- Style Contemporary courtyard chambers
- Setting Hillside vineyard retreat
The Louise hotel is the brightest star in the Barossa Valley accommodation firmament, an exquisite, contemporary boutique dwelling featuring 15 architecturally inspired suites on a vine-lined hillside. Concern for guest satisfaction and food-and-wine passion have informed every decision at this South Australian retreat: privacy is paramount, facilities are state of the art, and the restaurant is truly outstanding.
Need to know
- Rooms 15 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $392.44 (AU$429), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include continental breakfast.
- Facilities Guest computer, sauna, hot spa, bicycles, gardens. In rooms: free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, DVD player, BOSE Wave CD player, iPod dock, espresso machine, minibar, Vive and Molton Brown toiletries, rubber ducks in spa baths, private courtyard with terrace and gate intercom.
- Poolside The outdoor swimming pool is soon to be relocated to better ensnare the surrounding views – watch this space.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible subject to availability (charges may apply). Check-in, 2pm.
Children The Louise can provide cots for infants under two for AU$20 a night, but isn’t suitable for children aged two to 14. Babysitting can be arranged with a local nanny with at least 48 hours’ notice.
- Hotel closed The Louise and its restaurant Appellation close for four weeks each July for upgrades and renovations.
- Eco‐friendly In such a dry state on such a dry continent, it makes sense that run-off and hotel greywater are recycled for garden irrigation. Food is locally sourced too, supporting community producers.
- Also Additional experiences include accommodation and dining packages incorporating meals at Appellation (the in-house restaurant) and wine-tasting.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We like No 29, a Stonewell Suite, the best of the 10 suites revolving around the entrance piazza – access is via a private courtyard. The living and sleeping areas are an exercise in seductive mod tones (from raspberry to aubergine), leading onto a superb bathroom complete with underfloor heating, walk-in shower, spa tub, recessed candle nooks and an outdoor shower for star-lit shampooing. The terrace is perfect for an evening glass of red overlooking the vines. Suite 33, a Seppeltsfield Suite, is a two-bedroom affair in a separate wing with even more enticing vineyard views.
- Packing tips Bring a high tolerance level for intellectual wine-speak as you taste the best Barossa reds (expect to hear ‘toasty’, ‘berry’, ‘liquorice’ and ‘tobacco’ used at least thrice daily).
- Also Wine tasting is a Barossa must: ask at reception about local cellar doors, or exclusive tastings by appointment. For in-room indulgence, tuck into the house-baked cookies and decanter of port awaiting you on arrival; then order a massage in your suite to chill out after.
Food and drink at The Louise
- Hotel restaurant The Louise’s award-winning in-house restaurant, Appellation, serves dinner nightly (there’s just 48 seats, so bookings are essential). Executive chef Ryan Edwards' menus are underpinned by the ‘locavore’ philosophy, with 80 per cent of the menu’s seasonal produce sourced within a 50-kilometre radius. Choose between à la carte dishes and a five-course, daily changing Chef's Tasting Menu, with courses brilliantly paired with Barossa wines.
- Dress code Snappy, sassy, self-confident.
- Top table There are window seats as well as tables by the fire in the restaurant’s two zones with views across the vines.
- Last orders The restaurant is open daily from 5pm for drinks and from 7pm for dinner. Last dinner orders are around 8.30pm.
- Room service Continental breakfast is served in your suite each morning. An in-suite lunch menu, from 11am to 3pm, includes salads, local meats and cheese platters. A more substantial in-suite dinner menu tempts with terrines, gourmet burgers, platters and desserts.
- Hotel bar Adjacent to the restaurant, an elegant modern lounge bar serves pre-dinner drinks, including a heady selection of local wines, spirits, cocktails and beers. Repair to the terrace to watch dusky sunset colours shift over the vine rows.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details