Mount Lofty House as long been synonymous with elegance and comfort and to cement its lasting legacy, the manor has just completed a 12 month $6 million refurbishment of its 32 guest rooms and creating a brand new reception area, restaurant, bar and conference facilities.
This is ahead of the upcoming launch of the new luxury lodge, Sequoia at Mount Lofty House, on the estate which will include 14 brand new luxury suites later this year.
Overseen by owners David Horbelt and Malcolm Bean with input from local designers, Mount Lofty House successfully blends classic charm with contemporary design – think four poster beds and velvet upholstery beside luxe marble bathrooms – to retain the spirit of a colonial manor house but with striking modern touches.
Mount Lofty House is the gateway to the world famous South Australian wine regions, with world-class experiences in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale all within 50km of the property.
Their original wine cellar still stands, carved into rock under the manor and recently updated to hold 3,500 bottles and host private tasting sessions. And it’s worth going to try their exclusive bubbles or one of the signature ‘four element’ cocktails at the Arthur Waterhouse Lounge before taking your table at Mount Lofty’s signature three-hat restaurant, Hardy’s Verandah, the ultimate fine dining destination to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.
With a valley to verandah concept, executive chef Jin Choi has crafted a seasonal menu that celebrates fresh local produce from the Piccadilly Valley below and the surrounding region, paired with the best local, national and international wines.
A highlight of The Long Story degustation menu is the restaurant’s signature wagyu beef brisket served with Riverine striploin, scallop and pearl onion while the dark chocolate orb with honeycomb and wafer is a ‘smashing’ way to finish.
Heavily influenced by Choi’s Korean heritage, his mum’s kimchi recipe pairs beautifully with the barbecue pork belly, his dishes are incredibly complex in technique – including a quail dish that takes five days to prepare – but are plated simply to allow the ingredients and flavours to shine.
Located in a converted stable – one of the estate’s original buildings – the Stables Day Spa offers both guests and locals a number of indulgent, luxurious sensory treatments rich in vitamins and nutrients to nourish, hydrate and revitalise the mind, body and soul.
Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD, this refurbishment is the start of Mount Lofty House’s expansion with the new 14 suite luxury lodge, Sequoia at Mount Lofty House, set to open on the front escarpment in September 2019.
Located separately to the original house on the valley rim, the $15 million development will offer a high-level of service and security for those seeking out the ultimate retreat from the everyday. With unparalleled views of the Piccadilly Valley, each spacious villa will have their own private balcony, offering views from every angle, whether it be from the bathroom, bedroom or lounge.
Where: 1 Mawson Dr, Crafers SA 5152
Contact: (08) 8339 6777