We just returned from a 2 week vacation in Australia and our very first stop was two nights at Block Eight. We are a family of four (2 teens) with only one drinker among us and this is a wine country so we probably aren't the typical clientele but we couldn't have been more pleased with our stay! We arrived on Christmas Day after a long flight from the US. Pretty much everything was closed so we were a bit cranky, hungry and frustrated but from the moment we set foot on the Block Eight grounds our attitude changed. Driving up the road we were greeted with kangaroos and wallaby frolicking in the olive groves. We pulled into the guest house and found a bottle of Block Eight wine and olive oil (both delicious!) as a gift as well as milk, eggs, bacon, french bread, cheese and other delights that were very unexpected but VERY appreciated. The living space was open and charming with a living room, dining area, large kitchen with fully stocked pantry and a wrap around deck overlooking their beautiful and private grounds. All three bedrooms were spacious and comfortable with large windows and both bathrooms were updated and stylish with plenty of towels and necessities available. Every detail was thoughtful, charming and beyond our expectations!
We were up early the first morning and were greeted by the song of the resident peacock, native birds and about 100 kangaroos and wallabies grazing outside our cabin! It was quite a sight and so fun to watch. We even saw a couple of dingos in the distance. While my husband and I visited nearby wineries and distilleries, our kids relaxed on the deck, read a book in the hammock, visited the goat, Helga the pig, the peacocks, chickens and other wildlife around the grounds. It was so peaceful, quiet and beyond charming! Our kids didn't want to leave!
There were a couple of other cabins on the grounds which were also occupied but we felt like we were the only ones there. The owners were beyond gracious and very responsive to our questions but also let us enjoy their beautiful grounds in peace.
I could go on and on about all the wonderful sights and sounds and tastes and experiences but suffice it to say if/when we ever get back to the Hunter Valley we will definitely be returning to Block Eight!
Todd and Jeff have created a beautiful resort. A hidden gem in Hunter Valley. We stayed for a night in Guest House. It was meticulously decorated to give a complete sense of a quality home. We were greeted with breakfast basket, juices, milk and yummy baked biscuits. I must get the recipe from them!! The 3 bedroom house was fully furnished with rustic feel and excellent for family cooking and bbq. The toiletries were excellent quality. We have tonnes of music CDs, DVDs, books and board games. More importantly, the kangaroos are everywhere in the morning and evening. At pitch dark night, we could see the stars and Milky Way. We had a great family bonding time and we will definitely visit again for longer stays.
My husband & I spent 3 nights at Belford Block Eight (Barrington cabin), & were so very impressed! The cabin presents as very well thought out/ designed & decorated. The whole place definitely exudes a warm & welcoming vibe. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this location to anyone visiting the Hunter, & look forwards to staying again in the future!
- Very spacious
- Well equipped kitchen
- Private & unobtrusive
- Beautiful welcome pack (cheese, wine etc)
- Supplied activities (books, board games)
- Exquisite-scented complimentary bath/ shower products
- Amazing local wildlife
- Dual shower & Spa (good water pressure for a rain tank)
- Effective air-conditioning considering the warm days!
- We really enjoyed the complimentary Block Eight Wines too! The Estate Semillon & Rosé were beautifully refreshing.
My fiancée and I staid 2 nights at Block Eight and from the first step we put on Todd & Jeff’s grounds we were amazed. We were amazed by their attention to detail in the cottage, they immaculate selection of food & wine provided as well as the love they both put into their property.
We loved every second of our stay, went for our daily walks, enjoyed a breakfast on the veranda, dined with a BBQ overlooking the kangaroos and especially loved the animals (the goats and especially Helga - the little pig). Their wines and especially their oil is divine!! Thank you very much guys for making our stay so memorable! We will be back very soon ; )
My wife my kids and I loved our stay at the Farm house. Since then my wife and I have stayed at two of the cabins. It is our favourite place to stay in the Hunter for a short stay. Each morning and night we would regularly see mobs of kangaroos moving around the property. There is also heaps of bird life around the dams. I am looking out at a pair of black swans, couple of geese and tons of others birdlife as I write this. What I love about each of these properties is their cleanliness, great decorating and careful attention to details. The interior decorating is exceptional. The breakfasts included are a wonderful bonus too. The bacon, home grown eggs, cereal, cookies and milk are all high quality. If you want a place to unwind with great atmosphere in a natural environment, close to all the Hunter Valley/Pokolbin amenities, then Block Eight is highly recommended.