced this during your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon Warm Regards Tara Papacostas
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Charles H wrote a review May 2021
Sydney, Australia4 contributions7 helpful votes
We recently stayed at Spicers overnight, our greeting was very warn and genuine, our room comfortable, spacious and spotlessly clean. Dinner at Remo is a must, food and service was impeccable. The wait staff were attentive and curious and I was impressed by Philip's wine knowledge. Breakfast in the atrium with the morning sun was wonderful.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Responded 28 May 2021
Thank you for your detailed review. We love hearing about your experience. We hope to see you again soon Warm Regards Tara Papacostas
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Liz W wrote a review May 2021
Penrith, Australia149 contributions32 helpful votes
Whilst the facilities are comfortable and the staff pleasant, we were unhappy with the no cancellation fee (full price for two nights). The reason I wanted to defer was due to the violent storms which went through the State in March. The government posted storm warnings and said ‘DONT DRIVE’. We were driving from Penrith to the Hunter Valley. Family called and said we shouldn’t drive in the pelting rain and high winds. I rang to ask if I could defer my booking due to the tempestuous weather. I was told no I could not. I said we had been advised not to drive in the stormy weather... ‘We are not responsible for the weather’ I was told. ‘Neither am I’ was my reply. My 75 year old husband and I drove through the storm with high winds and visibility down to a few feet in front of us. A hellish experience. Due to the weather we were forced to extend our stay on the Hunter Valley. Asking if we could stay I was informed that the Resort was fully booked due to a conference.. I did wonder if all the guests were forced to drive through the hellish weather as well. Being threatened with a full charge (some $800 odd dollars) due to no fault of our own is tantamount to robbery. The food in eRemo was good and we had a great waiter. The cocktails were made by a fabulous barman that evening. This charging of the full amount for a justified cancellation is tantamount to robbery. I know everyone does it now but it doesn’t make it right! We won’t be returning anytime soon.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 28 May 2021
Thank you for your honest feedback
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HamzahPasha wrote a review May 2021
Paraparaumu, New Zealand139 contributions50 helpful votes
We spent two nights at Spicers Guesthouse. The room was clean and large and the view was amazing. The staff were very accommodating, attentive and friendly. Breakfast was included in our room rate and both days the breakfast was very enjoyable. The location is very good and we found it easy to get around the valley and visit a number of vineyards and restaurants.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Thank you for your review Hamzah, We hope to welcome you again soon Warm Regards Tara Papacostas
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PRICE RANGE
US$158 - US$910 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
peppers guest house, hunter valley hotel pokolbin
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Peppers Guest House, Hunter Valley
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesGreater NewcastleCessnockPokolbin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
46
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spicers Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Spicers Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Wine Escape Room (4.7 km), Hunter Valley Zoo (7.9 km), and Mistletoe Winery (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Spicers Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Spicers Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Spicers Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Spicers Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hunters Quarter, EXP. restaurant, and Baumé.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Spicers Guesthouse?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool during their stay.
Does Spicers Guesthouse have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Spicers Guesthouse offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Spicers Guesthouse offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Spicers Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Poppet Head Park (13.9 km).
Is Spicers Guesthouse accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.