You’ll get to know the Barossa countryside when you book an escape at Country Pleasures. Close to the historic market town of Angaston, these cosy cottages are just far enough out of the way to feel secluded, yet within about an hour’s reach of Adelaide’s Central Business District.
Call ahead to have a cheese platter and local wines waiting for your arrival. What better way to start your retreat than with a couple of glasses of Shiraz in your two-person spa overlooking your private garden atrium? Afterwards, snuggle up by the wood-burning fire with a sweet treat, or just some whispered sweet nothings.
In the morning, have your partner bring you breakfast in bed (think homemade bread, fresh fruit and Beerenberg jam alongside freshly brewed coffee or a pot of tea) from your stocked kitchen. You can spend the whole day between the sheets here, getting up only to receive a barbecue kit from your host for the night’s dinner. Up the luxury factor even more with an indulgent massage ordered straight to your cottage.
If you do go out, stroll 10 minutes to the local village and take the heritage walk through Angaston—you can grab a guide map from the Barossa Valley Cheese Company if you pop in for a gourmet hamper. Spot historic buildings like the Union Chapel and Rose Villa, then take a 12-minute drive to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop and sample as many of the house-made products as your waistline will allow.
Wine-tasting opportunities are never far away in the Barossa—enter the winemakers’ lab at Penfolds cellar door, a 10-minute drive from your cottage, and blend your own wine to take home. Or head to Yalumba, a four-minute drive away, to tour the only on-site winery cooperage in the Southern Hemisphere.