My husband and I stayed one night in the Tuscany cottage during our recent trip to the Clare Valley. The owners were very accommodating and allowed us an earlier check in so we could take advantage of the free bikes to explore the Riesling Trail. The cottage is very close to the trail (literally across the street) and the bikes were in adequate condition (although some minor maintenance would be in order). The cottage itself was so clean and inviting. It has a fully stocked kitchen with provisions--our fridge had juice, milk, eggs, bacon, a bottle of Clare Valley Riesling wine, and a lovely cheese spread with crackers, as well as a stocked pantry with cereals, coffee, and tea. There was even a cute welcome basket with delicious honey biscuits and small bottles of honey and marmalade for us to take. The attention to detail with the way the cottage is set up is impeccable. Everything you could possibly need or want is laid out for you, including lavender-scented toiletries and bathrobes. I could have easily stayed here for an entire week. The only con about the cottage is that it is on the main road, so if you are sensitive to car traffic noise (highway noise, not city noise), this may not be the best option for you. Otherwise, this is a very nice romantic option for couples looking to get away. I also highly recommend eating at the local pub in Auburn called the Rising Sun. Delicious and within walking distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to "Lavender Blue Country Accommodation" at Auburn, South Australia. Situated at the gateway to the romantic Clare Valley. We have two very unique self-contained cottages, Tuscany and Provence.Tuscany is bright and spacious, with a large kitchen and views over looking the garden. Laundry facilities are there if you are looking for a longer stay.Provence is rustic,cosy and private, situated at the rear of the property.Both apartments offer well equipped kitchens, heating, cooling and king sized beds. We offer our guests breakfast provisions of bacon & eggs and cereals. In your room you will find a bottle of local wine, chocolates and homemade goodies. Linen and towels are provided.In our bike shed you will find bikes and helmets for you to explore the historic township of Auburn, stopping at local cafes, Clare Valley Brewery or Sugar Rush. You may like to head further along the Riesling Trail visiting wineries on your way.Venturas Vision Studio and Gallery is just a short walk down the main road, you can meet local artist in residence Tracy Vandepeer. ... more less
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