Prior to the Easter break, we made the decision to stop midway on our return from Newcastle area to Brisbane. Unfortunately when you travel at Easter prices tend to go through the roof. The Ibsis Budget we stopped in for a brief break on the way down, was worth the small amount we had paid for the night, but not double the price expected for Easter Sunday. Hello google, lets see what we can find.
Presto, up came a B & B in the Coffs Harbour Hinterland. Loved the look of the room with the chandelier and warm inviting feel. We touched base and as the room was vacant on that night, so it was decided to give our first B & B experience a go as it all sounded so reasonable.
Arriving at the Winery late afternoon, just in time to catch a wine tasting, we immediately clicked with the owners Madonna & Barry, who were so genuine, inviting and welcoming.
Now keep in mind. Hubby had been a bit like, oh winery well what will I drink?? Not being a wine drinker, except the odd sweet wine, we had thought a trip to the pub might be necessary to satisfy his thirst. Apparently not. The selection here is fascinating. Dry wines to sweet, including blueberry, raspberry and wonderful fortified wine called Lizards Blood.
By the end of the tasting, Hubbys seclection of choice was more than mine! Oh well, looks like we will have to drop back down this way to keep the wine fridge topped up. Best thing was, of the ones I tried, there were no bad choices.
Have to mention the bubbles, wonderfully light small bubbles, very easy to drink. Love to enjoy some bubbles on occasions and both of the Two Tails Bubbly Wines have now made the favourite bubbly list.This small vineyard is a credit to the owners, with neat tidy rows and vines. Take a stroll around when you stay there, Madonna & Barry have no problem with that. Definitely they have a little slice of paradise here, and its pretty awesome.
The room has a large bathroom including spa bath, nice tidy kitchenette with a bar fridge, microwave, electric frypan, toaster, jug and basic kitchen essentials. Breakfast was waiting in the fridge for the next morning, with bacon eggs, bread for toasting, even a couple of cereals there if you desired as well. Everything was neat tidy, clean, and very inviting.
The large country style verandah outside the door, has a BBQ as well as outside dining setting and a small coffee table setting. We were offered the choice of sitting on the wonderful verandah outside the winery door as well. Next time, I think we will, it certainly looked like an awesome place to wile away some time whilst kicking back enjoying a vino or two. Not that there was anything wrong with the the verandah at the house, a nice relaxing place to watch the world go by.
If you give plenty of notice, check the website as your welcoming hosts give you some bbq dinner options. We decided a couple of weeks prior to have T-bone steak meal each. Great decision that one. The Tbones were huge, fantastic butcher quality steaks. Complimented by the tasty salad and fresh buns, not forgetting a drop or two of the Two Tails Wine and you have a restaurant style meal. Even better maybe as you get to cook that meat to your suit your palate. All the condiments were provided too so you can stop here without bringing food at all.
There are a couple of local pubs too, and two interesting looking cafes close by. Certainly wont go hungry or thirsty in this area.
We really cannot recommend this place highly enough. As our first B&B experience with the owners onsite, it was simply fabulous. Your hosts are friendly intriguing and we enjoyed sharing some time with them. Certainly an excellent choice of venue to which we will return.
Even if you cannot stay, at least drop in and check out the winery. If you really dont want to try any wine, Barry has a fridge of beer varieties at the cellar door as well as some non alchohoic drinks. There is something here for everyone.
Perhaps you’re wondering where the name came from, Two tails came about because of the two tailed lizard. Plenty of interesting facts to find out.
Keep an eye out for updates on the two new rooms, restaurant, annual music festival, and oh so much this go ahead winery has to offer. Keep in mind the affordability of this venue..in no way is anything overpriced.
Enjoy your time and have a chat with the hosts, Maddona & Barry. We had some hilarious conversations. Thank you both for a fabulous experience. We are definitely coming back!