Comprising six spaced-out and private hillside chalets (or pavilions), the property overlooks the North Para River as its waters tumble over the old weir in the beautiful grounds of Chateau Yaldara. Each pavilion comes fully equipped with everything you'll need for a peaceful, luxurious, and romantic weekend away.
We booked one of the river pavilions for a two-night stay. The river pavilions are a little lower on the slope but the sweeping views (which can be seen from almost everywhere in the pavilion) are just as magnificent, plus they feel a little closer to nature, the river, and the birdlife. Everything about all of the luxury pavilions is architecturally designed and refined to maximise the enjoyment of the space.
There's so much space on the property that it's unlikely you'll see anyone else on your stay – it's that private. You'll want to spend hours lazing on the deck in the swing seat - soaking up the majestic view over the Barossa Valley just listening to the sounds of nature. Sheep graze all around the property and add an extra rural feel.
The interior is beautifully modern and well-appointed. The cosy but open space is designed specifically for two. The kitchen is well appointed with everything but an oven (there's a Weber on the deck for that) and there's a laundry for longer stays. The comfortable lounge room is dominated by a massive HDTV with DVD, Netflix, Apple TV, surround soundbar, Bluetooth audio streaming and digital radio, all ready to go and well-explained. The entertainment options are endless and easy.
There's plenty of other luxury touches too like a rain shower, a double spa bath with views, and a king-size bed with maybe the crispest whitest linen you've ever slept in. There's even a TV in the bedroom for Netflix binges! Temperature control is easy, all pavilions have a gas log fireplace, heated towel rails, multi-zone air-con, and a radiant heater on the balcony so you can enjoy those views all year round!
There's heaps of gourmet and luxury provisions, including locally roasted coffee pods, fine teas and hot chocolate, locally baked biscuits, luxury bathroom amenities and a complimentary bottle of Barossa Shiraz from Gomersal Wines. There's also free Wi-Fi. Do opt for the gourmet breakfast provisions when you book - the generous hamper includes a locavore selection of eggs, fruits, meats, and cheeses, fresh Apex Bakery bread, cereals, spreads, Fleurieu yoghurt and milk, and Nippy's juice. This selection was more than enough for our two-night stay. Lyndoch is only a few minutes away for any other supplies you may need. Tanunda is a bit further up the road and has a full supermarket and other facilities. If you do need to shop, try not to break the spell, and shop local. Even though Gawler is only twenty minutes south.
There's already a million articles out there about how much there is to see and do in the Barossa Valley. You're only minutes away from a wide variety of cellar doors and an impressive array of restaurants, pubs, bars, and other attractions. There's even a cellar door and café/restaurant right at your feet! You can walk down the hill (about ten minutes) to Chateau Yaldara and enjoy all the charms that the grounds of this impressive mansion has to offer.
It's hard to believe that this world-class accommodation is 'just over the hill' from Adelaide. Adelaideans sometimes don't look at the world around them through lenses like this and see their world with fresh eyes. It's this sense of transportation that makes a stay at the Barossa Pavilions so unique.