Fresh country air, sprawling hillsides, bloody good wine and 14 of your closest friends. Here, unique country houses perfect for group getaways. By Alissa Jenkins and Megan Arkinstall
The RockBare Retreat, Hahndorf, SA
Where: In the heart of Adelaide Hills, near the township of Hahndorf.
What we like: The design of this eclectic house is a mix of chic, funk and heritage. Situated behind the RockBare cellar door in a quaint stone building, this very stylish and modern hideaway has all the mod cons: iPod dock, DVD library, flat screen TVs, Playstation, and open fires in the living and lounge room. Expect to be greeted with a chilled bottle of Mojo Fizz on arrival, full breakfast provisions, and use of the resident chef (if you please). With 1200 thread-count linen and 100 per cent goose feather pillows, you’ll be sleeping well, too. Bliss.
Don’t miss The neighbouring RockBare cellar door, built in 1845, offers private tastings with provincial-inspired platters. You can also pick up some gourmet produce to enjoy back on your private balcony overlooking the lush green surrounds.
Who for: Young families, cool couples, stylish girlfriends and those seeking a little bit of luxury
The details: Sleeps up to eight people; three bedrooms (plus fold-out), two bathrooms. From $520 per night, minimum two-night stay. rockbare.com.au
Stonewell Cottages, Barossa Valley, SA
Where: In Stonewell, 78 kilometres from Adelaide and just three minutes drive from Tanuda.
What we like: Stonewell consists of four very cute cottages located on 103 acres of vineyards – the first two (known as The Haven Retreats) are located adjacent to each other opposite the shiraz and cabernet franc vineyards. The second two (the Hideaway Cottage and Cupid’s Cottage) are both located on the property’s lake. Inside all four cottages you’ll find warm timber flooring and ceilings, cosy wood fires, a spa bath and a well-equipped kitchen with breakfast provisions, plus stunning views of the surrounds. Guests can row to the island gazebo on the lake (where fishing and yabbying is available), order gourmet food platters, and dine alfresco in their private courtyards.
Don’t miss: The Barossa Valley is on your doorstep – explore the countless vineyards, enjoy a long lunch at nearby Hentley Farm (hentleyfarm.com.au) and drop in to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop (maggiebeer.com.au) for some gourmet produce to enjoy by the lake.
Who for: A mix of families and/or couples who want to holiday together but still want privacy, wine lovers, foodies.
The details: Sleeps up to ten people in four cottages. From $261 per cottage per night (depending on cottage), including breakfast provisions, port (early morning tipple?) and sweet treats. stonewellcottages.com.au