Admidst South Australia’s winemaking regions, AT shows you the best Bed & Breakfasts to stay.
Abottsford Country House
Slap bang in Barossa Valley wine country, this colonial-style B&B is on 50 acres of farmland. There are eight Deluxe or Super Deluxe guest suites, all with lovely views – you’ll find either garden or valley vistas outside your window. Super Deluxe suites have the best views of the spectacular sunsets and feature either a spa or a cast-iron claw-foot bathtub.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: It’s all top-notch; you’ll find complimentary port and truffles on arrival, high-thread-count bed linen and Peter Lehmann wines in the bar fridge.
HOW MUCH? Super Deluxe suites are about $395 per night; Deluxe cost from $275. Online bookings may attract special rates.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Go on a DIY food and wine tour around the Barossa – what else would you want to do in this fabulous region? Your hosts can help you set up a personalised itinerary if you ask nicely!
CONTACT: Jane and Julian Maul.
Lot 80, Yaldara Drive, Lyndoch.
(08) 8524 4662; www.abbotsfordhouse.com
Birks Harbout Boathouse & Riverview Retreat
Birks Harbour is situated on the banks of the Murray River and its marina is home to many classic and colourful wooden boats. This lovely nostalgic maritime world can be enjoyed by staying in a beautifully decorated converted boathouse or restored stone cottage built in 1910. You can gaze out of the Boathouse window at the scenic marina.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: Indulgence Pamper packages, costing from $650 per couple for a two-night stay at the Boathouse, include two 30-minute massages, an aromatherapy toiletries pack, a bottle of Fleurieu wine, port and sweets.
HOW MUCH? From $275 per room per night; minimum two nights.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Cruise or kayak in Cooyong National Park; sail on Goolwa South lakes; explore McLaren Vale’s wineries.
CONTACT: Wendy and Phillip Watson.
138 Liverpool Road, Goolwa South.
(08) 8555 0338; www.birksharbour.com.au
Many of the B&Bs in this guide have landscaped gardens to boast about, but North Bundaleer has a whopping 400 acres of land. Part untamed bush, part farmland, the grounds of this pastoral homestead, 190km from Adelaide in the Clare Valley, beg for exploration – your hosts will even take you to enjoy a sunset drink on a hilltop.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: Attention to detail must have been the remit for the restoration of this early 20th-century pastoral homestead. Think Edwardian and Georgian antiques, William Morris wallpaper, marble fireplaces, exquisite stained glass windows and a formal library of about 2000 books. Included in the tariff is free reign in the butler’s pantry – where you’ll find Clare Valley wines, beer, tea and espresso coffee. The four guest suites are individually themed.
HOW MUCH? This is one of the pricier options but well worth it – it’s like a boutique hotel with more personal service. From $750 per couple per night for the African Room, based on a one-night stay. Package rates for multiple nights available.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Swim with the sea lions at Eyre Peninsula; visit the Flinders Ranges; arrange to stay in and enjoy a meal cooked by the house chef.
CONTACT: Malcolm and Marianne Booth.
RM Williams Way, Jamestown.
(08) 8665 4024; www.northbundaleer.com.au
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage
There is just one luxury cottage available to one lucky couple at Seppeltsfield Vineyard in the Barossa. The settler’s cottage, built in the 1860s, has been modernised with a Bose sound system, underfloor heating and a king-size bed, but old-world touches such as an open fire, French doors and a claw-foot tub give it great ambience.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: This B&B won a gold medal for Hosted Accommodation at the 2010 South Australian Tourism Awards. It also won in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. They know what guests want, and yes, that does include free wireless broadband internet! Take advantage of your host’s pedigree and join winemaker Peter on a Seize the Day wine tour of Seppeltsfield ($60 per person).
HOW MUCH? $490 per couple per night midweek (special offers often apply – check online); $620 per night on weekends (minimum two-night stay).
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: If you tire of wineries (how could you?!), visit Barossa Brewing Company, Barossa Farmers’ Market or Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, which is just five minutes down the road.
CONTACT: Sharyn Rogers and Peter Milhinch.
Gerald Roberts Rd, Seppeltsfield.
(08) 8563 4059; www.seppeltsfieldvineyardcottage.com.au