The Vineyard | McLaren Vale, AUSTRALIA

Arriving at The Vineyard was one of those surreal moments. As our car drove past the vast green rolling vines that stretched out as far as the eye could see we slowly pulled up next to our cottage located inside  The Vineyard Retreat set on a small working vineyard. I was simply in awe of the peacefulness of this beautiful place. 

There was no waiting in line at the reception for check-in, instead, we were given a passcode to our cottage prior to our arrival along with useful information about the property and its surroundings.  A thoughtful process in my opinion as it felt like I was visiting my holiday home rather than arriving as a paying guest. Our cottage, named The Ardmore, is one of the four cottages located on the property.  

On the dining table, a bowl filled with munchies as well as a bottle of wine from the region welcomed us. The space had a French provincial feel. The bedroom was spacious and simple, decorated with a neutral colour palette. Fluffy white Laura Ashley towels neatly placed in the bathroom which had a double entrance from both the bedroom as well as the living room. The giant spa tub was definitely a nice touch to the space, needless to say, Minibun George loved his bubble bath time during our stay. 

In the morning, the three of us would cuddle in bed for a little bit then head to the kitchen for some breakfast. The owners had stocked up our kitchen with breakfast essentials including local free range eggs and smoked bacon from Red Gum, fresh bread and milk. So while I whisk up some scrambled eggs, the other travel bunnie would pour a glass of breakfast juice for George and made some coffee for us using the cottage’s espresso machine. It was a beautiful way to welcome each day. 

The double French doors from both the living room and the bedroom lead to a private deck that offered sweeping views of the vineyard. The sun didn’t go down until after 8 pm and we would all sit on the deck and be mesmerised by the soft hues of pink and blue, watching the cotton-candy clouds get brushed by the colours of the sunset before a dark, star-speckled sky took over.  You know what else was exciting about the place? I saw bunnies! They were so cute and fluffy I wanted to smuggle one home. So it was also part of my morning ritual to head out for a walk and take photos of the bunny family.

We visited McLaren Vale during a time when the lush green vines were decorated with clusters of deep purple grapes and it was an absolutely stunning time to be there. The Vineyard also an outdoor jacuzzi set upon the highest point of the property which captures views of the wine region and the ocean beyond. It was simply the perfect wine country escape. 

Bunnies’ Travel Notes
Bunnies’ Room Number: The Ardmore
Bath products: Basic Earth
Perks that we loved: Local produce provided and the priceless views 
Check-in/check-out times: 3pm - 10:30am
Time of stay: February 2018
What we paid: $860AUD for two nights

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