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Experience Clare Valley’s beauty at Watervale’s cosy Battunga Cottages

Abbie Tiller

Rural accommodation nestled in the heart of Clare Valley

If you’ve ever wondered where the heart of the Clare Valley lies, we’ve found it! Picture quaint cosy cottages, lush rolling hills, wood fires, fine wines and epicurean delights at your doorstep.

Battunga Cottages is a rural retreat located along the breathtakingly beautiful Upper Skilly Road at Watervale – a tranquil town surrounded by vineyards, dotted with cellar doors, glamorous event spaces and home to the World-renowned Watervale Hotel.

Offering a range of accommodation options, the four 19th Century-style cottages are equipped with modern amenities, perfect for couples, or small groups from four up to 12 guests. The “Galah” cottage is also specially designed for easy accessibility.

With the most glorious natural backdrop right throughout the year, these cosy cottages are the ideal base for exploring the beauty and abundant offerings of the magical Clare Valley wine region.

Wind your way to Wine along the legendary Riesling Trail

At your doorstep – the famous Clare Valley Riesling Trail winds past the cottages, perfect for a morning walk or cycle, or an adventure in the fresh country air, taking you right through to the town of Clare to the North or a steady ride South to Auburn, with timely stop offs for wine and cheese at many of the cellar doors along the way.


Riesling Trail Cycling (SATC/Adam Bruzzone)

All Hail Watervale

The beauty of Battunga Cottages is the region’s incredible offering, right at your front door. Pop in and sample an award-winning wine at Crabtree’s Cellar Door or Clos Clare’s boutique winery, enjoy a meal at the new-look Watervale General Store and Providore, or savour a foodies experience like no other, with the multi-award winning Watervale Hotel’s Six Senses Penobscot Farm Tour & Six Course Degustation Menu.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food! Less than ten minutes down the road, is yet another award-winning Cellar Door and historic cottage restaurant, Skillogalee, or if you’re after upmarket pub grub, Sevenhill Hotel is one of many family-friendly pubs in the region.

So much to see and do…

From the magical maze at Mintaro, to Pikes Beer Company, O’Leary Walker Wines, the historic Martindale Hall and Walter Duncan’s stunning rose garden, there’s an incredible amount of memorable things to see and do in the Watervale region and surrounding Clare Valley.

Watervale’s Clos Clare, Clare Valley. Photo – SATC

Battunga Cottages capture the vibe of the Valley

The Clare Valley screams cosy, abundant and picturesque, and that’s exactly what Battunga Cottages offer guests. Hosts, Kerry and Mark offer a warm welcome, a tranquil experience, with plenty of local produce for guests.

Full breakfast provisions for each night of your stay, including fresh baked bread, fresh eggs from the Battunga and neighbouring hens, award-winning bacon from the local butcher, and a selection of cereals, juice and spreads.

While you’re there, previous visitors recommend following the trail of the resident Kangaroos, through the magnificent gums to see the sunrise over the vineyards. At sunset, sip your cellar door favourite while relaxing on your private veranda, listening to the chorus of magpies, galahs, and kookaburras singing their evening song. And before bed, take in one last Clare Valley view, by looking up at the magnificent starry sky above.

Battunga Cottages
Where: –
326 Upper Skilly Road Watervale
Bookings: –  click here
* contact Kerry on 08 8843 0256 to discuss accessibility requirements



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