Barossa Valley, Australia

Kingsford Homestead

Rates from (ex tax)$641.30

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD920.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Country goes contemporary


Rolling wine country

The home of a pastoralist, a starting point for a famous exploration and a former TV show location... Kingsford Homestead hotel in the Barossa Valley has a vibrant history, but guests are now at the heart of this luxe retreat. Enjoy the sweeping views of Australian bushland, explore an iconic wine-growing region or head to the far edge of the property for a bush bath, a secluded indulgence for the romantically inclined. At night, retire to an armchair by the fire and sip a glass of local shiraz.

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A bottle of Barons of the Barossa Shiraz


Photos Kingsford Homestead facilities

Need to know


Seven, including the separate Stonemason’s Cottage.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm. Guests arriving earlier can relax in the homestead until their room is free.


Double rooms from $640.21 (AU$836), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD920.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.


If you love over-the-top seduction savour a bush bath. Located in a secluded corner of the 90-hectare grounds, with a view of hills and towering gum trees, it’s big enough for two. You’ll definitely want to take a bottle of bubbles with you.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, lounge with open fireplace, wine cellar. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Bose iPod dock, minibar, L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The suites’ human monikers derive from the former owners of the property. The Kerry Packer Suite is only a mid-sized room, but it catches the afternoon sunshine and has a beautiful claw-foot bath. If you’re travelling with family, the Stephen King Suite (named after the homestead's founder, a pastoralist and entrepreneur, rather than the author) – with its light-bathed balcony – connects to the John Angas Suite. The wide window sills in this room are padded with cushions so that you can gaze out over the landscape. Plus, the king-size bed can be reconfigured into two large single beds.


Dive into the cool depths after a day of Barossa exploring, or stretch out on one of the loungers and read your book

Packing tips

To look the part, RM Williams boots and hats wouldn’t go astray – they’re practical, too. If you plan on checking out the wineries and having a picnic, pop your favourite waiters’ friend in your bag. There’s nothing worse than being caught out with a great bottle of red and no way of opening it.


Relaxing in-room massages and facials can be arranged, but book well in advance.


Sorry, no pets allowed. See more pet-friendly hotels in Barossa Valley.


Children older than 13 are most welcome in their own room.


The hotel draws 90 per cent of its food from the Barossa Valley or South Australia, recycles plastic and glass, and uses eco-friendly light bulbs.

Food and Drink

Photos Kingsford Homestead food and drink

Top Table

When the weather permits (and that is most of the time in these parts) take breakfast on the veranda with its sweeping views.

Dress Code

It’s all about the landed gentry around here, which translates to smart rather than glamorous. Moleskin trousers and check shirts – open at the neck, of course – for men; ladies, linen teamed with London Sole ballet flats will hit the mark.

Hotel restaurant

The dining room is the setting for breakfast, where there’s a fully cooked feast, alongside fruit salad, pastries and other delicacies.


Hotel bar

Drinks and canapés are served each evening at 6pm, most likely on the veranda, where you can sip the Barossa’s famous wines while watching Kingsford’s resident kangaroos graze. Tastings are often held in the wine cellar, which houses vintages hand-picked by some of the region’s best winemakers. Called Barons of the Barossa, the selection is exclusive to Kingsford Homestead.

Last orders

The country air tends to make most guests want to retire early, so dinner finishes around 9pm, but you won't be booted out if you're still eating after that.

Room service

The rooms aren’t really set up for dining. If you want to eat outside of normal breakfast hours, talk to managers Kathy and Kyran – they can arrange for a picnic-style lunch if you’re going out exploring.


Photos Kingsford Homestead location
Kingsford Homestead
PO Box 2, Sheaoak Log, Kingsford
Barossa Valley


Adelaide Airport ( services both international and domestic flights. Charter flights use nearby Gawler Airport, from where the hotel will organise free transfers.


Trains connect to Adelaide's Keswick Terminal station from major cities Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Darwin, operated by Great Southern Rail ( Adelaide is home to famous train the Ghan (, which runs from the city to Darwin via Alice Springs in both directions, if you fancy linking a cross-country trip with a stay in the Barossa Valley wine region.


From Adelaide, South Australia's capital, it's about a 50-minute drive to Kingsford Homestead. Download a driving map with instructions from the hotel's own website ( Free parking is available at the hotel.


