We stayed here for two nights in the Studio room. The location of the property was great as we could easily walk into the main street for dinner and have a drink. The room itself is quite big for two including the big spa bath tub. Breakfast provisions were plentiful - including yoghurt, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, a bottle of milk, orange juice, butter, spreads, a loaf of bread, tea and coffee, cereals etc. The laundry room was also well kept and functional. The gardens are nice and our car park was easy to get and out of.
There are a few things The Dove Cote could attend to in future. Our bathroom sink was very slow draining. This is easily fixed with a good douse of drain unclogger. The shower pressure was also VERY slow. So slow I wasn't able to wash my hair as it definitely would not rinse away shampoo let alone conditioner.
The compendium was also quite out of date. I found the places online and prices had risen for both dining and massage venues of about $5.
The big issue though for us was the cleanliness of cooking equipment. The two smaller frying pans still had grease stuck to the sides. The spatula had food between the holes. The bowls I found were greasy when rinsed before use. (I usually rinse things before use) So I had to boil hot water and give things we used a good rinse over. I don't know if it is the lack of sink/drying space or because the room does not have a small dish washer (though it does not need one) which leads to unclean dishes from the previous visitors but I think cooking utensils should have a thorough check/clean by the cleaner before it is given the all clear.
If it weren't for the hygiene, I would rate this property higher than average.
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- Also Known As:
- The Dove Cote Barossa Valley/Tanunda