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Marriage proposals, weddings, perhaps even the odd conception (of the non-immaculate kind) . . . you name it, it’s happened at Christabelle Cottage, a delightfully renovated circa 1849 church in the small town of Lyndoch in SA’s Barossa Valley. And it’s not hard to imagine why.

The ironstone exterior and cornucopia of posies and fresias that line the garden paths make for a romantic weekend retreat of the highest order. One of the oldest buildings to be found in SA, it’s designed to cater to total indulgence, with no lack of provisions in the gorgeous Baltic pine kitchen.

Its elegant cathedral ceilings, open log fire and stone floors make the place neither “churchy” nor austere, while the sun-filled atrium and four-person spa bath lure guests back year after year.

If you can find the strength to drag yourself away from the charms of Christabelle, the gourmet delights of the Barossa are at your disposal. We’ve found a small slice of heaven. Amen.

Details // King St, Lyndoch, SA. From $185 night. www.bellescapes.com, (08) 8524 4825.

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