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Sunday 17 January 2016

Meet the cute vineyard cottage that used to house POWs

Andrew and Prue O'Shanesy, the couple behind the Wines For Joanie label, haven't missed a beat since arriving In Tasmania's Tamar Valley from Queensland in 2012.

Now the go-ahead pair has launched a vineyard getaway that's perfect for couples looking to get away from the city for a day or two.

The Wines for Joanie Farm Cottage is a newly renovated, one bedroom 1940s cottage on 140 acres of vineyard and grazing land at Sidmouth, a short drive north of Launceston. 

Located on a working farm and vineyard, the cottage enjoys bucolic rural views just five minutes' drive from the small towns of Exeter and Beaconsfield.

Wines for Joanie Farm Cottage is perfect for two people or a small family and has an antique queen bed, with an electric blanket for winter, a bathroom with shower and Grown Alchemist toiletries, a kitchenette with microwave, toaster, kettle, small fridge and all crockery and cutlery, lounge room with antique leather wing-back couch, wood fire, verandah and barbecue.

A breakfast hamper is provided each day and gourmet pre-packaged meals made by chef Daniel Alps are available if ordered in advance. Guests are also welcome to raid the veggie patch if there’s anything edible there at the time. For babies or small children, a port-a-cot, high chair and books and toys are available.

The Wines for Joanie farm/vineyard was originally a successful apple orchard with apples marketed and sold under the Glendale Extra Fancy Apples label.

During World War II, Italian Prisoners of War were allocated to Glendale Orchard, working on the orchard and planting trees. The cottage was originally built to house the POWs.

All of the furniture is either from the O'Shanesy home in Queensland or has been sourced locally. There are plenty of books and magazines, a TV – and, of course, sourcing wine is not a problem.

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