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 of 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.
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.
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.
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. How we support travelling for good.
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.
The Louise General Manager Sonya Smith has arrived in the Barossa in 2023 for a ‘culinary change’ following her stint managing Baillie Lodges sister property Silky Oaks Lodge in Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest since 2019. There, she skillfully navigated the property through its renovation journey and greeted the first guests when the new-look lodge opened in 2021. Sonya brings with her more than 25 years’ experience leading some of the country’s premier resorts and luxury lodges. Now at The Louise, Sonya continues her Baillie Lodges chapter in another beautiful destination.
Local Adelaide hospitality star Hannah McGregor is Assistant Lodge Manager at The Louise, bringing her trademark sparkling positivity and global industry experience spanning from Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada and The Savoy in London to some of Australia’s best luxury lodges.
The Louise Executive Chef Joel Grudnoff and his team are all about fresh ingredients and almost everything on their menus come from the Barossa Valley or from across South Australia. With an easy, friendly and relaxed manner, Joel has effortlessly maintained the long-term close relationships with local purveyors, farmers and growers.
Guest Experience Coordinator
Nathan Gudsell is the keeper of The Louise’s ‘Little Black Book’ with the best connections in the community and a knack for making bookings for a very personalised experience of the Barossa. Nathan ran a personal travel concierge business in Melbourne with his partner before settling in South Australia in 2020.
Art at The Louise
Lynka is an abstract figurative artist whose creative practice explores the intimate portrayal of womanhood. Examining both the vulnerabilities and triumphs of the feminine psyche, Lynka symbolically exercises an aesthetic of restraint to provoke quiet contemplation within her viewer.More About Lynka
Renee de Saxe
Figurative artist Renee de Saxe is inspired by her relationships with others, her daughters, family and community and their sense of place within the environment. Along with fellow artist Kirsty Kingsley, Renee co-founded the Barossa’s first independent gallery, Wonderground.More About Renee
Barossa-based abstract artist Tanya Wales employs a variety of techniques to create an otherworldly narrative balanced by a sense of ambiguity and the illusion of simplicity. The scale and tranquillity of Tanya’s works invite the audience to pause, to breathe and to feel.More About Tanya
Adelaide Hills artist Diana Laidlaw imaginatively interprets the age old tradition of mosaic, giving the medium an unusual twist that often redefines an outdoor landscape. Her signature poles make strong and thoughtful, individual statements that create a special sense of place.More About Diana
Deb Jones’s installation of 28,000 pieces of glass make up the runnel water feature leading to The Louise’s front door. Some 20,000 of the 'glass rocks’ were machine finished, while Deb and a team of JamFactory apprentices individually blew and shaped the remaining 8,000 stones.More About Deb
Adelaide-based Kerryn Levy is a ceramic artist who aims to bring people together through a shared love of clay, landscape and beautiful objects. Using traditional hand-building techniques, Kerryn makes sculptural vessels that nestle and dance with one another when grouped.More About Kerryn
Adelaide-based Llewelyn Ash has always been connected with his surroundings. When not creating a new work in the studio, he’s generally in nature and more often than not surfing waves off the South Australian coast, a lifestyle which inspires his striking glass designs.More About Llewelyn
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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