It’s dated, but the great lo­ca­tion and comfy beds might be just the ticket

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - ESCAPE - Words and pic­tures jes­sica galletly

VAST open plains, vine­yards and in­ti­mate cel­lar doors. The Barossa Val­ley is a des­ti­na­tion that makes you feel like you’re some­where far, far away, and yet it’s just an hour’s drive from Ade­laide. It makes for a per­fect weekend es­cape from sub­ur­bia, and is a draw­card for in­ter­state and over­seas tourists. And re­gard­less of where you’re from, when you re­treat into the Barossa Val­ley you want to feel im­mersed in its at­mos­phere.

The Barossa Wein­tal Ho­tel/Mo­tel doesn’t quite give vis­i­tors that ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Wein­tal is clean, it’s safe, and the staff are lovely, but at the end of a pic­turesque drive it came as a dis­ap­point­ment to walk into a dimly lit, out­dated room.

Walls are ren­dered in muted hues of beige and pink-cream, which blends with the tim­ber fur­ni­ture and brown car­pet. The room in­cludes a flat-screen TV, a ket­tle, glasses and mugs. We had brought nib­bles for the evening and were a lit­tle sur­prised not to find any plates or knives.

The bath­room was pleas­antly clean and a nice dou­ble-sized shower pro­vided good wa­ter pres­sure. The big mir­ror was wel­come as was the good (neon) light­ing.

The big win­ner for us was the beds. There is a queen-sized bed and a dou­ble sofa pullout, which sits against an old sin­gle bed­head that the own­ers have de­cided not to re­move, and a sin­gle bed.

The beds were plush, com­fort­able and pro­vided a great night’s sleep. The split­sys­tem air­con­di­tion­ing sys­tem was also most wel­come on this chilly night.

The next morn­ing we de­cided to check out the Wein­tal’s buf­fet break­fast – an of­fer­ing that in­cluded dry ce­re­als, tinned fruit, toast, muffins and pas­tries.

We opted for the $15 con­ti­nen­tal op­tion, which gave us ba­con, beans and fried eggs. For what’s on of­fer, we agreed that break­fast should be in­cluded in the $160 overnight stay price.

The break­fast area also has a cof­fee/hot choco­late ma­chine, but we de­cided to go else­where for our caf­feine hit.

We headed to an adorable cafe called Nosh, and while wait­ing for our cof­fees we noted that we could have had a much more sat­is­fy­ing break­fast here for less (think Bircher muesli with fresh fruit for around $7).

Lo­cated on Ta­nunda’s main street, the Wein­tal pro­vides a good base for ex­plor­ing the re­gion. It was only a 15-minute drive to din­ner at Lyn­doch Hill (lyn­dochhill. com) and barely a 10-minute drive to Marananga, where we en­joyed a fab­u­lous event at Ap­pel­la­tion restau­rant at luxe ho­tel The Louise as part of the Tast­ing Aus­tralia fes­ti­val.

For those in­ter­ested in a tip­ple at the end of a hard day’s sight­see­ing, the Wein­tal has an on-site bot­tle shop that stocks a good range of lo­cal drops.

All in all, I would rec­om­mend the Wein­tal for any­one who is af­ter a no-fuss, quick overnight stay, per­haps as part of a busi­ness trip.

But for those who want some­thing a lit­tle more Barossan, try for a B&B, or be will­ing to pull out a few more dol­lars for a more mod­ern re­sort down the road.

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