About the property
- Bed And Breakfast
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- Minimum Stay1 nights
Secluded cottage (4BR 2bath) with stunning valley views + self-cont. guest room
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 10 (2 queen bedrooms - one with ensuite - one double, one twin bedroom, plus a quaint separate cottage with a king-sized bed). Located on 75 acres of undulating hills with lovely walks and a dam, it's also a wonderful treat for the family dog.
Comfortable and spacious, the layout is perfect for one couple who wants total peace and seclusion, 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 bathrooms, 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. A quaint, spacious attic room with an 1880s iron-posted double bed and views over the hills at the back of the property is made available for larger groups.
For groups of 10 (or a fourth couple who want a king-sized bed), rustic Heathcliff Guest Cottage a few metres from the main house, is perfect.
It is only ever used in conjunction with Bronte Manor bookings and is separated from the main house by a lovely stone wall and meandering brick path, the charming, cosy cottage warmed by a pot belly stove with a tiny ensuite bathroom and views over the valley.
Visitors can step out through French doors onto the slate terrace from every room in the main house (except the third twin bedroom and attic) and watch the sun go down behind a vista of stunning valley views with the Clare Valley racecourse in the far distance.
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Enjoy a bottle of complimentary local Clare Valley Red in front of a blazing fire or, in summer, a chilled White on the slate terrace overlooking the sweeping valley as you cook your food on the BBQ.
Cook up your complimentary local free range 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. Dogs are also welcome to run around off-leash everywhere except close to the alpaca enclosure. (Don't worry, there are signs.)
Bronte Manor is the ideal place for entertaining, Writers' Retreats, or simply for relaxing.
Depending on the weather - or the direction of the wind or sun - you can use the gas BBQ on the terrace and enjoy the feeling of being lord of all you survey from this beautifully elevated position, or cook up your sausages on the wood-fired BBQ on the eastern side of the house while you enjoy undisturbed views of the hills at the back of the property which are covered in natural bushland.
For those who want to toast marshmallows over an open fire beneath a star-studded sky during winter, there's a large fire pit near Heathcliff Cottage.
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 and kangaroos are abundant.
1 night for one couple during weekdays = total $190
$200 per night on weekends.
Add $50 per person for additional adults
Add $30 for children under 18
Children under 3 are free.
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.
Heathcliff Cottage is never separately let.
Rates include a complimentary bottle of wine, cooked/continental breakfast provisions, all linen, and firewood for the first two nights.
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 and fourth double room 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.
Dishes for canapes and dips
In other words, if you want to entertain in style, Bronte Manor is the place to do it!
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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 24, 2018
About Ted Nettelton
We bought the property in 1983 when it was wheat fields and uncleared bush. Today we're proud of the three cottages we built by hand and the 25,000 trees we planted.
Ted Nettelton purchased this Bed And Breakfast in 1983
Why Ted Nettelton chose Clare
Peace, seclusion and tranquility - plus easy access to wineries and restaurants.
What makes this Bed And Breakfast unique
This is a gem for people who want to really get away from it all. As all cottages are separated at such a distance from each other - yet are on the same 75 acre piece of land - it really does lend itself to large family groups and multiple couples who want to enjoy total privacy and beautiful scenery.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Rustic but Fantastic
Just got back from our stay at the Bronte Manor. We had a party of 6 plus our Cocker Spaniel. We had a fantastic time exploring the grounds and bushland, looking for kangaroos and other wildlife which surrounds the property. Was great to go and say “Hi” to the local Alpacas too. The house had everything we needed and is set in perfect surroundings. The breakfast provisions were just right for our stay. Tanika is their perfect host, keeping us up to date with everything we needed to know about wildlife and weather.
Thank you can’t wait to return!!!!
Had the Best Time in this Comfortable and Cosy House!
Fantastic country cottage
We enjoyed every bit of our short stay. Every detail was perfect from the lovely clean linen to the ample breakfast goodies provided for the 5 adults. Located just a short drive away from Clare yet it could be a 100 miles away from anywhere. Will certainly come back again!
lovely relaxing stay
I had a great weekend with friends, we loved Bronte Manor and the surrounding area. Good breakfast provisions and owner very pleasant and accomodating.
Unique, comfortable & great for families/groups
Fantastic large property with plenty of room for our three families. Beautiful bush setting with easy access to Clare Valley wineries and kids enjoyed visiting the onsite Alpacas. Bronte Manor was very unique, being built by the owners from mud brick, and is full of character with its fireplace, red velvet and dark wood furniture, four-poster beds and clawfoot baths. Love the views from the kitchen and bathroom. The house takes quite a while to warm up and we had a chilly first night with problems with the A/C and a long time for the fireplace to warm the large area - arrive early to get the fire started or see if the owners can light in advance for you if you're there during the colder seasons! Our following nights were cosy and warm. Thanks to Tanika who looked after us very well before and during our stay :)
Rustic getaway (Bronte Manor & Heathcliff cottage)
We stayed Bronte Manor (and the Heathcliff cottage next door) with three families. It was rustic but very clean.
As it was hand-built, things aren't perfect - like the floor isn't perfectly flat, the door ways aren't very wide and the outside slate is uneven - but for most people this won't be a problem, it's all part of the charm! Bronte Manor has a lovely, modern kitchen that was well equipped and the breakfast provisions were very generous! The fridge was a bit small for all of us but we had brought along an esky so our drinks went into that.
It was lovely to sit outside and watch the sunset between the trees. Yes, there are bugs and even bats (no fly screens on Bronte Manor) but that's just part of being with nature!
One of the showers wasn't great (it sprayed everywhere except in the centre) and we did have the hot water run out for some showers - but this happens any where!
Tanika was very helpful & friendly too.