Guests arriving by helicopter can use the Kingsford helipad.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you want to do some decent tastings in this rated wine region you’ll need a designated driver. There are numerous companies offering tours of the Barossa, but if you want to do it in style contact Barossa Daimler Tours. Guests are taken to some of the most beautiful wineries – half- and full-day itineraries are available – in a 1962 Daimler limousine that once ferried the Queen during a royal tour in the Sixties. Other notable vineyards – Peter Lehmann, Yalumba, Rockford, Hentley Farm and Penfolds – are all within a 15-minute drive. Tke your tipples to a picnic by the river, or float high over the vines on a balloon ride. Keen golfers might like to bring their clubs as there are two excellent courses – Barossa Valley Golf Club and Tanunda Pines Golf Club – in the vicinity.

Local restaurants

One of Kingsford Homestead’s major drawing points is dinner, but during the day you’ll want to explore the local area and perhaps taste some of that famous Barossa wine. If you can’t get enough fine dining, book lunch at the restaurant at Hentley Farm (+61 (0)8 8562 8427) in Seppeltsfield, where Lachlan Colwill produces two innovative menus – an extensive ‘discovery’ offering or a four-course tasting menu – each day. Salters at Saltram Wines (+61 (0)8 8561 0200) on Nuriootpa Road, Angaston, has a menu that features local produce prepared in a rustic, hearty fashion. Its exterior has a country-cottage vibe but Tuoi Du’s menu at Ferment Asian (+61 (0)8 8563 0765) in Tanunda is a contemporary twist on the cuisine of her Vietnamese heritage.

Local cafés

Have we mentioned that the Barossa is all about wine? Some of the smaller vineyards’ cellar doors dish up light meals and most are family friendly. Pindarie (+61 (0)8 8524 9019) – on the corner of Gomersal and Rosedale roads – is just 10 minutes’ drive from Kingsford Homestead and has a gorgeous cellar door that serves lunches of home-made pies, pizza and platters of locally produced charcuterie, cheeses, bread and condiments. The Weighbridge Platter at Peter Lehmann (+61 (0)8 8565 9555) in Tanunda, laden with Maggie Beer pâté, Barossa Valley cheeses, and mettwurst and lachsschinken made by Linke’s in Nuriootpa, is always popular. At Williamstown's TeAro Estate (+61 (0)8 8524 6860) the adults feast on grazing platters while the kids enjoy the TeAro treat bag, stuffed with house-made goodies and activities to keep them occupied.

Local bars

There’s very little in the way of nightlife in these parts, but ensure you check out some of the excellent cellar doors around the Valley. Penfolds (+61 (0)8 8568 8408) on Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa, is one of the biggest and, as well as your standard sippings, offers daily Grange tastings (at AU$150 a person) and the chance to blend your own wine (AU$65 each), but you must book either of these experiences at least 24 hours in advance. There’s a cluster of lovely wineries near Tanunda: try St Hallett and Château Tanunda.


Photos Kingsford Homestead reviews

Anonymous review

Mr Smith and I are nearly arrested en route to Kingsford Homestead. Not because we’re rollicking around South Australia, Ned Kelly-style, nor because we’re global drug barons (though I once snorted a Skittle). No, our brush with the law stems from an altercation at a local Greek restaurant (no plates were smashed). Our first mistake: ordering ‘lamb’. I use quotation marks because what we were actually served was a mediaeval saddle, shipwrecked for 1,000 years, discovered by deep-sea divers and sun-dried slowly on the golden Barossa Ranges. Our second mistake: Mr Smith (a top chef) complains and demures from paying. Fast forward five minutes and he’s chain-smoking angrily outside while the apoplectic manager goes poppy-red, waggles his arms and shouts a lot. Mr Smith reappears, grim-faced and grey-gilled. ‘He’s called the cops; let’s go.’

It is not ideal to pull up at a boutique hotel with the suspicion that a police car is trailing you, nor with an angry Mr Smith whose hands are white-knuckled with rage. (I’m good at bad arrivals, though.) On the plus side, the mere sight of Kingsford Homestead ­– a honey-hued country estate set in russet-coloured rolling fields, a 45-minute drive from Adelaide – is instantly calming. Instead of an angry policeman, a floppy-eared Collie lollops over to our car and welcomes us by weeing on a tyre; instead of handcuffs, we’re met with handshakes from the estate’s affable manager.

