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Thorn Park by the vines is a gourmet traveller's delight - a fusion of luxurious surroundings and high culinary art with masters of hospitality, David Hay and Michael Speers, renowned cook and talented artist. Providing a magnificent dining and accommodation experience of supreme quality, David and Michael deliver world-class contemporary Australian cuisine and superb service. Enjoy a degustation experience in relaxed elegant surrounds, with a selection of exquisite wines from an extensive cellar. The galley kitchen is open to the dining room, allowing guests peripheral engagement in the theatre of the kitchen. The living areas at Thorn Park by the vines are light and open, looking out over spectacular bush and vineyard vistas. Superbly furnished with wonderful artworks and treasures from Europe and the Middle East, along with beautiful fabrics and textures and unexpected extravagances make for a delightful experience. Private places include a library full of interesting books about art, history, architecture, travel and of course food and wine. Each suite has its own view and private area. The combination of style, elegance and comfort, along with divine cuisine and legendary front-of-house service makes for a truly unique experience. Art and cooking classes are available by prior arrangement.

Located on the edge of Seven Hill in the Clare Valley in South Australia, Thorn Park by the vines is ideally situated to explore this beautiful wine region. The Clare Valley is one of Australia's premium wine producing areas, internationally renowned for the quality of the Riesling wines it produces. You can hire a mountain bike, a tandem, retro cruiser, or even an electric bike. So get ready for a day of adventure on the Riesling Trail, winding through the picturesque Clare Valley wine region for 35 kilometres from Auburn to Clare. Discover the many attractions of Clare, from gift shops to cafes, galleries to gardens, there's so much to see.


The White Room

With vistas over the dam and mature eucalypts, this is the largest room with a king size bed that can be twinned. The walls are a soft white and the furnishings include beautiful turkish rugs and a contemporary floral pattern with sheer muslin drapes that complement the collection of beautiful antiques and art works. A chaise lounge provides a perfect spot to lay back and relax with a good book. Equipped with ensuite, internet, reverse cycle airconditioning, fan and under-floor heating.

The Mocha Room

The second of the larger rooms, the Mocha Room, looks over nearby vineyards and the protective stone ridge to the east. It has a king size bed that can also be twinned. The walls are a rich mocha brown. The furniture combines Australian cedar and mahogany pieces with lighter contemporary fabrics. A large striped armchair is a comfy place for a read and the eclectic art works include works by former local artist Russell Pick, antique Daumier cartoons and other works collected on the boys' travels.

The Yellow Room

The yellow and blue drapes and lightly sponged yellow walls enhance the chinoiserie feel of this queen bedded room. A collection of botanical prints and Royal Doulton plates adorn the walls and a superb early Australian Huon pine wardrobe and Georgian chest of drawers complement the décor. A small desk and comfortable armchair complete the furnishings. This room is also suitable for guests with special mobility requirements.




    Homemade breakfast included

    Dinner including beverages $125 for house guests only (subject to change)

    2x KS split /1x QS beds


    Linen supplied



    SC kitchen


    Underfloor heating

    Open fireplace



    Gourmet food

    Cooking classes

    Art classes

Riesling Trail

Kilikanoon Winery

Lakeside Miniature Railway

Sevenhill Cellars

Greg Cooley Winery

Clare Valley Brewing Company

Daisy Vintage and Classic Cars

Claymore Wines

Sir Thomas Playford Etsa Museum

Mitchell Wines

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