Sunday, 25 July 2021

Meet the latest ultra-luxe gourmet destination in Australia

The newest ultra-luxe retreat and conference centre in the Barossa Valley may just look a little familiar to those with good memory recall.

Kingsford The Barossa, now completely refurbished, was for many years the homestead Drover's Run on the popular Australian TV series McLeod's Daughters.

Over the past three years, the luxury property that dates back to 1856 and is under an hour from Adelaide Airport, has been transformed by owners Stefan and Leanne Ahrens.

The Ahrens family hopes Kingsford The Barossa will quickly become recognised as one of Australia's premier food and wine destinations - with an impressive wine cellar already being stocked with names including Henschke, Penfolds, Yalumba, Rockford, Peter Lehmann.

Ahrens says he anticipates Kingsford The Barossa will appeal to both local and out-of-state visitors as a “new tourism drawcard, corporate retreat, wedding location and special events venue, whether as a space for celebration just for two, or a group looking to use Kingsford as a base to explore the region.

“Leanne and I, along with the Ahrens family, believe we have created something really special,” he said. “Kingsford is a place we really want the region to be proud of and a destination we can all share with the world.

“We’ve taken the heart of the Barossa and embodied that at Kingsford. You come to Kingsford to share all of the Barossa experiences in one place, where you have privacy and exclusivity whilst savouring the best collections of food and wine we can offer."

Guests can choose to stay in the Homestead Suites, View Suites, three-bedroom Meg’s Cottage or the Stonemason’s Cottage.

Room features include LCD TVs, complimentary minibar Items, Nespresso coffee machines, pillow menus, wifi. in-suite safes, hairdryer, robe and slippers. 

There are 16 rooms and suites in all, all beautifully furnished, as I saw when I took a sneak peek a few weeks ago.

On-site attractions include The Orleana Restaurant, which has a focus on local Barossa produce and is overseen by consultant chef Stuart Oldfield, alongside three bars – the 1856 Lodge Bar, the Peppertree Bar and the Kegelbahn, which features a custom-built authentic German indoor bowling alley - something unique and reflective of the Barossa's history.

There are also an outdoor saltwater pool, picturesque walking trails nearby and the exclusive Kingsford ‘Bush Bath' al fresco bathing experience in a remote spot on the 225-acre property.

Prices range from $895 to $2000 per couple per night, including hosted luxury accommodation with daily housekeeping and country breakfast.  

For full details and bookings visit - although be warned the booking system is fiddly and annoying. 

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