Lyndoch, an hour's drive from Adelaide, is a quaint Barossa hamlet with an old stone pub.
Barossa Valley, SA
461 Yaldara Drive, Lyndoch
Phone: 1800 990 055; 0427 987 029
The Location Lyndoch, an hour's drive from Adelaide, is a quaint Barossa hamlet with an old stone pub, a service station-cum-general store and heaps of rural atmosphere. The six identical pavilions are located on a working cattle property a short drive from Lyndoch. Each commands expansive views of the rolling countryside.
The Place Before the vineyards arrived, this region was planted with wheat. The landscape is bare, treeless and entirely captivating. The sleek, modern pavilions are set on a 30-hectare cattle farm and overlook Chateau Yaldara, a rambling old complex now owned by McGuigan Wines. The pavilions are comfortably furnished with log heaters, leather sofas, espresso machines, flat screen televisions and man-size spa baths. All three rooms (lounge, bedroom and bathroom) open onto a wide verandah, complete with a double swing chair and dinky gas-fired barbecue.
The Experience Most people are here to sample Barossan food and wine. Lyndoch is handy for some of the region's smaller wineries such as Bethany Wines, Kies Family Wines and Ross Estate. Nearby Kellermeister Wines (Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch; 08 8524 4303; kellermeister.com.au) offers handcrafted wines and ciders, plus regular foodie events. Chateau Yaldara, with its baronial cellar door, rose gardens and antique cellars, is also worth visiting. For something a little different pop over to Lyndoch Lavender Farm & Cafe (Tweedies Gully Road, Lyndoch; 08 8524 4538; lyndochlavenderfarm.com.au).
Don't Miss Lunch on the verandah at Charles Melton Wines (Krondorf Road, Tanunda, 08 8563 3606; charlesmeltonwines.com.au) is simple country fare such as smoked salmon and duck terrine, plus a chance to sample his famous reds. The tasting flight at Two Hands (Neldner Road, Marananga; 08 8568 7900; twohandswines.com) is another signature Barossa experience. Tastings are leisurely affairs held on the deck - allow at least an hour to work your way through the extensive wine list. mark chipperfield
Need to know
Cost: $345 a night (minimum two-night stay).
Distance: 65km (1 hour's drive) north-east of Adelaide.
Wheelchair access: No.