We purchased a 2 day stay through Luxury Escapes. We stayed in early Autumn, on a Sunday and Monday night.
The Longhouse is an unusually designed set of three, two bedroom holiday apartments, located in a quiet vineyard, in a quiet corner of Pokolbin. We stayed as a couple, so we did not use the second bedroom/ensuite. The apartments suit a couple, a family with children, or two couples who aren't concerned about privacy. One of the bedrooms cannot be completely closed off from the lounge/kitchen/dining area, so beware the potential privacy issues.
The design of the Longhouse takes full advantage of the location and view across the vineyards. Tall glass walls make you feel like you're sitting out in the valley, even in the comfortable lounge chairs. It's a beautiful and serene location. Large mobs of kangaroos wander the vineyards at dawn and dusk, adding to the atmosphere.
The apartments are clean and well maintained. Little extras like insect spray, BBQ wipes and plunger coffee make for an annoyance-free stay. The kitchen is large and well equipped. The beds are comfortable, with more than enough pillows and the ensuite bathrooms are above average, with all requisite extras.
Although hot, we rarely used the air conditioning. The apartment's ventilation is well designed and screened, allowing the clean country air to flow through. As it's such a quiet corner of Pokolbin, noise isn't an issue and yet it's only a few kilometres to the many of the popular vineyards and restaurants.
Each apartment has a small, well-serviced barbecue outside the front door. We cooked breakfast on it and then ate out on the back deck, enjoying the morning sun.
Our only (very minor) issue was the fact that there was not a frying pan, or tongs (for the BBQ) provided.
As an aside, I think too much fuss is made about the design, when the place has so much more going for it. I personally, don't choose a holiday location because it has won architectural awards.
We would stay here again, given the opportunity.
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- Also Known As:
- The Longhouse Greater Newcastle/Pokolbin, Australia