Hillenvale is a 100-acre property bordering the wine-growing regions of Mclaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, under the stewardship of brothers Richard and Mal Leask (who also run carbon-neutral winery Hither & Yon winery in Willunga).

Between the property’s two vineyards lies the original 1859 homestead and a smaller building, the Coach House, where visiting coachmen would once stay after delivering supplies to the property. Guests can book the latter for a couple of nights, or longer stays.

The two-storey sandstone building sits just beneath the western ridge. In the afternoon the sun lights up the slope opposite, where sheep and kangaroos like to graze on the hillside. At night a few lights from neighbouring properties twinkle in the darkness, but otherwise the cottage is completely secluded.

Local design studio Fabrikate has chosen a natural palette of blues and greens to complement the surrounding views, and modern furnishings in step with the property’s heritage elements.

The roomy lounge features a wooden fireplace, plush leather swivel chairs, and French doors that open to a stone terrace. Upstairs, in the spacious bedroom and Japanese-inspired bathroom, a deep freestanding tub sits beneath a sky window.

In the morning, guests can take their breakfast surrounded by rosellas, honeyeaters, lorikeets and superb fairy-wrens from a huge outdoor deck with expansive views.

Though the quaint hamlets of Adelaide Hills and the golden beaches of the Fleurieu Peninsula are both within reach, when you have a kitchen stocked with local produce and a generous selection of Hither & Yon wines to hand, it’s very tempting to simply sit back and enjoy it.

Updated: May 19th, 2022

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