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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published November 16th 2020
Serenity is disturbed only by birdsong and chirping crickets
I have felt seriously daunted during 2020 by travel restrictions. As the year draws to a close, however, I have to admit that 'holidaying at home' has presented some unexpected pleasures. One cause for enjoyment was a recent stay at Pike River Eco Villas.

The villas are built on the edge of the small town of Lyrup. The town was established in 1894 when the South Australian government encouraged unemployed inhabitants of Adelaide to re-settle in a series of small villages in the Riverland. Lyrup now has a population of around 500 people.

Pike River, South Australia.
The views go forever.....

I had never heard of Lyrup nor Pike River before but my research painted a promising picture.

Nestled between the major Riverland towns of Loxton, Berri and Renmark means there is easy access to shops, leisure activities and dining options yet the villas are quite remote. I imagined relaxed hours reading and eating in between short trips to discover nearby towns.

The seclusion was obvious as we first approached Pike River and the serenity was disturbed only by birdsong and chirping crickets.

Pike River Villas, holiday at home, Slow Travel
Pike River Villas

The original Pike River development was established in 2006 with the conversion of an old woolshed into accommodation. Its popularity with guests prompted hosts, Andrew and Bronny Caire, to expand the development and now there are three luxury villas for couples and two, 2-bedroom apartments in addition to the newly refurbished Woolshed.

We had booked the 'Water' apartment and invited some good friends along to share the adventure.

Water apartment at Pike River
King size bed with bonus river views

The apartment has two spacious bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom.

Pike River, holiday at home in South Australia, Slow Travel
A lavish en suite bathroom with rustic features

The well-equipped kitchen enabled us to cook eggs for breakfast each morning and prepare sumptuous dinners each evening. Lunches were enjoyed off-site.

Pike River Villas' excellent ammenities
Our kitchen

A relaxing spa on the balcony provided a further leisure opportunity to add to hours of reading and eating.

A spa with a view. Pike River luxury villas.
A spa with a view

Each leisure activity seemed enhanced by the view.

Sunset at Pike River
Sunset on the Murray

Andrew and Bronny have established another project in addition to the Eco Villas. Their Riverland Wine Centre showcases over twenty Riverland wineries with interactive storyboards illustrating the story of each one.

Riverland Wine Centre
Riverland Wine Centre is on site

This means you can learn a bit about the local wine as well as enjoying a glass with lunch at the on-site cafe.

Pike River Wine
Riverland Wine Centre at Pike River

The term 'eco', incorporated into its name, indicates the sustainability aspect of the whole development. A privately owned 'sunfarm', a waste treatment system and a water catchment system are key features and the Caire's are proud of the fact that they use none of their river water allocation.

Our proximity to Renmark facilitated day trips into town. There's plenty to do there including Gin Tasting at Twenty Third Street Distillery and Beer Tasting at Wilkadene. Boating, walking and shopping are other potential pastimes.

If day trips are not your thing, you'd be forgiven if you settled into a Pike River Villa and simply lingered. The views offer a liberating sense of space, the serenity is calming and the ambience is rejuvenating.
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Why? Holiday in South Australia
When: Anytime but book well ahead
Phone: 0428 831 045
Where: 8 Pike Creek Rd, Lyrup SA 5343
Your Comment
What a great looking destination, Karen ... love the views towards the river, looks almost like something out of Africa! Congrats on the silver!
by Elaine (score: 3|9406) 941 days ago
What a beaut place Karen. Venues like this, away from the bright city lights deserve support.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4770) 941 days ago
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