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Through the stone wall to newly renovated Heathcliff Guest Cottage, just a few metres from Bronte Manor.

Heathcliff Cottage

Heathcliff Loft

Heathcliff Cottage, a few metres away, provides a cosy retreat for "overflow" guests; perhaps that third couple in the group who wants their own queen-sized bed and ensuite. It's also furnished with a pot belly stove and sofa, and has tea-and-coffee making facilities. Not to mention the same stunning views from the verandah, with breakfast provisions supplied in the main fridge at Bronte Manor.

Here's what some of Bronte Manor's past guests have had to say….

4/8/06 (From fifth-time visitors) - “Thanks once again for allowing us to share your world for a little while. Bronte Manor is a very special place and gave us the peace and relaxation we needed so much. Our son and grandchildren love being here and our dogs found freedom which they are unable to have at home. Thank you once again, we’ll keep coming - Dianne and Daryl.

7/1/08 Thanks Ted, lovely place! Wonderful sounds of nature, only. Interesting collection of books – Eric, Heidi, Noah.

25/11/07 Perfect setting for our honeymoon. We will be back to take advantage of the fireplace. Thank you so much – Matt & Trace

8/3/07 Love the natural surroundings. It takes you back before time. We thoroughly enjoyed the long walks, warm fire and intimate atmosphere, especially the dogs – Cheryl, Robert and family

20/1/07 - Magical and relaxing venue. The character of the cottage reflects the love put into building it. Love to come back!– Jenny & Doug & family

20/8/06- Really relaxed here in this haven. Thanks for your generosity with provisions, from peaches to firewood and fine port. We’ll be back with friends and dogs! - Anita & Lennox

16/8/06 - This has been the icing on the cake for our trip from California - Jenny & Sandi


Bronte Manor

Enjoy the peace and seclusion of this grand, yet rustic, mud brick manor. Perched on high ground with 360-degree views of gentle, undulating countryside and trees, Bronte Manor exudes charm and character.

The two suites are never booked separately – Bronte Manor is for your group only.

Three bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms and a baronial-sized living room opening onto a slate terrace make it the ideal venue for single parties of up to eight, who wish to combine conviviality with privacy.

It’s also perfect for a couple wanting seclusion in romantic, peaceful surroundings.

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The two suites - Emily and Charlotte - are located at opposite ends of the long, brick-floored living room, ensuring privacy for two couples, or larger groups. French doors open from both bedrooms onto the terrace, while each ensuite bathroom features a deep claw-foot bath, and valley views through enormous windows.

The third twin bedroom is prettily decorated with ‘Sanderson’-linen quilts. It enjoys a view to the hills behind.

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During chilly winter evenings, guests can warm themselves in front of a blazing fire in the living room beneath century-old wooden beams salvaged from the Elders’ wool sheds. It’s just the place to enjoy a glass of excellent Clare Valley wine, perhaps while dinner is being prepared in the spacious kitchen. This is a gourmet chef’s dream, with fabulous views and everything needed to cook up a storm: new stainless steel gas cooktop and electric oven, and cupboards full of pots and pans, casserole dishes, platters, electric mixer, mixing bowls, roasting pans, and much more.

Many a grand entertainment has been held at Bronte Manor, and many precious, quiet and romantic weekends have been enjoyed there, too.

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Bronte Manor features two outdoors entertaining areas, so one can enjoy the country air in most weathers. Guests can eat, or simply sit, listening to the kookaburras while they enjoy the rural view, or at night, watch the star-studded sky. 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.

When the wind comes from the west, guests may prefer, instead, to cook their chops and sausages on the outdoors open fireplace, perched on fallen tree trunk benches, protected by a bougainvillea-covered stone wall. Again, there’s a completely different rural view to enjoy, unimpeded by signs of any other habitation.


Two double bedrooms, third bedroom with two singles
Two bathrooms with claw foot baths/separate shower and valley views
Two outdoors entertaining areas with unimpeded country views
Open fire BBQ area plus Weber
Fully equipped, newly renovated kitchen
Book case with wide selection of reading material
RC Aircon/TV/DVD/CD player
Total seclusion


Two ensuite bedrooms plus third twin bedroom
No. nights Two adults occupying
one ensuite room
Second ensuite used Total
1 $190 $110 $300
2 $380 $140 $520
3 $520 $220 $740


  1. Dogs welcome - allowed indoors. Flat fee of $20 charged for dogs irrespective of no. of dogs or length of stay.
  2. The two suites are never separately let - your group only
  3. Rates include full breakfast and all linen
  4. Single night booking accepted Sunday to Thursday
  5. Minimum 2 nights stay weekends Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun preferred but negotiable.
  6. Minimum 3 night stay over long weekend.
  7. Children
    • 3-13 $20 per night
    • Under 3 years no charge
    • Cot with linen $10 (No cost if you bring your own)
  8. Key in door from 2pm onwards on day of arrival
  9. Departure time by 11am
  10. Third twin bedroom within main house