When it comes time to escape, unwind and rejuvenate for a week or weekend, the region has you covered from pillow menus to breathtaking vineyard or coastal views.
Inkwell Wines have recently added one of the region’s most anticipated accommodation options – Hotel California Road. To meet the needs of discerning international clients and friends, winery owners Dudley Brown and Dr Irina Santiago-Brown developed their micro hotel built using repurposed shipping containers. Setting a benchmark in sustainable design, their new tasting room and three accommodation suites comprise of 20 containers located on their organic vineyard. “We have travelled around the world and we have friends from overseas who want to come to visit and stay in amazing places,” says owner Dudley Brown. “They want a luxury experience, so we created one.”
With expansive views over Whites Valley and only the sound of birds out your front door, these suites are pure luxury. “So many people want to experience what it’s like living in a vineyard, so we wanted it to be completely immersive. It’s so tranquil.”
The suites are designed to delight too – floating beds and window-front bathtubs. “All our rooms have tubs [complete with wine glass holder] and huge decks which are separate and private from the other rooms. We’ve also got high-end audio and video, as well as a pillow menu too.”
A romantic weekend away to remember. Beresford House is part of the classic homestead that sits at the heart of Beresford Wines in McLaren Flat. Surrounded by bushland and vineyards, the views are beautiful, but the peace and quiet is what people come for. With a number of options for varying group sizes and occasions, each room is classic and sophisticated and all are self-contained, unless you’d like a personal chef that is.
McLAREN VALE HEART
Whether for a wedding, function, or even just for the night, McLaren Vale Motel & Apartments are a great choice. Located at the entrance to McLaren Vale, the motel features rooms, units, studio apartments and deluxe suites. There’s also an inviting salt water pool and barbecue, just perfect for taking advantage of eating outdoors, or visiting other main road eating options close by. If you love a relaxing spa, choose an Executive Deluxe Suite which have been recently upgraded.
Surrounded by picture-perfect flowering gardens, Amanda’s Cottage is situated in the middle of McLaren Vale. Close to the region’s wineries, the cottage accommodates up to four adults, but is still ideal for a weekend away for two. A great pick for families, there’s a cot available on request, and barbecue facilities for cook-ups in the garden.
PEACE & QUIET
Opening just last year, Karawatha Cottages are self-contained quaint little homes nestled in the middle of McLaren Vale’s vineyards and surrounding scrubland. With views of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the surrounding sweeping vines, it’s an idyllic getaway. They have you covered with a few brekky provisions too.
BED AND BREAKFAST
Southern Vales B&B is in the middle of wine country and considered to have one of the best brekkies. With a number of rooms available (standard and deluxe), and communal dining and kitchen areas, the space is comfy and homely. Each room has its own private bathroom, complete with bathrobes.
Hidden away on a hilltop in Kangarilla, overlooking the region’s valley, McLaren Eye is an exclusive getaway available for one or two couples (or a family). The views are spectacular from the balcony and almost every room – even the bathroom. The accommodation is beautifully appointed and an amazing spot to admire the evening southern stars.
Port Noarlunga is home to the Coast Motel and Apartments which are a stone’s throw away from the iconic river mouth, where the river meets the sea. The recently renovated motel sits on the Esplanade, with unbeatable views of the coast.
Hidden along Willunga High Street, the Cottages at The 1839 are a great spot to rest your head. Explore the neighbouring pubs or pizza houses for dinner and have brekky waiting a few steps from your door when you wake up with the co-located bistro serving breakfast and lunch on weekends.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Wine and Roses B&B is a premium bed and breakfast accommodation that’s long been a favourite in McLaren Vale. Just off the main road, across from picturesque vineyards, the home features a number of suites, each with creature comforts including a coffee machine, robes, a log fire and most with a spa bath too. Luxurious.
With villas named Shiraz, Chardonnay and Merlot, you know you’re set for a fabulous time at Casa Vino Villas. Just off the McLaren Vale main street, the villas are conveniently located in the heart of the town amongst dozens of restaurants and vineyards (many within walking distance).
The iconic Victory Hotel on Sellicks Hill has one of the best-kept accommodation secrets in the region. Three quaint cabins sit atop the hills behind the popular pub, each self-contained and with uninterrupted sweeping views of the below vineyards, coastline and exquisite cliffs which cascade along this southern stretch of the peninsula.
COMFY LOG CABIN
Get back to nature at the Woodstock Log Cabin, part of the winery’s expansive grounds and also part of the Woodstock Wildlife Sanctuary. Made of Canadian cedarwood, the cabin is cosy, with the charm of its original 70’s build but the amenities and redesign of modern accommodation. Refurbished by the current owners, the space now has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with nobody nearby but the wallabies and kangaroos.
TO DISCOVER ALL OF THE PLACES TO REST YOUR HEAD
Talk to the local tourism specialists at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.
On the road, or just looking to get out and have some good old-fashioned family fun? The region also boasts a cracking collection of caravan and camping parks, many dotted along the spectacular coastline. Here are a few of our top picks:
- Aldinga Holiday Park – This family-friendly park features a jumping pillow, barbecue area and pool, and is within close proximity to Aldinga Beach. There’s an array of cabins and villas to choose from, as well as powered and unpowered sites for your caravan.
- Christies Beach Tourist Park – Located opposite spectacular Christies Beach, this park is a local secret. While there’s space to camp or pull in your caravan or camper trailer on the lush green lawns, they also offer deluxe waterfront cabins too.
- Moana Beach Tourist Park – In the heart of the seaside town of Moana, the location of this park is what keeps people coming back. A few steps and your feet are in the sand, and a couple more and you can sip a cuppa at one of the nearby cafes. With tennis courts and a playground, as well as a variety of powered and unpowered sites, you’ll be set for a family getaway.
- Port Willunga Tourist Park – Set back from the stunning Port Willunga cliffs, this secluded caravan park is popular in summer, with Port Willy beach (as the locals call it) at your doorstep. Walk the nearby clifftop Heysen Trail, or descend down the stunning walk onto the sand. The park offers a swimming pool, jumping pillow, Wi-Fi and tennis courts.