Spent a lot of time shopping around for a romantic weekend away (Nov 15-17) for me and my boyfriend and the Barney Creek Cottages did not disappoint. We stayed at the Hill Station, and it was utterly gorgeous and perfectly clean throughout. It was a beautifully designed, renovated train station based on the Orient Express. The four-bed, double spa-bath and little dining nook that made you feel like you were dining by candlelight on a train, were the highlights. The front porch was our ideal spot for champagne breakfasts, and the back balcony was our go-to area on an evening after dinner to take in the moon and night sky.
I had a hard time deciding between the Lakeside Bungalow and the Hill Station, but ended up going for the latter because my boyfriend is pretty tall (6' 5") and the Hill Station was a little more roomy and had the double spa bath. We were told beforehand that the bathroom door couldn't close completely, but this wasn't a problem for us at all. We also got a free bottle of wine for the inconvenience!
We had the Wine & Dine package which came with a wine tasting, full breakfast baskets for both days, and we had a yummy lamb dinner waiting for us in the slow cooker when we arrived on Friday night. We also opted for the BBQ dinner basket for the second night. We had more than enough food for both days! I hear the massages are great value as well.
Tamara and Daniel were lovely hosts! They let us look at the Lakeside Bungalow before leaving, and it's also a little stunner, right on the lake full of lilypads. We're definitely going to stay there when we visit again next year! We highly recommend this place for any couples looking to escape, unwind and reconnect for a weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barney Creek Vineyard Cottages has been offering guests secluded accommodation in a world heritage region for over 15 years. The Lakeside Bungalow & the Hill Station offer spas, bathrobes, and decks with stunning views & are ideal for couples looking for seclusion, romance & pampering. The Garden Cottage sleeps 6 in farmhouse comfort with its shingle roof verandah & a piano for rousing singalongs. Three bedrooms include 2 queen size beds & 2 single beds. All the cottages have full kitchens and barbeques for those who wish to self cater, along with woodfired heaters, CD and DVD players and a selection of music, movies, games and reading material. Breakfast, BBQ or Slow cooker hampers are available if required. Our wines are available in the cottages or join your hosts for a wine tasting and antipasto platter on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy quiet walks, birdwatching, swimming, fishing, spying the platypus at play or walk to the hilltop & watch the sun set on Mt Barney. ... more less
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