Punters Corner The Retreat
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Punters Corner The Retreat

Crn Riddoch Highway & Racecourse Road, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263 Australia
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willy89 wrote a review July 2020
Adelaide, Australia391 contributions29 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Punters as part of a four night getaway celebrating my husband's birthday. The house is lovely, the location breathtaking with views of vines, sheep and beautiful trees. Very well equipped with all you could need and more. Breakfast provisions were excellent and I enjoyed cooking with the Aga. Just a couple of negatives, we found it hard to keep the main body of the house warm as its very open plan with high ceilings, so the log fire was gorgeous but we had to sit very close to keep warm and the shower was poor for the standard of the house. We loved our stay and would definitely recommend it and would return. Thank you for a beautiful relaxing stay.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Miss Annie (NOT USED) wrote a review Mar 2021
7 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here in early February on our way to the Eyre Peninsula from Melbourne. An easy drive. We were delighted when we drove up to the house as it exceeded our expectations. A beautifully designed property with lots of thought to the layout. 4 good sized bedrooms at each corner of the house with a central living/dining/kitchen space. Added to this is a mezzanine area. Views to the vineyard and gently rolling lawns around the property, made it a pleasure each time we gazed outside. This coupled with the odd kangaroo hopping past!
Breakfast provisions were generous.
Lou, the Manager of the property, was delightful to deal with and was very helpful upon arrival and exit. There are bikes and helmets, if you feel inclined to ride to the numerous cellar doors close by!
Lots of eating options too in and around Penola.
Beds and bedding were excellent.
We will be back for a longer stay next time!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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69jodie wrote a review Aug 2020
Adelaide, Australia14 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went for a quick weekend away and very pleased we stayed at Punters. This is a very large home and can accomodate many but there was just the 2 of us. Breakfast supplied was good, very clean home. We used the push bikes to make our way to a couple of wineries. Only recommendation is if you are going in winter take your winter warmers inc ugg boots as mornings and evenings were very cool.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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J&J wrote a review July 2020
Adelaide, Australia24 contributions21 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This property is in a peaceful rural location with very scenic views from the large windows and glass doors in every room. The breakfast provisions were generous.
We were, however, disappointed with the general maintenance of the house.
We have had two previous winter stays with no issues at all but this stay was marred by a distinctly under-performing wood heater and Aga gas oven resulting in an uncomfortable, icy stay. A tradesman attended and cleaned the heater filters resulting in just a marginal improvement.
The upstairs heater was outdated, noisy, aesthetically damaged, and somewhat ineffective.
The sliding doors did not ‘slide’.
The sunny outdoor deck was not cleaned and the outdoor chairs had clearly been sat upon by birds.
The property has many commendable features but routine maintenance needs to be improved.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Don C wrote a review July 2020
Adelaide, Australia34 contributions53 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were there at the same time as, and with, the last reviewer (Jandjim1). We all remembered it from many years ago when the property was relatively new and everything was working well. Then, it was delightful!
Fifteen years later -
The wood stove fan wasn't working properly so there was little heat. The technician said the fan filters were choc-a-bloc with dirt. Even after he "cleaned" them, the result wasn't much better, so must agree with the next previous reviewer (willy89), in that it was very hard to keep the main room warm.
The Aga stove had not been maintained. Apparently the valve to the pilot light (shut off for the technician to trace gas leaks etc.), was stuck shut with years of dirt. No pilot light, no heat!
Again, have to agree with next previous reviewer (willy89); whilst the shower in our friends' bathroom at the end of the house seemed to be working fine, the one at the front left as you walk in was weak and very uneven out of the shower head.
Compared to what we had enjoyed on two occasions previously, it was a disappointing experience!
Won't be going back, cannot recommend to friends.
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Date of stay: July 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Annie C wrote a review Feb 2022
Canterbury, Australia398 contributions168 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a return visit, which seems an annual event now.
We absolutely love this place.
The setting with all the vineyards around the property, plus it’s quiet location makes for a great “retreat “!
Plus all the cellar doors……
Thank you, we will see you next year.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ma S wrote a review Jan 2015
Brisbane, Australia41 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We did a road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide, Punters Corner is marvelous and ticked all our boxes for our amazing two night stay in the Coonawarra wine area.

It was the highlight of our trip, we used the bikes to visit some of the wineries, cooked amazing meals and drank the best wines (in the world).

I'd love to return with a group of friends for a special birthday sometime. Thank you Punters Corner I am so in love with you and the region.
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Date of stay: August 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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colinb4951 wrote a review July 2015
Melbourne, Australia274 contributions154 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Punters Corner The Retreat for two nights in June 2015. This was a great experience and I really recommend you consider staying here if planning a wine tasting holiday in the Coonawarra.
The set up is based around a modern building set in the vines. The building can comfortably take four couples in separate ensuite bedrooms.
There is a large common space with open fire, meals area and kitchen area. The grounds are beautiful with lemon trees and fantastic old red gums. Breakfast is provided which consists of juice, cereals bread, jams eggs, tomatoes and bacon.
The furniture is very comfortable as is the bedding. We simply loved this place and happily recommend it.
There is ample cooking tools and lovely wine glasses to sit back and enjoy some of the days purchases.
It is 10 minutes from Penola where there are some delightful restaurants.
No children under 15 are permitted.
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Date of stay: June 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms are the same
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mjshort wrote a review July 2013
Adelaide, Australia245 contributions121 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been going to Coonawarra for over thirty years, and have stayed at a number of cottages, motels etc. Earlier this year we managed to get a weekend booking at Punters Retreat with three other couples and I have to say it really was the best place that we have stayed in for a visit to the Coonawarra. Four good sized bedrooms, ensuites, well stocked food-wise, good facilities, open plan, outside eating area, BBQ, etc etc. Tranquil location down V&A lane, really in the vineyards. An excellent stay and will definitely try to book there again. All in all a great weekend of wine and food.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Marvic58 wrote a review Nov 2019
Brisbane Region, Australia12 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I found the food to be of high quality, and yummy. The staff were very helpful to Accomodate my dietary requirements. The building was beautiful and of high quality and very clean. It was also a beautiful setting outside.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Don C wrote a tip July 2020
Adelaide, Australia34 contributions53 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check showers first, before closing! Beds are on narrow "pedestals" - a tripping hazard. Go in warm weather."
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roller_7 wrote a tip Apr 2017
Sherwood Park, Alberta38 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are good"
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colinb4951 wrote a tip July 2015
Melbourne, Australia274 contributions154 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are the same"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Punters Corner The Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Punters Corner The Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Petticoat Lane (6.3 km), Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre (6.4 km), and Whistle Post Estate (5.0 km).
Is parking available at Punters Corner The Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Punters Corner The Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pipers of Penola, Ottelia, and Upstairs Restaurant at Hollick.
Are there any historical sites close to Punters Corner The Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Petticoat Lane (6.3 km) and Sharam Cottage (6.4 km).
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