Peppermint Farm was a disappointment to us... after viewing some previous positive reviews, and paying a relatively expensive fare, we looked forward to a pleasurable experience in the old farmhouse cottage. Alas, we encountered a location too adjacent to our hosts' home, not much they could do about that, this being a historic cottage, but with a token attempt at privacy. After a decent renovation, completed without flair, the owners lost interest and the cottage provided all the welcoming of a mean spirited aunt. Warm, but not hot, water, half a loaf of sliced bread for breakfast, two limp supermarket sausages wrapped in cling plastic film together with exactly the same measure of bacon with some sad frozen hash browns ( I think ). This was not the country fare of a wine and food produce region, rather post war rationing of supermaket purchased food. The cottage was clean, but not spotless, an ancient collection of brica brac castoffs, not dusted, not loved, sat with an enormous range of McLaren Vale advertising handouts displayed too prominently. For us, it was all rather depressing, after some previous excellent accommodation offers not too far away. Peppermint Farm needs de cluttering and the owners need advice of how Australian accommodation offerings have charged since 1963. Grandma has moved on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Peppermint Farm Cottage self contained bed and breakfast accommodation in McLaren Vale for two to four guests. Children are most welcome. Sorry, no pets. Peppermint Farm Cottage is a local heritage listed pug building. The original mud walls were built in 1853. This historic building was lovingly restored in 2009 and now combines rustic charm with modern luxury. Located just 3 km from the McLaren Vale township, the Cottage is within a few kilometres of some of the regions best wineries and restaurants. Enjoy a romantic experience surrounded by vineyards and overlooking the Turra Parri Creek. ... more less