I have to admit I was a little worried before arriving at the Louise as we have had “not so good” experiences at winery retreats in Australia before. I shouldn’t have wasted time worrying – the Louise was amazingly good.
Although the staff are not on site all the time, when they are there they are very good. From the initial friendly greeting at check in (and great wine and lunch recommendations), through to the ladies who brought our breakfast provisions every morning, they were friendly, chatty and helpful without being “full on”.
The suites themselves are wonderful, spacious and light with excellent bathrooms, lovely terrace areas to the front and back, and limited kitchen facilities including a Nespresso coffee maker. Beautiful views over vineyards too.
I was a bit concerned about the concept of “breakfast provisions” but this was actually a really nice idea, you order what you want the night before from an extensive menu of fresh local produce, and drop it into reception with a requested time slot for delivery. Each morning it arrived bang on time. If you like the ladies will set everything out on an inside or outside table for you. My husband highly recommends the breakfast pie and I really enjoyed the yoghurt. Just beware the tea/coffee jugs, we couldn’t pour without spilling everywhere (that might just be us!).
Each morning with breakfast you get a summary of the expected weather and a suggested activity for the day. Through this we found a wonderful vineyard and restaurant called Kabminye which we never would have visited otherwise as it is quite close to the big hitters Jacob’s Creek. I've reviewed that as well if you want to take a look.
We also ate at the property’s Appelation restaurant one night. We chose to go a la carte which means ordering 3 dishes each from a list of about 10; there is no starter, main, etc; you are simply served the dishes in order lighter – heavier. A novel concept and one that I enjoyed once I got the hang of it! The matched wines were good and the sommelier friendly and knowledgeable.
One downside that some reviewers mention and others don’t – there are a lot of millipedes here and you will be picking them up off the floor and walls from time to time. I just scooped them up using a piece of paper (too squeamish to use my fingers) and popped them back outside. This seems to be a common Barossa issue and not just this property from what I can tell, after all you are in the Australian bush so I counted myself lucky my creepy crawly encounters were limited to millipedes (apart from the enormous spider I didn’t mention to my husband – sorry love, I just caught him and put him out but I didn’t want you to worry). It didn’t detract from the stay at all and I only mention it so future guests aren’t surprised.
The property is well situated and is an easy drive to all the big wineries. I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await at The Louise Barossa Valley. Just one hour from Adelaide and set atop a gentle hill The Louise luxury vineyard retreat is South Australia's finest 5-star accommodation. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of Barossa Valley vineyards, The Louise's fifteen suites offer absolute luxury and inspired design with private terraces, soft contemporary furnishings and spacious ensuites. Coloated restaurant, Appellation is widely regarded as one of Australia's top regional dining experiences with a focus on fresh local food and an award-winning wine list. Professional staff offer informed service and are keen to share their local knowledge. A range of boutique wine and food experiences are available exclusively to guests of The Louise, offering a genuine connection to the world famous Barossa Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Louise Hotel Tanunda
- Louise Hotel Tanunda