Waking up in the morning to fresh barista-brewed filter coffee doesn’t sound too shabby. Add vineyard views, a sheep named Dorothy, an Alpaca called Alf and a couple of roaming chickens, and you’ve got countryside bliss.
Saffy Ossa and her husband Dom (who co-owns and runs Dawn Patrol Coffee) have opened boutique container accommodation on their Kangarilla property, right next door to the roastery. The idyllic retreat, built almost entirely by Ossa and designed by Saffy, bucks the trend of traditional B&B accommodation that already populates the surrounding wine region.
“There aren’t really any big hotels or even small boutique hotels down here,” says Saffy. “If we were coming down to McLaren Vale, we would look for something a little bit different to stay in, and there isn’t anything quite like that, so we thought we’d make it [ourselves].
“We ran out of space in the house, so we kind of needed extra room for the European visitors – our family – and we always thought it would be cool to have a rentable room here, too,” says Saffy. “We always thought it would be a good idea to convert a shipping container.”
With a background in carpentry and building, Dom has crafted the space with exposed pine and industrial fixtures. A clean but homey feel matches the vibe of the cellar door.
“I’ve always been interested in architecture and tiny houses, and Dom has some good handyman expertise,” says Saffy. “We wanted to keep the container light because of the narrow space, and make it feel more spacious.”
It took Dom and Saffy six months to complete the project. Since opening earlier this year, they’ve been largely booked out. “We’ll have to schedule our families in now,” says Dom, laughing.
The couple’s humour and tenacity as business owners and parents of two young children shines through. Everything is built around simplicity. “The container is brand new,” says Dom. “We ordered it, a dude delivered it on a truck ... anyone can buy one, really.
“Then we built it – the kitchen, the bed, the table – they’re all made to fit specifically in the space, and we picked materials that were easy and we wanted to use.”
Located to the side of their property down a secluded dirt track surrounded by vineyards, it’s about as private as they come. There’s an expansive deck overlooking pristine wine country and chooks, alpaca and sheep roaming below.
An inbuilt kitchen means you can even cook your own brekkie. “We stock the kitchen with eggs from our hens, and Saffy makes a fresh loaf of bread on arrival … all the staples,” says Dom. “Most people go out for dinner, but if they can have eggs on toast in the morning, that’s pretty great.”
Of course, the rooms are fitted with everything a home barista needs. Better yet, stay over the weekend and mosey down to the cellar door for a fresh brew in the morning.
Container 65 has a minimum two-night stay. 65 Days Road, Kangarilla. Book via Airbnb.