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Travel guide Adelaide Hills

Uniquely romantic - Castle Keep B&B
By Nydia Lehmann

"Is it a dream? Step into a world of romance and magic. Unique fairy tale architecture, to take you far away from the humdrum reality of daily existence." Australian Traveller Magazine - Quentin Long This amazing castle-like gothic building stands majestically on a leafy street. It feels grand, whimsical and straight out of a fairytale. Thorngrove Manor is surrounded by green and towering trees. The gardens and the greenery of the Adelaide Hills make you feel as though you are in your own private and compact castle in Europe. In 1984 the journey began... to create unique, artistic accommodation for couples, providing inspired and meaningful experiences, rather than be a contemporary tourist silo or enclave. Eschewing corporate culture pre-occupied with budgets, formulat... Read more

Castle Keep B&B - ultimate romance!
By Nydia Lehmann

Ever since Rapunzel let down her hair, and princesses were rescued from castles, towers and turrets have been a symbol of romance. The Castle Keep is a multi- storied enchanting castle-like retreat with the romance of an embellished stone baronial fireplace. An early C19th high-backed, ornately carved English oak bed (Californian king-size) is made for dreaming. There is a hand painted central rib vaulted ceiling, a stone spiral staircase, mullioned and lancet windows, stone flagged floor and walls, and spacious two person ensuite corner spa bath. A ground floor kitchenette area has stainless steel appliances. A C19th Georgian high-back upholstered fireside double chair and C18th English carved oak coffer complete this romantic fairytale setting. The open plan first floor bed/living/si... Read more

Luscious luxury in the Adelaide Hills
By Meg Burdett

Two of our friends recently celebrated milestone birthdays and my wife and I took them away for a weekend to celebrate. We piled into the car for the short, scenic drive into the Adelaide Hills to Burdett's Country Retreats at Basket Range. Our venue, Hillgrove House, sits alone on the side of a hill in one of the steepest parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the views are simply stunning. We had expected good accommodation because of the AAAT 4.5 star rating, but we were truly surprised by what we discovered. The house, bult in 1856, has been competely restored and upgraded. "Before" pictures in an album attest to the challenging work involved. There are now two self-contained wings, a large, sunny sitting room looking out on to those views, an eat-in, fully equipped kitchen,... Read more

Self-contained B&B with wow factor!
By Meg Burdett

Set on a high ridge in the stunning Mount Lofty Ranges just 30 minutes from Adelaide, Burdett's Country Retreats comprise two separate, self-contained 4.5 star bed & breakfast properties - Waratah Cottage, intimate and romantic just for two, or elegant Hillgrove House with sole occupancy for two or accommodation for four friends. The two suites comprising Hillgrove are a rarity for four people, as each has a queen-sized bedroom and a double spa bathroom - no shared bathroom here. The suites are separated by a large sunny sitting room and fully equipped kitchen with dining, and there is also a laundry. These retreats are tastefully decorated, immaculately appointed with every modern facility, and both are very definitely 'doily-free zones'. Wood fires and comfortable sofas with plum... Read more

A romantic getaway to remember
By Meg Burdett

When my parents gave me a gift certificate for a B&B stay on my engagement, I was somewhat concerned. Never having been to a B&B before, I envisaged that it would be rather old-fashioned, fusty and unromantic. Never have I been so wrong! My fiance and I checked into Waratah Cottage, one of Burdett's Country Retreats at Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills, to celebrate our special occasion. From the moment we pulled into the drive and could see the large surrounding gardens we knew this was a special place. Opening the front door, we were met with the sound of soft music. The lights were on low and fresh flowers stood on a table near the door. We went from room to room, marvelling at our discoveries. The lovely cheerful sitting room with its open fire already laid for us, com... Read more

Review - Suite 68
By Angela Taylor

68 Fletcher Road Mt Barker SA   The house looks new, is divided into two apartments, and sits within landscaped gardens. There is a lovely sense of light and space within.   Overall rating? Great, with excellent ambience What makes Suite 68 different? The apartment was immaculately clean, comfortable and welcoming and we felt very much at home during our stay here. The house is in a residential housing estate, so it is quiet and peaceful.   Accommodation overview We stayed in ‘Apartment A’, which has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and an ensuite. The lounge room has a sofa bed, making room for an extra person. The bed is made up with quality linen and towels are provided.   Facilities overview Our suite had a small kitchenette/laundry w... Read more

Review - Pobblebonk B&B
By Lisa Monk

TakeABreak Best Places to Stay Awards 2009 National Winner Pet-friendly Accommodation: Pobblebonk B&B   The first thing you think of when you hear the name ‘Pobblebonk’ is probably frogs, not dogs – and the property is named after the Eastern Banjo Frog and the distinctive ‘bonking’ call it makes. However, it is four legged creatures of the furry persuasion who are the real winners at Pobblebonk – oh, and their owners, of course! This delightful B&B is the winner of the Pet-friendly category in the 2009 TakeABreak Best Places to Stay Awards for its outstanding dedication to ‘fur children’.   Pobblebonk B&B is a truly pet-friendly property… one that doesn’t just allow dogs, but welcomes them and caters t... Read more

Review - A Rainbow’s End Bed & Breakfast
By Kylie Jane Degeling

TakeABreak Awards 2009 Winner, Hosted accommodation: A Rainbow’s End Bed & Breakfast The winner of TakeABreak’s 2009 Hosted Accommodation Award was difficult to choose because Australia is home to thousands of quaint, unique, warm, and friendly B&Bs. With so many outstanding hosted accommodation options vying for the title, the winner needed to stand out with exceptional service. A Rainbow’s End in the Adelaide Hills did just that, with many extras and special touches leaving guests feeling truly cherished. Upon arrival at A Rainbow’s End, visitors are treated to a charming afternoon tea on the patio, where they can enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. Hosts Pam and Dave go out of their way to make guests feel welcome in their home, and many rave... Read more

Encounter Adelaide Hills
By Kylie Jane Degeling

As you drive the winding roads away from Adelaide, you may find yourself in a paradise of sweeping hills, forests, stone cottages, and historic towns. Look closely and you might encounter a koala peacefully munching a leaf. In contrast, you might wonder if you’ve been transported into 19th century Germany, as you wander through the picturesque and historic town of Hahndorf.   The Adelaide Hills are perfect for romantic retreats. Couples who want to connect can share excellent food and wine, gentle strolls around towns that are rich in character, or go for a quiet trek through the native bush. Friends and families will have a blast at the many festivals and celebrations held each year. In addition to the many historic towns, and fun attractions of the Adelaide Hills, you’... Read more

Amazing Adelaide
By Kylie Jane Degeling

If you are after a holiday with absolutely everything – beaches, rolling hills, museums, art galleries, fantastic entertainment and food – then head for Adelaide. History Founded in 1836 and named after Queen Adelaide (wife of King William IV), the city was meticulously planned by Colonel William Light. His attention to detail resulted in a beautiful city with ocean on one side, rolling hills on the other, and the River Torrens running through. The city centre is completely surrounded by lush parkland, and boasts an easy-to-navigate grid system of exceptionally wide roads. Adelaide began as a centre for civil and religious freedom during the convict era and was entirely built using paid settlers rather than convict labour. Festivals Adelaide is most famous for The Ade... Read more

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