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“Beautiful vineyard retreat” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Peppermint Farm Cottage
Ranked #5 of 17 McLaren Vale B&B and Inns
Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
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“Beautiful vineyard retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

We recently stayed here for two nights in late November and loved our stay!

The cottage is beautifully restored and as you can see from the photos on their website is surrounded by vineyards and bush. Being an old restored cottage if you are tall you may need to duck through the doorways, but it is well worth it to enjoy the cottage charm.

The pin code entry was excellent as we arrived late at night after a long day at a friends wedding and didn't have to worry about a key.

My wife and I enjoyed the sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and hash browns for breakfast both mornings, with plenty of pans to cook it all with and an excellent gas stove top to do so on or there is also a BBQ out the back if you prefer.

The bed was very comfy and there were plenty of pillows. We loved the cupboard in the room and the sideboard next to the stove in the kitchen and felt they were a perfect fit for the cottage.

We enjoyed a glass of the complementary wine while reading at the table and chairs out the back overlooking the creek and the bush, before heading in to the comfy lounge as the wind picked up.

Couldn't think of a better place to stay in McLaren Vale if B&B Cottages are your thing.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John M
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

So impressed by Peppermint Farm Cottage. We were met by Paul and his wife who gave us a run down of the cottage's history and what to do and see while we were there.
The cottage is decorated with antiqe furniture and housewares and it is very spacious. The bathroom is very modern.
The kitchen was VERY well stocked with breakfast items (bacon, eggs, sausages, bread, cereal, milk, juice, tea/coffee, tomatoes and mushrooms), and all the appliances and kitchen wares we could have needed.
There is a little back area with a table setting and bbq which was perfect for breakfast in the sun!
Great selection of information about all the wineries to visit and Paul gave us some personal tips about where to go.
Also in a great postition close to a number of cellar doors and places to eat.
If anything, the place could have used a quick vaccuum but otherwise we couldn't have asked for a better weekends accommodation- absolutely perfect for a weekend away!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We spent three nights at Peppermint Farm Cottage with another couple and had a very enjoyable stay. The cottage has been renovated in the country style which appears appropriate for its heritage. Paul gave us a very warm welcome and thoughtfully checked once during the weekend whether we needed anything to assist our stay and offered to change our towels, which was a very nice touch for a self-contained property.

The breakfast provisions were very generous.

I was curious about the review I read that was written in May and the comments about a few bugs. I think the reviewer was unfair. McClaren Vale is the countryside and beautiful, especially in the springtime. Forget about the odd little slow moving creature and just enjoy the quiet countryside, singing birds and the surrounding vines. Go for a walk or run along the nearby Shiraz Trail that passes between the vines, or just enjoy a drive to the various vineyards and restaurants in the area.

We all had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jgsnb
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Paul W, Owner at Peppermint Farm Cottage, responded to this review, 8 October 2013
Thank you for your very kind words. We greatly appreciate you taking time to share your experience so that others can make informed decisions about where to stay.

I must admit that every time we receive a review alert, I hold my breath hoping that we have not overlooked something that has spoiled a guest experience. We do try very hard to anticipate our guests needs and we encourage everyone to contact us straight away if there is any sort of problem rather than waiting to post it on Tripadvisor.

Thanks again for the review and we hope to see you again one day.
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Adelaide
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

My wife and I recently spent a memorable weekend at PepperMint Farm Cottage. Our hosts, Paul & Diane, couldn't do more to ensure our stay was perfect. The cottage itself is over a 100 years old but has been renovated/rejuvenated to a high standard. The view overlooking the vines was picture perfect and at night the quietness of the surrounding area ensured a good night's sleep. A great place to base yourself when next exploring the McLaren Vale wine region

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Paul W, Owner at Peppermint Farm Cottage, responded to this review, 2 August 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We greatly appreciate feedback from our guests especially when it confirms that our cottage is as nice as we think it is and that we do some things well. We also appreciate comments that help us make improvements that can benefit other guests. We hope to see you again in the future.
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Peppermint Farm was our base in the McLaren Vale area, very peaceful spot and great amenities.
Got great insights into the local wine industry from Paul - and their recommendations for local wineries and eateries were spot on.

