Absolutely incredible! My family stopped there on a road trip back from Melbourne and we are so glad we did stop. I have always had a thing for Georgian architecture and it's not often you get to stay in a museum like this! When we arrived we were greeted with tea and snacks in the drawing room before being taken on the grand tour of the house by Pierre. I had already explored the house on a previous occasion but when you stay there you get exclusive access to the cellar as well as many fascinating stories about the place from the caretakers. You also have the choice of rooms(in their original condition!) I stayed in the 'blue bedroom' and it was incredible! The artworks were just beautiful as was the craftsmen ship of the furniture . We were then free to do as we liked until dinner, which was at 7 30 . I ( at that time aged literally just ten) was at no end of stuff to do, nor were my parents, who spent the majority of their time playing billiards on the largest table I've ever seen! Martindale hall is a wonderful place to imagine in. A child can easily lose themselves looking for secret trapdoors and the like. That said, however, I DO NOT encourage you to bring to the hall children under the age of eleven or twelve unless the are VERY mature, as the last thing you want is a young child running around this historic house in a destructive state of mind!! Probably the most incredible room in the house is the smoking room, which is filled with unbelievable artefacts from the owners private collection, including a priceless piece of samurai armour. After a full afternoon of exploring, dinner was delicious. I was a picky eater, granted, but this quality meal appealed even to me! I had for my main, a gorgeous piece of beef steak, and for desert a lemon pudding, with a candle in it for my recent 10 birthday. As I was so young, I forgot what my appetiser was!! ;) After dinner, the groundskeepers leave you to your own devices after leaving you a desert cheese platter in in the drawing room. The beds were very comfortable and I slept well except that my ten year old mind ran away with me and I ended up calling for mommy! Now, to address some difficulties other guests have encountered; First of all: if ensuite bathrooms and comforts like that are important to you, don't waste money on Martindale Hall. There are a number of hotels nearby that provide those services and such. Because this is such a historic building, such renovations are impossible without damaging it's historical significance. Secondly: heating/cooling. Yes, there is limited heating/cooling facilities. Again, such renavations are impossible due to historic significance. In winter there are fireplaces but I would also suggest some warm clothing. If these comforts are important to you then I would suggest staying in a hotel. However, if historical architecture and period furniture are your thing, I absolutely recommend Martindale hall to everyone!!
- Also Known As:
- Martindale Hall Mintaro, South Australia