Bronte Manor is a grand, rustic, four-bedroom mudbrick dwelling perched on a hill with 360-degree views amidst 35ha of trees and hills 6km north of Clare.
Romantic and secluded, it accommodates a single party of up to 8 (2 queen, one double and one twin bedroom) and is also a wonderful treat for the family dog.
Cosy, yet spacious, the layout is perfect for one couple, while two ensuite bathrooms provide privacy for larger groups.
Peace and tranquility are the hallmarks of Bronte Manor.
Relax in the claw-footed bath and enjoy stunning views through large floor-to-ceiling windows from both ensuites, located at opposite sides of the house. The long, baronial-sized living room with open fireplace separates each queen-sized suite while a pretty twin room is ideal for kids and singles.
When a third queen-sized bed with ensuite is required for larger groups Heathcliff Guest Cottage, only 10m from the main house, is perfect. (It is only ever used in conjunction with Bronte Manor bookings.) Separated from the main house by a lovely stone wall and meandering brick path, the charming, rustic brick-floored cottage is warmed by a pot belly stove and, like Bronte Manor, also enjoys uninterrupted views over rolling hills and trees.
For larger groups planning a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or just a short break away, a double bedroom in the attic with dormer windows overlooking the hills behind is nearing completion. This will enable one party of four couples and two singles to stay at Bronte where they can command the valley for themselves.
Step out through French doors onto the slate terrace from every room in the house (except the third twin bedroom) and watch the sun go down behind a vista of stunning valley views with the racecourse in the far distance.
Self contained (non hosted) accommodation for a single party of up to eight
Enjoy a bottle of complimentary local Clare Valley Red in front of a blazing fire or, in summer, a chilled White on the terrace overlooking the sweeping valley.
Cook up your complimentary eggs and bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms or make dinner in the large, well-equipped kitchen while you listen to the kookaburras and enjoy the view which is undisturbed by any other dwelling.
If you've brought any four-legged friends, you'll know your pampered pet is secure in a fenced-off area (with shelter) near the house as you head off to enjoy the nearby wineries and restaurants.
The ideal place for entertaining, or simply relaxing
Depending on the weather, you can use the gas BBQ on the terrace and enjoy the feeling of being lord of all you survey from such an elevated position, or cook up your sausages on the wood-fired BBQ pit on the eastern side of the house while you enjoy undisturbed views of the garden bordered by natural bushland.
At the edge of the courtyard, hundred-year-old gums pepper the slope which meets a wide grassy sward, bordered by a ribbon of trees, with the dam in the distance. There is not another building or road to distract the eye.
Birdlife is abundant, and kangaroos are often sighted.
Two ensuite bedrooms plus third twin bedroom in main house.
1 night for one couple = total $190
2 nights = $380
Add $120 per extra couple using the second suite.
Also, $30 per person using the twin bedroom.
Heathcliff Cottage= add $100 per couple per night.
Dogs incur a flat rate $20 cleaning fee.
Special rates for longer stays by negotiation.
Well-mannered dogs welcome - allowed indoors. Securely fenced dog run near the house with kennel.
The two suites, including guest cottage, are never separately let - your group only
Rates include complimentary bottle of wine, cooked/continental breakfast provisions, all linen, and firewood.
Minimum 2 nights stay weekends Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun (negotiable)
Portacot provided on request.
Key in door from 2pm onwards on day of arrival
Departure time by 11am
Third twin bedroom within main house
Long weekends minimum 3 nights' stay based on 4 people occupancy.
Bronte has always been a fabulous house for entertaining. Breakfast over the open fire by the church door, cook up lunch on the terrace overlooking the valley using the gas BBQ, and enjoy dinner at the long baronial table in front of the fire.
Below is an inventory of kitchen stock for those who want to cook up a storm.
3 saucepans (sm, med, lge)
3 frying pans (2 med, 1 lge)
3 deep metal baking dishes (sm, med, lge)
1 biscuit tray
1 set of Slimmers scales
1 Breville Turbo Mix (electric beater)
1 large open casserole dish
1x 10L cooking pot
veg masher, whisk, slotted spoon, tongs, knives
2 cake tins, mixing bowl
4 salad bowls
1 quiche dish
electric frying pan
2 closed casserole dishes
citrus juicer (manual)
1 large stainless steel fridge to fit all your ingredients.
Restaurants, wineries and a first class golf course are easily accessible. Clare township offers good shopping facilities while the Clare Valley is noted for its fine wines, excellent wineries, scenic drives and the beauty of its trees and rolling hills. The area has an unspoilt rural charm about it.
For the cyclist or walking trail enthusiast, the popular Riesling Trail follows the old train line between Clare and Auburn (22km). The trail passes close to wineries, restaurants and scenic spots. It is sign posted and the full trail does not have to be negotiated.