I had stayed at these cottages before with a friend, so knew exactly what to expect. This is not luxury accommodation, but it is clean, comfortable and homey - just what you need when travelling with a few kids! This time my family stayed in Chardonnay Cottage (2 adults, 3 kids) and had a lovely quiet holiday. The cottage was clean, the surrounding bush was lovely, and the quiet was welcome. The kitchen was well-stocked with utensils, the bedding was fresh and warm (although we could have used an extra blanket on the night it got down to 2 degrees!) and the heating worked brilliantly. All in all, we had few problems and lots of fun - we bushwalked, barbecued, built campfires, built cubby houses in the scrub and most importantly, slept late every day. The kids loved it and the grownups relaxed!
I have read other reviews saying that the place is shabby and unsatisfactory, and I do not agree. Perhaps if you have unrealistic expectations of a budget getaway, you would be disappointed...yes, the furniture is well-worn and you won't find a coffee machine in the kitchen, you may have to jiggle the switch on the BBQ a bit to get it going, but so what? If you are looking for a relaxing few days away from it all in comfy surroundings, this is perfect.
Picture yourself in a scarf and beanie, roasting marshmallows over your own campfire outside....or sitting with a glass of wine next to the federation-style fireplace inside....you don't need 5-star luxury to enjoy that.
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