Where to get a decent night’s kip in (and around) the Adelaide Hills town.
Nothing beats a holiday, especially when the planning is done and dusted. From short breaks, overnight stays, family getaways, and the kind of break you don’t want to leave the property (or bedroom); we’ve done the hard work for you.
There’s no aphrodisiac like a weekend in the Hills with your better half. Hahndorf House has a few options for lovers. There’s Brook Cottage (aka The Honeymoon House) which has an open fireplace, a leather Chesterfield lounge for snuggling and a double spa. The price includes breakfast provisions, fresh fruit, chocolate hearts, mints, chilled champagne and strawberries, spa products and candles. The Oak Villa is equally romantic and boasts a double spa, a gazebo with a fountain, and three bedrooms (romance needn’t die when you have family members in tow). Both have an old world feel about them.
27 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf, 0412 014 217, hahndorfhouse.com.au
The Haus Studio Apartments include 14 self-contained hideaways on the town’s main drag. The one or two bedroom apartments have all the mod cons and a self-catering kitchen with a two-stove cook top, microwave, toaster, refrigerator and kettle. Or, if you’d rather eat out, The Haus cafe+bar+kitchen is right next door. There’s complimentary wireless for internet and social media-obsessed guests. It’s crisp, clean, comfy, modern, and the ‘take one, leave one’ book collection is a nice touch, too. “Very modern and clean… [there’s] also an outdoor courtyard where you can have a picnic while you appreciate the well-groomed garden. A rejuvenating getaway,” says Sharon K from New Jersey on TripAdvisor.
34 Main St, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 1000, hausstudioapartments.com.au
Imagine the scene. You’re sitting on the balcony, champagne in hand, at a two-bedroom house on a 70-acre cattle property. Fairview Ridge Cottage looks out over Onkaparinga Valley and rolling Adelaide Hills views. It’s not a swanky pad but the property is a delight. There’s bushland to walk through, native birds and koalas to spot, dams to fish in and Murray Grey bovines who watch on as you explore their turf. There’s a wood combustion heater for winter and the cottage-style accommodation is self-contained, fits five people and is family friendly.
204 Fairview Rd, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 1498, fairviewridgebb.com.au
Hahndorf Motel is a no frills, clean, tidy option for visitors on a budget. The location is central so exploring can be done on foot and there’s a choice of motel rooms or self-contained apartments with self-catering facilities. “The room was clean and rather spacious. Large bathroom. Very functional… Will stay there again,” says Geraldine K on TripAdvisor. Check-in and key collection is 200 metres up the road.
60 Main Street, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 1000, hahndorfmotel.com.au
Oats Cottage is a cute-as-a-button option for people who want to stay for a long time (and a good time). The one-bedroom pad has a walk-in robe, lounge room with a sofa bed, all the mod cons, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, bathroom with a spa bath, laundry, veranda, rear garden with a covered decking area and barbecue facilities and a carport with space for two cars. Just like home. Feedback by Airbnb guests is stellar. “Probably the cleanest place I have ever stayed with very gracious hospitality from Mike,” says Tom.
9 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf, 0447 814 689, oatscottage.com.au
There are 51 rooms (superior, executive, and indulgence spa suites) to choose from at The Manna of Hahndorf. The latter comes with a balcony and spa. Bookings can be made for one or more nights and the location is right on the main street with easy parking, so it’s a great spot to stay if you’re passing through town. Wifi is complimentary and if you need it, conference and meeting facilities are available, too.
25 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 1000, themanna.com.au
Is there anything more calming than the sound of a creek bubbling through the Adelaide Hills? That’s what you get at The Hahndorf Old Mill. It’s all a bit like visiting Europe (minus the air miles). Think Austrian-style chalets with spas and mezzanine floors. The motel accommodation is located to the rear of the historic stone hotel which serves up German beer, live music and a buffet full of German grub. Check out the heritage 100-year-old pear tree in the car park, and ask about the Hahndorf Historic Walking Tours.
98 Main St, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 7888, hahndorfoldmill.com
Any accommodation with a solar heated, undercover pool makes it a matey holiday winner. Hahndorf Motor Lodge has 19 self-contained apartments with either one or two bedrooms (go for one of four poolside options) or a three-bedroom Rustic Retreat cottage option with a fully fitted kitchen and an open-plan living room (great for playing Cards of Humanity). It doesn’t cost the world which means more cash left over for local wine tours and cheese from nearby Udder Delights.
