Kingsford Homestead caters to just 14 lucky guests! On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your hosts who are ready to help you enjoy the very best of this magnificent property as well as the many attractions of the world-famous Barossa Valley.
The property has a diverse and interesting history. Kingsford Homestead located a short drive from the township of Gawler, was commissioned in 1856 by Stephen King a British colonist who arrived in Australia in 1839. King was an educated man, a pastoralist and an entrepreneur.
It’s believed King himself was influential in its design, working with a very able stonemason. Much of the house exterior you see today conforms to the original build, a sandstone structure in a Georgian style. The stone is thought to be from Edinburgh, brought out as ship’s ballast.
Over the passing years, the property changed hands several times and subsequent owners continued to raise livestock and crops on the property. In more recent years Kingsford was bought by the government and run briefly as an Agricultural Research Facility, before being sold on to Channel Nine television network under Kerry Packer.
It then embarked on perhaps its most unusual role, standing in as ‘Drover’s Run’ on the hit TV show, McLeod’s Daughters. A total of 224 episodes of McLeod’s Daughters were viewed in 41 countries.
The Ahrens family purchased the property in 2009, carefully converting the property to the five-star retreat that opened its doors in June 2012.
Kingsford sits on the North Para River on the western edge of the Barossa. Famous wineries such as Peter Lehmann, Yalumba, Rockford, Hentley Farm and Greenock Creek are around 10 minutes’ drive from the property. The wineries of Clare Valley are about 30 minutes north.
Enjoy everything that Kingsford has to offer. Be sure to talk with your hosts Pat and Sally – they’ll be delighted to suggest some activities or tailor an itinerary to your interests so you can make more of your time in the Barossa.
Perhaps explore the Barossa and its many wineries at your own leisure or even better let an expert local guide help you unlock the secrets that make Barossa Valley such an enchanting place to discover.
Follow in the footsteps of the pastoral pioneers on an early morning walk. Ask for a map and start exploring the rolling hills, stone bluffs and river gorges. Keep an eye out for kookaburras, parrots and the resident pair of wedge-tailed eagles (Australia’s largest bird of prey), and don’t be surprised to find kangaroos down by the cooling waters of the North Para.
Perhaps join Pat or Sally on a tour of the property. History, views and insights guaranteed, with a damper and billy tea along the way…
Don’t miss Kingsford Homestead’s historic stone cellar, accessed by the remarkable gothic timber ‘buffet’. It’s not only a wonderful place for dinner with a few friends, it’s also stocked with Barossa wines both fabulous and famous. Be sure to explore the premium Barons of The Barossa Selection. These vintages have been hand-selected by some of the region’s most celebrated names – a selection that’s exclusive to Kingsford. All bottles in the cellar are available for purchase: ask for the wine menu or look over the racks at your leisure.
Or take a bath just as nature intended in the ‘Outdoor Bush Bath’ – a signature Kingsford Homestead experience – one of the world’s most beautiful al fresco baths, set in a beautiful and secluded corner of the property.
Other local activities that can be arranged upon request include hot air ballooning, gliding, and playing a round of golf.
Dining at Kingsford brings together a love of country home cooking, gourmet flair and some of the finest produce to be found in Australia.
The homestead seasonal menus are designed by guest chef Stuart Oldfield, who loves to use ingredients from Barossa growers and producers. (He knows most of them personally so don’t be surprised to meet a few of the locals when they drop off some freshly harvested fare…)
Included in the nightly rate sees alternating five- and three-course dinners and country breakfast served in the dining room. Drinks and canapés are served as the sun sets; evening meals are accompanied by outstanding Barossa wines and great South Australian beers.
Kingsford’s seven suites cater to a total of 14 guests.
There are five suites on the upper storey, a single suite on the ground floor and the Stonemason’s Cottage at the rear of the property.
Each is styled slightly differently, however, there are comforts and luxuries common to all, chiefly:
Suites are also equipped with mini fridge (stocked with soft drinks), dressing gowns, slippers, ironing board and iron, hair dryer, torch and safe.
Please note that Children are welcome, but the Homestead must be booked on an exclusive use basis.
This stunning room enjoys views to the west plus access to a balcony on top of the Gothic porch.
The Angas suite looks south onto those sublime hills and the giant gum trees at the front of the property.
The Mincalta Suite occupies the south-eastern corner of the homestead, looking over hills and vales.
The Packer Suite is a mid-sized room with views to the west. It’s another room that glows at sunset.
The Scarfe Suite looks north over the old dairy at the rear of the property.
The Ahrens Suite is on the ground floor, occupying the south-west corner of the building.
The Stonemason’s Cottage is a special hideaway for those wanting some extra space and privacy.
Nearest major City/Town
Capital city – Adelaide
Town – Gawler
Light aircraft from Adelaide takes approximately 20 minutes hours in a single engine plane to Gawler.
Helicopter transfer from Adelaide direct to the Kingsford helipad takes approximately 25 minutes.
Kingsford Homestead is situated approximately 60 minutes’ drive from Adelaide Airport.
Kingsford Homestead is located approximately 15 minutes’ drive from the township of Gawler.
Kingsford Homestead is open all year round.