Room Tip: The B&B is in the centre of a vineyard - all rooms are quiet - apart from the occasional noisy p...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed here for a second time now and were again very pleased with this place: While being beautifully located right in the middle of the vineyards, unfortunately since last time the owner has finished a big modern house right next to it which takes a bit away from the isolation and privacy of the place. Besides that, we still loved the cute interior of the nicely renovated but historic cottage. I personally find the decor itself also a bit tasteless and old-fashioned but it works together with the historic country feel of the place. Breakfast provisions were plentiful and fresh and we love the proximity of several good wineries within walking distance (though beware of next door Peteringa, those crooks will send a highly annoying call centre onto you if you share your address with them!).

One of my work colleagues stayed here upon my warm recommendation and was outraged at the caterpillars around and since calls it "The caterpillar place" so be aware that being in the country brings along some little animals and the caterpillars are indeed plentiful both inside and outside the cottage. I personally find them fascinating little creatures and was rather afraid to accidentally step on those poor things during my stay but the cleaners could have done a better job removing all the spiders and cobwebs around the corners of the cottage prior to our arrival. I guess this is the flip side of having wild Kangaroos outside your place all the time which we absolutely loved- I would warmly recommend this place to any overseas visitors who really should stop by for a night or two if they happen to get to -otherwise dead boring and for the most of it atrociously ugly- Adelaide which is only an hours drive away.

All in all, given the absence of a Hilton or Sheraton (or anything that comes even remotely close), it's probably the best choice in the area though not exactly cheap given that it's an unserviced place where after two or three days you will have a pile of garbage (and several empty wine bottles) standing around in your kitchen.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Paul W, Owner at Peppermint Farm Cottage, responded to this review, 15 May 2013
Thank you for your comprehensive review and we are glad that you enjoyed your second stay with us. We love to get feedback from our guests because we are always looking for ways to make staying at Peppermint Farm even more enjoyable for others.

Tripadvisor is a wonderful forum that assists travellers to make informed decisions about their travel arrangements. However, I feel a need to respond to a few of your comments.

I am not sure what you mean by "In the middle of nowhere". I assume what you mean is, "In the middle of food and wine heaven, surrounded by some of Australia's best wineries, restaurants and beaches."

You may recall that when I greeted your party on arrival I encouraged you to contact me if you needed anything. I would have been more than happy to move your "pile of garbage" to the bin which is just outside the cottage, about 10 metres from the front door. For the sake of other readers, we do a thorough mid stay clean and linen change for anyone staying longer than 3 nights unless the guests indicate they prefer not to be disturbed, which is often the case.

We do not have any "caterpillars". We do have some millipedes and yes, a few of them find their way inside on occasions. Very few of our guests have ever commented about them. It's a shame that your "outraged" friend didn't bother to contact us to request their removal. We would have happily obliged and would always do so if requested.

The "not exactly cheap given that it's an unserviced place" is uncalled for. Yes, our cottage is self contained and our web site clearly spells out all of the terms and conditions. It may be stating the obvious, but we are deliberately a different style of accommodation to the "Hilton or Sheraton" and we don't apologise for that. It is why many people, including your party if I am not mistaken, choose to stay with us.

Referring to Pertaringa as "crooks" is very unfair. The McLaren Vale region is about "boutique", "artisanal" and "family owned". With two notable exceptions, all of the wineries are family owned. You get to taste some of the best wines on the planet in beautiful surroundings free of charge. Not a bad deal. And, yes, if you give them your phone number and email address, they assume you want to be contacted by them!

Describing Adelaide as "dead boring and ... atrociously ugly", oh really? Perhaps so if one never leaves the hotel room. The Property Council of Australia rates Adelaide as Australia's most liveable city so it must have something going for it and the thousands of reviews on Tripadvisor for places to stay, eat and play in Adelaide are overwhelmingly positive. All of Australia's cities rate extremely well on a world scale and we should all celebrate the fact that we live in such a wonderful country.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

We stayed at Peppermint Cottage for a week in mid-March and had a lovely time. The cottage itself is well equipped and very homely. Paul and Diana were very welcoming and always ensured that we had plenty of provisions for breakfasts, we were also treated to a bottle of wine on arrival - perfect.
Will definitely go back to the cottage again, had a very relaxing stay and loved the situation in the middle of the vineyards.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emma T
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Property: Peppermint Farm Cottage
Address: 148 Strout Rd, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > McLaren Vale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #5 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in McLaren Vale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
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 

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