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“Outstanding beauty, comfort and serenity” 5 of 5 stars
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Burdetts Road, Basket Range, South Australia 5138, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Basket Range B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
1 review
“Outstanding beauty, comfort and serenity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Our teenage daughters gave us a weekend holiday at Hillgrove House as a gift - what a treat! We went right at the end of winter, so everything was lush and green, and cool enough for log fires at night, but were blessed with warm days and sunshine, perfect for lounging in the comfortable adirondack chairs on the front lawn overlooking a valley of warratah flowers. From the king size bed, to the fancy double-recliner leather couch and the spa bath - everything was immaculate, comfortable and in excellent taste. The food provisions were extraordinary - all the best & freshest local produce in extravagent quantities - and not just basic, but smoked salmon, yoghurts, ice-cream, gourmet pizza, 3 types of home-made cookies etc, etc, etc. Sticking to a diet is going to be harder than normal here :) Thoughtful personal touches everwhere reveal that the owners (whom we never saw) have invested a lot of time & effort to create something special and memorable here. We will certainly want to return.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
We are so glad that you enjoyed your recent visit to Hillgrove House - you certainly picked a lovely weekend too. We do go to a lot of trouble to source the best of local produce for our guests, and are very pleased that you enjoyed it all. Of course we would have been delighted to meet up with you, but we never ever disturb our guests unless invited as we believe you deserve complete privacy during your stay. We do hope you will both return in the future, and perhaps we can then say a personal "welcome".
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We never met the owners of this self-contained establishment, but from the moment we arrived we felt welcome and as if we had stepped into a loved home. The personal touches including the birthday cake and candles made us feel so special. We could not fault the quality of the appliances and the quantity and quality of the food provisions were amazing. Appreciated the fact that as responsible dog owners we could take our fur-baby with us. We will be back.....soon!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, September 14, 2013
Andrew and I were very glad to welcome you both to South Australia and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Hillgrove and all the delights that the Adelaide Hills has to offer. We are firm believers that this part of South Australia is extraordinary in its natural beauty. Do come back and see us again in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed in Hillgrove House for 3 nights in July and we deemed it to be the best accommodation we had in our 2 weeks in South Australia. Meg and Andrew have thought of everything with provisions to last a lifetime as well as a stunning place to enjoy them. Sitting out side watching the various birds come and eat from the bird feeder whilst listening to the waterfall below and overlooking the beautiful valley. We spent our days visiting the towns of the adelaide hills which we absolutely loved but wish to return one day and agin stay in Hillgrove house to sit by the fire and try and eat all the beautiful food that was supplied whilst sitting by the toasty warm fire. A surprise birthday cake was most unexpected but enjoyed and we particularly loved reading about the history of the house. Thank you for a brief stay and we look forward to returning for longer in the not to distant future.
Don't change a thing meg - you have it perfect! We will be recommending it to all our friends here in brisbane!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thank you very much for your comments about your stay at Hillgrove House. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We decided to take a winter mini break up in the Hills, hoping to find a quaint, picuresque location where we could retreat inside and cosy up with an open fireplace. Even better that we could take our family (2 dogs) with us! We sure got a great weekend... freezing temperatures, hail, heavy rain and even snow at one point! We were wonderfully comfortable, well looked after and had so many little treats and goodies to keep us going. Everything was taken care of.
Loved the personalised touches, welcome note, bed set up for the pooches, fireplaces ready to go with lots of firewood, food galore! and a VERY comfy bed.
We honestly did not want to leave, the best recharge weekend we've had.
Cannot wait to do it again next winter :-)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Many thanks for your lovely comments. Andrew and I are delighted that you all enjoyed your stay at Hillgrove and we thank you also for being such considerate guests. It will be great to welcome you back in the future.
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Meg and Andrew have done it again....we thought that our first stay at Waratah cottage was amazing, this time our stay at Hillgrove house was equally special. Their hospitality knows no bounds and they are soooooooo generous. Everything little possible thing has been thought of, you will want for NOTHING more there than what you already have. You can try to eat everything in sight ....but trust us, lol.....despite our best efforts...there is still lots left over!

Our Pugs loved the beautiful gardens and it is amazing that such a luxurious place would even permit dogs to be there to share the holiday experience as well. To be able to have the dogs inside the house and see them enjoy the roaring fireplace as we did is amazing and an unforgettable experience. We are so lucky to have Meg and Andrew provide these wonderful retreats for us and we will always look forward to coming back for more.

How wonderful to have such a beautiful and special place to share our special moments and milestones in life! We cannot thank you enough Meg and Andrew!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
What lovely comments. Many thanks for posting this review for us. We're so glad you all had such a great stay for Merlin's Birthday treat. Best wishes.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is first class accommodation in the Adelaide Hills. Blink and you'll miss Basket Range on the road to Lobethal, but Hillgrove is just down the road, overlooking a beautiful valley. First impressions are everything and entering this house is a treat. It's set up so well, and a bit of exploration reveals the very generous supplies that have been tucked away to make the stay even more comfortable. The furnishings are tasteful, the beds comfortable, the provisions more than generous, the fireplace nice and warm...it's all good. Lovely experience. Highly recommended...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you very much for your review. Andrew and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We have just spent the most amazing weekend at Hillgrove for my partners birthday. The moment we pulled up we were impressed, but when we walked in...OMG it was just beautiful, clean, tidy and elegant. Everywhere we looked there were little treats, even a birthday cake with a lovely note wishing a happy birthday, what a special touch!! We felt welcomed as soon as we walked in...even Sheba (our dog) had a smile all weekend, we were worried she would wear her nose out from so much sniffing the garden..so many new smells!!
Thanks Meg and Andrew for sharing your beautiful home and wonderful hospitality.
Nina, Danny and Sheba.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Meg B, Owner at Burdett's Country Retreats, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Andrew and I are so glad that you both enjoyed Danny's special Birthday stay at Hillgrove, and thank you for your great review. We do hope we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future.
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Address: Burdetts Road, Basket Range, South Australia 5138, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide Hills > Basket Range
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Basket Range
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comprising Hillgrove House and Waratah Cottage, these two beautifully appointed, AAAT 4.5 star, self-contained bed & breakfast retreats offer complete privacy, tranquility and breathtaking views in the heart of the Adelaide Hills wine region. Just 30 minutes from Adelaide, 60 minutes from the Barossa Valley, 90 minutes from the ferry to Kangaroo Island and adjacent to all premier tourism attractions, they are renowned for their style, first class amenities, generous hospitality and outstanding attention to detail. These getaways definitely do make life worth living! ... more   less 

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