Guest Reviews


March 2022




Absolutely the perfect spot for a Clare Valley getaway. Such a beautiful characterful cottage, in a fabulous location. Pauline and Russell added all the perfect touches with delicious and generous breakfast provisions, a gorgeous garden and spa to relax in, a fire for the winter, a bottle of wine to get you in the mood for the valley and a cute pooch as a welcoming party! Will definitely be recommending to all our friends!





A beautiful and quirky cottage in a perfect setting, walking distance to Auburn amenities and on the edge of endless wineries. Pauline and Russ present spotlessly clean accommodation with everything you can think of included.






Ford Cottage provided everything we needed for a beautiful and peaceful weekend away from home. Thank you Pauline and Russ for your hospitality and making the little touches so special. Already planning a weekend to return…





Feb 2022


We loved the cottage. It was a lovely quiet and relaxing place to base ourselves for a little bit of work, and lots of relaxing. Thank You 😃





Jan 2022


Cute and lovely cottage. Clean, host has prompt communication and even though we made plans around the 2pm check in time she did accommodate my request for an earlier check in. I’ve stayed at a lot of Airbnb’s all over the world and this is one of the memorable (in a good way) ones. I would definitely recommend it for one person or a couple.






Nov 2021


Pauline had thought of everything guests could possibly need. She had even left out wood for the fire.The spa was wonderful and the bathrobes a bonus. We enjoyed the hearty breakfast left for us sitting on the secluded patio watching the parrots in the gum trees. A beautiful and relaxing outlook. It was only a couple of minutes walk to the restaurants in town and the start of the Reisling Trail. A great place for a long weekend.


Jayne & Colin






Oct 2021




Pauline and Rus's cottage is beautiful. it was lovely spending the weekend there and being able to explore some of the surrounding wineries and countryside. my wife and I are keen to come back.






Sept 2021




What an immaculate, cosy and beautiful cottage. So many thoughtful touches just added to the experience. And the spa was the icing on the cake! Highly recommended.






We loved our stay in Pauline’s lovely cottage & would have no hesitation going back. It has a peaceful, comfortable & relaxed vibe & has everything you need. It is well stocked with breakfast supplies and the bed is sooo comfortable. The cottage is in a great location, walking distance to the pub & cafes.






Aug 2021




Gorgeous location and thoughtful touches! Amazing fire and spa - great value!!








June 2021




Lovely stay at Ford Cottage. Great amenities. Lovey homely feel without being dated. Would 100% return.






This historic little cottage is a perfect Clare Valley escape sitting in a quiet garden adjacent to the creek. The bed and pillows were comfortable, the shower excellent, and the breakfast supplies incredibly generous. Coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs are seconds away. We highly recommend this accommodation and look forward to staying there again.






 Earlier reviews


Ford Cottage is a delightfully pleasant Retreat at Auburn in the Clare valley region. Located off the Main road it has a tranquil setting overlooking a manicured garden with the view standing beyond the property line to a Park with a creek running through giving the place a truly quiet rural atmosphere. 

The Cottage is self contained with a well appointed kitchen dining area. A full range of cooking utensils with a electric oven, micro wave and large frig facilitates all one needs for eating in.  A cozy little sitting room has a TV, Sound system and air conditioning unit for a pleasant environment on a cold night, in addition there is a wood combustion heater for that extra warmth to make conditions just that little cozier on cold nights. The queen size bed in the separate little bedroom was comfortable. Bedside table lamps and the hanging spaces and area for clothes were an asset. The quality towels, and individual robes were just right for relaxing after a long day walking the Trails.  

In addition was the well stocked supplies for a full hearty breakfast. Eggs, bacon, beans and a range of cereals, fruit juice, yoghurt and fruit would satisfy the healthiest of appetites. An adequate supply of butter, fresh milk, tea, coffee and sugar with quality tea and plunger coffee were supplied making an excellent start for a day of activity. Furthermore, the complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates were just a right touch for after dinner. If sought after, dining out was most convenient too, with just a two minute walk to the hotel, café, or restaurant if one wished.  

I cannot think of a better way to get away from urbanism providing a stress free stay with many surrounding trails, wineries and excellent dining for discerning travelers and holiday folk. Ford Cottage is highly recommended for those perfect surrounds and retreat one seeks. 

A discerning traveler. 



Ford Cottage has all the comforts of home in a quiet location overlooking woodland and yet only a 1 minute walk from all local amenities in Auburn.  This is our second visit to Ford Cottage and this time we had use of the outside jacuzzi which was absolutely wonderful and can highly recommend.  Breakfast provisions are also provided by the perfect hosts in Russ and Pauline. If you are thinking of visiting Clare Valley, Ford Cottage is an excellent base to explore with several cellar doors close by - would not hesitate to book again.



Our trip to Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend May 2017 was wonderful and staying at Ford Cottage made it a memorable one. Fantastic location with views overlooking the woods from the outside patio area. The cottage is very clean, comfortable and extremely homely in the heart of Auburn with excellent hosts in Russ and Pauline - would not hesitate to stay there again when visiting Clare.



We never know what we will have until we see it & we were so surprised at your beautiful cottage. Everything was perfect, from the warm fire, the linens & breakfast supplies.

Thank you so much.


Ford Cottage exceeded our expectations. The residence was pretty and well appointed, extremely clean and tidy and all the extra details took it above average- such as the quality of the food supplies, the fluffy gowns, the Jacuzzi and the garden setting. We felt very private even though the property is at the rear of the owner’s. Location was handy for a pub meal, coffee and walks and the Riesling Trail.