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.
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- Also Known As:
- Jacobs Creek Retreat At Moorooroo Park Hotel Tanunda
- Jacobs Creek Retreat At Moorooroo Park Barossa Valley/Tanunda