For a bit of variety – and even a few varietals – how about staying on a stunning 200-acre vineyard?
Longview is a fine Hills wine producer located behind the small town of Macclesfield.
It has 12 sharply-designed apartments with decks overlooking vines of Pinot Noir, as well as an elegantly restored stone homestead (capable of sleeping up to 10).
Apartments are self-catering but stocked with breakfast provisions and a welcome bottle of Longview.
The winery does a popular tapas menu on Sundays but outside of this, excellent meals can be had at The Three Brothers Arms in town.
Rooms from: $130 including breakfast provisions
Ideal for: Couples who like their cups to runneth over.
Not good if: You can’t follow directions. Macclesfield is a bit of a sashay down long (albeit pretty) country roads.
The Manna of Hahndorf , Hahndorf
Located in the middle of Hahndorf’s happy and historic main drag, The Manna is a four-star motel with 50 rooms (and courtyard) discretely tucked behind a period stone building.
It’s cleverly designed, smoothly tailored and well-priced, with rooms even getting free in-house movies. There’s no shortage of places to eat: directly across the road is The Haus, owned by the same group and offering consistently good food sourced from local growers. For a change of pace (and injection of German jollity) there’s the Hahndorf Inn a few doors up.
Rooms from: $139
Ideal for: Anyone wanting a super-central base from which to explore Australia’s oldest German settlement.
Not good if: You’re looking for vistas that are green and serene. It’s a rare weekend when Hahndorf’s Main Street isn’t busy.
Five Rooms, The Stirling Hotel
Five Rooms are just that, located above the lovely old pub that serves the posh postcode of Stirling.
The décor is lush, the fixtures are fine and the effect is one of effortless chic. It’s really a couples retreat (note the deep baths) though two of the rooms can accommodate a third person.
The balcony rooms are especially nice, but mark thee well, the Stirling Hotel is a lively venue, especially on summer weekends when the Bistro, restaurant and front bars are packed out; this is perfect if you want to be part of the action but there’s only so much soundproofing an old hotel can achieve.
Room tariffs include $50 worth of breakfast served in the Bistro.
Rooms from: $230 per night including breakfast.
Ideal for: Stylemeisters who like it lively.
Not good if: You want to be in bed by 8pm on Friday or Saturday nights.
The Hahndorf Resort is rapidly coming up fresh and firing on all cylinders.
This substantial hillside complex is is on 32 acres and located 800m from Hahndorf’s Main Street. It accommodates the caravan/camping fraternity and also offers no fewer than nine types of accommodation.
At the upgraded end of things you’ll find sleek self-catering cabins (sleeping up to three) and peaceful Family Cottages (up to six). The property has a lake, a pool, a playground, a jumping cushion and half-court tennis, giant chess and soon to be completed mini golf attraction.
Hahndorf’s prodigious eating scene is a short walk, however the on-site Three Gums Bistro offers good and convenient fare.
Accommodation from: $38 (caravan site) and $139 (cottages for two).
Ideal for: Anyone looking for that big, bonny holiday atmosphere. Great for families.
Not good if: You’d prefer to surround yourself with people from Hahndorf Village rather than people from everywhere except Hahndorf Village.
Mount Lofty House, Crafers
Part of the Accor group’s M Gallery collection, Mount Lofty House is a boutique hotel with five-star views. This impressive grande dame is perched on the Hills’ highest terrain, surrounded by rose gardens and looking down over magnificent Piccadilly Valley – quite literally a sight to behold.
The handsome three-storey stone mansion dates from 1852 but was gutted in the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1982 and had to be completely restored, not least the handsome timber balconies and the rich wood-paneled rooms.
Today, the overall effect is very much one of the English manor, complete with hushed interiors, billiard table and chesterfield suites. The property is also home to a number of outlying cottages (also available for booking), the Stables Day Spa and Le Piccadilly fine dining restaurant.
Rooms from: $189
Ideal for: Anyone with noble aspirations.
Not good if: You’re prone to getting lost in old houses built for well-heeled pastoralists. Mount Lofty House is big and convoluted!