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General

The Oxford dictionary defines the word ‘Hermitage’ as an ‘escape to isolation’. At Hermitage Lodge we strive in every way to offer our guests with an ‘escape’ from their daily routine. The ‘isolation’ of Hermitage Lodge is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city or the day after day routine of life on land. We believe we have a property that allows the mind, body and soul to escape to somewhere else. 

The main building was built in 1986 and housed four ‘Lodge Rooms’ and a restaurant. It was referred to as a ‘Lodge’ because it was all under the one roof.   In 1996 the six Deluxe Rooms were added, and in 2006 the Vineyard Studios, Suites and Premier Suites were opened.

The property is a total of 25 acres or 10.1 hectares. This includes almost four acres of vineyard and 10 acres of bushland.

The property is owned by a group of three couples.   Mark and Noreen Gottaas are the Managing Directors.

We have just under four acres of Shiraz grapes.

We pick our grapes in late January or February (depending on growing conditions) and send them across the road to First Creek Wines to make our ‘Partners’ Pick’ label wine.   Partners Pick Shiraz is sold only in ‘Il Cacciatore’ and through our Cellar Door licence in Reception. We also have a Partners’ Pick Verdelho and Chardonnay available for sale.

Hermitage Lodge is a 2 ¼ hour drive from the CBD.

We highly suggest private car hire, as public transport to and with the wine country region is extremely limited’.
Click here for local shuttle / transport services.

Pokolbin is the name of the parish not a town; Cessnock is our closest town and is approximately fifteen minutes away.   There are a couple of general stores, gourmet cheese shops, chocolate shops and deli items available at a number of local stores in close proximity.

Yes, there are Cellar Doors and other restaurants within walking distance however you need to be mindful of the fact that Pokolbin is a rural area.   There are no footpaths or street lights for walking at night.   We recommend you don’t walk around after dark.   There are taxis and shuttle buses which can transport you to local restaurants. We have 15 vineyards within a 2 kilometre radius.   Our closest winery is 400 metres away, directly across the road.

We have a complimentary on-site laundry; laundry powder can be purchased at reception for a small fee.

Hermitage Lodge is mostly targeted to the ‘couples’ market. Most of our rooms only accommodate two people.  Some of the rooms do have double sofa beds which can accommodate children.   The Deluxe Rooms with Spa baths and Vineyard Studios are strictly for couples only.  We do not accommodate children or infants in this room style.

Visa, Mastercard, and Amex (2.5% surcharge), as well as EFTPOS.
There are no cash out facilities available.

Accommodation

Rates range from $150-$485* All tariffs are based on double occupancy.   There is an additional charge for extra adults and children in a room.
*Rates fluctuate and are based on room category, midweek or weekend and availability.   A 50% deposit is required at time of booking to confirm the booking.

Click here to make an on-line booking or phone us on 61 2 4998 7639.

Reception hours are from 8am-6pm.  The restaurant staff may be able to accommodate you outside these hours, however if the restaurant is busy they may not be able to answer all your questions. We suggest you phone during office hours.

Please view the Accommodation section for information on the various room styles.

A ‘continental’ breakfast is stocked in your mini bar.   This consists of juice, yogurt, English muffins, homemade muesli and a selection of teas and coffees. Breakfast items are restocked daily.

Check-in is 2:00pm and Check-out is 10.30am.

There is no minimum stay midweek however weekends do have a 2 night minimum.

Check-in is at 2:00pm. We may be able to accommodate an early check-in when possible – call ahead on the day of arrival to enquire.

Check out until 2pm available on request (subject to availability) for just $25

We have a beautiful suite with wheel chair access.  

We book our guest accommodation based on their selected room style.   Specific rooms and beds may be requested however cannot be guaranteed.

All rooms are non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside on the deck or verandah. Doors into the rooms must be closed to prevent smoke entering the accommodation.

Yes, we do.

Dining

Il Cacciatore is Italian for ‘the hunter’.

Il Cacciatore specialises in Northern Italian inspired cuisine. We base our menu on popular Northern Italian ingredients including seafood, polenta, gnocchi, Parmesan and balsamic to name a few.

6:00pm 7 nights a week.

Yes, limited during the day however the full dinner menu and take-out menu is available 7 nights a week at no extra charge.

We do not have a closing time however we generally don’t take bookings after 8pm week days and 9pm on weekends.

We open for lunch on weekends during the summer, however please feel free to contact us to confirm.

No, we do not have pizzas on the dinner menu however pizzas and pastas are available for take-out and room service only.

Yes, however the children’s menu is only available at 6pm and 6.30pm reservations on weekends and during holiday periods.  

Yes, Il Cacciatore has a separate vegetarian menu, and the regular menu identifies gluten free options.   Not all ingredients are listed on our menus so it is important to advise your server if you have specific dietary requirements.

No, but we will make note of your request and accommodate you if possible.

No, but you can find a number of recommended shuttle/transportation services here.

No, the restaurant is fully licensed with many local wines, a few interstate and Italian wines and a range of beers and spirits.

Smart/Casual is the most popular dress code.