Parish of Pokolbin

The Parish of Pokolbin is a special area of the Hunter Valley, designated as the oldest continuous area of vineyards in Australia, with some dating from 1820. 

By the mid 1960s, the wine industry in the valley was dying, and there were only seven wineries left, along with two independent grape growers. The wineries that survived the hard times in the 60's are now synonymous with the Hunter Valley: McWilliams, Lindemans, Drayton's, Tullochs and Tyrrells. Almost all of these historic wineries are all nestled at the bottom of the Brokenback mountain range, in or close to the Parish of Pokolbin.

The industry experienced a resurgence in the mid-1960's, with a renewed interest in wine coinciding with the mineral boom.  

The Parish of Pokolbin has remained true to its viticultural history, with restrictions on any new accommodation in order to preserve its character and history. Elfin Hill is, therefore, one of only a handful of accommodation options in the Pokolbin Parish.


A 1920s map of the Parish of Pokolbin

The Beginning

Arial view of Elfin Hill circa 1972


Founded by Reg Neilson in 1972 on a former cattle farm, Elfin Hill was the first accommodation to be constructed within the Hunter Valley vineyards.

Neilson was one of the pioneers of Hunter Valley tourism also founding a restaurant, Reggio, and the Cumberland Motel before buying the cattle farm and building Elfin Hill  in prime position on top of the hill.

He founded Elfin Hill with the same philosophy that carries through to today. Simply provide exceptional, country style hospitality. Make people feel at home.


The Blackmores


In 2000  Mark and Marie Blackmore purchased Elfin Hill after falling in love with the property after staying there on a weekend trip.

They have diligently upheld the philosophy of country style hospitality to an exceptional standard ever since.

With a history in hospitality and construction, the couple set about improving Elfin Hill, adding the Guest Pavillion, commercial kitchen and the Loft Villa.

The Blackmores are focused on providing the best possible experience for their guests and are renowned for going the extra mile to make you feel right at home.

With over 16 years in the Hunter Valley, Mark and Marie have the experience to recommend the best the valley has to offer.  









Mark and Marie Blackmore

Mark and Marie Blackmore