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Al-Ru Farm

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Ruth and Alan Irving
One Tree Hill Rd, One Tree Hill, South Australia

Tel: + 61 (0)8-8280-7353
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)8-8280-7544

Soon the lake at Al-Ru Farm will be full, like your glass of Barossa’s finest. I had barely arrived before Ruth had sat me down in her earthy kitchen with a bowl of delicious home-cooked soup and a chunk of freshly-baked bread.....

.... For her, the whole affair is a pleasurable excuse to indulge in entertaining and collecting, two of her great passions. The result is a fascinating mix of the homely and the exotic – she’s an antiques dealer too - cue the shimmer of Chinese porcelain plates that adorn the dining room walls. Outside, lose yourself in a horticultural kaleidoscope. Note the lurid red of the roses and the neo-Greek statuettes that impose a kind of gravitas on this vibrant scene. The farmhouse bedrooms are comfortably modern, reached through the library and up the staircase that follows a startling Tower of Babel-like mural. With its own secret garden, the romance of the cottage is unmistakable. Inside, a vast bed, sofas, breakfast table and armchairs still leave enough room to swing your suitcase in delight. In keeping with her generosity, her garden, her cooking, her Roman atrium of a yoga hall, Ruth likes things big. But it’s the small details – like all the best things, like the loaf of bread she hangs on your door every morning - that you’ll remember most fondly.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Meals Can Be Provided    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fully Child-friendly    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Historic House    History Tours    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 3: Garden Pavilion (own garden, self-catering) with 1 queen with en/s bath/shower; in the house 2 kings and 1 double (same party) sharing shower.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner, 2 courses $30, 3 courses $40 (includes coffee and wine), by arrangement.
Directions: Easy to find. Ask for details when booking.

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