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Jacobs Creek Retreat at Moorooroo Park
4.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Nitschke Road off Krondorf Road, Tanunda, South Australia 5352, Australia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Tanunda B&B and Inns
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“The French countryside in AU.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Jacob’s Creek Retreat, Barossa Valley, Tunundra, AU

The Barossa Valley is a 1.5 hour car transfer from the airport in Adelaide. By private car around $200 AU. Each way. Driving a rental out of the car hire at the Adelaide airport would be cheaper and you would then have the use of the car while staying out in wine country, but Americans and Europeans will need a gps and possibly a back seat driver to remind them to stay on the left hand side of the road. If you plan to tour around or stay for some time a car is a necessity, though. We made due with rented bicycles and taxis.

Jacob’s Creek Winery is one of the largest (in Australia) exporting world wide. The Jacob’s Creek Retreat is NOT affiliated with the Jacob’s Creek Winery but instead sits about 6 clicks from the affable little town of Tunundra on property that is owned by the Moorooroo Winery. Moorooroo is a tiny boutique vintner that exports nowhere. Turns out that Jacob’s Creek (a slow moving, almost dry little creek) is an area landmark, hence the name can be utilized by any business owner who can reasonably claim a relationship to the creek itself. Up until several years ago the winery owner (and vintner), who originally and lovingly developed the entire property, ran both businesses, the hotel, what Aussies call the “accommodations”, and also the winery tasting room for Moorooroo.

In November, your intro to the retreat starts off a gravel road amidst vineyards heavy laden with emerald vines. (No discernible fruit yet.) The tasting room for Moorooroo is a delightful reproduction of a French country “cave” where a tasting of five selections can be had for only $5 and nothing at all if you purchase wine. They are known for their Shiraz and for good reason. Even if you don’t stay on the property, (although I highly recommend that you do) you should pay a visit to Moorooroo and do a tasting. A quick call from the cellar staff will summon Charles who is the proprietor now of the accommodations. Charles comes right out of central casting in Hollywood’s latest period epic about the British upper class. He will deliver you to your room or suite and give you a quick tour of the grounds. Although the vintage of the buildings is deceptively 18th century French countryside, only one of them is authentic. The rest were constructed in the late 1990s. The remodel completely fooled me. Our suite, The Orlando reminded me so much of a country house we rented in Sarlat in the Dordogne region of France, (maybe because of the genuine period pieces which furnish the suite) I felt a bit disoriented. Is this Australia?

The only thing modern about the lodgings would be the excellent plumbing and electrical. Everything in that realm works and works consistently and well including the oversized corner Jacuzzi tub and large double plumbed shower heads. (The only thing missing in the bathroom is a bidet.) Each room boasts an LG air con unit, separately controlled. There are two “tellies” in the suite and a radio, (no dvd player), a small fridge, a cook top, a microwave and ample space to settle in and cook and enjoy a nice light supper or lunch. The period lamps offer lovely, romantic lighting and some overhead lights can be dimmed.

A highlight is the king-sized bed, dressed in crisp white bed sheets and a lovely down duvet. (Extremely comfortable!) Morning brekky is served at a very civilized 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. and offers a fresh fruit platter, juice, a selection of cereals, good freshly baked bread, scrambled eggs, baked tomatoes, mushrooms, sausages and bacon.

Aside from the staff ministrations, which are superb, (no request is too great), a gorgeous, large, infinity swimming pool, spectacular grounds (think mini Versailles) and the tasting experience at Moorooroo, visitors will love that wifi is available in the lovely Pavillion (where brekky is served) and (at least in Orlando), an espresso machine with ample coffee gives access to coffee around the clock.

Jacob’s Creek Retreat gets my highest rating.

Room Tip: The Orlando Suite is very romantic for one couple but allows for privacy for two couples.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We stayed in the loft room for two wonderful nights and throughly enjoyed our stay here. The cellar door was first class, we purchased a bottle to drink whilst experiencing the romantic gardens. The pool was pure luxury. If your looking for a no kids retreat and very private oasis this is the place for you. I've also uploaded some of my photos. Hope your enjoy.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Such a beautiful place to stay! Beautiful grounds and the honeymoon suite was divine! Magical pool which we had all to ourselves every day. Delicious and plentiful breakfast provided everyday and service is perfect. Rooms are so beautifully decorated and decadent, and the small touches make all the difference such as fresh flowers in the rooms. We will be back for sure!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for two nights on our way home to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia from the US. It was the perfect retreat to recover from our jetlag and to start to wind down.
Charles is the perfect host and can not do enough to ensure your stay is all that it can be. He has extensive local knowledge and is more than happy to recommend day trips and scenic routes etc. We were lucky enough to stay in the Orlando Suite which is beautifully decorated in a charming rustic style. The King Sized bed was sooo comfortable I didn't want to drag myself away to enjoy the wine and foodie heaven that is the Barossa Valley. The grounds truly are exquisite and husband and I are already planning a return trip with more time to enjoy the Retreat.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed in a loft room for one night. Charles, the manager, was extremely friendly and helpful. He was very welcoming and keen to help us with local wineries etc. The grounds of Jacob Creek Retreat are absolutely beautiful. Our loft room was beautifully furnished and rustic. The bedroom up in the loft was very comfortable. The only issue I have with the our room is that there is no coffee table in the lounge and it was quite uncomfortable sitting in there. We had to bring the table in from the verandah. Also the chairs were the small wrought iron types that are extremely uncomfortable so couldn't sit out there for long. Perhaps a little more effort could go onto practicality rather than appearance.
Our breakfast was served between 9am and 10am which is a little restricting if you need to head out early. In saying that, the breakfast was great and the breakfast room was beautiful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

We arrived on a Sunday after a pub lunch in Lyndoch
The manager Charles met us and was very friendly and helpful
Our room was a loft ,bedroom upstairs and kitchen,living & bath downstairs,in a lovely old stone building
The grounds were beautiful with the creek at the back of the property
Breakfast was at 9.00 am( a bit late for us) but was hearty and in an old pavilion style building
All in all I would recommend this and if we ever return would stay here again

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

The room was beautifully decorated and clean, but it was really just not our "cup of tea". Not really value for your money as the room is extremely small and the mini bar on offer in the room is very over prised. No place to pack ones clothes, luckily we only stayed one night!

We arrived on a very cold and wet Sunday afternoon and was not in the mood to drive to town for dinner. Nothing to offer guests after 5 at the retreat. We landed up going to bed at 8:00.

There are other places in the Barossa that have more to offer at a better price.
Management was also not willing to serve breakfast at 8:30. Breakfast is strictly served at 9:00, so needless to stay we left without breakfast! A bit of a disappointment!

Room Tip: If you need space rather pay more for a more spacious room. The cheapest room on offer is extremely...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nitschke Road off Krondorf Road, Tanunda, South Australia 5352, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Barossa Valley > Tanunda
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Tanunda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Jacobs Creek Retreat at Moorooroo Park 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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