Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley review

You instantly feel at home from the moment you arrive driving up to the entrance to Spicers Guest House. The country retreat has a rustic yet chic ambience and incredible local fare bound to satisfy you.

Traveller: Bec Taylor 
Room:  King Deluxe
Address: 57 Ekerts Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Date: March 2024
Price range: $350 per night – $1000 per night with breakfast included
Best for: A romantic getaway in the heart of NSW wine country  

Location

Spicers Guesthouse was the first lodge built in 1984 in the Hunter Valley. After a refurbishment in 2018, adding all the mod cons you’d hope for the chic country getaway, it continues to be a place to celebrate fine wine and epic food that has remained a favourite venue for decades. Rooms, of which there are 45, are situated within three wings – Hunter, Valley, and Garden – each with a guest lounge. Ground-floor rooms open onto the terrace, while rooms on the first-floor rooms are elevated with bushland views. There is a separate four-bedroom cottage ideal for groups.

Infinity pool at Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley
The infinity pool © Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley

The room

We stayed in a King Deluxe room with a very comfortable Premium Spicers bed that looked out onto the swimming pool and sculptured gardens. The room’s modern farmhouse ambience is intoxicating: sandstone walls, fireplace, and soft, light-to-the-touch furnishing. We instantly felt relaxed with all the country comforts, including the divine Spicer’s robes and slippers. The room also had a flat-screen TV, Bose Soundlink Mini, a minibar, and tea/coffee-making supplies.

Bedroom in Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley
King Deluxe room © Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley

Claim to fame

Spicers Retreats is known for its hotels nestled in the natural beauty of its locations. It’s an understated luxury – or, as they call it, ‘relaxed luxury’ – a home-from-home feel yet elevated. It’s not just about a comfortable bed. Expect personalised service and great food. You are in Australia’s oldest wine region, after all!

The showstopper

Sitting down to breakfast with the locals means having breakfast with the kangaroos. They come up so close that we even saw a few Joeys bouncing around, always staying close to Mum. It was a beautiful way to enjoy breakfast in the fresh country air each morning.

Couple on sofa having breakfast
Breakfast with a view © Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley

The family factor

It is more suited to couples or adult groups than families, although the Cottage is a classy country one-story home fully self-contained with four bedrooms that would suit a family stay.

Some of our King Deluxe rooms share an entrance, which allows a two-bedroom dual-key accommodation experience, perfect for groups and families. For any extra guests, a rollaway bed is available.

Beyond the rooms

The restaurant, éRemo, is outstanding; people who are not guests at Spicers Guest House come to dine specifically for the fantastic food and wine. A pool, spa, outside fire pit, and tennis courts also are on the property.

Restaurant table with Hunter Valley views
éRemo © Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley

Within a short walk, you can find

You’re in wine country, and within a few minute’s drive, you’re already amongst the vineyards. We enjoyed Harrigan’s Irish pub for lunch, celebrating St Patrick’s Day, which was only a five-minute drive from Spicers Guest House.

I wish I could take home

Those comfy bathrobes. We made sure to use these as soon as we arrived and loved how relaxed we felt. I would love to take the big, soft, fluffy pillows home, too.

Dish to dine for

éRemo restaurant is outstanding, and the generous servings of Italian cuisine and modern-day Australian culinary classics. The menu by Head Chef Jayden Casinelli takes its name from the Italian word ‘greedy,’ a clear signal that no one leaves hungry. The six-week dry aged, on-the-bone strip loin with truffle potato, mushroom, and porcini jus was incredible. You’ll also find whole duck, venison, pasta, gorgonzola cheeses, fig jams, scallops and oysters. Plus, a wine list of the very best of the Hunter Valley.

Beef dish in plate with spinach
Italian cuisine and modern-day Australian culinary classics © Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley

Amenity game

The luxurious shampoo, conditioner, and hand wash/lotion were beautifully scented with lemon myrtle, sandalwood, and eucalyptus are pure Aussie smelling indulgence.

Before booking

Book a room that includes a la carte breakfast daily for two people. October until January is the best time to see the vines in full bloom and the busiest time of the year. Otherwise consider the off-season, March to August, when the venue is less busy.

Insiders’ tips

Make sure to take the time to sit in the living room, enjoy the fire with tea or coffee, or have a nightcap after dinner. There is also a beautiful shop onsite where you can purchase the in-room shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and candles if you love them enough to take home.

Picnic in countryside at Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley
Picnic in the grounds © Spicers Guest House Hunter Valley

Spa life

There is no Spa on site, but reception can organise a spa treatment for your room.

Staying in

We stayed in both nights and absolutely loved having dinner at e’Remo. We finished with a nightcap by the fire before heading to our room for a long night’s rest.

Stepping out

Beyond the vineyards, you have options for horse riding, hot air ballooning, cheese tasting, markets every weekend, and even cider and brewery tasting.

V&T expert rating

9 out 10

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