Cozy and romantic, cottages are perfect for couples dreaming of a chilled escape, and you’ll find an array of fabulous options in South Australia. Set on vineyards, perched on mountains and hidden in valleys, these cottages look like something out of a Beatrix Potter novel. No, seriously.
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Mount Lofty House, Mount Lofty
Wind your way up into the Adelaide Hills and ascend scenic Mount Lofty, and you’ll come across one of South Australia’s most spectacular accommodation options. Overlooking the picturesque Piccadilly Valley, Mount Lofty House (20 minutes southeast of Adelaide) is an exquisite heritage estate with three utterly enchanting cottages. All self-contained and with secluded positions, MLH’s Pinot, Coachman’s, Picadilly and Gatekeeper’s cottages are the stuff of daydreams. Think vineyard and bushland views, white picket fences, gardens and stylish light-filled spaces. Take us there now.
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, Barossa Valley
If your dream cottage getaway includes sharing a bottle of wine by a roaring fireplace,Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage is a must-visit. Situated in the food and wine region of the Barossa Valley, this private self-contained retreat (just over an hour northeast of Adelaide) sits on a shiraz vineyard and is just moments away from some of the valley’s beloved foodie gems. Wander through vines to Hentley Farm and FINO Seppeltsfield for a lazy lunch, or head down the road to pick up some supplies from the Barossa Farmer’s Market and Maggie Beer’s Farmshop.
Pear Tree Hallow, Inman Valley
A private hideaway in the beautifully rugged Inman Valley, Pear Tree Hallow (an hour south of Adelaide’s CBD) blends French Provincial style and the romance of the Australian bush. With just one self-contained cottage on the sprawling seven-hectare grounds, this whimsical escape is where you’ll find a gum tree forest walk, friendly alpacas and all the charms of an early settler cottage. Touches like rustic French-inspired décor, painted brick walls, a fireplace and plenty of cozy nooks make it the sort of place you don’t want to leave, but venturing into town (just 10 minutes away) rewards you with quirky little cafés and shops.
Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards, Barossa Valley
An hour’s drive northeast of Adelaide’s CBD, Stonewell Cottages and Vineyards has all the makings of an idyllic cottage getaway: breathtaking vineyard sunsets, gorgeous stone cottages, private garden courtyards and a relaxed atmosphere. There’s even a scenic lake on which you can row out to a pretty-as-a-picture gazebo – ideal for fans of The Notebook. The two self-contained cottages available, Hideaway Cottage and the lakeside Cupid’s Cottage, include luxuries like two-person spas and spacious kitchen/living areas. If you’re not busy enjoying a picnic on the 42-hectare grounds or bike-riding among the vines, chill out with a glass of something delightful and free Netflix movies on demand – you know, if the weather’s not perfect.
The Heritage Garden Cottage, Clare Valley
Tucked away in the brilliant Clare Valley, The Heritage Garden Cottage (two hours north of Adelaide) is as sweet as the name suggests. Here, a meticulously restored 140-year-old stone cottage lends itself to getaways filled with relaxation. What’s really special about this option is its gardens. When an international award-winning rose authority met his love and the two decided to restore a cottage together, The Heritage Garden Cottage was born and, with it, a garden full of roses, perennials and quince orchards. With the beauty of both a traditional English garden setting and Australian bush surroundings, The Heritage Garden Cottage is also situated close to the Clare Valley’s thriving food and wine scene.
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