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The Louise
Ranked #1 of 2 Marananga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Stayed in the Seppeltfield suite and as other reviewers have stated it was excellent - every mod con and the staff are so friendly and accomodating. It's always the little things - like providing a charger for the iphone which you've forgotten, helping to print the boarding passes, delivering the half consumed wine bottle from dinner to your room, delivering breakfast smack on time with a smile and the paper. It is in a great location with wonderful gardens and a certain serenity which money can't buy.

Room Tip: Every room has a view of the vineyards
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were looking for a memorable overnight getaway for a special occasion and we walked away with a skip in our step having achieved so much more than we had expected. To our surprise The Louise has great energy with modern styling that is done so beautifully which is difficult to fathom through photos. It is obvious that experienced hoteliers have thought long and hard about planning a place to cater to almost every guests wish list in a glorious part of the world.

Attention to detail is paramount here, from the fragrance as soon as you walk in, the dated menu and weather forecast, the awesome lighting in every room including bathroom night glow, the spotlessness, the high ceilings, the fantastic mirrors, the mod cons including keyless entry, the shared sun loungers, the shared outdoor couches, the make up seat in the bathroom, the cookies, the gas fire place, excellent heating, the comfy pillows, the outdoor shower and overall cozy yet stylish feel to the place. The high quality breakfast was also a highlight. The staff are also wonderful, sophisticated yet very positive and approachable. Do try the Myrtle cocktail before dinner. The pork belly is also sublime.

What a wonderful way to show off the Barossa and the Australian lifestyle to international visitors. (However, as other reviewers have mentioned you will need your own car to enjoy the area fully (Eg Miranda Restaurant, Jacobs Creek Winery, The Novotel for lunch and Rockford Winery, Langmeil Winery and Charles Melton Winery)

My only disappointment came with the small windows especially in this price bracket. I craved more french doors near the bed and seating area overlooking the vines. If only they would knock out those small windows so we can all relax and soak in the marvelous views from the warmth and comfort of the cozy indoors so we can enjoy the Barossa landscape.

Thank you Louise for the magnificent memories, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

My husband and I have stayed here a couple of times. The first was just overnight but our memory both of the accommodation and the restaurant, Appellation was so outstanding we made a decision to return with friends and family to celebrate my husband's "significant" birthday. Our experience again was wonderful. We dined at the Appellation for the special dinner where we had a reserved dining room. The menu was specially planned and wines served to match each course. Needless to say we had a brilliant evening. We stayed for three nights in wonderful suite with separate living area overlooking the beautiful Barossa Vineyards. The hotels location is perfect, especially if you enjoy visiting wineries. Our favourite shiraz is Two Hands and the vineyard/cellar door is a mere 2 kms away, within walking distance. This hotel is an absolute must if you are visiting and staying in the Barossa Valley.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Comfortable & small but professional boutique lodge. Very central while travelling around Barossa on business & pleasure
The reception staff were very accommodating rooms were high standard restaurant very good
in room breaky next day was good also
We checked in latish & next morning had enormous hangover from lots of local wine at degustation dinner probably missed lots of other details that should have enjoyed.
Ps : late checks are fine we were 12.3 no problems
Would recommend if budget suits not a cheap option but very very good.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights over Australia Day weekend. We were extremely happy with our choice of accommodation. The entry to each apartment is very private and we had 2 terraces – 1 in an enclosed courtyard and the 2nd with lovely views out to a local vineyard. The room was beautifully laid out with a large ensuite (with 2 handbasins, walk-in shower and a spa bath). There was also a wee side room with table/chairs, Nespresso machine, mini bar and small refrigerator. The bed was huge and very comfortable. Breakfast both mornings was a highlight – such a great selection (chosen the night before for delivery at time of choice) – and being able to enjoy the delicious spread in our front courtyard was a delight. On one evening we only required a snack so enjoyed a drink and nibbles on the restaurant terrace (at sunset) – it was such a special place to relax. On the 2nd night we had the degustation meal at Appellation – the food and accompanying wines was excellent. Highly recommend The Louise for a special weekend away.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

