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“Great Gardens”
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Lyndoch Hill
Ranked #4 of 4 Lyndoch B&B and Inns
Fiddletown, California
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“Great Gardens”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We stayed here for one night in a suite and weren't disappointed. The rose gardens were lovely, and in near full bloom. The owners and staff were excellent, helpful and friendly. The wines were very good. Breakfast at the cafe was good, different than the ordinary buffet. Common to have weddings here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We spent 3 nights for the purposes of attending a wedding and agree with some of the other reviews that the rose garden is stunning and the staff were excellent. The room while comfortable, had seen better days but it's location for exploring the Barossa was ideal.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

This motel really isn't up to scratch. It's a great shame, because the staff are terrific, and the venue is stunning, with wonderful rose gardens. I stayed for two nights in early November. The reception was friendly and helpful, and I love a place with 'greeting dogs'! The two dogs, Max and Merlot, add a warm and welcoming touch for guests (provided you like dogs ...). And another warm and welcoming touch is the chilled bottle of wine and the cheese platter in the room on arrival. Really lovely!

But the room! What can I say that hasn't been mentioned before? Old, dingy, like something from a roadside motel in the back blocks. The rooms are all set in a curve, with cars parked directly outside the door, and the overall look really is of some third-rate motel from the 70s. There's a pool in the middle of this curved car park, and really I can't imagine anyone being happy about swimming there unless it was stinking hot. The bathroom was so tired it was almost falling over. I don't know how many chipped soap dishes there are at this motel (mentioned in a few reviews), but we certainly had one of them. It was so tiny it couldn't even support the minute thing that masquerades as soap at motels. The toilet dripped constantly, the plug hole in the sink was yellowed, almost brown, which is disconcerting when you're cleaning your teeth, the enamel was chipped off the taps. The two beds were ok, I guess. Mine was certainly comfortable enough, but there is NOTHING more annoying than having to get out of bed to turn the bedside lamp off! Don't motel/hotel owners ever actually lie down on the beds and ask themselves if this is how they would like to spend the night? The on/off switch for the other bedside lamp required one to get on hands and knees and ferret about under the table to find it. Hardly conducive to falling gently asleep!

The air-conditioner wasn't up to the task, and it was a warm evening. Thank goodness it wasn't an Adelaide scorcher, with temperatures in the 40s! We would have cooked. And when I turned it off and opened the window, all I could hear was next-door's air conditioner.

Breakfast was included in the price, and it was the usual help-yourself toast (I think though that the place might make its own bread, as I saw someone in the kitchen the previous evening kneading a great pile of dough), with some Bircher muesli, other cereals, some tinned fruit, juice and coffee from a machine. We ordered 'real' coffee, which at $4.50 for a cappuccino in an espresso-sized cup just seemed plain mean. I do have to say though that the prices for the a la carte breakfast seemed very reasonable, no price gouging there. The restaurant itself is housed in the rather splendid-looking building which features as the ad for the motel. This room is also tired and sad, and breakfast was served on naked tables ... it looked really cheap!

I had originally booked for two nights, added a third and then on arrival cancelled the third night. The young woman on reception was perfectly friendly about this and it was all handled perfectly well. And that really sums up the problem with the place: the staff are terrific, the service is excellent ... it's just that the product is inferior, and way over-priced for what you get. I paid $180 a night, or thereabouts. Not good enough! The pictures on the website bear absolutely no relationship to the room I stayed in - they might as well be of a different motel.

I think the owners should just stop misrepresenting this motel as some sort of luxury venue, and tell it like it is, with a reduction in price to go along with this.

In summary, there's nothing actually wrong with this place, it just doesn't leave you feeling that you've had a great experience.

Room Tip: Ask for one of those pictured on the website!! Then you won't get the one I did.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Dubai
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Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

I think it is important for people to know that the website oversells the accommodation somewhat. It is nothing more than a motor inn which was built in the 70s and changed very little since then. If you stay here it is because of the beautiful gardens and proximity to the wineries and Lyndoch town, not for spending time in your room. The place has huge potential but they would need to spend a lot of money to get the rooms up to modern standards. The breakfast was nice but generally we think we paid too much for what we actually got.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed for two nights while attending a wedding on site. The wedding was great and the wedding venue was very good, but the accommodation left a bit to be desired.

The bed was old, worn and uncomfortable and the shower had a broken soap dish, which had simply been filed to prevent sharp edges cutting anyone - there was so little left, it couldn't actually hold any soap!

At $195 per night, I expected a bit more than that. It is in a great location and the rose gardens are fantastic. However, the entire accommodation area needs to be renewed.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I just spent two nights in a house which is part of this hotel/ retreat. The website indicates a quality property but that was far from my experience. I was greeted by a delightful young woman, who remained delightful throughout my stay. It was downhill from there though! My friend had already arrived and been given the keys, so tried to find the house we were staying in. It was unmarked...there was no indication, by name or number, that we were in the right place. The keys didn't seem to work. Eventually we got in the back way on.y to find the front door was deadlocked and chained...hardly a welcome! The house was clean, polished floors but very dated. I subsequently discovered that the bed was very uncomfortably with a saggy mattress and very squeaky. My friend had the same problem in her room. There were no bedside lights which is uncomfortable on a cold night. The bathroom was exceptionally tired and the shower screen was cracked. The toilet had a broken toilet roll holder and the door didn't close or lock.
We when out for dinner and came back to find there was no power. We tried ringing both numbers we had been given. We went to reception and found a third number which was answered. Despite having walked past the restaurant we were told to go back there and given candles as there was a power outage. The person told us that she had come to check on us earlier. It might have been nice if she had left candles or a note. The next morning we went to breakfast...what a joke! The waiter told us there was no coffee for the machine so he would go elsewhere to et us one. He did, but just left it next to the machine which was out of coffee without telling us. Inside someone else tipped us off that the coffee was there... Slopped all over the cups and almost cold.
We were attending a conference at the same venue and it is a shame to report hat things just didn't improve at all! The only saving grace was several of he female staff who were really lovely. The food was quite ordinary...two morning teas, two lunches and a dinner. Getting a decent coffee required paying 4.50 for a small cup.
The surrounds are lovely but this venue really needs to lift its game. It is definitely not value for money!!,

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Adelaide
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were hesitant when we booked for an overnight stay having read a couple of negative reviews here on Trip Advisor but thought we would give Lyndoch Hill a try and see for ourselves. It is not a 5 star hotel with 24 hour room service and your bed doesn't get turned down at night, no, but If that is what you want then you will have to pay for it elsewhere. Lyndoch Hill is ok, our room was clean, freshly painted, good tv, FREE WIFI, high speed which was a real surprise and a bonus. We didn't eat at the restaurant, we were told it was expensive but we have heard that the food is excellent so maybe next time The negatives, the same as everyone else has said, decor is a little dated, room not dark enough for me (light sleeper) garden needs some attention (especially on the entrance road) but we can look past those issues, times are tough in a very competitive market. We would stay overnight again, perhaps eat at the restaurant and take a walk around the expansive garden. We have had worse and had better but for us Lyndoch Hill suited our needs for an overnight stay.

Room Tip: We chose a room with a view to the garden.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lyndoch Hill
Address: 1221 Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch, South Australia 5351, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Barossa Valley > Lyndoch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Lyndoch
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Hotel Class:4 star — Lyndoch Hill 4*
Number of rooms: 34
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