Grand Escape: South Australia's best weekends away
“THE LOCATION The property is an hour's drive from Adelaide Airport, in the heart of McLaren Vale.
THE PLACE Part micro-hotel, part cellar door and an exercise in sustainability, this off-grid citadel is fabricated from 20 shipping containers and painted in several shades of grey. Unusual? Certainly – but it's also striking and strangely at home atop its valley of vines. Inside, the 20 containers have been converted into a whole that is light, spacious and interesting.
THE EXPERIENCE Downstairs, guests are "self-containered" in three suites with a courtyard plus fire-pit. Elegant suite decor offers sleek contemporary fixtures against a white canvas, warmed with thick carpet and woven rugs. A handsome, stand-alone bath overlooking the valley entices you to sup and soak. Upstairs, vintners Irina Santiago-Brown and Dudley Brown host daytime tastings of their organic wines.
DON'T MISS A sunset fizz on the viewing deck before a four-kilometre walk (or Uber ride) to the nearest restaurant, the very fine Salopian Inn. After emptying the fridge of breakfast goodies, you can drive five minutes to beautiful Maslin Beach, or 10 minutes to the new D'Arenberg Cube – another chance to admire architectural chutzpah with a glass of vino.
IDEAL FOR Couples who appreciate their Grand Designs as much as their grand cru. “
Author: Max Anderson
Published: Sydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend Magazine (27-28 October)
Link for the publication: https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/grand-escape-south-australias-best-weekends-away-20181024-h171cn.html