To stay at Thorngrove Manor is to dive into a luxurious and magical world. Complete with towers, turrets, and stone walls, this gorgeous retreat is a castle straight out of a fairytale book. Quite the departure from the usual Australian lodging one has come to expect, where modern minimalism and clean lines are the norm.
And while you can’t help but be impressed by the Manor’s unique European baroque facade, you will soon find out that what’s inside is even more remarkable. There are antiques, friezes, winding stone staircases, finely crafted furniture, and exquisite artworks featured in every corner of the Manor, making it hard to choose which ones to marvel at first.
Yet, for all its medieval theme — both inside and out — Thorngrove Manor is a truly modern boutique hotel that has received a number of accolades for its unparalleled service, distinctive architecture, and creative style.
There are only six rooms in the manor and each is exquisitely designed. The whimsical decor bestows an elegance and an other-worldly feel to the rooms, while keeping it very much in the present, affording you a relaxing ambience that makes you feel right at home.
Here, you’ll find an ingenious fusion of the baroque and contemporary everywhere. Fine rugs, grand tapestries, romantic four-poster beds, detailed carvings and timbered ceilings set the tone of the rooms. Uniquely designed, each room has a different size and layout, catering to personal preferences. Special features also differ in each accommodation, so you might end up in a room with a fireplace, a spa bath, or a German antique piano.
You will also appreciate the attention to detail in every part of this exclusive space. So as not to take away from the fantasy of staying in such a luxurious, fantastical lodging, every modern amenity has been discreetly placed within the room.
Each of the suites are distinctive and completely private, and all rooms have panoramic views of the surroundings. A relaxed atmosphere as well as modern technologies, such as BluRay player, HDTV, and Wi-Fi Internet access, make your stay as pleasant as it is convenient.
The King’s Chambers
Enjoy 74-square metres of space and opulence in the King’s Chambers. Magnificent European antiques, bay windows that frame lush garden views, and exquisite gilded, timber beams are just some of the features you’ll find inside the suite. There is a spacious lounge and dining room with a fireplace perfect for cold nights. The suite also boasts a canopied king bed, an ensuite bath with glass walls, and a restored German piano.
The Queen’s Chambers
Plush, rich, and inviting – all of these words perfectly describe Thorngrove Manor’s Queen’s Chambers. This artistic, one-bedroom suite features a grand four-posted bed with a set of carved lions. Adding to its charm are the Scottish stained glass windows and French tapestry that embellish the suite. Admire the views from the private terrace where you may also wish to dine alfresco in the evening.
The Tower Loft Room
What is a castle without a tower? If you seek a little bit more fun and whimsy above the seclusion, then the Tower Room is the accommodation for you. As you climb the stone spiral staircase to the tower, you’ll discover spectacular tree-top views unlike any other. You’ll also enjoy the superbly furnished room with its hand-carved ebony bed and thoughtfully divided living zones. But most importantly, your sanctuary for the night comes with a deep porcelain spa bath, a walk-in closet, and luxurious velvety carpet.
There are three Castle Chambers at Thorngrove Manor and each is as enchanting as the next. French tapestries, antique furnishings, and a spiral staircase adorn the suites, evoking memories of knights, dragons and dungeons. While that may be so, a stay in the Castle Chambers also means enjoying all the familiar comforts of a well-equipped kitchenette, lounge or dining area, ensuite bath, ornamental stone fireplace, and a private balcony.
Survey the lay of the land high up in the Observatory. Climb the spiral staircase and retreat to this heavenly quarters at Thorngrove Manor. Compact but well designed, you will find the sunken circular spa, Georgian oak dining table, and leather armchairs as comfortable as they are functional. And the 18th-century oak king bed and the relaxing ensuite spa bath, with a painted celestial sky, are more than enough to spark the flames of romance while also providing blissful comfort.
Thorngrove Manor is the quintessential escape for couples. It puts a premium on intimacy and privacy, so much so that there is a big possibility you may never see other guests during your stay. For one, there is a strictly limited number of guests allowed in this luxurious retreat at any one time. There are also no public areas to converge in. Finally, every room has a private entrance, ensuring maximum seclusion.
For even more privacy, you can opt to have your meals in your room with candles and rare European antique sterling silver pieces. Or reserve the exclusive dining room for an extra charge. Renowned for its fine cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients, Thorngrove Manor ensures a delightful culinary experience you will always remember.
For those who want to explore the surrounding area, a marked walking trail from the Manor winds its way towards the idyllic village of Stirling. Thorngrove Manor also provides day trips to Adelaide, Clare Valley and Barossa Valley — the best of South Australia’s oldest wine region.