We visited Barossa earlier this year for our Honeymoon and our friends recommended us to stay at The Louise which is at the heart of the Barossa wine route.
Barossa Valley in January is beautiful – the dry heat and the endless sunshine is exactly what we hoped for after months of being trapped in a cold and humid winter in Hong Kong. It is the first time in 50 years that the temperature dropped to 3C!! Buildings are not well-insulated and there’s no heating in apartments – with 80% humidity, you can imagine how uncomfortable it can get.
Okay, back to beautiful and toasty Barossa…
The Louise is located off Seppeltsfield Road (named after the famous Seppeltsfield winery of course) surrounded by vineyards. Its low-lying one storey establishment is extremely discreet. The cluster of buildings is built in local sandstone with an earthy palette of colours. From an architectural design perspective, it is not as impressive and architecturally jaw-dropping as some of the other hotels I have came across, but I don’t think that’s what they were trying to do – The Louise is more in the vernacular architecture category, trying to be in harmony with the surroundings whilst delivering a down-to-earth yet luxury experience for their guests.
We also had a go at their giant chessboard next to the Appellation restaurant 🙂
There are only 15 rooms in this hotel, we stayed at Vineyard Suite No 26 which, as the name suggests, overlooks the neighbouring vineyard and rolling hills beyond. The suite is generously sized with a private front and back garden with a small dining table for two. Inside the suite, there’s a cloak area, a large bedroom area with a fire place, a separate study/dining area and a fairly large bathroom with indoor AND outdoor shower facility.
Although we visited in the dead of the summer, the evenings do get quite nippy so the heated towel rail was useful in keeping the bathroom warm. It also came in handy for drying clothes when we found out our clothes didn’t dry properly in their on-site dryer. (There’s a laundry room just next to the pool with both washer and dryer. Laundry powder provided)
Nothing to really rave about, we ended up using a few bottles of Aesop from other hotels we stayed in along the way. However, I do think they can improve their body care set – not sure if its because they’re supporting local brands?
By the way, the sun is strong in Barossa, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen.
The staff were all very lovely and attentive at the hotel, they were extremely helpful in booking restaurants and wine tours nearby.
We didn’t dine at the Appellation restaurant during our stay as we wanted something casual. We ate at their outdoor lounge (just outside of the restaurant) to catch the sunset. Even though the bar menu was limited, the quality of their beef burger was excellent!
Our hotel package included in-room breakfast service and the quality was great – everything came at the right temperature, fresh and delicious.
Tips for travellers/foodies
Make a reservation at Hentley Farm’s Restaurant. They do a 6 or 9 course set menu and whichever one you choose, you will not be disappointed. Ranked as the best restaurant in South Australia, it has some of the most talented and innovative chefs cooking up amazing dishes with their on-premise grown produce. We heard the head chef, Lachlan Colwill (only 30 yrs old!) was actually planning to work in China before he joined Hentley Farm – we’re so glad he didn’t because we wouldn’t be able to savour the magical concoctions him and his team creates everyday.
Will I stay there again?
YES DEFINITELY given its proximity to some of the region’s top wineries and its tranquil surroundings.
Hotel name: The Louise
Location: Marananga, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Hotel opened since: 2006
We were there: 2016-01-24 to 2016-01-28 (4 nights) at their Vineyard Suite No. 26