We recently stayed here for a family event, in Merlot House.
Firstly, the staff were excellent, which is always the most important thing in my opinion.
We had trouble finding Merlot House, there are no signs, even on the front of the house - it needs a sign on the building so you know where your are. The house is old, 70's cream brick, and needs a renovation - dark brown floor tiles in the bathroom, cracked glass shower screen, old plastic tapware, old fashioned timber paneling on the lounge room wall. The girls weren't happy that none of the mirrors had any form of lighting - smartphone torches were used for applying makeupa s the rooms were very dark.
It was clean however, unlike some of the other reviews here, and so as long as you don't need 4 star luxury it's ok for the price.
From the outside a lot of the other rooms looked quite dilapidated, and old. We didn't get to see inside them.
Dinner at the restaurant was good, could have been great but lacked some finishing touches. Staff were great, once again. The house brand of wine was very good and all drinks were reasonably priced.
The rose garden is a bit untidy, and obviously no flowers since mid-winter. In spring I imagine it would be fantastic.
I believe the property has recently been taken over and the new owners have plans to upgrade the place. If I could make a few suggestions to the owners - spend some money on updating the look of the place (render over the old 70's brickwork), strip and refurbish kitchen/bathrooms, put signs out the front of the houses, put some lights along the path from houses to restaurant (it's pitch black dark), tidy up the dripline hoses laying around the rose garden and put down new mulch. Can't do much about the winery smell, but I guess that's all part of the Barossa Valley experience :-)
This place has the potential to be excellent, hopefully it will continue to improve as they fix the few remaining issues.
Nothing to do with Lyndoch Hill, but for travelers to Lyndoch - we missed breakfast at the restaurant (our fault) so grabbed breakfast at the Lyndoch Bakery in town - never again. $90 for the 4 of us, my omelet was literally floating in oil/melted butter, and was pretty much inedible. They burnt the bacon on one plate, missed it altogether on the other, and tried to pass off someone else's order onto us.... terrible, don't go to the Lyndoch Bakery.
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