Harry plays wine dog for the weekend

Coromandel Cottage in the Southern Highlands has been on our hit list for a while, after we spotted many glowing online reviews noting its dog-friendliness.

We finally made it up to this peaceful and private two-bedroomed cottage, on the outskirts of Berrima, at the start of spring last year. It’s surrounded by tranquil farmlands and bush, with a back deck overlooking gardens, a pond, neighbouring fields – and plenty of local wildlife. We befriended – and Harry stalked – horses, kangaroos, an echidna, rabbits and ducks.

Meet the neighbours.

Meet the neighbours.

Small pets are welcome at Coromandel by prior arrangement; however, the property isn’t securely fenced so you may want to keep this in mind if your dog likes to roam. Fortunately for us, Harry likes to keep within sniffing distance of a kitchen / barbeque so we were never in any danger of losing him.

Exploring the gardens.

Harry picks up the scent of food and makes a swift return to the cottage.

A log burner keeps the place cosy at night and the cottage was comfortable and spotlessly clean. If we hadn’t been in a region renowned for its wineries we might never have ventured out.

What? We have to leave this place?

Him Indoors and I are partial to a nice drop but don’t generally get to indulge in wine tours as we prefer not to leave Harry alone in unfamiliar accommodation. So you can imagine our excitement when we discovered Grape Escape: a tour company that offers DOG-FRIENDLY wine tours. Yes, not only do you get to be chauffeured around some of the best boutique wineries, but Rover also gets to come along for the ride.

Kate and Piccolina.

Kate and Piccolina.

The lovely Kate and her canine companion, Piccolina, were our hosts for the day – and what a day it was. A car ride is one of Harry’s chief pleasures in life, so cruising in Kate’s van and stopping for the occasional sniff at a cellar door suited him just fine.

The trip got off to a promising start with a complimentary cheese platter at Artemis Wines, which made us extremely popular with the resident winery dogs. However, Harry brought shame on us by needing to be shooed out from behind the bar, where he and Piccolina were doing their best to clean up cheese crumbs.

Following the leader at Artemis Wines.

Following the leader at Artemis Wines.

Kate calls ahead to allow wineries the chance to decline four-legged visitors, which ensured we received warm welcomes at Cherry Tree Hill and Sutton Forest Estate Wines.

A wistful glance back at the cellar door.

A wistful glance back at the cellar door.

Tours can be tailored to your requirements and if you want to venture into any territory that isn’t dog-friendly (i.e restaurants, shops), Kate is happy to act as dog-sitter.

Wine, dogs. Dogs, wine. Could there be a recipe for a more perfect weekend?

Harry sniffs the sweet scent of cheese.

Harry sniffs the sweet scent of cheese.

Grape Escape dog-friendly wine tours: http://grapeescape.net.au/

Coromandel Cottage: https://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/nsw/southern-highlands/berrima/66490

3 thoughts on “Harry plays wine dog for the weekend

  1. Sue Cox

    Great story Emma, love reading them . Love the pictures of Harry especially the one with the horse. I wonder what he was thinking. This is a big dog, should keep my distance

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