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Spicers Guesthouse Luxe Escape

Created for the discerning solo traveller seeking out a short retreat, while enjoying the company of other solo travellers. Indulge at Spicers Guesthouse; a five star hotel located in the heart of the Hunter Valley idyllic for a short escape all while in the company of other solo travellers.

Solo Travel Boutique Luxury Stay 

Enjoy modern elegance with this three night boutique ‘Freedom Escape’ package, created just for solo travellersSpicers Guesthouse is perfectly located in Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley, and  has been an iconic destination within the Hunter Valley region for more than 35 years. Having undergone a revitalisation, the retreat has an inviting, homely feel with a fresh contemporary uplift, while the welcoming spirit of the original guest house has been preserved. The property enjoys it’s position among 40 acres of grounds overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges and neighbouring vineyards.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    4 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Solo Luxe, Relax
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$1835 with own room
  • Pace:
    1
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 3 nights boutique 5 star hotelstay
  • 3 gourmet breakfasts
  • 1 winery lunch (included with day tour)
  • 2 superb highlight dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Private group day tour, Hunter Valley
  • Services of a driver-guide for day tour

TRAVEL

  • Minivan transport for day tour
  • Return group transfers from hotel to off site restaurant for dinner, day 3

Departure Dates for this tour

Departure
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5 - 8 SEP 22
Bookings open
AUD1835 with own room
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EARLY BIRD OFFER
Book & pay deposit by 16 May 2022 & SAVE $75 on standard package with your own room.

Prices per person in AUD

Own Room

Solo Luxe Escape Package

$1835

Pre or Post Group Stay, deluxe room with breakfast
rates apply 4SEP22 & THU 9SEP22

$420

Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Flight WED 7SEP 22 with hotel return transfers 

$260

 


Trip Code: spicehv22-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

PRE GROUP STAY
We’ve created a short escape but you may like an extra night. Mid week rates for a Sunday stay provide the best value. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional cost for other nights of stay. A post group stay is on request and subject to availability and price confirmation.

DAY 1 -  MONDAY

Arrive Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Arrive to your Hunter Valley retreat and settle into your luxury accommodation. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, indulge in a relaxed evening in house, firstly meeting up before dinner with your fellow solo travellers, then continuing for a superb three course dinner. Dinner is a treat, and enjoyed at the guesthouse restaurant, eRemo; a contemporary Italian menu focusing on local producers.

Meals: Highlight Dinner

 

DAY 2 -  TUESDAY

Local Hunter Valley Discoveries

Wake up to the tranquillity and enjoy breakfast at the guesthouse. After, the group sets off for a private guided tour of the Hunter Valley.

View across vineyard

Touring the valley today will awaken your taste buds.  Visit two cellar doors at boutique vineyards and enjoy a relaxed winery lunch together. There’s also a visit to the Pokolbin Distillery for some sampling of their spirits, and there are stops for local cheese and chocolate tastings too.  Tonight is unscheduled; after a day out and a winery lunch an evening at leisure will provide the chance for an evening of choice. The nearby Hunter Valley Village Centre is the location of Harrigan’s Bistro and other dining options, or relax and stay in-house.
           

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY

Relax @ Spicers Guesthouse

Relax and enjoy a gourmet breakfast in house.  Your guesthouse is centrally located in the Hunter Valley within easy reach of the Hunter Valley Village Centre and Hunter Valley Gardens. Make of the day as you wish. Explore more of the Hunter or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful facilities and surrounds of your guesthouse.

Tonight, a highlight dining experience at Restaurant Botanica located at the sister property, Spicers Vineyards Estate. A group transfer is provided to and from the restaurant this evening. Be delighted by the restaurant’s modern Australian seasonal menu, with much of the produce grown onsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

FREE TIME EXTRAS:
Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Ride.   

There is something magical about experiencing the sunrise through hot air balloon rides in the Hunter Valley. Apart from the thrill of being in the air, you are also rewarded with beautiful scenery of greenery mixed with touches of the sun. This is an incredible way to appreciate the beautiful vineyards of the valley.

Read more about this optional extra

 

DAY 4 - THURSDAY

Relax

Today your indulgence comes to an end at check out in the morning…or extend and add another night of stay.

Meals: Breakfast
 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  

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ACCOMMODATION

 

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of
Stay

Pokolbin NSW

Spicers Guesthouse

3


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

TRANSPORT There is a private guided day tour for the group, and this is in a mini-van with a driver-guide service.  There is also a transfer provided between the guesthouse and dinner at the sister property for one of the nights.

Deluxe room, Spicers Guesthouse

Spicers Guesthouse

Deluxe room, bathroom

Spicers Guesthouse

Deluxe room, Spicers Guesthouse

SPICERS GUESTHOUSE, HUNTER VALLEY

Spicers Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley offers a modern elegance where wine & exploration is the talk around the table. A five star hotel located in the heart of the Hunter Valley. You’ll feel a sense of relaxed luxury as soon as you arrive. Following an extensive refurbishment Spicers Guesthouse offers an experience unrivaled in the region with 45 rooms, and a new modern Italian restaurant. The deluxe room is provided with your stay.
 

Rooms feature;

  • Spicers Signature bed
  • Modern designer furniture
  • Bottled still and mineral water
  • Television
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Iron, ironing board and hair dryer
  • Bose Bluetooth Soundlink Mini
  • Minibar
  • Ensuite with rain shower

    WiFi: Free

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page. If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

 

 


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW
Ends: Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW

Start and end destinations are the travel points to arrive to and depart from to join your holiday.

First Day Information
Commence with a pre dinner group meet up @ 6PM, followed by dinner in house at beautiful Spicers Guesthouse restaurant eRemo.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day.  


HOTEL

Spicers Guesthouse
57 Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin Hunter Valley NSW 2320

Check in: from 2PM  |  Check out: by 11AM

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey. Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

Parking
There is outdoor/unsecured parking available, which is complimentary.


FLIGHTS/AIRPORT

The closest airport is Newcastle; about an hour’s drive | 70 kilometres
Sydney Airport; about a 2 ¼ hour drive | 180 kilometres 

About Airfares
We are able to provide flight advice and booking services. A small service fee applies, due in advance.  If joining from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence.

Airport Transfers
Airport Transfers to/from the airport to the hotel are by your own arrangement. Various options including taxi and car share (Uber & others) are available.


VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
Travellers arriving from outside Australia must check Australian government regulations for entering Australia. It is the responsibility of travellers to make sure they have the correct travel documentation to visit Australia. 

Passports
If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 travellers. It is more likely that the group will finalise with 6-12. This is a Solos Only tour. It is a couple-free group; you are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this group. There may be some other guests at this boutique hotel that are not part of our group.

FREEDOM ESCAPES
This is a ‘Freedom Escape’ package, a part of our RELAX offer, we create for solo travellers. Freedom Escapes are geared to the independent solo traveller that enjoys the benefits of meeting up with a group of solo travellers, but with a less structured itinerary and without the services of a full-time group host. The emphasis of Freedom Escapes is on joining together for dinners and enjoying the accommodation facilities, with time for your own local discoveries.  

THE PACE  [1 out of 5]
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ABOUT THE MEALS  
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. Breakfast is scrumptious, served in house and included as part of your package. There is one lunch included while on your day tour of the Hunter Valley.  Two highlight dinners are included with the guesthouse package; one inhouse and the other dinner is at the nearby sister property. There is one night when dining is at your leisure.

TRANSPORT
There is a private guided day tour for the group, and this is in a mini-van with a driver-guide service.  There is also a transfer provided between the guesthouse and dinner at the sister property for one of the nights.

 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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