Hunter Valley: Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill Review

The affordable Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is walking (or perhaps even stumbling!) distance from some of the best wineries and attractions the Hunter Valley has to offer.

After checking in with the friendly staff at reception, we arrived at our one-bedroom apartment: a cosy cabin nestled away from the main road and closer to landscaped gardens and tranquility. Making it truly convenient, each apartment has a car space meters from the front door – so much better than taking lifts, stairs or elevators to underground car parks.

Our private patio at the entrance was spacious and welcoming, overlooking 25 acres of peaceful hotel grounds and vineyards. We were thankful it was well and truly undercover, as we were caught with some rain during our stay. Here on the patio, we had a cheese platter (which was put together by Leisure Inn – and it’s very decent!) and some wines paired with good chat and laughter. It was a really nice atmosphere, and the perfect spot to unwind after the drive from the city. We also spotted the pool located right near our apartment, where guests were swimming and mingling and having an overall great time – adding to the relaxed yet sociable vibe the Leisure Inn has to offer.

Walking inside the room, you have a main area/ lounge room with a LCD TV, a modern kitchen, a well-rounded bedroom, and a spacious bathroom complemented by soft furnishings and a spa bath. The interiors sport a calm theme with an off-white palette, ultimately giving the space a really pristine yet sort of rustic feel to it. We loved how the couch in the living room also turned into a bed so that we could get super comfortable when flicking through movies on the TV with snacks later in the night.

The kitchen connected to the living area was well-rounded yet small, as the living room was the main feature of the apartment. It had everything you needed for a short stay. I probably spent a majority of my time in the kitchen, however, chopping up fruit and vegetables for salads and cheese board top ups. So I probably fell more in love with it than my guest did.

I recently stayed at the Leisure Inn Spires in the Blue Mountains. Similar to my stay there, I had an incredible night’s sleep; the queen bed offers enough space for spreading out as well as genuine comfortability. There’s nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep when on holiday, and the bedding with Leisure Inn so far has proved to exceed standards.

The bathroom was our shared favourite; as you showered you can overlook the greenery from the window. There’s something quite liberating about showering while looking out to nature. The spa bath was also a really nice touch – an element of luxury for a one-night getaway that really made the experience above par. The lighting in the bathroom is also great for those who are like me and love to apply a good face of makeup on before heading out to dinner.

We went to dinner at a place down the road (around 10 minutes walking distance) called The Cellar Restaurant. Although the food comes at ‘Sydney prices’, the rustic nourishment is well-balanced and utterly flavoursome. Our recommendations from their contemporary dining menu are the two bone rack of lamb and the duck ballotine. The exquisite space boasting Hamptons vibes overlooks farms and paddocks where horses are grazing and nestling one another. It’s a truly remarkable ambience.

Just another 10 minute walk down from The Cellar is Harrigan’s – an Irish pub with an open terrace paired with a sociable vibe. The spot for an after-dinner drink came highly recommended by a friendly guy who worked at Hope Estate – a craft beer brewery just meters away from Leisure Inn. We visited Hope Estate for an afternoon sesh the day we arrived and it was without a doubt our favourite part of the trip. Sampling the quirky craft beers whilst overlooking the Hunter Valley’s beautiful landscape was refreshing and relaxing. Next time – when we holiday for a few extra days – we would love to visit some other breweries within Pokolbin.

A great breakfast spot that’s also nearby is Cafe Enzo – a beautiful Tuscan-inspired venue with an enchanting courtyard and cottage that hosts weddings and special events, so the beauty of the locale goes without saying. A highlight from their menu (full of locally grown produce) is the creamed corn with poached eggs, lucas bacon and warm sourdough toast.

Wineries was not something we were able to cross off our list during our 24-hour stay in the Hunter (which is an absolute shame!). However, locals and friends from home have always suggested Peterson House and Brokenwood Wines as top choices to visit.

We absolutely loved our relaxing midweek getaway at Leisure Inn. The easy, affordable accommodation situated in the heart of Pokolbin made our stay so much better with its convenience, beauty and tranquility. If you’re looking for a comfortable stay that’s walking distance to breweries and some of the Hunter’s most sought after restaurants, look no further.

Final notes:

We believe Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is perfect for:

Season: spring & summer

Company: your significant other

Type of getaway: a weekend getaway


You can book your stay at Leisure Inn Pokolbin online or call (02) 4998 7000.