In the tiny village of Marananga in the Barossa Valley – a renowned wine region one-hour’s drive north-east of Adelaide – two eco villas sit tucked away, set back from the road on a hectare of bushland.

Palm trees line your way down Seppeltsfield Road where a sign reads, “slow down”. It refers as much to the villagers’ way of life as it does the speed limit.

There’s no roughing it here. Inside each 35-square-metre villa there’s a soaking tub and rain shower, a queen bed made with Cultiver French linen, and a fully equipped kitchen stocked with local produce. There’s also a sprawling front deck with a pair of rocking chairs that overlooks a peppermint box woodland.

Featuring a minimalist interior design, owners Grant and Cathy Wills set out to prove that environmentally conscious architecture can be luxurious. The villas have been designed to leave as minimal a footprint as possible; in the future the cabins can be picked up and the land returned to its natural state without any lasting impact on the surroundings.

Within walking distance are Two Hands Wines' and Barossa Valley Estate’s cellar doors and boutique gin producer Seppeltsfield Road Distillers – that’s if you can bring yourself to leave the tub.

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Updated: December 15th, 2022

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