We booked Barossa Vineyard Cottages for a couple of nights for a friend's wedding.
The property itself is pleasant. The cottages are fairly new buildings at the back of a farm property. They are surrounded by paddocks and vineyards, although during our stay these were unfortunately mostly without leaves. They are duplex buildings, so not as quiet and secluded as they might be - we could hear our neighbours talking through the walls in the morning.
The cottages are immaculately clean and well equipped with cooking gear, a TV and quite solid movie library, spa bath, huge bathroom, and reasonably comfortable bed. As per the website, on our first day we received a nice selection of breakfast supplies and a freshly baked loaf of bread from the owners, as well as a range of other nice goodies (pate, a bottle of wine, some chocolates).
However, after a great start things were a little different on our second night. For starters, our room was not cleaned up or restocked at all after the first night. This meant that we had to do our own dishes, use our old towels etc. More importantly, however, it meant that we didn't get any kind of fresh supplies by way of bacon, coffee, milk, orange juice etc.
As a result, once we did the dishes (!) we had a slightly sad improvised breakfast on the second day, sharing our one remaining coffee, and most importantly, no bacon!
Maybe this is just how Australian B&Bs work - I don't know as I tend to stay in hotels. However, I think it should be made very clear that if you book for two nights, you actually get breakfast for ONE night only. For example, there was coffee to make four shots in the espresso machine, i.e., two coffees each for two adults. The only option for more was listed as $15 for 10 more specialised coffee pods - which we had no use for once we left. There as no information about additional food that we could find.
For some perspective, the rates were similar to the rates we recently paid to stay in a luxury hotel in the heart of Tokyo, yet in quiet country Australia we found ourselves doing our own dishes so that we could share half a coffee pod each on our second day. I also find it very surprising to pay premium rates and then not have the room turned over. If we were supposed to specifically request this then this was not made clear anywhere. Likewise, if we were supposed to order more breakfast supplies, then I could find no indication of this anywhere. We saw our host twice - once when we arrived, and once when we paid upon departure. While perfectly pleasant, there was no mention of any of the above.
What I can't quite work out is why things were arranged in this way, when presumably if we'd checked out after one night and then checked in for another night everything would have been restocked and refreshed.
On balance this is a fine place to stay and close to Tanunda and surrounding wineries - but make sure you BYO breakfast supplies, despite what the website says.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Bethany, our fully self-contained stone cottages are located in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Bordered by vineyards and a stunning outlook to the Barossa Ranges, the area is steeped in history and boasts of great walks as well as being surrounded by award winning wineries and restaurants. With modern comforts behind classic settler style and grace, our cottages remain comfortable in every season. Featuring front and rear private verandas for you to relax and unwind whilst enjoying the wonderful views of the Barossa Ranges, the spires of Tanunda or the sunsets that the Barossa is known for. Your romantic getaway starts here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barossa Vineyard Cottages Barossa Valley/Tanunda