Need To Know
11am, but flexible subject to availability (charges may apply). Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $385.20 (AU$429), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include continental breakfast.
The Louise and its restaurant Appellation close for four weeks each July for upgrades and renovations.
At the hotel
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.
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.
The outdoor swimming pool is soon to be relocated to better ensnare the surrounding views – watch this space.
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).
Additional experiences include accommodation and dining packages incorporating meals at Appellation (the in-house restaurant) and wine-tasting.
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.
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.