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About Dennis Cottage

Kitchen & Dining

The spacious well equipped kitchen features an underbench oven, cook top, microwave, full size fridge, dishwasher, capsule coffee machine and the very best of knives, cooking utensils, crockery and glassware.

Generous country breakfast provisions are supplied for every day of your stay. Both for a cooked breakfast comprising free range eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms as well as a lighter continental style of cereals and yoghurt, together with milk, bread, a selection of jams and  condiments plus juice. Happy to cater for dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian etc…

Leading from the kitchen is a separate dining room which looks onto the rose garden and down towards Dennis Creek. There are large French doors so you can savour the beautiful garden while dining.

Little Extras

Complimentary bottle of local wine, biscuits and chocolates.

A 5 PM checkout on Sunday (subject to availability)


Relax in front of the combustion fire with a glass of wine after a busy day touring the local wineries or indulge in some screen time on the large flat screen TV, there is a DVD player with a wide selection of  movies to choose from. Catch up on emails from friends with complimentary wifi, relax with a book from the selection provided or simply lie back on the comfortable modular lounge.

Stay warm during those cold winter months with a plentiful supply of complimentary firewood.

 Enjoy the warmer weather by opening the French doors leading to the rose garden and enjoy a pre-dinner glass of bubbles.


Complimentary wifi available for the duration of your stay.

 Garden and Outdoor Spaces

There are two areas to relax in outside the cottage. Nestling at the rear is a private courtyard garden with wishing well. There is a teak outdoor setting, a market umbrella, Weber BBQ etc..  an ideal spot to share meals and a quiet drink.

A covered veranda graces the front of the cottage overlooking the rose garden. Amongst the giant pepper gums sits a quaint antique street lamp and further down a small bridge crosses Dennis Creek. This is a lovely spot to watch the sun set in the evening.


Two light filled upstairs bedrooms, both with full ensuites and walk in dressing rooms with floor to ceiling mirrors. Queen size beds in both bedrooms, quality linen, electric blankets for the cold weather and air-conditioners in both for summer.

Bathrobes are provided as are guest amenities such as shampoo & conditioner, soap, shower caps and a hair dryer.

Spa Room

Separate downstairs spa room with a large triangle spa bath ideal for a couple to soak away the stress of city life, share a glass of wine and relax.


A fully equipped laundry with washing machine, dryer, trough, iron and board.

Meet your Hosts

Deb & Neil Ruff

Neil & Deb lived most of their life in Melbourne before falling in love with the people, community spirit, fabulous wine, lifestyle and beauty of the Clare Valley - on increasingly regular holiday visits. They bought Dennis & Wild Olive Cottage some 20 years ago and Quince Cottage was added to the portfolio five years later. They operated all three cottages as B&Bs whilst living in Melbourne before making the tree change in 2007 in order to enjoy the bounties of the valley themselves.