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Thorn Park Country House

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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.

David Hay and Michael Speers
College Rd, Sevenhill via Clare, South Australia

Tel: + 61 (0)8-8843-4304
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)8-8843-4296

As no one else was staying on the night I visited, we sat in the kitchen drinking Brother John’s fabulous wines. David said he wasn’t cooking anything special in my honour, but David is a liar and he produced the best meal I ate in South Australia – pasta putanesca, a sweet and delicious mix of olive, garlic, onion, chilli, oregano and tomato.....

.... Such is the spirit of Thorn Park. Dating from the 1850s, it’s a grand place, beautifully furnished with glittering antiques and it stands in sixty acres of majestic country... but it’s utterly down-to-earth and very relaxing, too. No airs and graces, but everything is done perfectly and David and Michael have rightly built up a reputation for running the best place to stay in the state - which I think it is. Wander the grounds and you’ll find wild olive trees, a riot of lavender and the church of St Aloysius (where Brother John makes his wine). Inside: coir matting, delicious bedrooms, a clipped English elegance and French windows that give onto vine-shaded verandahs. Breakfast was supreme, the highlight an ambrosial roasted nut muesli 'drizzled’ with local honey. The Clare valley cradles the property and the Riesling cycle trail runs past 24 vineyards; you can hire bikes in town. We really suffered in trying to choose just two photos for the guide. Tremendous.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    Good Hiking or Walking    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Gourmet Cuisine Available    Historic House    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 6: 3 queens in the house, all with showers. 2 individual coach-house queens, 1 with bath, 1 with shower. 1 self-contained flat in Tuscan-style barn.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. 3-course dinner available from $85 pp.
Directions: In Sevenhill (7km south of Clare) take College Rd (west) for 1.25km where you will see a sign to Thorn Park.

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