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Charles Dumas was something of a pioneer in the Mt Barker area in the Adelaide Hills. He founded the local Mt Barker Courier newspaper in the 1860s, which remains alive and well today, and in fact his son went on to become the legendary Sir Lloyd Dumas, MD of the Advertiser, AAP chairman, Australian Reuters director and many other illustrious positions.
Their now heritage-listed home on Druids Ave was painstakingly restored and re-opened by Dayne Bartlett in 2006, and it now provides a warm and welcoming opportunity for visitors to relive the Dumas family’s glory days.
Historic touches and Courier memorabilia are scattered throughout the three-bedroom home, which doesn’t want for mod-cons either. But it’s the lovely gardens that really capture your attention. In particular, the tremendous century-plus English Oak that dominates the backyard, which is also heritage-listed in its own right.
Historic Hahndorf is ten minutes down the road, along with all the delights of the Adelaide Hills food and wine region.
Details // Druids Ave, Mt Barker, SA. From $245 per night. www.dumashouse.com, 0417 814 815.