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!
- 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