Set among the gently rolling hills and vineyards characteristic of the Barossa Valley, The Louise offers guests a relaxed and luxurious stay in generously sized villa-style suites well suited to the region’s Mediterranean vibe. Centrally located in the hamlet of Marananga, The Louise offers guests a ‘backstage pass’ to the region’s world renowned wineries, vineyards, restaurants, markets and art galleries.
The Louise is part of the esteemed Baillie Lodges collection, where a stay is the start of a wonderful addiction to the luxury of travel. Each of the Baillie Lodges properties is located in an extraordinary destination, where a personal connection with the people and place makes every stay a memorable one. At The Louise, guests have personal access to the region’s iconic wineries alongside small scale cellar doors, to producers and their premium produce, to artists and their works.
The Louise is styled in the manner of a Southern European villa, with French doors in townhouse suites opening onto private courtyards and outwards to views of the vineyards and surrounding pastures. Suites open to a central walkway framed by seasonally changing grapevines, lavender, and rosemary, which leads to the main lodge, lounges, bar and restaurants.
The Appellation restaurant is set within The Louise and has a long-held position as the world class dining destination in South Australia. Generously sized windows frame the multi-award-winning restaurant and offer views of the vineyards and countryside. Appellation is renowned for showcasing premium local ingredients, offering a real sense of place for diners. Appellation dining is available for guests at The Louise and for Barossa visitors and residents.
Reflecting the contours of the Barossa landscape, Contour is a charming bar and kitchen with a relaxed vibe where diners can enjoy a cocktail or premium Barossa wine by the glass while deciding on a next move from the menu. Favourites at the popular locals’ haunt include mouth-watering classics including burgers and to-die-for-fries.
After a day’s adventuring, wine tasting and feasting, there are options to get back on track at The Louise. Perfectly positioned to watch the sun set over the vineyards is the wet-edge lap pool, while the nearby fitness centre is fully equipped with cross trainer, treadmills, bikes and weights. Adjacent is a cedar sauna with dry or humid functions and a shower to refresh.
The Louise was opened by hoteliers Jim and Helen Carreker in 2005, having spent a decade searching for an ideal property to transform into a luxury lodge that would be an essential part if the place and its community. The Louise’s previous incarnations were as Peppers Hermitage or The Hermitage at Marananga. The Louise is the birthplace of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, and in 2021 Baillie Lodges purchased the property as a natural fit for the collection.
The Louise founders Jim and Helen Carreker believed that luxurious accommodation complements a truly memorable food and wine experience. Indeed, the couple coined the term ‘culinary tourism’ for this specialist approach. Frequent travellers to France, Spain, Portugal and California, the Carrekers modelled their own property on their favourite experiences. Principal to the model is the restaurant and carefully planned cellar as primary destination while luxurious accommodation is an essential accompaniment.
In the Baillie Lodges sisterhood, The Louise aligns with Capella on Lord Howe Island and Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree Rainforest, each offering a luxury base from which to explore, with generous inclusions. Longitude 131° at Uluru Kata-Tjuta and Southern Ocean Lodge currently underbuild on Kangaroo Island are fully inclusive lodges which include personally guided tours. Overseas, New Zealand’s Huka Lodge and Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Vancouver Island are recent additions to the growing portfolio.
Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of independent luxury lodges and camps offering unforgettable experiences in Australia’s most extraordinary locations. There are 19 lodges in this stellar collection of the nation’s most celebrated properties. The Louise is a member of the collection alongside Baillie Lodges sister properties Capella Lodge, Longitude 131°, Silky Oaks Lodge and Southern Ocean Lodge.
Our commitment to the environment
The Baillie Lodges environmental commitment is best expressed by each lodge’s interaction with its local natural and cultural surroundings.
The Louise employs a large proportion of its team from the local community and actively supports local initiatives and events like the Barossa and Marananga Wine Shows and the Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance. The Louise also supports social organisations like the Barossa Foundation, Room to Read, Ronald McDonald House and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Singing fresh greens and vegetables that appear on Appellation’s menu each evening are from The Louise’s own kitchen garden, just metres from the restaurant. The use of producers based within 100km to provide an average of 85% of ingredients served in the restaurant results in significant economic return to the local community, producers and smaller markets, helping to keep local family businesses viable.
Paper and glass recycling is practised throughout the property. A worm farm has been established to recycle all wet waste from the kitchen and provide rich fertiliser for the grounds, thus minimising waste removal requirements from the property. A waste water treatment plant has been installed to recycle all waste water from the property to maintain the grounds and gardens.
South Australia is the driest state in the driest continent in the world. Water conservation and recycling is an imperative for all who live here. Water served in the restaurant is filtered, collected rainwater. For sparkling water, the restaurant carbonates the filtered rainwater, not relying on imported bottled water, thus reducing landfill and carbon emissions.
General Manager, Kylie Mansfield, knows the Barossa like the back of her hand. She was fortunate enough to grow up in the region at a time when Maggie Beer’s famous pate was bootlegged by the slab, and now illustrious winemakers were but humble schoolmates. So, when the opportunity came knocking to lead the team at The Louise in 2016, she was glad to be called home.
Executive Chef, Asher Blackford, and his team are all about fresh ingredients which is reflected in the fact that 85% of their menu comes from within the Barossa Valley and South Australia. The kitchen garden is a great resource as well as the close relationships we have with local purveyors, farmers and growers.
Thought long and hard before saying this… This is the best hotel experience I’ve ever had.Adam Past Guest of The Louise
This is literally the only accommodation and food luxury you will want to experience. It is the only destination in the Barossa Valley to afford you unequivocal service and sublime surroundings for the ultimate wine connoisseur.Peter Past Guest of The Louise
Luxury, luxury, luxury. Nothing was forgotten, and quality was prevalent throughout.Colin Past Guest of The Louise
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