The Homestead’s genteel Georgian sandstone façade dates back to a time when women were ladies, men were mustachioed and everybody was too busy gold-mining to take selfies. So gracious is the hotel’s architecture, in fact, that Kingsford starred as Drover’s Run in the Logies-nabbing Australian series McLeod’s Daughters. (I’m British, so I have no idea what all this means, but I just watched the opening credits of Episode One on YouTube so that you don’t have to. Snap summary: fields, cows, Enya-style wailing, dog barking, cows running in the right direction, cows running in the wrong direction, jazzy naughty-cow music, cheesy horseback-flirtation. Tess is a babe, but everyone should watch out for Terry because I’m pretty sure he’s the hacksaw-wielding maniac in Wolf Creek.)

I digress. We’re ushered down Kingsford’s flagstone-floored hall, catch glimpses of an enticing little library, stomp past a dark dining room and scale a grand cedar staircase to our apricot- and mocha-coloured Mincalta Suite, which – according to this very website – is ‘ideally placed to view sunrises’. I’m not sure I’ve ever woken up early enough to view a sunrise, but it’s reassuring to know the option’s there.

Spread-eagled on the marshmallow-plump bed atop a flurry of soft silk cushions, we test its bounceability (trademarked scientific term); we pad across the plush taupe carpet; we wave at the countryside from our two big windows; we turn the glittering bath taps on; we turn the bath taps off; we sniff L’Occitane bath products appreciatively and inspect nooks and crannies for anything vaguely edible/alcoholic.

Discovering nothing naughty, we wander downstairs into the library, which – like all good libraries – houses booze as well as books. One of the most delicious things about Kingsford is that rates include all meals and drinks. This all-inclusive approach adds to the illusion that you’re staying with an indulgent uncle who has a soft spot for cows and floral furnishings, 90 hectares to his name and a rather special ‘Barons of Barossa’ wine collection in his cellar (if you like what you sip, you can buy a bottle or five to take home with you).

We take a glass of peachy sauvignon blanc and an ice-cold beer to the sunny veranda, where we’re treated to nifty canapés (served every day at 6pm, sharp) and introduced to the only other guests: a middle-aged couple from Perth who ­– once introductions are over –­ are kind enough to politely ignore us, meaning that we – like them – can continue to pretend we’re the only ones ‘home’.

Bar a recent three-day juice cleanse (smug face), overeating is a hobby of mine. I’ve out-munched men twice my size, skipped through Italian feasts that make Turbaconducken (a chicken, stuffed in a duck, stuffed in a turkey, wrapped in bacon) look tame (and still had room for pannacotta) and sustained a life-long love affair with pork and pastries (sometimes simultaneously). At Kingsford Homestead, I meet my match. Photographic evidence of our private dinner in the candlelit wine cellar shows Mr Smith slumped over the table, conquered by the five-course tasting menu. I look a little pale of face, but still defiant, in a dress that suddenly seems a little on the small side.

Don’t get me wrong – dinner is amazing. (Thank you, chef Stuart Oldfield.) It’s not often that I turn away meltingly pink roast beef (due to prior consumption of unctuous pork belly), or fail to demolish every single macaroon and marshmallow on a petal-scattered dessert board – on a good day I’d eat the petals, too. It’s serendipitous that we’re secreted away in the basement dining room – we’ve only each other to witness our food-and-wine coma. (Though there is a staircase to be scaled, post-feast. Luckily Mr Smith is in possession of two arms, and thus can carry me.)

As everyone knows, the best cure for gluttony is to eat several sausages and take your clothes off. The next day, we do exactly that. Having polished off a substantial cooked breakfast in the conker-coloured dining room, careered around the rambling estate in a golf buggy, poked around a few dusty barns and shearing sheds and admired ye olde agricultural tools, we’re dropped off in a remote patch of the property for our bush bath – the hotel’s secret(ish) weapon – with a bottle of bubbly in tow. The freestanding bath tub sits seductively in a secluded corner of the rambling grounds, with a view of hills and towering gum trees. What occurs next is fruitier than the bubbly. Have you ever seen a kangaroo blush? I have. For the second time this trip, we’re thankful for the lack of policemen.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kingsford Homestead’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Beautiful property and rooms. The food and wine were also exceptional. Close by wineries Two Hands and Pindarie are well worth a visit. We also enjoyed a trip to the Adelaide Hills and the small town of Hahndorf.

Don’t expect

Privacy-- it was more of a B&B experience than a secluded couples getaway.


Stayed on 1 Apr 2016