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150-Year-Old Barossa Homestead Transformed into a Luxury Escape

Occupying 225 acres in the Barossa Valley just outside of Adelaide, is the Kingsford the Barossa resort. This hidden getaway offers overnight escapes where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Southern Australia, partake of delicious cuisine, enjoy one of the finest wine collections in the world, and participate in unique events and experiences.

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Owners Stefan and Leanne Ahrens drew inspiration from the unique Barossa region, with the original Homestead,
dating back to 1856 and built by Stephen King and his pool of craftsmen, sitting pride of place. Thanks to a recent renovation, Kingsford the Barossa offers 16 rooms and suites to choose from, including the Homestead Suites, the View Suites, Meg’s 3-Bedroom Cottage, and the Stonemason’s Cottage. You can also enjoy the Orleana Restaurant, where you can explore new flavours and dishes. The Wine Tunnel and Vaults will also be a major attraction thanks to the wine collection, which includes the Barossa Shiraz.

When you want some nightlife, you can head over to the 1856 Lodge Bar for a drink or bowl a few frames at the Kegelbahn, a German indoor bowling alley. If you want to relax in the pool, you can also enjoy the Peppertree Pool Bar. A refreshing dip in the saltwater pool might also be in order or you might enjoy the Kingsford Bush Bath—an alfresco bathing experience.

“As a fifth generation Barossan, we know what we have here is unique. Kingsford The Barossa has allowed us to create a retreat that allows us to share this offering with those closest to us, along with business contacts and much more broadly, visitors to South Australia,” said owner Stefan Ahrens. “We’ve taken the heart of the Barossa and embodied that at Kingsford. You come to Kingsford to share all of the Barossa experiences in one place, where you have privacy and exclusivity whilst savouring the best collections of food and wine we can offer.”

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Most of all, you’ll come to appreciate the rich history and heritage of Kingsford the Barossa. Built in the mid-1800s, the sandstone home was built in the Georgian style from stones that are rumoured to have travelled from Edinburgh as ship’s ballast. In fact, it was aboard a ship named Orleana that Stephen King from Lincolnshire first came to a land the natives called Mincalta. King ran 3,250 sheep on a section of land north of the Para river. After finding some success, King commissioned the two-storey house, but a drought in the 1860s forced King to sell the property to John Howard Angas. From there, the property changed hands a number of times, until it came into possession of Kerry Packer in 2000. The home was used to film 224 episodes of Drovers Run, and is now owned by the Ahrens family, who have opened the estate for all to enjoy.

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