We enjoyed wonderful friendly hospitality from our hosts Ruth and Allan. The Garden Pavillion is well appointed with beautiful antiques and luxurious bed linen. The kitchen is spacious with marble bench tops and oven, grill, fridge, freezer and all you may need. Indeed, when we return, we will definitely eat all our meals in (these can be arranged prior to visiting or you can prepare something simple like we did). The fresh baked bread made by Allan was wonderful, and the breakfast provisions and fruit bowl extremely generous.
The most important aspect has to be the setting. The garden at Al Ru Farm is superb. It is one of the best to be seen in S.A. And it has been designed such that The Garden Pavillion has one of its own private gardens.We enjoyed sitting on the verandah and having a relaxing champagne and nibbles, and isn't that what a get-away is all about, and it doesn't get any better than at Al Ru Farm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Garden Pavillion at Al-Ru Farm is a romantic pavillion set in its very own private gardens amid the expansive country gardens that Al-Ru is famous for. There is a small lake adjacent sporting wild fowl and the occasional kangaroo and baby. There are tables and chairs scattered throughout the gardens for you to relax at with a cup of tea or a glass in hand. The terrace is ideal to watch the sun set from while enjoying a glass of excellent One Tree Hill wine. The Garden Pavillion is totally selfcontained and extremely spacious and comfortable with fluffy white down bedding that feels like sleeping under a cloud. Separate rainwater bath and shower ensures comfort for all travellers. The open fire is a joy for winter evening relaxing. Ruth is a well known Adelaide Antique Dealer specialising in French and English Period furniture with a gentle country twist this is displayed in the Pavillion to great effect. Farm chickens supply the eggs and the orchard the jams. Alan bakes bread and deliveres it fresh and hot in the morning along with the usual cooked breakfast provisions fruit is brought fresh from the orchard when in season. Ruth loves to take you on a stroll throught the garden or talk to you about wineries and best eateries. You will find the Irvings friendly but not intrusive hosts happy to help where they can. ... more less