The cottage was great: more spacious than it looked on the website, and pretty well equipped. We were very comfortable, and loved the birdlife and kangaroos around us. Given some of the prices charged in the Clare Valley, this was very good value for the quality provided. Excellent home-made bread, and copious quantities of bacon and eggs, made for good breakfasts.
The only downside for us was the pillows, which were rock-hard, and we ended up using some of the cushions from the sofa instead. Obviously this is a very personal thing, but I thought I'd mention it in case others have the same experience.
This place is very good overall; I do have one improvement to suggest, which is putting a larger table in the main room, or perhaps a coffee table. There is just the small table that seats two, and nowhere else to put anything, so at breakfast time all books, maps, binoculars etc have to be cleared off the table to make room to eat. Equally, the kitchenette corner gets impossibly cramped when the electric frying-pan and toaster are in use - there's nowhere to slice the bread! So a bigger table or an extra one would be really useful, and there's plenty of room for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Battunga is located in the scenic Skilly Hills, 2 km west of the historic village of Watervale. Named after the magnificent gum trees, guests can be assured of a peaceful and re-energizing stay on this 200 acre farm. Accommodation is provided for 2 to 12 guests - perfect for a small group of friends celebrating a special occasion or ideal for a romantic weekend away for a couple. There are 4 private s/c apartments each with private bathrooms, kitchenettes, lounge room and bedrooms. The Galah and Parrot Apartments suit 2-4 guests with 2 bedrooms with a QS bed in 1 room and 2 single beds in the other. The Kookaburra and Rosella Apartments suit couples with 1 QS bedroom. All linen and generous daily breakfast provisions are provided. Stroll through the hills on the property and view the abundant bird life and resident kangaroos. Cycle on the adjacent Riesling Trail. Sample the fine wines of the Clare Valley or just relax on the verandah or by the wood fire and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Stay for 2 nights and receive additional discounts. ... more less
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