Brice Hill Country Lodge

Brice Hill’s four self-contained one-bedroom apartments have been named after famous wineries in the region.56-66 Warenda Road, Clare, SA phone: (08) 8842 2925web: bricehill南京夜网.au
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The location Named after County Clare in Ireland, the picturesque Clare Valley north of Adelaide has umpteen boutique and well-known wineries sprinkled throughout a narrow corridor between the townships of Auburn and Clare. Brice Hill Country Lodge, just south of Clare, has on its doorstep access to the valley’s famous Riesling Trail, which follows a disused section of railway line and is perfect for cycling or strolling between cellar doors.

The place Brice Hill’s four self-contained one-bedroom apartments have been named after famous wineries in the region. There are open fireplaces for winter visitors and an outdoor solar-heated pool to enjoy in the warmer months. The Taylors Suite (renowned, family-owned Taylors wines is in Auburn) makes an appealing home base. From here, excellent food and wine are never more than a few minutes away, but for couples wanting solitude, it’s perfect for self-catering, too, with a small but well-equipped kitchen (dishwasher, convection/microwave oven, stove top, full fridge/freezer) and a Weber Q barbecue in the large outdoor courtyard. The bathroom features a huge corner spa bath and separate shower, plus there’s a second TV and walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom.

The experience Forget hustle and bustle – life in the Clare Valley is as chilled as the perfect glass of riesling. Undulating hills, vast gullies and serried ranks of grapevines stretch as far as the eye can see, and renting a bike from Brice Hill or a nearby hire place to go for a ride means a lot of eating and drinking becomes practically guilt-free. For those seeking a break from things prandial or vineal, there are art and crafts galleries in Clare, Blyth, Watervale and Armagh, and the Burra Mine Site, a South Australian state heritage area complete with open-air museum.

Don’t miss … Sevenhill Cellars (College Road, Sevenhill; 08 8843 4222; sevenhill南京夜网.au), the oldest winery in the valley, founded in 1851 by Jesuits planting vines to produce sacramental wine, and the nearby St Aloysius Catholic Church with its evocative crypt; Skillogalee comes highly recommended for its cellar door and restaurant (08 8843 4311; skillogalee南京夜网.au); Artisans Table Wine Bar & Bistro (Wendouree Road, Clare; 08 8842 1796; artisanstable南京夜网.au), about two minutes’ walk from Brice Hill’s suites; The Little Red Grape bakery on Main North Road at Sevenhill (08 8843 4099); Kilikanoon Cellar Door (Penna Lane, Penwortham via Clare; 08 8843 4206; kilikanoon南京夜网.au). –

Cost: from $275 a night a couple, includes a self-catering breakfast (two night minimum stay). Complimentary port and a bottle of wine from whichever vineyard your suite has been named after.

Distance: 130km (2 hours’ drive) north of Adelaide.

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