Thistle Hill Guest House - the grounds
Thistle Hill Guest House in Pokolbin

The Grounds

Thistle Hill comprises 20 acres of verdant grounds populated by small copses of native trees, fruit trees, flowering shrubs, manicured hedgerows, grassed areas, grassy reeds,  tall eucalyptus  and  a working vineyard. There are plenty of photo opportunities, especially around the dam where bird life congregate. Early morning walks at sunrise will see picturesque opportunities for budding photographers as the sun’s rays filter through the tall gums to the east.

Thistle Hill Guest House - outdoor entertaining areas

Thistle Hill has lots of inviting areas to sit and relax with friends, picnic or have a late afternoon repast with wine and cheese. This is the table to lay out your supplies from The Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop and wine from Wombat Crossing or one of the many other food and beverage providers in the area.

Thistle Hill Guest House - grape vines

Thistle Hill has its very own vineyard and bottled wine. The vines start blooming in September/October and continue all through summer. Grapes are ready to pick from late January through early February on red or white – our grapes are white. Vines are clipped in March/April but we don’t consider there to be a season end. Stroll through the vineyard and capture a selfie among the vines.

Thistle Hill Guest House has its own vineyard

The vineyard offers wonderful photo opportunities all year round – even in the winter months the denuded vines look interesting. Grab a picnic lunch and go exploring.

Thistle Hill Guest House  - Poolside entertaining area
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We have a large timber deck near the pool for outdoor dining and there’s a BBQ area for everyone to enjoy. Crockery, cutlery and glassware can be supplied to help with any private gatherings of the guests.

The pool is saltwater and available for the use of the guests from morning until 9pm at night. Fresh towels are always available and of course there are sunbeds to enjoy and large umbrellas to shade.


Thistle Hill Guest House - pathways and entrance

The Guest House is surrounded by manicured hedgerows and iceberg roses. The main entrance has commanding views over the property and is a great place to relax and read a book or soak in the peace and quiet.

Thistle Hill Guest House has cosy rooms - surrounding Australian bushland

Thistle Hill Guest House is nestled in among tall eucalypts  – the Australian bush is all around. Kangaroos often traverse the property, especially in the evening.

Thistle Hill Guest House - flowering trees and shrubs

There are many flowering trees and shrubs at Thistle Hill – offering up beautiful colours, textures and contrasts as the light changes through the day.

Thistle Hill Guest House - Sunrise
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If you follow our Instagram page you will see many photo-essays showing the grounds of Thistle Hill at various times of the day and through all the seasons. Sunrises can be quite beautiful, especially looking through foliage as the sun’s rays appear.

But the grounds are just the start –  there are many spectacular sights to see throughout Pokolbin and the Hunter Valley – and wonderful food and wine to taste. See our section on Local Attactions for several local recommendations.

Thistle Hill Guest House - reeds near the dam
Thistle Hill Guest House - early morning light
Thistle Hill Guest House - colorful leaves


jane dinan
jane dinan
05:56 20 Sep 18
From the moment you step out of the car at Thistle Hill your relaxation starts. Donna and Stuart's friendliness, professionalism and just lovely welcoming gestures are the perfect start to a weekend away. Fantastic location on approx 10+ acres, wander thru the vines, sip wine and nibble cheese by the dam, play with the puppies.. hard to choose what made it so lovely. Our room was so comfy with everything we could need.. including a nightcap surprise of brownies and cognac when we returned from our night out.Breakfast in the nook the next morning with home cooked treats and the most beautiful breeze blowing through was a great start to our final day there. Most definitely will return.
Jordan Chappell
Jordan Chappell
09:33 02 Oct 18
An amazing location in the Hunter Valley, close to some awesome wineries and a distillery and micro brewery. The couple who own and manage the guest house are the most accommodating people you will ever meet, the included breakfast is a great way to enjoy the morning. Our room was sizeable and comfortable, the bathroom looked newly renovated and the bed was great!
Faye Neil
Faye Neil
04:31 17 Jun 18
Thistle Hill has everything you could wish for in the Hunter valley. Elegant five star accommodation with a lovely French provincial theme. Donna and Stuart are the perfect hosts and their attention to detail made our stay so relaxed. They also excelled with their culinary delights in the woodfired warm breakfast room. The expectations of our stay were exceeded in every way 😍
Kit Lakin
Kit Lakin
07:00 08 May 18
My wife and I head to the Hunter at least twice a year and since staying at Thistle Hill last year we will not stay in any other accommodation. The location is perfect with some of the best of the Hunter wineries right down the road and not in the thick of it of the bigger commercial venues. If friends ask where to stay this is the only place i recommend!
Ben Harland
Ben Harland
23:26 17 Apr 18
Great experience all round. Well hosted by Donna and Stu. Comfortable rooms and close to all of the wineries and great food options. Would heavily recommend.
Narelle Carter
Narelle Carter
05:57 04 Nov 18
Beautiful location, luxurious country style private rooms with all comforts. Close to Vineyards with breakfast restaurant on site. Incredibly helpful and friendly staff. Expansive gardens and grounds to explore. Would definitely stay here again.
Richard Nichol
Richard Nichol
08:22 13 Oct 18
Unsurpassed service. Donna is a wonderful host. Great advice, great location, nice rooms, very relaxing. Could not ask for more for a weekend away in the Hunter.
Simon Smithers
Simon Smithers
15:08 17 Nov 18
What a great place, perfect location for winery hopping. Very peaceful, beautiful rooms and fantastic service with amazing breakfasts. Looking forward to coming back

Phone: (02) 6574 7217

Thistle Hill Guest House
591 Hermitage Road
Pokolbin NSW 2320