Set atop a gentle hill in the Barossa Valley, surrounded by acres of lush vineyards and olive groves, is an idyllic luxury retreat that blends the best of nature, wine, and food: The Louise. Here, you can indulge in splendid experiences of comfort and discovery amidst the most renowned and prestigious wine region of South Australia.
The manner of arrival already offers you a sign of the sumptuousness to enjoy — by limousine, self-drive rental, or direct helicopter transfer. You can even pre-arrange chilled Champagne and hand-made truffles to enjoy upon arrival at this intimate luxury resort.
Inside, marvel at the inspired architectural design of the property that complements the picturesque vineyards around it. The utilization and play of space evokes relaxation and ease, as evidenced foremost in the 15 superbly furnished suites, while allowing for utmost privacy.
The finest accommodation at The Louise is the Seppeltsfield Suite. It boasts an interior-exterior area of approximately 125 sqm, with a private gated courtyard with water feature and a limestone walled terrace from which to bask in gorgeous vineyard and sunset views. The suite also features a large lounge area and gas log fireplace, as well as a spacious marbled ensuite and a private outdoor rain shower. You have a choice of one or two bedrooms; either is fitted with a king-sized bed (twin single bed configuration may be an option) and deluxe linens.
Meanwhile, the Stonewell Suite is a premium suite that has its own courtyard and terrace, contemporary furnishings, gas log fireplace, an ensuite, and outdoor rain shower. And the Vineyard Suite is an elegant spa suite that also has a gated courtyard and private terrace, deluxe amenities, a king bed in the bedroom, and a large spa tub in the bath.
All of the suites have a large flat-screen TV with DVD player, BOSE iPod docking station, writing desk with free high-speed internet access, individual espresso coffee makers and tea facilities, and a fully stocked mini-bar and mini-fridge. The large tiled ensuite has a spa tub for 2 people, walk-in rain shower, towel rail heaters, a separate toilet area, and dual vanity basins.
Besides the stylish accommodations, what makes The Louise a preferred luxury destination in South Australia is its onsite restaurant, Appellation. This celebrated world-class dining venue offers the finest in regional cuisine centering on real fresh ingredients and local growing seasons.
With executive chef Ryan Edwards at the helm, Appellation promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience to treasure even after you’ve taken the last bite of dessert or sip of wine. The nightly menu espouses the use of locally sourced produce: more than 85% has been obtained from farmers and growers located within a 30-km radius.
The daily changing Chef’s Tasting Menu is an absolute must-try: create your own four-course dinner from its selection of seasonal dishes and let the Sommelier make wine-pairing suggestions for each course. On Tuesdays, let the chef make the menu for you. And on select Fridays in a month, take part in Winemaker Dinners where you can savour exceptional wines paired with a five-course menu.
But when the appetite seeks to be satiated even before sundown, Appellation’s Wine Bar and Terrace offers an assortment of snacks from burgers and brioche donuts to salads and charcuterie platters. A range of cocktails and local beers accompany these food items, all of which you can enjoy while taking in the magnificent views of the Barossa.
Of course, when you hear the word “Barossa,” excellent wine comes to mind. And at Appellation, you may peruse an extensive wine list that features iconic Barossa wines made by recognised masters and boutique artisans. Appellation’s wine list has been awarded numerous times by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine and has received accolades from Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide and an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Best. Needless to say, the wines at Appellation are well worth the visit.
Wine tasting isn’t limited to Appellation. In fact, while at The Louise, you can arrange for a tour around the Barossa and discover local wineries, particularly along Seppeltsfield Road, for an authentic wine experience. And that’s just one thing to do when staying at this luxury South Australian hideaway. Among the other activities you can enjoy here is having breakfast with the locals.
Yes, besides the over 80 wine cellars and more than 100 wineries, Barossa is also home to a conservation park rich in native flora and fauna. And this is where you can view kangaroos and other native wildlife up close and personal. It only takes a 20-minute drive and a 15-minute bushwalk to arrive at the site where you can have a gourmet breakfast picnic while watching the kangaroos in their natural habitat.
Another enriching endeavour to delight in is the cooking classes at either Food Luddite Kitchen Studio or Casa Carboni Enotica and Cooking School. And if you’re at The Louise on a Saturday, you may have the chance to join the chefs at Appellation during their trip to the Barossa Farmer’s Market as they shop for ingredients for the night’s menu.
Other pursuits to do here include taking a dip in the infinity edge lap pool, hot air ballooning across the region’s vineyards, riding a bike and cycle along the back roads, and playing tennis in the nearby courts.
The best of luxury, food, and wine all come together in one place: The Louise. Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, this world-class retreat will take you on a unique journey of gastronomy and indulgence.