Cafe is closed after 5pm so keys to rooms are usually left in the doors - we received an informative voice message with the directions to our booking of Stable Spa Suite #4 and a mobile contact number for Colleen (owner).
On arrival we found our room was cold, full of mossies, other insects, much dust and cobwebs, so it must have been vacant for awhile but once we turned on the reverse cycle aircon for some heat and had a bath with tealights and wine, we were very cozy.
The times for breakfast were unclear to us, but everytime we showed up in the cafe we were fed breakfast. On our first day we were given a choice from the cafe menu and we ordered french toast and syrup but they had no syrup...odd. Tea and coffee are excellent. On our second morning we were simply asked how we like our eggs and received the standard Aussie fry up. On the third morning we skipped the breakfast.
Also - we discovered that we could get more tealights from the staff at the cafe and there is wood in the shed in the parking lot for the room's tiny pot belly stove that was much nicer to use than the heater.
The Cygnet cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch, so for dinner we went to the Rising Sun Hotel next door and discovered they have nice meals and great selection of local wines but a little pricey, and very loud. The Terroir restaurant in the building attached to the Cygnet is not open every day and were very fancy/pricey with no selection of local wines ('you can get that anywhere' they told us) so we found driving up to Clare for a $10 hotel meal the best value for great food and good selection of local wines.
Trying the wines with dinner at the local restaurants helped us decide what wineries were worth visiting for our preferences. Loved the Gewürztraminer from the nearby Taylors winery - a very fruity German-style, dry, white, wine and their sparkling Brut Cuvée is excellent.
We enjoyed the fact that Auburn is a little out of the way from the mainstream as we were looking for a quiet romantic break, only we found that booking during the week meant that we missed out on most of the local events as they are only on the weekends.
We loved the style and ambiance of the room, the complimentary wine, port, chocolates, plunger coffee and tea along with the tealights and the spa bath, but the lack of housekeeping services during our stay and the state of the room when we arrived disappointed us. Colleen and her team were very welcoming so we would recommend others giving them a chance, but you may want to ask for a broom and some bug spray.
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