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Vineyard Cottages and Cafe
Ranked #2 of 4 Ballandean B&B and Inns
Koeln, Germany
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“beautiful cottages surrounded by nice gardens”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We had a great stay at the Vineyard Cottages on our way through the country. The owner John is exceptionally welcoming and full of interesting stories and good advice. He had his chef make up some vegetarian meals for us which was great and he helped us choose some delicious wine. The cottages are very comfortable and clean. We were a bit surprised by how close they are to the highway though. Luckily on a Sunday night there wasn't much traffic so we could sleep pretty good. Thanks for having us!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Stayed 2 nights. John and Penny are great hosts - very friendly and helpful. They obviously enjoy their job!! We stayed in the 2 bed, 2 bath cottage and it was very comfortable. Breakfast was part of the deal with homemade breads, fruit and cereal, homemade breads and local jams. Very nice dinner in the restaurant. The gardens are lovely just to look at or meander through. It was really nice in the evening to sit out on the verandah on the cane chairs, look at the countryside and have a drink. I thoroughly recommend having a night or two or three here!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2012

We stayed here on as a one night stopover on our way from Sydney to Fraser Island. The cottages are peaceful, very comfortable, and well fitted out. The gardens are gorgeous! We ate in the restaurant for dinner and had a very good meal with a great local wine! Breakfast was a perfect continental.. Fruit compotes of local produce, home made bread and jams. Hosts Penny & John were friendly and accommodating. We will definitely come back, but not as a stopover- we will spend 3 nights to explore the local wine region and the national parks. We would thoroughly recommend the cottages!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sunshine Coast
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed 2 nights with the purpose of exploring the local Girraween National Park. Accommodation was warm and cosy with pleanty of space as a couple in the cottage. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast onsite and organised our own lunch for the day we spent bushwalking. The gardens have been lovingly planned and tended and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. This would be an ideal stay for antone exploring the many local wineries or the national parks. There are several in the immediate vicinity.

Room Tip: My only little problem was the proximity to a main highway with loaded trucks rumbling through at al...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

I think it was 1999 when I first went past Vineyard Cottages. And thought 'WOW! I'd LOVE to stay' there. And now I have. And it was worth waiting for.

John and Penny are fabulous hosts. Their email communication prior to our visit was top knotch and their hospitality was first class.

Our cottage was lovely for me, the MR and our 5 year old co-pilot. We were as warm as toast inside despite the cold Stanthorpe winter weather. The large spa bath was a huge hit with our co-pilot. He LOVED it. Only drama was when we had to get him out so each of us could bathe :)

The included breakfast of cereals, muselis, fruits, breads for toast was plentiful and very filling. There was an option to purchase a cooked breakfast but we didn't need or want it.

The planetarium next door was a hit with the MR and the co-pilot.

We had a beautiful meal at the attached restaurant. And gave it 5 stars too.

Keep it up folks. We wish you all the best and great health too!

Room Tip: We loved our Queen cottage with sofa bed.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

My husband and our 16yo son and I stayed here for 2 nights after reading such great reviws on TA. We were definitely not disappointed. The cottages have ample room and my son was fine sleeping on the fold out lounge. The bathroom is enormous and the spa was most welcome after a day of bushwalking through Girraween.
What I liked most was the special homely touches that John and Penny made to the cottages, candles; biscotti; and coffee, not nescafe instant packet. Real milk in the fridge and cold water. Even huge fluffy towels - clean tidy and we will difinitely return. Great location for the local wineries but as we decided it was going to be a bush walking 3 days, it was still a great location to the national park.
The first night we had an absolutely beautiful meal in the cafe/restaurant and of course staying there we could also indulge in the local wines.
The breakfast that was included was full of local produce, from the fresh and stewed fruits to the jams. The bread and muesli is all made onsite and was absolutely devine.You can actually buy muesli as well to take home.
John and Penny are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. They also must have a first class chef working for them because the food is supurb.
This was a great 2 nights/3 days stay and I must say gazing up at the beautiful night sky after a beautiful dinner with some fine local wine, really felt like a special place away from the rat race of everyday working life.
Thanks for a great short break John and Penny

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Wonderfully comfortable accommodation in lovely cottages with a beautiful country vista.

Lovely staff and a great restaurant just steps away.

Great place to relax and soak up all the food and wine of the region.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Vineyard Cottages and Cafe
Address: 28126 New England Hwy, Ballandean, Queensland 4383, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Ballandean
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ballandean
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Vineyard Cottages and Cafe 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vineyard Cottages is Stanthorpe's longest established and highest AAA rated premium boutique accommodation. Private cottages nestle in established gardens in the small village of Ballandean, 15km south of Stanthorpe and central to the Granite Belt's premium wineries. The onsite licensed restaurant, The Vineyard Cafe,features fresh local produce on its delicious breakfast and dinner menus. ... more   less 
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