Accommodation Review: Cupitt’s Estate, Ulladulla, NSW

THE PLACE

Keeping up with the myriad of accommodation concepts that surround the once-humble weekend getaway is no easy task these days. When is a Tiny House a Luxury Cabin or a Luxury Cabin a Tiny House? Officially, the brand new luxury accommodation at Cupitt’s Estate, the well-known and beloved South Coast family winery, which now also includes a brewery and cheese factory, is neither.

For the record, these awesome new digs are classed as “pods”, the product of a smart and aptly named Australian company called Prefabulous. She specializes in “architecturally designed modular homes for the style conscious.” But, trust me, there’s absolutely nothing pre-made about the luxurious pods here at Cupitt’s.

THE LOCATION

Although the Cupitt’s Estate address is officially the unattractive resort town of Ulladulla, it is actually closer to the more attractive and smaller south coast towns of Milton and Mollymook, one a little inland land and the other on the coast.

Nestled between sea and mountains, the winery itself is set in gently rolling hills, lush pea green from the abundant spring rains along the east coast. The main complex, including the excellent wine estate and each of the pods, overlooks not only vineyards and farmland, but also significant wetlands, which the ever-enterprising Cupitt family plans to help preserve and eventually develop. as an ecological attraction for guests of the estate.

THE POD

This is the second Prefabulous pod I have stayed in, the other being at the Whitton Malthouse, near Griffith, NSW, and away from a beach.

In reality, too spacious to be a tiny house, and a tad too small to be a real home, Cupitt’s new one-bedroom deluxe pods are nevertheless laid out like a superior five-star hotel suite, with plenty of decorations tasteful. welcome touches and accoutrements, including Cupitt’s own products.

The wine family’s matriarch, Rosie Cupitt, is responsible for the meticulous and beautiful interior design, with each suite serving as a gallery for original artwork that can be purchased at local Van Rensburg galleries.

There are five pods and five more planned, all positioned at an angle to provide a modicum of privacy and a view of the bucolic surroundings.

Our wood and steel shack, sorry, pod, is number one of the existing quintet. It comes with an egg-shaped open-air bathtub with shower placed on a small veranda at the opposite end of the capsule. However, I’m not sure if management requires guests to don bathers when using it, so as not to scare nearby cattle, let alone stray humans passing by.

THE FOOD

Now that we have been released from lockdown and regional travel is available in Greater Sydney, the South Coast has regained its usual popularity. Be sure to make a reservation at Cupitt’s excellent restaurant, which has been a regular feature in the regional section of Sydney Morning Herald Food Guide over the years. Nearby Mollymook is also home to two Rick Stein restaurants. If you want to eat at one of the best local restaurants, make a reservation well before you leave home, especially on weekends.

GET OUT OF

It’s no wonder this part of the south coast is so popular, as there’s so much to do besides the limitless water attractions. About an hour south of charming Milton, which boasts a newly refurbished pub on its high street, is Mogo Wildlife Park, which came to prominence during the catastrophic bushfires a few years ago when the Zoo staff dramatically evacuated residents as the flames descended. . To add to its woes, the zoo has suffered during the closures. Mogo, with its resident and exquisite white lions, not only makes a perfect day or half day trip, but you get the satisfaction of supporting not only a struggling local business, but also a conservation center.

THE VERDICT

There’s a saying among winemakers that if you’re not into wine tourism these days, you really aren’t into wine at all. With the limited release of their vintage pods and more to come, the Cupitts have proven that they are not only experts in winemaking but also in wine tourism with their fully formed and ever-expanding estate.

ESSENTIAL

Rates start at $550 per night per pod for two adults, including an in-pod breakfast basket, a bottle of Cupitt’s sparkling wine and a selection of local artisan chocolates. Cupitt’s Estate, 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla, NSW. Telephone: (02) 4455 7888 See cupittsestate.com.au; mogowildlifepark.com.au; visitnsw.com

HIGHLIGHT

The enviable rural and coastal setting of Cupitt Estate, far from the beaches but close to them, is a delight.

LOW LIGHT

Consider a quieter weekday stay at Cupitt’s Estate to avoid the travel-deprived weekend hordes of the Big Smoke.

Anthony Dennis stayed on as a guest of Cupitt’s Estate.

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