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“So perfect we got engaged!!”
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3 Divas B & B
Ranked #4 of 17 McLaren Vale B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
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“So perfect we got engaged!!”
Reviewed 7 December 2011

Our short get away to McLaren Vale was booked as a surprise by my boyfriend!
We stayed in the Teresa cottage which is a very private cottage with everything you could possibly need!
We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing two person bath!
On the Saturday we took a wine tour with Greg which lasted all day! It was great fun and we got to see lots of cellar doors that we wouldnt have seen. We tasted lots of wine that we had never even heard of before.
Greg booked us into a great restaurant called The Barn which was just down the street from the cottage.
Our breakfast was scrumptous! We spent the next day cycling around the area. It was just the most fantastic weekend with Greg and Dee making us feel so welcome!
To top it all off my boyfriend surprised me and proposed!!
We definitely will be back and who knows what could happen next time!!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

I feel really gobsmacked to read the previous review and had to pick myself up off the floor after laughing my pants off at the ridiculous sounding experience which I might add, was definitely not ours!

Having had a wonderful 10 day break with 3 divas in 2009 there was no other place we wished to revisit as much as the cottage.

In August this year we finally managed a return trip and not only found a very warm welcome by the owners but our stay this time was even better than the last.

We were given extra huge white fluffy towels and robes, plenty for us all. Enough breakfast to sink a ship and a beautiful bottle of local wine.

Having used 3 divas for touring also, I can thoroughly recommend them for a luxury class experience. Beyond helpful. outstanding.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

We booked the marlene for our wedding anniversary and have never been so let down in our life. The marlene is located directly next to the managers quarters and shares the same driveway so there is no privacy, they can watch your every move....i guess we were expecting something a bit more private as this shared situation is not mentioned anywhere when booking. Our package included continental breakfast, bike hire and port...well the breakfast was nowhere to be seen, we had to ring twice and ask for it and were made to feel bad by doing so, when we enquired about the bikes at 5:30pm to ride to dinner, we were spoken to very rudely by Greg and made to feel terrible about wanting them then. The port was in a bulk container....how could we drink this not knowing how many other people have drunk from the same container & it's simply been refilled! We encountered many other problems; there were cockroaches, the oven and toaster didn't work (although the toaster did get replaced...no apology though), and to top it off Dee phoned us after we had departed and threatened us, accusing us of stealing their guest book, then threatening to charge us $100 to replace it! I really hope we caught the managers on an extremely bad day because we were spoken to, and treated terribly and our experience ruined our whole weekend! It was also the first night away from the recent birth of our baby boy. We even wrote a letter to the managers trying to seek some kind of sense as to how we were treated so terribly and never even got a reply. You will be able to tell their attitude by their response to this post i'm sure!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Greeceorbust, Owner at 3 Divas B & B, responded to this review, 4 December 2011
The Marlene is a modern two bedroom log chalet situated in the western corner of our one acre rural block and faces north to take in the beautiful McLaren Vale scenery.
The Marlene overlooks a magnificent shiraz vineyard and olive grove and has extensive decking around it so that our guests can enjoy the view. It is screened with 3 large peppercorn trees and a six foot high fence to the side, at the front a large 100 year old mulberry tree provides shade and privacy. The Marlene is about 30 metres from Caffrey St. In addition all windows have blinds for total privacy.
No windows of the owner’s residence overlook the Marlene, and the owners living quarters are some 30 metres facing east. Access to the owners premises is from the Caffrey Street side of the property with both bed and breakfast properties being out of sight and sound of the owners living quarters.
For our guests convenience we have a small 24 hour office/reception area to the rear of our east facing premises where they are able to settle their accounts and be provided with anything they require.
Guests are free to come and go as they please and are able to park their vehicles within a couple of paces from their cottages. The 20 metre long driveway leading to the Marlene is used only for guests in the Marlene. Our garage, and parking for the Teresa cottage is situated on the other side of the block.
Breakfast is delivered fresh to the Marlene between 6pm and 7pm on the day of arrival. It consists of fresh baked bread (sometimes still warm), yoghurt, jams, fruit, juice, milk and cereal.
On this occasion we attempted to deliver the breakfast at 545pm 15 minutes after arrival, however the guests were in the spa so it was not delivered until 645pm - certainly in time for breakfast!
Our two bicycles are provided to our guests free of charge during the daylight hours and are subject to availability. We believe we have a duty of care not to provide the bicycles to guests who refuse to wear the helmets, wish to ride them in the dark (they do not have lights), and are under the influence of alcohol - all of which apply in this case.
Repeated requests by the guests to provide a free bottle of wine was declined - it was not in the package that they purchased, and certainly not needed.
For the enjoyment of all guests we provide a complimentary decanter of 12 year old Tawny Port supplied locally and quite delicious! It is presented in a 750ml crystal decanter as is normal with port. I do not believe this equates to a “bulk container”.
Both cottages at 3 Divas are fumigated every three months - a certificate of fumigation is now copied and placed in the compendiums. We do, however live on a rural block, bordering vineyards, paddocks and olive groves and naturally experience flying critters and bugs. Both cottages are also supplied with insect sprays.
Maintenance is carried out daily and all equipment is in great condition.
On this occasion the toaster was reported as not working (and cheerfully replaced immediately), however worked perfectly when we checked. The oven in the cottage also worked perfectly with the occupants the following night cooking a roast meal in it!
The most disappointing event was the removal, destruction and vandalism of our guest comment register. With only two pages remaining we were very proud of 3 years of fantastic comments on the cleanliness, great location, wonderful views, great customer service and amenities provided.
After 4 phone calls and 2 text messages our guest book was finally returned by post, only to find that the guests had removed the last 6 months of guest comments pages and that some remaining comments had been scribbled across. This of course is irreplaceable.
As owners of 3 Divas and Wine Diva Tours we have received numerous recent awards for our customer service. Whilst we welcome constructive criticism we do not have to put up with bad behaviour. I am sure that the general public will see this, look at the previous reviews and be able to see through this review.
Given the circumstances we would not change anything that we did and are comfortable with the knowledge that we acted professionally and responsibly at all times.
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

