375 Seppeltsfield Road,
Marananga, Barossa Valley
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
A Tourism and Hospitality career spanning 25 years and everywhere from Lord Howe Island to the Northern Territory has seen Kylie come full circle and return home to the Barossa Valley. Honing skills and experience with Voyages, Constellation Group, Tourism Central Australia, Epicure and Fino along the way, Kylie swears she heard a ‘click’ as the final piece of the puzzle slipped neatly into place, with her General Manager appointment at The Louise.
Growing up on a small sheep farm near Angaston clearly shaped Kylie’s deep affinity for the regional community dynamic and absolute passion for food and wine of genuine provenance and integrity. Even after all those years away, she’s Barossan to the core and treasures the fact that the experience of our guests, the produce in our menu and the wine on our list is crafted by a dedicated network of neighbours, friends and family. Kylie is proud to inspire her talented team in a commitment to ensure that every luxurious moment spent at The Louise should nourish the senses and enliven the spirit with a genuine connection to the culture of Barossa.
5- star luxury, Relais & Châteaux
History & Story
Jim and Helen Carreker, owners since January 2005, have spent more than ten years researching and ultimately selecting the Barossa Valley for their Australian food and wine venture. Their belief that luxurious accommodation complements a truly memorable food and wine experience is based on numerous personal trips in the 1980’s and 1990’s to France, Spain, Portugal and to their then local Napa and Sonoma Valley areas of California.
In the model of many highly regarded hospitality venues in those regions, the primary destination is the restaurant and its carefully developed cellar, and luxurious accommodation is supportive and complementary to the spotlight focus on superlative food and wine.
The entire property undertakes yearly renewal during our July closure period.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await you at The Louise Barossa Valley. Absolute luxury and inspired design with private spaces, generous ensuites and breathtaking vineyard views.
The Barossa is the undisputed wine capital of Australia, home to more than 600 grapegrowers and 100 or more wineries. The wine making experience may be shared up close and personal at five dozen cellar doors within a few minutes walk, bike ride or drive from The Louise.
And, for the visitor the food and wine experience all comes together at Barossa restaurants such as our on-site Appellation. Our signature Chef’s Tasting Menu of four dishes created to pair with distinctive Barossa wines is among the top delights of touring Australia’s outstanding wine region.
Key sites/activities in the area
The Louise has developed a unique experience that offers guests access to one of the simple pleasures of visiting regional Australia, seeing kangaroos up close in their natural habitat. Your guide arrives at dawn for the 20-minute drive to the nearby conservation park. An easy 15-minute bushwalk into the park leads to a clearing where families of kangaroos are enjoying their breakfast as your gourmet breakfast is laid out on a picnic blanket in this truly natural setting.
Our name “The Louise” comes from a long family history of entrepreneurs and strong women traced back to our owner Jim’s grandmother. This name is a tribute to her memory and inspiration, and to the many other women on both sides of the family bearing the name. We are delighted The Louise has found her home in the Barossa, a region of real characters, experiences and truly strong inspirational women.
Minimum age – 10 years
Number of suites is total – 15
• Vineyard Suites
Our entry-level guest suite with your own private sunset terrace, deluxe linens and amenities, king bed, large spa tub, iPod docking station, gated courtyard and free Wi-Fi access make this suite a great starting point to your Barossa stay.
All of our suites, regardless of type, include a wide array of premium features and amenities such as king beds with crisp linens, flat screen TV’s with DVD players, BOSE iPod docking stations, writing desks with complimentary wired and wireless internet access, a fully-stocked mini-bar and mini-fridge (charged on consumption), a large fully-tiled ensuite bathroom with spa tubs for two, walk-in rain showers, towel rail heaters, separate toilet area, dual hand basins, also a walk-in robe area with luggage store and breakfast tables both inside and outside.
The property includes one Vineyard Suite that may be requested with an integrated additional handicap-accessible toilet and shower area.
• Stonewell Suites
An indulgent spa suite – with soft contemporary furnishings, your own private courtyard and terrace, king bed fitted with deluxe linens, a gas-log fireplace and large ensuite with spa tub and walk-in shower for two as well as your own private outdoor rain shower – the ideal setting to indulge your senses.
• Seppeltsfield Suites
Enjoy glorious sunset views from your private terrace, gas log fireplaces as well as a large lounge room, king bed, deluxe linens, spacious marbled ensuite and your very own outdoor private rainshower, make your stay with us the perfect hideaway.
Our top range of suites, the 125 sqm* (about 1300 sqft) Seppeltsfield Suites, include all of the amenities and features of both the Vineyard and Stonewell Suites in an even more spacious configuration plus a private water feature, sunning lounges on the vineyard facing terrace, a choice of king or twin single bedding, and further upscale lighting, artworks, fabrics and furnishings.
• Estate Suite
Our best in class, luxury 2 bedroom suite with completely separate areas, shared lounge and balcony area – perfect for two couples exploring the Barossa wine country or a girls weekend away.
Enjoy glorious sunset views from your private terrace, gas log fireplaces as well as a large lounge room, king beds, deluxe linens, spacious marbled ensuites and outdoor private rainshowers, make your stay with us the perfect hideaway.
The Estate Suite, include all of the amenities and features of the Seppeltsfield Suites in an even more spacious configuration plus a private water feature, sunning lounges on the vineyard facing terrace, a choice of king or twin single bedding, upscale lighting, celebrated artworks, fabrics and furnishings. The 185 sqm* (about 2000 sqft) two-bedroom Estate Suite offers two luxurious bedrooms, each with a private ensuite and a shared lounge room.
Restaurants & Bars
Executive Chef, Ryan Edwards
With a passion for real, fresh local ingredients, Ryan and his team are guided by the rhythms of the seasons…harvesting from their kitchen garden, baking their own breads, butchering and curing their own meats… and see wine and food as the most natural of partners.
Open Friday – Tuesday 6.30pm – 9pm
• Bar Louise
The Louise wine bar and terrace has one of the best views in the Barossa, and as the sun sets is the place to be before dinner. It also offers a casual and relaxed place to enjoy a range of cocktails, local beers, fine fizz and a selection of delicious bar snacks
Open daily from 4pm til late, 7 days per week
• Swimming Pool
• Fitness Centre
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Conference facilities
• Private Dining Room (Max 16)
Extra Notable Features
• Tesla charging station
• Boutique Louise
• Business station
Giant chess set
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Australian Gourmet Traveller – Top 50 Hotels in Australia 2014, 2015 and 2016
• Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide – Two Stars, Three Goblets
Top Rated Regional Restaurant in South Australia 2016
Top 100 Restaurants in Australia (2007 – 2016)
• Wine List of the Year South Australia “Hall of Fame” 2011 – 2016
• Wine Spectator Magazine – Wine List Best of Award of Excellence
• Top Rated Restaurant in South Australia 2014 – Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide
• Best Wine List in Australia for a Region’s Wines 2015 – Gourmet Traveller WINE
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