Ancient outcrops of the Flinders Ranges, ordered rows of ripening grapes on vines and rolling pastoral hills are what you’ll find in the surrounds of opulently restored homestead, North Bundaleer. Just 30 minutes from the Clare Valley in South Australia, this property will have you resting on the verandah, sipping on riesling and fondly watching the resident Jack Russells, Archie and Tilly, scamper around the rose bushes.
Why this week? The next couple of months are jam-packed: the Sevenhill Producer’s Market on 26 July promises to exhibit the best of Clare Valley cuisine, arts and crafts. From 1 August, the South Australian Living Arts Festival (SALA) will open its doors in various locations throughout the Clare Valley, too. Trips to local galleries, wineries, cafes and bars will allow you to experience unique works and collaborations from thousands of artists. Many of the region’s wineries, restaurants and cellar doors support the Eat Local initiative and are supplied by growers, farmers and gourmet providores from the region – so it’s literally a feast for the senses, all year round.
Our favourite bits Breakfast, dinner and drinks are provided in this all-inclusive homestead, so you’ll be living like a lord or lady, but treated like one of the family at North Bundaleer. Every night’s a dinner party at the 18-seater Irish Georgian table, so be prepared to eat some delectable in-season meals such as baked local peaches with prosciutto and Gorgonzola, or pork belly confit with scallops. The private Clare Valley wine tour organised by the hotel shouldn’t be missed. You’ll get the opportunity to taste local favourites, riesling and shiraz, learn the different varietals and see the process from vine to wine. The Riesling Trail is spectacular, too. It’s a 35-kilometre section of the Mawson Trail that runs through historic townships Auburn, Sevenhill, Clare and White Hut, which are surrounded by some of the Australia’s most jaw-dropping rural landscapes.
Mr & Mrs Smith say…‘From the hill that crowns 160-hectare grounds – the perfect sundowner spot – the sandstone chimneys of North Bundaleer peek through the blue gums. The house, built in 1901 in the Victorian Queen Anne style, is one of the grandest in the district and has shades of wild folly about it. Above the front door sits a fabulous tower that serves no purpose. At the property’s core, there’s a ballroom where I could imagine the ladies of Longbourn coquettishly munching ices while waiting for Darcy to ask them to dance.’ Read the full anonymous review of North Bundaleer by Margie Seale…
*Copy compiled by Katherine Williams