25 Main St, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 1000, hahndorfmotorlodge.com.au
It’s a shed and it’s red. It also accommodates up to six people. The Red Shed has a large bathroom, a lounge room, two bedrooms with queen beds and a small room that can be used as a second lounge space or children's area. The setting is a treat. Think 14 acres dotted with horses, goats and wildlife. There is a small dam 200 metres (out of sight) from the property. It is empty during summer but not fenced off so if you have children, keep that in mind during wet months. Pets are permitted by prior arrangement but the yard is not contained so they need to be obedient and kept indoors at night. There’s no Wifi but that’s farm life for you.
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Sometimes you just want time alone. The Stables Inn keeps it simple. Standard rooms are clean and do the trick for solo travelers who want room to breathe but don’t want to slum it. If you simply must have company, that’s okay. There are spa and family options, too. “We loved being right in the middle of town on our one-night stay,” says Peter D on TripAdvisor. “It has easy access to parking onsite, restaurants and general strolling down the main street.”
74 Main Rd, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 7988, find it here
Grab the fam bam and head to Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park for a mini break that won’t send you into debt. There’s a couple of options for larger groups; the Resort House fits eight people and the Lakeview House sleeps up to 10. The caravan park is newly renovated and the 13-hectare property leaves plenty of space to breathe. There’s a swimming pool, mini golf, a playground, a giant chess set, outdoor jumping cushion, brilliant shared kitchen and barbecue facilities.
145a Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf, (08) 8388 7921, hahndorfresort.com.au
Let’s get one thing straight. The Barn on Hereford is no party house. If your idea of a good time with your well behaved girlfriends is relaxation and bubbles over a mature dinner, this is the ticket. The one-bedroom space is set in a two-level barn and is pure charm. Think industrial chic with exposed beams, a wood stove, a queen bed, kitchen with hotplates, a microwave and fridge. There are two single sofa beds upstairs and a double downstairs so there’s actually room for six. It’s set in a separate building adjacent to the property’s main house so you’ll have privacy and the main street is a five-minute walk away. An outdoor area with a large table is great for balmy afternoons.
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Hahndorf Oak Tree Cottages are a top option for people who want to hide from the world for a short but sweet time. There are six to choose from, each with a deluxe queen-sized bed and en-suite. Two LCD televisions, a DVD player and complimentary wireless internet keep guests entertained, or if you prefer the great outdoors, take a stroll down the main street or kick back on the verandah (each pad has one). Hosts are Sue and Greg Brown are always happy to help. Rooms are serviced daily and there’s 24-hour check-in.
47 Main Street, Hahndorf, (08) 7070 0073, oaktreecottages.com.au
Amble at Hahndorf epitomises leafy Hills living a stone’s throw from the main street. There are three options to choose from; Amble Wren Cottage (self-contained couple’s accommodation), Amble Fern Studio (up to four people) or Amble Over Apartment (upstairs couple’s accommodation with an open plan lounge and dining area). They’re all set in English-garden surrounds and come with free Wifi, an iPod dock, DVD player, flat-screen television, full-equipped cooking facilities and a private spa bath. Continental Breakfast or breakfast provisions are available on request at extra cost. The reviews on TripAdvisor glow. “Even on a cold winter morning we were welcomed by many birds at our back window, galahs, corellas, parrots, rosellas. Beautiful!” says guest GregL2259.
10 Hereford Ave, Hahndorf, 0484 648 464, amble-at-hahndorf.com.au
Your hound will love the garden at Billy's Cottage, a restored 1840s property set back from the town’s main drag. The three-bedroom abode sleeps six people, has an open plan kitchen, dining area, and a wood burner combustion heater. Bedrooms are located up a small flight of stairs so keep that in mind if mobility is an issue. There’s a kennel for pooch but bring the fur ball’s own bedding and keep them outdoors please. Breakfast provisions (for one morning) are supplied.
59 Auricht Rd, Hahndorf, 0417 833 665, find it on Airbnb and Facebook.