Everyone who’s watched or read a period romance has probably wanted to pretend to live like the aristocracy at least once.
We have tried to hunt down some places within our state that will make you feel like a royal (or simply transport you to another time and place).
While you are able to stay at a lot of these places, we have also put in a few places which are only available for venue hire (but are nonetheless still magical).
Warning: A lot of these places make you feel like you are walking into a movie set (but that’s exactly the point, right!).
2 Glenside Lane, Stirling
One of the world’s most romantic and artistic properties, this small luxury hotel is undeniably one of South Australia’s best hidden gems.
While it is only 20 minutes from the city and a 7 minute walk to the historic village of Stirling, you would easily be forgiven for thinking you had just been transported back to the grandest of times.
Thorngrove Manor has been built to look just like a baroque castle. With six bespoke, individual rooms, each with their own theme and architectural design and artistic decorations, this hotel is as unique as they come.
There’s the King’s Chambers, Queen’s Chambers, Castle Chambers – First Floor, Castle Chambers – Ground Floor, Tower Room and Observatory. All are distinct in their architectural design and all are different prices. Be sure to check them out here.
Thorngrove is designed specifically for couples and does not accept larger groups. Stating on their website that ‘privacy is an absolute,’ it is possible that you may never even see the other guests.
It is undeniably a hotel for the romantic and the imaginative.
Thorngrove Manor also hosts afternoon tea, dinner and picnics. It is the perfect place for wedding photos as well. Oh, and christmas!
762 Lobethal Rd, Basket Range
Built in 1935, The Manor is located just 30 minutes from the city. Said to be a world away from the city, this unique and eclectic venue looks like magic and royalty to all that stop by.
The Manor has a rustic yet elegant and enchanting feel. There are multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces that cater for a variety of events; everything from large sit-down wedding receptions to outdoor cocktail parties in the gardens and intimate private dining experiences.
This castle is undeniably one of Adelaide’s most unique wedding venues.
That’s not all. There are also twelve townhouse style accommodation suites available. They all include a separate sitting room, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom with balcony seating areas. Breakfast provisions are provided with a selection of local produce.
Known as one of South Australia’s premier wedding venue and bed and breakfast, be sure to experience it at some point in your lives.
55 Wirra Wirra Road, Martinsell, Pewsey Vale
Twenty minutes from any large supermarkets and an hour from the city, this historical, stately stone building is set on 77 acres in beautiful surroundings within the picturesque Barossa Valley. The impressive guest suites have recently been renovated and include high ceilings, quality Georgian and Chippendale furniture, and Persian carpets on polished floorboards.
Apparently, this gorgeous monor has even hosted some prominent Australian and international aristocrats, politicians and business people.
There is also a cottage attached to the manor which is also lovely.
These AirBnB properties are just stunning! More information about the manor and cottage can be found here.
Other Stunning Venues
159 Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch
Founded in 1947 by Hermann Thumm, Chautau Yaldara was named after the local Aboriginal word for ‘sparkling.’ Their estate grown, hand-crafted wines as well as their locally-produced artisan food are a real highlight. The beautiful riverside restaurant, Hermann’s Restaurant offers all-day dining with a range of options.
Hosting weddings and events, this South Australian venue is a must-see.
17 Adelaide Rd, Mount Barker
Historic Auchendarroch House was built in 1860 and is known as a majestic SA location. Just 20 minutes up the Freeway in the Adelaide Hills, this stunning house is set amongst gorgeous, lush gardens.
It is a beautiful entertainment experience for locals and tourists alike. The House and Gardens are open for everyone to enjoy, so be sure to stop by.
631 Glynburn Road, Beaumont
Built in 1849, Beaumont House has a distinctive Mediterranean character. Once the home of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Augustus Short, and later Sir Samuel Davenport, politician, horticulturist and founder of the olive oil industry in SA, this spot is undeniably full of history.
Now the National Trust SA State office, this house is able to be hired in for a variety of functions…. most perfect for weddings.
If you know of any other gorgeous spots that make you feel like royalty, let us know!