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Our Cottages 

At Karawatha Cottages we offer you the choice between three beautifully designed luxurious cottages as your perfect choice for McLaren Vale accommodation 

Karawatha Cottages - the best accommodation for McLaren Vale?

That is certainly a big claim to make and we wouldn't ordinarily do so, given the abundance of choice there is to stay in McLaren Vale but we are certainly thrilled about being now consistently ranked by travellers on Tripadvisor as the number 1 accommodation for the McLaren Vale wine region.

What can you expect at Karawatha Cottages?

At Karawatha Cottages you can choose from three luxurious, yet welcoming and comfortable cottages (UNWIND, RELISH and PONDER), providing you with space and everything you can possible need for a few relaxing days or a week away from it all.

What makes each of our cottages unique are subtle changes in style to give each cottage it's own character, but also minor differences in amenities and more obviously, they are different in size. Below is a brief overview of each cottage, with a link to more details and an image gallery  - or head straight to our booking page for more information and to secure your stay.  

Kitchen inside the Unwind Cottage of Karawatha Cottages McLaren Vale

The Unwind

One Bedroom Cottage 

48 sqm -- Sleeps 2

The perfect escape for a romantic getaway. It may be the smallest of our cottages but offers all the same luxurious amenities, plus a vine covered elevated deck.

Cottage Amenities:

  • Wood heater 

  • Elevated, private deck & outdoor dining

  • Deep soaking bath & rain shower combo

  plus all the amenities below



Living area inside the Ponder Cottage of Karawatha Cottages McLaren Vale

The Ponder

One Bedroom Cottage

63 sqm -- Sleeps 2

An original converted shed, fully stripped apart and renovated to the same standard as our other cottages - but maintaining some of the old character. 

Cottage Amenities:

  • Gas log heater (easy to operate)

  • Extra large living & dining area

  • Walk-in shower with rain shower head

 plus all the amenities below



Dining and Living area inside the Relish Cottage of Karawatha Cottages McLaren Vale

The Relish

Two Bedroom Cottage

65 sqm -- Sleeps 4

Our 2 bedroom cottage (can be booked in both, a one and two bedroom configuration), featuring an extra large kitchen and dining/living area.

Cottage Amenities:

  • Wood heater

  • Bookable as 1 or 2 bedroom  

  • Dishwasher

  • Walk-in shower with rain shower head


plus all the amenities below​



Common features and amenities you will find in each of our cottages:

Kitchen & Dining

  • Fully equipped kitchen, with 4 burner stove, oven, microwave, fridge

  • Dining area with large dining table and 4 chairs

  • Lavazza or Vittoria Espresso Pod machine 

  • Coffee Plunger (or French Press)

  • Coffee pods & coffee for plunger

  • Selection of 8 different black & herbal teas

  • Extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper to whip up a bacon and egg breakfast 

  • Refined wine glasses 

  • Gourmet breakfast hamper (see below)

  • Premium bottle of McLaren Vale wine


  • Large rain shower head

  • Hair-dryer & nourishing toiletries

  • Sheridan towels 


  • Queen bed with luxurious pillow-top mattress

  • Allergy friendly doona and pillows

  • Sheridan linen

  • Ceiling fan


  • Comfortable leather or fabric couch, plus arm chair(s) with pouf (ottoman) 

  • Bluetooth speaker

  • Selection of local magazines and area information, like maps and details of our "wine walking trails"

  • Flat-screen TV

  • Wood combustion or gas log heater

  • Reverse cycle air conditioning / heating

  • Private deck with outdoor dining furniture, to enjoy the views with a glass of wine

  • Throw blankets, to keep you cosy on the deck


  • Allergy friendly hard-floors throughout

  • Mix of modern & vintage furniture

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Baby cot available (on request)

  • Large windows and glass doors to maximise the beautiful views from each cottage

  • Free Wifi

  • Off-street parking

  • Access to communal area with gas BBQ, extra large dining table and open fire place

  • Cheese platters available (pre-booking required)

Your Breakfast Hamper

All our rates include a sumptuous, gourmet breakfast hamper (including a few extra goodies), provided at check-in and topped up for longer stays:

  • Honey-sweetened, artisan Granola

  • Reduced sugar jam  from fruits from our garden

  • Selection of fresh fruit

  • Yoghurt, milk & butter

  • Espresso pods & plunger coffee

  • T-Bar selection of black & herbal teas

  • Orange juice

  • Blewitt Springs free range eggs & wood smoked bacon

  • Gourmet tomatoes

  • Preservative-free, crusty loaf of bread, fresh from the bakery


and for those relaxing afternoons and evenings on the deck or in front of the fire:

  • Chocolates

  • Bottle of premium McLaren Vale Wine

Gourmet Breakfast Hamper included in your stay at Karawatha Cottages McLaren Vale
Cheese Platter Karawatha Cottages.jpg

Cheese Platter

Cheese & Wine - in our opinion always a perfect match!


In particular after a day of wine tasting and a long lunch in one of our many outstanding restaurants, sometimes all you need for a leisurely evening on the deck is a platter of cheese to indulge in and reminisce about your wine discoveries of the day.

Our personally curated cheese platters include a generous selection of three local cheeses (subject to availability), crackers and a range of accompaniments.

Make sure to add it as an extra as part of your cottage booking.

And don't take just our word for it, here is one of our favourite guestbook entries from repeat guests describing their experience at Karawatha Cottages:

Our home away from home

My wife and I have now stayed at Karawatha Cottages five times and experienced each of the cottages. We would not contemplate staying anywhere else.


The kitchen set up allows for ease of movement and is so functional. The bathroom is superb and spotless, showers are most enjoyable. Very comfortable bed.

A fantastic decking area where we spend a lot of time, having our breakfast, watching the beautiful birds and admiring the view. We love enjoying a cheese platter and wine in the undercover bbq area. It’s a wonderful space. You could well be in rural France or Florence.


We walk the area of Blewitt Springs, visit Geddes next door for a chat with winemaker Tim, visit the Beresford Wine Estate a bit further down the road for mezes and wine sampling. Walk to the fruit/vegie cart in Ted’s front yard on Blewitt Springs Rd for his home grown vegies and fruit.


Our truly peaceful and beautiful home away from home.


Tony & Jen, Melbourne

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