We stayed in the Marlene for one night during August. The location was great, only a 10 minute walk to the pub on a Thursday night for the $10 special (check the local pub website) and home again. The loft bedroom was cosy and warm and the view from the balcony was great for a glass of wine and the sunset.

We booked via lastminute.com and this included breakfast. On arriving we were a little disappointed to find that the provisions were not in the fridge... and no one was home to ask :( Fortunately, around 6pm Dee rolled around with everything we needed and more, including freshly baked bread that did not last until breakfast..!

We heard the wine tour was fantastic, the couple staying in the other house went two days in a row..! Dee provided us with maps and the best wineries to visit.

Room Tip: The Marlene has a loft bedroom, so cosy and warm during winter
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2011

We stayed in the Teresa and were very comfortable. The cottage is full of old "stuff" giving it a very homely feel.

The weather wasn't great but inside was wam and cosy. There's a bench out the front of the cottage that's perfect for watching the sunset.

Dee and Greg were great hosts, happy to help with anything. The breakfast foods Dee provided were ample for two people.

Here's nice touch - they provide good quality soft toilet paper and tissues and decent sized bath towels. That seems like a small thing, but gives the impression that Dee and Greg actually thought hard about their guests comfort.

The property's off the main street of McLaren Vale so it's quiet at night - but not too far to walk into town down a couple of well lit streets for dinner or shops.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

Stayed at the Marlene 2 bedroom cabin. Very clean, extremely comfortable, lovely and warm with gas fire and air-con and great view over vineyards. Walking distance to restaurants and cellar doors. Greg and Dee were delightful, helpful, knowlegable people. The wine tour was fabulous, best we've done. Highly recommended.

Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank LauraP28
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Nairne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

We are not 'Wine' aficionados' Like some, but we thoroughly enjoyed or stay in the Marlene.
This is a 2 story cottage with all the amenities, and we loved it. Great sunset and great sunrise from the upper deck. The spa tub was a treat. Local knowledge of wines and foods was outstanding.
Dee and Greg were very down-to-earth and most hospitable to the point of going to extra trouble to make us comfortable. Well done guys.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: 3 Divas B & B
Address: 42 Caffrey St, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > McLaren Vale
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in McLaren Vale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — 3 Divas B & B 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 luxurious and private self contained cottages in the heart of McLaren Vale within walking distance to shops, cellar doors and restaurants. Features include two person spa baths, open fires, alfresco dining, luxury bedrooms with quality linen and towels, gourmet breakfast baskets, complimentary wine, port and toiletries. The owners also operate a luxury chauffeur limousine and wine tour business for the region. Airport transfers are also available. ... more   less 
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