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The Louise
Ranked #1 of 2 Marananga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 15, 2008

In short... the Vineyard Suite we booked for only one night was a delight to behold! Shown through by a friendly staffer after check-in, electronic swipes opened the high-walled gate to our lovely, private courtyard which then led us on into the suite.

In long... the Suite has a luggage/wardrobe alcove to one side when you first enter, which leads into the main area with the beautifully set up kingsize bed, two HUGE comfy armchairs and a selection of up-to-date magazines on the footstool/coffee table facing a flat screen TV.

The gorgeous bathroom is just off the bedroom! (Where to stop with the praises for the bathroom??!!) Stunning double basin/ seating for applying makeup/separate toilet/ heated floor in the brilliant shower alcove/ subdued night-light and regular light with dimmer options for both/ lovely votive lined spa bath (including a cute paddling yellow duckie!) and quality almond, honey toiletries were just some of the wonderful features we found awaiting us! The sleeping/lounging area leads to the indoor dining area which, through large glass doors, leads out onto yet another outdoor seating area, this one with views over rolling hills of vines (and brilliant sunsets!) We utilised the inhouse Nespresso machine and complementary port and freshly baked 'bickies' straight away and relaxed into our suite. The bed was sumptuous, soft and lined with quality linen and pillows. At night we noticed that the ceiling above the bed had a recessed section that one could also dimly illuminate to further enhance mood lighting.

Dinner at Appellation, a short stroll under a starlit sky from our suite to Reception, was also a wonderful and memorable experience. While their wine list is truly amazing, being semi-locals ourselves (from Adelaide) we bought our own bottle of special sparkling wine, as we appreciated the nominal $15 corkage and ability to BYO! (This balanced the $10 charge for their bottle of 'sparkling water'! Lol!) We ordered a three course meal each ($79) and delighted at receiving an extra 5 surprise 'mini-courses', ranging from a delicious triangle of avocado,coriander and lime terrine wrapped in a tomato jelly at the very start- to get those taste buds tantalised - to delicious mini chocolates and biscuits at the conclusion of it. Receiving a complementary ribbon wrapped copy of the night's menu with our account was also a lovely way to conclude and remember a very special evening indeed.

The following morning, at our selected time, a staffer wheeled a trolley into our front courtyard and set up our ordered continental breakfast on the table outside. It was all delicious, and with the sun warming up the courtyard, an enjoyable way to spend our final hours at The Louise.

We were lucky with the weather which gave us two unseasonably warm, blue sky days with a brilliant starlit night in between. We drove home yesterday. Today, it is cold, blowing a gale and raining heavily in the region and I pity anyone checking in! That's because one of our only minor criticisms of The Louise setup is that there is no undercover walkway from the carpark all the way down to reception (or from one's villa to the restaurant) and so inclement weather would certainly play havoc with arrivals and departures.... and breakfast in the courtyard! (However, the suite did have an umbrella provided!) We drove up from Adelaide, and our car needed to be left in the communal park, a distance away from our Suite.

Also, prior to dining at Appellation, I emailed the restaurant and mentioned wanting a 'dairy-free' meal for my husband. Upon arriving at our Suite, we received a note from the restaurant confirming our booking and noting our dairy-free meal request. Yet, during the evening, some of the little 'mini-courses' arrived with dairy. We had to ask the waitress how much was in the creme-of -cauliflower-soup-in-a-glass we were given... and she said "just a 'little' milk!" My husband drank it anyway (as a small amount isn't a problem - but if he was severely allergic?!) We also had to ask for some olive oil instead of the butter served to us with the freshly made bread. We just both wondered about what was 'noted' in our dairy free request. But other than that, the entire dining experience was sublime and delicious and the staff attentive yet discreet.

I'm now trying to see how hard we need to work to come back again and this time spend a night in one of the larger suites with the fireplace! It was the detailed reviews here that made me want to book our anniversary night at The Louise. Hope this review helps others too! It's an amazing little place in a beautiful part of our country! Enjoy!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2008

As part of our honeymoon we wanted to enjoy some wine tasting in the Barossa and there was no better location than at the Lousie. It is surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye could see. The suite was well appointed with private patio to back and front allowing beautiful views to take along with the sumptous Shiraz.

The highlight of the complex must be the restaurant 'Appellation'. As part of the package we had a dinner included, but after trying the food we decided to enjoy the experience once more. I must recommend the risotto, as it just melted in the mouth. It was also a plesant problem having to decide which wine to have with dinner after sampling the majority earlier in the day.

