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“Heaven in the Clare Valley”

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Thorn Park by the Vines
Ranked #1 of 6 Clare B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
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“Heaven in the Clare Valley”
Reviewed 15 October 2011

We have recently returned from a 2 day stay at this wonderful B & B in the Clare Valley. This place is the place you go to have a few days of luxury and sheer relaxation. Our friendly, experienced hosts, David & Michael make your stay 'special'.
Located in a secluded, picturesque Australian gum tree setting, the home also overlooks their own dam and nearby vines.
Thorn Park by the Vines is a relatively new homestead comprising 3 double bedrooms, each with en-suite, large feature kitchen and beautifully furnished and decorated formal areas. Each bedroom has a different colour theme. Our 'Mocha' room was large and beautifully appointed. It exuded comfort and the temperature was always perfect. The White room and the Yellow room were of the same high standard !!!. Bathrooms included under floor heating, generous toiletries, luxurious towels and a towel rail that ensured a warm towel after a great shower!
Meals are a feature of your stay at Thorn Park.
Breakfast is a leisurely affair of a variety of home made cereals, fresh special yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a hot breakfast. Each morning was different, from scrambled eggs with avocado and smoked ocean trout to eggs with baked prosciutto in a baked pastry cup. Home made jams and freshly baked sourdough bread finished the meal nicely. Time to walk the Riesling Trail!
At night you can opt for the Dinner...Don't leave without enjoying this gastronomical delight! David's menus are superb and, of course, accompanied by an appropriately special wine list. Our meal started with an asparagus tart, followed by barramundi braised in a saffron infused broth with kipfler potatoes and oven roasted tomatoes. Yummy !!! . A citrus salad to cleanse the palate then dessert of chocolate tart and home made sauce. Afterwards, a cup of coffee and enjoy the company of your fellow guests. Nothing is too much trouble for Michael and David. They will make bookings at local venues and suggest activities to enhance your visit to the beautiful Clare Valley. Every attention is given to detail. Nothing is overlooked.
Go and enjoy...You won't regret it !!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2011

We only had 2 nights with Michael and David - it was not enough! The food was excellent and the company delightful. This is really a luxury relax of the first order.

Room Tip: Thorn Park is small and intimate with only 3 guest bedrooms.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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south coast nsw australia
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Staying at Thorn Park by the vines is a seamlessly lovely experience. Everything just seems to happen without effort: the fresh bread baking, a drink at the kitchen bar, a great dinner, beautifully served on china the owners have collected on their travels. There are terrific books on the shelves, the rooms are deeply comfortable and the guest book glows with the pleasure of others. You leave knowing you've been in the hands of experts.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2011

Thorn Park by the Vines is a Bed & Breakfast, plus dinner option, located in the countryside just out of the Clare township.
For a 2 night stay, we paid in total $AU1300 for the two of us, including a fantastic breakfast each morning, and beautiful 3-course dinner each night.
Couldn't really fault the venue, with the hosts being informative and interesting guys who make the stay all that much better.
The bedroom was spacious, and luxurious, with the indoor and outdoor areas very comfortable. Thorn Park is a new 3-bedroom house, with the owners living next door. A/C was great when temperature was 37oC one day, and 10oC the next morning!
Felt it was reasonable value, ie got what you paid for.
Being out in the countryside, we got to see the local wildlife; a fox and a kangaroo...
All in all a great stay, and I'd love to visit again!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2009

Having achieved Frequent Visitor Status at the previous Thorn Park we were anxious to see how the new premises accommodated all the aspects that we had grown to love at the old location. Rather than a restored farmhouse and surrounding buildings the new establishment is a purpose built brand new building with gardens etc still under development. Although the patina of age was obviously no longer present the decorating and design skills of the hosts (David and Michael) were just as obvious with the idea of comfort without ostentation being at the forefront of everything they had done.
As a smaller operation (only 2 guest rooms instead of 6) the opportunity for riotous and extremely indulgent house parties has gone and been replaced with a comfortable and caring place to unwind and relax.
The food quality and the service however has not changed with David still crafting exquisite meals and being prepared to discuss his techniques and offer advice while Michael seems to be always there for a chat or to unobtrusively make the stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
As the location is only about 2 kilometres from the previous operation it is still beautifully sited for enjoying all the delights of the Clare Valley.
Having to leave and return to the reality of earning a living was always the worst part of the old Thorn ParkCountry House and nothing has changed with this venue.
In summary it would be fair to say "The king is dead, long live the king!!!"

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Thorn Park by the Vines
Address: Quarry Rd | Sevenhill via Clare Valley, Clare, South Australia 5453, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Clare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Clare
Price range (per night): $399 - $530
Hotel Class:4 star — Thorn Park by the Vines 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Relax, unwind and be pampered by the warm hospitality, exceptional food and fine wine of Thorn Park by the Vines”.Thorn Park by the Vines is a contemporary country house, located in an exquisite private bush land and vineyard setting with only three guests suites in the heart of the Clare Valley, a little less than two hour’s comfortable drive from Adelaide. ... more   less 
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