A RIVERLAND MOTEL THAT GOES OUT OF ITS WAY TO PLEASE SUITS BRYAN LITTLELY TO A TEE
BARMERA Country Club is a fine example of accommodation not having to be the flashest to ensure a memorable, and recommendable, stay.
Don’t be mistaken – that doesn’t mean it is a try-hard dive. Far from it. The apartment-style rooms nestled in the grounds of the Barmera Golf Course are clean, comfortable and quaint.
Our home for two nights – with four adults and a toddler – was in a selfcontained family room complete with two bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and small dining area, bathroom (of course) and ample storage for our luggage and the all-important golf clubs.
An outdoor entertaining area, complete with our own barbecue, made self-catering that much easier, but the complex also features a restaurant with good quality, affordable meals, including breakfast.
There are two floodlit tennis courts a swimming pool and indoor heated spa, children’s playground and a grass volleyball court if you’re up for it and have the numbers to play.
With a few days of playing golf at some of the Riverland’s fancied courses on our minds, it was a real treat to be able to spill out of our apartment and straight on to the first tee at the Barmera course. Because it was so easy and the course so good we spent all our golfing time there.
But it was how we were welcomed at the club that really makes it a place I want to return to. Having been “sold a pup” on our first accommodation booking which, upon arrival and inspection I determined I would not house a dog in, we faced the prospect of heading straight back home as the region was heavily booked with the Riverland Field Days being held.
Barmera Country Club not only unexpectedly gave us a room immediately, they did so at their usual room rate despite being open to charge more because of the demand. They negotiated with someone already booked in to the room to take on a smaller room, welcomed us at the club and ensured we were settled in quickly.
Whether or not they were aware of the poor service we’d just been given elsewhere and saw an opportunity to make a good impression with little effort matters not. They did make a good impression, and that counts for much more than fancy hotel room fittings and facilities you’re never likely to use.