To stay in North Bundaleer is to connect with a bygone opulence. The property is a masterpiece, the surroundings are tranquil, the experience is rare.
Completed in 1901, North Bundaleer is a grand pastoral homestead situated on 400 acres of native bushland and farmland adjacent to the Bundaleer Forest. It is a nationally significant sandstone building rich in architectural heritage, with hand-painted original wallpapers, lead-light windows and ornate fireplaces.
After being unoccupied for 25 years, the homestead was meticulously returned to its former glory by Marianne and Malcolm Booth – the owners and your hosts – who finished the elegant interiors with period furnishings and works of art.
Now Marianne and Malcolm invite you to indulge and relax.
Appreciate fine food and wines at the antique Irish Georgian table in the Dining Room, a place that combines a sense of occasion with a convivial atmosphere. Relax in the beautifully-appointed Drawing Room, or the Library with its eclectic selection of books. And take tea – or perhaps a celebrated local Riesling – under one of the shady verandas.
To the south is the Clare Valley; to the north is the southern Flinders Ranges. The best of both worlds? Absolutely.
Life at North Bundaleer is very relaxed. There’s an open bar or a cuppa with home-baked cakes and biscuits always at hand; the handsome library is crammed with the latest magazines and journals from London. Outside, there are sheep and cows, kangaroos and vivid rosellas; it’s so quiet the wing-beat of a magpie threatens to disturb the dusk reverie.
Location: Clare Valley
Clare Valley is a wine region famous for its boutique Rieslings, its rustic flavour and its authenticity. ‘The Clare’ is home to a working rural community, one which upholds traditions passed down through the generations. You can meet them in lovingly restored heritage towns such as Burra and Kapunda, the old copper-mining towns that were once the copper capitals of the world. You can talk to them at farm shops or share a drink with them at cellar doors. And you can soak up the festive harvest-season atmosphere that runs through the Valley all year round.
If you’re after a taste of country Australia, this is as real as it gets.
Activities offered by the property
Walk on the property at North Bundaleer with kangaroos and bird life in the natural Blue Gum environment, or on the nearby Heysen and Mawson Trails.
Visit the historic mining town of Burra, the vineyards of the Clare Valley or the fishing ports of the Spencer Gulf.
Take a private tour and tasting at a Clare vineyard.
Meet local pastoralists and farmers to learn about their way of life.
Enjoy the “Slow Food” life.
Take a guided tour of the Flinders Ranges
Dinner parties in the dining room are an occasion for the enjoyment of company, conversation, food and wines. The Irish Georgian table has witnessed plenty of good jokes and laughter, robust debate and new friendships.
Weather permitting, sundowners can be enjoyed on ‘Maslin’s Lookout’, which enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and forest.
Individual room description
THE RED ROOM
With deep red washed walls, canopy bed, ivory soft furnishings, needle point rugs and antique furniture, the Red Room Suite is restful and inviting. The en-suite bathroom, built into the old conservatory with bath and separate shower, is contemporary and enjoys a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and gardens. The adjoining sitting room has archive circa 1740s Chinese Toile wallpaper in deep pink and ivory. Arrangements can be made for those wishing to dine alone, to have dinner served here, in front of the open fireplace.
THE BLUE ROOM
Overlooking the formal rose gardens, the Blue Room has a four poster bed, grey and ivory toile soft furnishings and smoke blue walls. The large en-suite bathroom occupies what was previously a bedroom, with a centrally-placed bath set in front of a working fireplace. With a bidet and vessel hand basin set on antique marble washstand, the bathroom has a distinctly European feel.
WILLIAM MORRIS ROOM
Originally the smoking room with its black and white marble fireplace, the room is named after the William Morris “Fruit” wallpaper, and has an antique brass tester bed. The en-suite bathroom is in what was the original bathroom. The “Teapot” brown decorative tile frieze, ivory tiles and original tessellated tile floor continue the theme.
Savannah inspired, this room faces east, with a view over the gardens to the blue gum studded hills beyond. Although not entirely ‘African’, the room contains many African artefacts collected in the 1970s in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Zambia. The King size bed can be converted to two singles. The African room’s private, separate shower room is directly opposite the bedroom.
Nearest major City/Town
Town – Jamestown
City – Adelaide
Light aircraft from Adelaide to Jamestown takes approximately 1hr 15mins. Vehicle transfer from Jamestown to North Bundaleer takes approximately 10 minutes.
North Bundaleer is located approximately 210km from Adelaide (approximately 2.5 hour drive).
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