Wake up to nature at it's best
Amidst flowering gardens and gum trees
What our visitors have to say
“Heaven in that 1km stretch of fertile earth”
You haven’t tasted Australia’s best, if you haven’t been to Coonawarra. That stretch of fertile land produces some of the most stunning red wines the world has ever known. Couple this wine country experience with a stay in one of Highbank’s 2 cottages within their vineyard and you have heaven on earth. Stunning views of the area on both sides; choose the one with the 2nd floor to get this great view.
whether it is sunrise or sunset, the unobstructed views is only rivalled by the wines produced in this area.
If you are into home-cooking, fresh produced can be bought locally and the kitchen is fully equipped; there is nothing better than enjoying a stunning Cab Sav with a home cooked meal. If not, the accommodation is in the middle, so you can either go into town and choose, or to the other end where there is an absolute stunner of a grill bistro/restaurant.
4 of us [two young middle aged married couples – celebrating the 35th wedding anniversary of one of them] had a fantastic weekend in the Coonawarra , blessed with fabulous weather , wonderful wine experiences , and delighted with the accommodation at Highbank Winery.
Our villa was fulsomely equipped , obviously appointed by a serious cook given the kitchen equipment and range of food and ingredients available; and decorated tastefully by a wine lover well acquainted with Tuscany and the hospitable treatment of guests.
The hosts were welcoming and friendly – without a syllable of rudeness!! Denis also manufactures some superb wines which are well worth sampling [and buying at ‘mates rates’ for guests].
We were very impressed with the friendly and cooperative relationships on display amongst the residents of Penola and district who are justifiably proud of their little village.
“Highbank Villa Perfect Location”
A couple and I were very happy staying here. I had my privacy downstairs and my friends enjoyed staying upstairs. I really liked my old fashioned bath. Downstairs the living area was warm and there was a big kitchen. There was a small kitchen upstairs. Our hosts supplied us with provisions downstairs. There was a lovely wood fire downstairs as well as modern heating. It was pretty being in the middle of the wineries. It was so convenient to the wineries. We were comfortable enjoying a lovely meal at Hollicks and walking back after lunch without counting our glasses of wine.
“4 day retreat for 2 couples”
2 couples stayed in “The Villa” which is 2 separate apartments upstairs/downstairs , a fully equipped kitchen down stairs with a generous supply of condiments. Clean, comfortable and very convenient to the wineries and the Penola township. We were lucky to be able to arrange with Dennis our host, to give a wine tasting from his vineyard (which is hand pruned and hand picked ) at time that suited us all. The wines were excellent, smooth with rich fruit overtones and a nice deep red colour. While we tasted wine and had a informative discussion about the district , we were roasting a leg of lamb and baking our vegetables for dinner which followed.
The Villa provides a perfect base for wine tasting and drives in the Coonawarra district.
We will definitely return, with friends and family.
“Very friendly, relaxed and unintrusive. Nice and spacious. Would definitely recommend and stay there again. Lovely views over the vineyards and lovely wines at your fingertips.”
“Our stay at the Villa was great – the Service and helpfulness of the Owner/Manager was impeccable, he was very helpful with perfect directions as well as staying up until we arrived. Thanks Heaps – We will be back again…..”