Treat yourself to a stay fit for royalty at Thorngrove Manor Hotel in the Adelaide Hills. Imagine a fairytale castle with Baroque towers, majestic royal chambers, narrow corkscrew staircases and turrets.Each room was created out of the imagination of Adelaide architect and proprietor Ken Lehmann. Decorated with antiques, hand-painted friezes and artworks, the flamboyant interiors provide an ambiance of fantasy and magic. The hotel is European opulence meets Lord of the Rings, with an Australian twist.
The rooms at Thorngrove Manor
Live like a king and queen in the royal chambers; choose a room in the tower or in the dungeon. The Queens Chambers is an artistic one-bedroom suite with an adjoining lounge/dining room. There’s a majestic four-poster bed decorated with a magnificent set of carved heraldic lions, rare stained-glass windows (circa 1880) and a large open summer terrace.
The Kings Chambers is a roomy one-bedroom suite with a private hallway and a separate living/dining area overlooking picturesque English-style gardens. There’s a historic French canopy bed fit for a monarch, a grand ornamental fire-place, a restored antique German piano and floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows from Scotland.
The Observatory Suite is compact but eccentric, with its sunken circular spa, leather chesterfield armchairs, antique Georgian oak dining table and ancient whimsical spinning wheel.
Hide at the top of a spiral staircase in the Tower Room, a creative setting with hill views and a rare life-sized Moreau bronze statue. Families will enjoy the medieval bi-level Castle Chambers with its flagstone spiral staircase, French tapestry, stone fireplace and dungeon dining room.
What do we do there?
When you’re not pretending to be the king or queen of the castle, the Adelaide Hills has charming towns filled with galleries, craft shops, restaurants and vineyards. A short scenic drive away is the German bakeries and eateries of Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement.
The region is also full of historic homes, picturesque cottages and farms. You could spend a few days wine-tasting in the Barossa Valley or the Clare Valley, South Australia’s famous wine-growing regions. Adelaide’s museums, galleries and theatres are also a short drive away.
Thorngrove Manor Hotel, 2 Glenside Lane Stirling, Adelaide, South Australia 5152, Australia is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. For bookings call +612 9411 5512.
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