Need to know
13, including four suites.
11am; check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $309.87 (AU$417), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include an à la carte breakfast; specialities include roast peppers, tomatoes (from the garden) and Binnorie Dairy feta on ciabatta, and poached eggs with smoky bacon, tomato chilli jam, wild mushrooms sautéed with spinach and ricotta.
Let Spicers arrange a tasting tour for you at one of the area's many world-class wineries. Or for a more relaxed tour, borrow one of the hotel's bikes and take it for a spin around the neighbouring vineyards.
At the hotel
Vineyards and wine cellar, bocce courts, mountain bikes, outdoor games pavilion, giant chess set, DVD library. In rooms: wood-burning fireplace, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, free WiFi, Appelles toiletries, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
Make the most of your vine-side setting in a King Spa Rooms which has a shared terrace, or a Luxury Spa Suite with a private balcony, both overlooking the vineyard and mountains in the distance. Families and friends travelling together should stay at the luxurious, four-bedroom Vineyard's House, which offers over 200sq m of private space, and has a private pool and barbecue – the ideal spot for a get together.
We can imagine spending many long afternoons soaking in the sun by the outdoor pool. If you're a warm-water person, head to the small spa pool.
Spa Anise is the go-to sanctuary for a range of therapies, all of which harness the benefits of Australian-made Waterlily products. Relax with an aromatherapy massage, rejuvenate with an anti-ageing vino-therapy facial, and flush out any toxins with a purifying walnut scrub, and a blue volcanic clay, cypress and grapefruit wrap. Add some extra spice to your treatment with a mini manicure or a head massage. If you find it hard to choose between the long list of tempting treatments, splash out on one of their rituals; we particularly like the sound of the Vineyards Signature Vino Spa Ritual which includes a champagne sorbet full-body scrub, a hydrating moisturiser with molten cacao and pure vanilla bean, and a vino facial enriched with shiraz, pomegranate, fig and organic chocolate – sounds good enough to eat…
A moleskin diary for jotting down notes on your favourite drops; riding gear for hikes in the country and binocular for spying out the sights from a hot-air balloon.
One of the ground-floor Luxury Spa Suites has a bathroom specially adapted for disabled guests.
Children of all ages are welcome to stay in Vineyard's House, although there's nothing specially geared towards kids here as this is more of an adults' retreat.
Food miles are kept to a minimum at this eco-minded estate, with a vegetable garden, resident pigs and grapevines all within the grounds. Recycling, solar power and mountain bikes for guests add to the green appeal.