We used the bicycles provided by the Lousie on a number of occasions to tour the local winemakers and a large number were within a 5 mile radius. A dip in the pool upon returning to the complex soothed the excertions of the day.
We also used enjoyed a tour arranged through the Louise to take us further afield. The guide was flexible in taking us to vineyards we hadn't visited. Included in the package was lunch and nibbles at certain stops. Also stopped for stunning views from the valley.

The experience was so very enjoyable and it was the perfect place to unwind, relax and taste some fantastic wine. I would return in an instant.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank NBJP
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Reviewed April 28, 2008

A small haven of luxury and tranquillity in a vineyard setting in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Brilliantly designed, comfortable and relaxing suites. Sincere personal service. Excellent breakfast featuring the best pastries known to man and a great restaurant.Expensive but worth every penny. World class and highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank billandlynAdelaide
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Reviewed April 5, 2008

We stayed in a Vineyard Suite for Valentine's day which was huge in comparison to other places we had stayed in. Separate wardrobe area, lounge area with armchairs and flat screen television, separate dining area with coffee machine, table chairs and fridge, huge bed and big bathroom with double sink, rainwater shower and double bath with candles. We had a private court yard in the front with table and chairs and a semi private courtyard at the back overlooking the vineyard with sun loungers where we enjoyed watching the sun set.

Check in was quick and efficient however my partner had arranged and paid for champagne to be delivered to our suite on arrival as a surprise. Unfortunately, this did not happen despite him having double checked with the resort prior to our arrival. My partner went back to reception to ask for the champagne and five minutes later, the young receptionist came and handed him a warm bottle of champagne. Not quite what we were expecting.

We ate at Appelation the restaurant at the resort, we had eaten here before and the food is excellent. The only disappointment was that we had bought an expensive bottle of wine to eat with our meal and had given this to the restaurant staff to decant prior to our meal so that the wine would have had around 4 hours to breathe which was recommended. Despite agreeing to our request, the restaurant staff did not do this so when we got to our table and asked for our wine they only then opened the bottle. This really did affect the quality of the wine and for a resort as prestigious as Peppers, I would have expected better.

The resort is located in a very beautiful part of the world and I could not fault the suite, it really is a very romantic and luxurious place and I would have given this resort a 5 if not for the very young and inexperienced staff.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank eatydrinky
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Reviewed January 9, 2008

we were in AU for our honeymoon and we decided to spend few days in Barossa Valley. We serched a lot before discovered this accomodation. In its website looked good but when we arrived there, we discovered it was GREAT!! we were in marananga suite, a suite as big as an appartament! only the bathroom was 20m2....the accomation was perfect in everything: they even changed candels for "romantic-spa" every day...when we arrived, we received wine, fruits and delicious biscuites handmade. the restaurant of the estate, was great too. In my opinion it is the best restaurant in Barossa valley. And the only one open for dinner...I raccomand you The louise!!

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank federyca
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Reviewed January 8, 2008

If we could give 6 out of 5,we'd give it.
The hotel itself is absolutely immaculate. Rooms are sensational,the bathroom is exactly how bathrooms should be but normally are not ( Sheraton on the Park in Sydney is another good one).
Staff are always extremely pleasant however extremely unobtrusive.
if you are going to eat, their restaurant is definitely world class.What's more- they allow BYO. AMAZING.
If you are going to visit the wineries,have Tom from Epicurean Tours do your tour.
This is an amazing hotel. Nothing more to say other than - STAY THERE

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ray Goldberg
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Reviewed September 4, 2007

Fantastic hotel!!! The hotel is located right in the middle of vineyards and each room (or suite, rather) has a gorgeous view of the vineyards. The rooms are modern and elegant, and the service is _outstanding_. Everyone was immensely helpful, ranging from the hotel manager to every person at the front desk. to the waiters at the restaurant Moreover, the hotel restaurant "Appelation" is absolutely wonderful--don't miss out on a phenomenol culinary experience while in Barossa! In addition to being a talented and highly skilled chef, Mark is also a welcoming, down to earth, and incredibly nice person--not something you would expect from a top notch chef! Don't miss out on a trip to the farmer's market with him--great experience of getting to know more about the local culinary and agricultural scene as well as a chance for an engaging conversation with Mark. needless to say, we had a truly memorable experience!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Louise

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: $427 - $1,009 (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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