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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Original stone cottage nestled in its own vineyard

Reopened as a B & B in 2012, Sweet Briar in the Vines is an original , turn of the century, stone cottage- recently renovated and located on the Sweet Briar Vineyard- Home of O'DWYER WINES

The location is ideal - just a few minutes drive North of Clare Town with the Riesling Trail passing by the entrance to the property , and picturesque country views in every direction.

The cottage is comprised of 3 bedrooms- 1 King and 2 Queen, with an annexe off one of the queens, containing 2 bunk beds suitable for children.

A country style eat-in kitchen forms the centre of this quaint yet roomy cottage which flows out on to a leafy verandah - ideal for barbequing and outdoor entertaining.

The recently added living /dining room is very spacious with reverse cycle air conditioning and features a wood burning stove - perfect for cosy nights in with a glass of local wine.

There are two recently renovated bathrooms, sympathetically restored in the period and style of the cottage..

All the comforts of home - nestled in the heart of Clare Valley wine country.


A hamper of breakfast provisions will be left for you to cook and prepare at your leisure..Breakfast in the idyllic surroundings of the outdoor dining area before heading out to explore the Valley.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ to make cooking 'at home' easy for you. On your arrival, as part of your welcome package,You will find a complimentary bottle of our own O'Dwyer wine from our vineyard- coffee and tea etc are also available for your enjoyment .

Either bring your own bikes with you or rent some locally so that you can experience the beautiful Riesling Trail which passes by the entrance to the vineyard.

More Details

Judith O'Dwyer
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Judith O'Dwyer

We are a couple who have lived abroad for a number years in various countries from Ireland , UK, France, Belgium to US and now settled in Australia since 2004. We love travel, good food, good wine, art, music, family, friends and fun!

We fell in love with Sweet Briar the moment we set eyes on it!

It has been a joy to spend time here over the years and our four kids have had such fun exploring the country side on many a happy holiday in Clare.

Why Judith O'Dwyer chose Stanley Flat

On a family road trip around the south eastern corner of Australia shortly after our arrival here from the States, we stumbled upon Sweet Briar on an over night stay in Clare.

We didn't choose it- It chose us!

Couldn't get the cottage with its circular drive and wrap around verandas - quaint gardens and beautiful vineyard out of our minds.

A month later Sweet Briar was ours and we have enjoyed restoring and improving it ever since.

What makes this cottage unique

Not only was Sweet Briar an authentic piece of period architecture, being an original stone cottage with bull nose verandas , wisteria dripping from them and beautiful thick cottage walls, but this little gem was only a 5 minute drive into Clare town. All the peace and serenity of the remote country side , with the convenience of an easy drive into town.

Top that off with the famous Riesling Trail - accessed at the top of our drive and you've got it all!

Star lit skies at night are the icing on the cake!!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Stanley Flat, Australia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No Smoking
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , plus vanity & contains washing machine also.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , double sinks in vanity and seperate glass shower recess
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , This is one large KING size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 2 child bed , Bedroom has one QUEEN size bed plus 2 bunk beds in annexe
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , This bedroom has a QUEEN size bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Once you are done exploring the Clare Valley and have visited a few wineries in the area, perhaps you've tackled the Riesling Trail and are relaxing back at home with a glass of Clare Valley's best wine..... save some time after dark to go outside - walk along the edge of the vine rows and then when your eyes have adjusted - look up! Thousands of diamonds scattered on black velvet! Stunning!


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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Wonderful, peaceful and well equipped home

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for having us stay in your wonderful home, it was better than we could have possibly imagined and we really appreciated the breakfast supplies, the great wine and the ambiance. We are very much looking forward to staying again and have told all our friends about this amazing home.

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Penneshaw, South Australia, Australia

Lovely secluded spot

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for three nights, and loved the little house in the vines. Plenty of space for couples or family to stay, we loved the verandah and little places in the garden to retreat to. The bird and animal life was great to sit and watch. Good provisions for breakfast.

The owner's art and that of other local artists was displayed throughout the house.

  • Review Submitted: 08/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

We booked Sweet Briar over a weekend to surprise our mum for her 60th - and she absolutely loved it! The house very cosy yet still big enough for our family with two bathrooms. Loved the breakfast provisions & bottle of wine, & cheese platter a very generous touch. It was very cold while we were there, but the combustion heater in the living area worked extremely well as did the electric blankets the bedrooms. A great little getaway for our family & hope to return one day soon.

  • Review Submitted: 21/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Aldinga Beach, South Australia, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay in this very comfortable cottage suited our family of 7 there to celebrate our daughter's birthday on New Years Eve the weather was kind and we enjoyed the outdoor setting & BBQ. Thoughtful touches such as breakfast hamper & wine along with all the extras i.e. handwash soap, etc. Tucked away from traffic noise very private location with a pretty garden! If we have the chance we will definitely return one day!

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Gorgeous property, beautiful location,

  • 5 of 5

Great house, provisions for breakfast were excellent. Beautifully decorated. Kitchen lovely. Paintings throughout the house were lovely. The addition of a dryer and wi fi would be the icing on the cake.

  • Review Submitted: 10/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Old world charm

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the homely touches of this property- a ready made fire and cheese and wine to start our holiday.

Thank you Judith

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary
Other Activities:


Martindale Hall ( Famous for its setting for Picnic at Hanging Rock

Near Historic town of Mintaro known for its Maze.

Restaurants: Seed - in Clare town.

Seven Hill Celler - Seven Hill - Rising Sun - Auburn

Skillogalee - Seven Hill

Wineries nearby: Skillogalee. Kirrihill. Seven Hill .

Annies Lane. Pikes. Kilikanoon. Taylors. O'Leary Walker.

Stonebridge. Jeanneret. Pauletts.


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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