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Reviewed 18 April 2013

We traveled to the Clare Valley to rekindle our love of wine and stayed in this B&B as part of the travel auction deals.

Lavender Blue B&B offers two cottages, Tuscany and Provence. We stayed in Provence which is at the back of the property away from the main street which takes all traffic to Clare.
I am not sure what we expected, but having stayed in many B&Bs both in Australia and overseas over the years we expected more that we got. There was nothing of the personality of the owners here.

The cottage had a bedroom, a small kitchen, a shower and lounge with TV, air conditioning and a wood burning stove. The outside area had seating and small electric BBQ. There was off street parking, a communal sauna and the availability of bicycles to explore the riesling trail.

The rooms were rather dark and unwelcoming. When I go into a B&B I expect some of the personality of the owners to be reflected in the decorations and furniture. The rooms looked like someone had a list of what was needed and gone to an op shop to get what they though was typical of Provence. Having been to Provence there was nothing in the cottage (except the lovely blue and gold tiles in the kitchen and bathroom) that evoked that lovely area.
Where was the sunlight, the warmth, the welcoming feel?

True the beds (two singles brought together to make a king) were comfortable but they were on rollers so you risked sliding away from the wall. The floors through out were slate or concrete, OK but cold under foot. Rugs were thin and the two in the bedroom were actually bath mats. What a difference a good large rug in the lounge and bedroom would make.

In the lounge area the sofa and chair were ok but not really comfortable and there were a few books and a few DVDs to watch (if you liked watching 4W drive movies). The overhead lights were weak and not possible to read by. The best lighting was provided by the bedside lights in the bedroom.

Imagine yourself in front of a roaring fire with a good book, cuddling into a comfy sofa with your beloved with a glass of Clare wine in hand listening to the rain and wind outside I can but not in this place.

As we were on a rather tight budget and there was only one hotel to eat out at locally, we chose to take advantage of the "well equipped" kitchen listed in the brochure. If we wanted to cook casseroles there were plenty of dishes, but the basics were not there - a decent cutting board, a strainer, a lid for the large saucepan, etc. We made do. They did have a coffee maker and plunger and the Anzac biscuits were a treat. The breakfast provided was continental and the bread was nice.

The bathroom was good and the shower was hot.

At night the rooms got very cold, even for April. There is an air conditioner but it seemed to be blowing cold air even set at 25 degrees C. There is a lovely wood burning stove but no wood. We found blocks outside but were not sure if we could use them as they were not split. The bedrooms is under the other older cottage and was warmer by virtue of only having one window. I expect all the rooms would be cold in the winter months.

Outside was no better. A tired, poorly painted pergola area had a couple of cane chairs and a noisy bio-cycle unit smack in the middle of the back lawn. There is parking at the back but no wheelchair access.

All in all, all the basics were there but the warmth and welcome you would expect of a good B&B was not. There are many B&Bs in the area. For the price I would try elsewhere first.

Room Tip: If you are staying here ask for Provence as the traffic noise from the main street is somewhat muffled.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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LouandAJ, Owner at Lavender Blue Country Accommodation, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2013

Apologies that you didn't enjoy your stay over with us. We only recently purchased the property and had hoped that guests would fill in the customer review sheet found in the information folder so we could update where necessary. The previous owner had named the rooms, and we wished to keep the same names, not as themed rooms. Our customers that have paid full price and received the full package of cooked breakfast provisions, cheese and crackers, Clare Valley Wine, port, biscuits, all linen and towels and a welcome package have left us good responses. We are on a tight budget and are painting and improving as fast as we can. The floors through Provence are made from local slate mined at Mintaro. We have added the things you mentioned missing from the kitchen and will leave instructions for the air conditioner. Apologies once again.

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