Imagine snuggling up inside a cosy cottage next to a roaring fire, a glass of red wine in hand while nestled in nature. Welcome to winter in South Australia.
As the temperature drops, South Australia transforms into a winter wonderland with incredible hideaways waiting to be discovered. From cosying up in a tiny house in the Adelaide Hills, to sleeping in a bubble under the stars on the Limestone Coast and settling in among some of SA’s best cellar doors, we have your winter vibes sorted with 10 cosy retreats to help you escape the winter chill.
MOUNt Lofty House, Adelaide Hills
Perched above the famed Adelaide Hills wine region, surrounded by breathtaking botanic gardens and overlooking the stunning Piccadilly Valley, you’d never guess Mount Lofty House is just 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. Snuggle up with a good book in the library, stop in for a warming nightcap in the lounge bar, indulge in a hot stone massage at the day spa or treat yourself to an incredible feast at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant. All the pampering you need to keep the winter blues at bay!
CADOLE AVALON @ THE VINEYARD, MCLAREN VALE
Just a stone’s throw away from some of McLaren Vale’s best cellar doors and restaurants, Cadole Avalon @ The Vineyard McLaren Vale is the perfect Fleurieu Peninsula accommodation to relax after a day spent touring the region’s famed wineries. With five self-contained guest houses, now including the ultra-modern Cadole Avalon, each retreat has its own private deck to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding vines and valleys. Kick back and enjoy the complimentary (and generous!) locally sourced mini bar and breakfast provisions. At the end of the day, put your feet up in front of the fire or retreat to the spa overlooking the property and soak in breathtaking views over the entire region.
BELLWETHER, LIMESTONE COAST
Imagine cuddling up next to a roaring campfire under a blanket of stars with a glass of red in hand before retreating to your own private glamping tent. Surrounded by 400-year-old gum trees and located in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region, Bellwether is the perfect base for a winter escape to the Limestone coast. Wake up to the sound of birds and cook up breakfast with local supplies from the farm before popping over to the adjoining cellar door to grab a bottle or two of wine. Roam further afield and discover the impressive cellar door offering around the region.
RIDGETOP RETREAT, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Retreat by name and certainly by nature. A secret garden, olive grove, orchard, valley meadows and abundant wildlife welcome winter travellers to Ridgetop Retreat on the doorstep of Deep Creek. Sit back with the wood heater cranked and a cup of tea in hand as you take in misty morning views from the floor to ceiling picture window with kangaroos, native birds and the occasional echidna calling the property’s surrounding 2.5 acres home. With two bedrooms accommodating up to four guests, it’s the perfect base for a family getaway on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
TinyHome Private Escape, Adelaide Hills
Located on a private organic farm in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, TinyHome Private Escape in Bridgewater is the perfect place to escape the winter chill. Soak in views of grazing kangaroos, rolling hills and star-filled skies from your private outdoor bath and toast to a day well spent discovering the Adelaide Hills (the host also supplies local beers, cheers!).
Adelaide Hills Retreats
Serenity and luxury abound at Adelaide Hills Retreats in Balhannah. Freshly renovated and decked out with all the creature comforts you could dream, Villa Lemoni and The Nest (the names of the cottages) are the perfect base for a romantic winter getaway in the hills, just 10 minutes from Hahndorf and 30 minutes from the city. Relax in a deep spa bath with jaw-dropping views out to Mount lofty, snuggle up in front of a cosy wood-fire or venture into the hills and discover award winning wineries and foodie experiences right on your doorstep.
Lapito House, Fleurieu Peninsula
Searching for a winter escape for the whole family or a group of mates? Look no further than stunning Lapito House in Myponga! An epic restored stone farmhouse which can easily accommodate up to eight people, the property spans over 116 acres, bordering the Heysen Trail and Myponga Conservation Park and is the perfect space to chill and explore. Discover the Fleurieu Peninsula by day and curl up by the fire with wine and cheese at night. Don’t leave your best friend at home, pets are welcome.
Villa Maria, Barossa
It seems owners of Barossa favourite fermentAsia restaurant can do no wrong, creating a bed and breakfast haven in the heart of historic Tanunda. Originally built in 1910 and lovingly refurbished, Villa Maria exudes equal parts comfort and elegance. You’ll feel right at home (with added luxury!) with access to the entire house, including the beautiful light-filled gourmet kitchen with European appliances, spacious living area, laundry and the garden. Each of the three bedrooms are beautifully and uniquely furnished and have their own private ensuite, so it’s time to gather some friends for a weekend wine-tasting your way around the Barossa.
BUBBLE TENT, LIMESTONE COAST
A sea of stars will bid you goodnight from what could just be one of South Australia’s most quirky accommodation options. When you stay at Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park’s new bubble tent, just a clear bubble will lie between you and the great outdoors. Fully temperature controlled, kitted out with a comfy interior, adjoining ensuite and boasting uninterrupted views, you’ll be fully immersed in the beauty of the Limestone Coast during winter without even having to leave your bed. It's time to start planning your Limestone Coast adventure!
CABN, ADELAIDE HILLS
Unplug and unwind at CABN in the Adelaide Hills. Set on 180 acres of scrubland and on the doorstep of a conservation park boasting incredible walking trails and breathtaking scenery, this completely off-grid, eco-friendly tiny house is the perfect base for a magical winter escape in the hills. After a day exploring the bush, cuddle up around the outdoor fire, marvel at thousands of stars lighting up the night sky or kick back in your king size bed with a good book. Jude, the name of the cabin, is also pet friendly. '
The newest member of the family, CABN Kuitpo is well-worth a weekend getaway too. Nestled in a quiet corner of Kuitpo, with epic views of the hills beyond and all the trappings of it's older sibling, the only question left is which CABN will you choose?
HIDEYHOLE, ADELAIDE HILLS
Nestled in nature, Hideyhole in the lush bush of Ironbank is the perfect spot to unwind in winter. The insta-worthy glamping cabin is tucked in the picturesque bushlands of the Adelaide Hills with all the creature comforts you could wish for including an indoor fireplace, supplies for a gourmet breakfast and Wi-Fi. Bustling with wildlife, sit back and relax with a glass of red and watch wild koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras from the deck or rug-up and venture out for a crisp morning bushwalk. If Hideyhole is booked out, there are so many more incredible hideaways to explore...