First impressions of The Louise were excellent as we were upgraded!
The villas do not look very interesting from the outside but are very comfortable and well-appointed inside. Spacious bathrooms with two sinks, indoor and outdoor showers, spa bath, stool and plenty of towels. Underfloor heating is a bonus in winter.
There is a comfortable bed, a desk, a large TV, log fire, mini-bar/fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, dining table and chairs,two armchairs and a stool in the main area. Another two dining tables can be found outside, one in the enclosed courtyard and the other at the back which comes with a view of nearby vineyards.
There is plenty of wardrobe space in a small area by the front door which also has room for two suitcases. A safe, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, first aid kit and large sewing kit are also provided. Complimentary port, biscuits and fruit are also in the rooms.
Continental breakfast and a daily newspaper is brought to the rooms - if guests have filled out a form the night before - and this is where The Louise falls down.
The breakfast is fine - bread, jams, tea, coffee, yoghurt, cereals and a choice of pies. We chose the hot bacon and egg pie but nice as it was, it is really a lunch item and not for breakfast. With a fine-dining restaurant (The Appelation) on the premises, surely The Louise could do breakfast for guests? We drove ten minutes to Angaston for breakfast on the following mornings. We ate at the Appelation one evening (see separate review). For our second evening meal we bought chorizo, bread and ham from the Farmer's Market, together with cheese from the Barossa Cheese Factory and wine from our day's tastings and had a feast sitting outside our room. On our last night we drove to the Lord Lyndoch for dinner (see separate review). We booked early for dinner and were back at The Louise before dark as the roads are winding with no lights and there is the danger of hitting wildlife in the evenings.
Don't even think of staying at The Louise if you do not have a car unless you have booked a Barossa Valley tour to collect you at your accommodation. It is close to Angaston and Tanunda but certainly not within walking distance.
All in all, The Louise is a lovely, quiet spot in the Barossa, close to many of the popular tourist spots and an ideal place to wind down after a heavy day of wine tasting. Pity about the breakfast.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My first impressions of The Louise were very positive, once I had made a double-take over the very simple exterior to the rooms. From the outside, the high, bare stone walls and the security gates made the place look like a cross between a motel and a stable block but once inside it was clear that both care and money had been devoted to creating a relaxing but sophisticated environment. Our suite was spacious with a small lobby for storage, a large bathroom off the bedroom, an area for eating and drinking (and working, if here on business) and a small but delightful outside seating area overlooking the vineyards. All was absolutely peaceful and serene, the only noise coming from the birds and a very occasional car in the distance. Our first evening even saw a young kangaroo emerge tentatively from the vines in front of our room as if by prior arrangement.

Wi Fi was complimentary, with no passwords to worry about, as were the cookies, fresh fruit, Nespresso capsules and filtered water, and there was even a small decanter of port for anyone who still felt the need after a day in the wineries and an evening in the hotel's restaurant, Appellation. The decor was modern with tasteful pictures, the bed was large and comfortable, a good fire was there for cold evenings and there was ample storage space. The bathroom was large and cleverly organised, with miniature his and hers butler sinks, both indoor and outdoor showers (which partly explains the high walls in the front of each property) and a whirlpool bath. Tea lights and joss sticks were there for those who want to spend their holiday in the bath. Toiletries were from Molton Brown and additional items like dental set, razor, medicine chest anticipated virtually every eventuality.

The only negative part of our stay at The Louise lay in what should be its USP. The hotel web site makes clear that this is not a full-service hotel and unless you are interested in wine its isolation probably makes it a poor choice for an extended stay. In choosing to stay here we were particularly taken by the hotel's professed relationship with local wineries and in advance of our trip had booked the 'exclusive' introduction to the Charles Melton Winery. On the morning of our visit we checked (several times) where we were to be for the 12.00 start time and were told to come to the hotel reception. When at 12.15 there was still no sign of any transportation and we asked the hapless (and hopeless) receptionist to check again, the penny finally dropped that we were expected to drive our own car to the winery, introduce ourselves and then pay over the odds for an experience identical to that which is open to any passing motorist who drops in on the spur of the moment. It left me seething and came close to ruining our trip since this was the primary reason we had come to the Barossa Valley. I strongly recommend anyone contemplating winery visits to forget about the over-priced 'special' experiences offered by The Louise and just hire a comfortable car and a driver for the day.

Thankfully, we can speak more highly of the Breakfast with Kangaroos my wife had arranged for my 60th birthday which ran like clockwork. Jonathan, our driver, arrived early and his vehicle was large and very comfortable. With his help we saw many kangaroos, both at a distance and very close up, but no other people - a tranquil and genuine walking experience in the national park nearby.

Unlike others we enjoyed our breakfast which though ordered the night before and delivered to your room at the time of your choice is not quite as limited as this might sound. We enjoyed the roasted peaches, the freshly baked ham and egg pies, the toasted fennel and raisin bread, the fresh juices and the patisserie and felt that it was altogether a more impressive experience than most hotels' continental breakfasts.

Since we didn't wish to drive to dinner we ate in Appellation for 2 successive nights (see separate review) and our experience on each occasion was broadly similar and similarly expensive. (Think upwards of $A400 for 2.) Having discovered just how many wineries in the Barossa Valley do good lunches, we would recommend to anyone in the same circumstances that they think about simply sitting on their terrace with a good bottle of wine and some cheeses or cold meats as a much cheaper and equally enjoyable alternative.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 375 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga, South Australia 5355, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Barossa Valley > Marananga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Marananga
Price Range: $428 - $1,459 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Louise 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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