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A recipient of many awards, Thorngrove is a unique Small Luxury Hotels of the World property since 1995. It is one of the world’s outstanding, romantic and artistic properties; displaying unique, creative and inspired architecture, captivating style and contemporary influence. It is a fusion of architecture, boutique accommodation and the decorative arts.


Individually located and uniquely private accommodation catering for personal selection, with privately sited dedicated entries.  Inspired timeless, idiosyncratic design with a sense of wonder.

Exquisitely crafted, creative surroundings provide engaging experiences for the soul and spirit; providing a journey beyond the destination.


Location: Australia
Nearest Airport: Adelaide
Prices:  From £538.00

King’s Chambers

Inviting and reassuringly traditional.
Private gate entry, driveway and entrance, portico with scrambling roses.
Private entry hall, lounge/ dining room and bedroom.
The romance of dining at an antique oak trestle form table with cruciform feet in front of a spectacular ornamental baronial style fireplace with a blazing log fire in winter.
Antique German piano, resplendent carved European antique oak cupboards; rare James Ballantine, Scottish antique ecclesiastic stained glass windows circa 1890.
Impressive 23ct hand gilded heritage timber beamed ceiling.
Antique clocks c1820 and Napoleon III gilt cushion mirror.
Restored antique Continental King Size hand painted half canopy bed with the finest Italian cotton and silk bed linen.
Liberty & Morris & Co linen fabrics and Scottish leather.
Brintons finest plush Axminster carpet.
Bay window overlooking picturesque and colourful hedged gardens with ancient elm trees.
Dramatic glass walled ensuite heritage/antique  tiled bathroom with natural lighting, overlooks a tranquil pond and terraced box hedged garden.

Queen’s Chambers

A rich tapestry to delight the senses.
Fantasy and romance with intricate refined plaster detail, artistry and design.
Captivating rooms adjoin a large open terrace for alfresco dining with expansive tree top views and sunset vistas beyond the battlements.
A majestic king sized four-poster English Elm bed with carved heraldic lions draped with GP&J Baker fabric, French Houlés tassels and French Bureau de Dame.
Luxurious plush Brintons Axminster carpet.
French tapestries provide harmony of colour, richness and texture, highlighted by a rare C19th porcelain plaque of Queen Louise of Prussia and an antique Raingo Freres French bronze and marble ormolu silk suspension mantle clock, circa1820.
Antique Staffordshire and Sevres C18th porcelain and Waterford crystal display on a 1840 carved oak cupboard.
C18th Dutch candelabra.
Mood lighting.
1880 Scottish stained ecclesiastic window panels
An ambience of calm with exquisite detail with sweeping views.

Castle Chambers – First Floor

Imagine knights and fair damsels, fortified stone walls, dragons and dungeons. A stone spiral newel staircase joins the two levels.
French tapestries, original hand coloured steel engravings c1868, luxurious handmade French Declercq silk tassels, antique furnishings, colourful hand painted centrally vaulted ceilings, a grand, ornamental stone working hooded fireplace and an ensuite spa bath feature.
Private lounge/ dining room with generous tapestry covered down-filled winged armchairs.
Bedroom with Continental King size C19th carved bed-head; walls are adorned C19th hand-coloured etchings.
Kitchenette and Juliet-style balcony.
Lancet and mullioned windows provide subtle lighting.
With absolute privacy, this atmospheric romantic castle escape is- “the stuff dreams and fairy-tales are made of”.

Castle Chambers – Ground Floor

Experience the magic of enchanted forests.
Dream peacefully in a K S carved oak four-posted bed adorned with playful squirrels, oak leaves and draped in exquisite European fabrics.
Down topped mattress.
Rustic and romantic, fortified stone walls are hung with French heraldic tapestries.
Artisan embellished wooden shutters and enchanting and whimsical feature wall panels in this “storybook castle’.
Private underground cellar inspired private lounge/ dining room with Georgian Gothic oak chairs, circa 1740 and carved refectory table; bedroom, and kitchenette.
Rustic flagstone paved private courtyard/terrace with English box hedging and topiary.

Tower Room

Ascend a spiral staircase in a crenellated tower to this classically inspired room with sophisticated, flamboyant and creative décor with rare, signature antique and bespoke furniture and objet d’art, including an antique life-size Auguste Moreau bronze statue.
Divided into sleeping and living zones. An exotic Queen size original ornately hand carved Ebony bed creates a stunning centrepiece. En suite with opening gable roof window, deep porcelain spa bath/sep shower, walk-in wardrobe/luggage storage.
Richly embossed plush velvet armchairs, swivel and tilt for ultimate relaxation.
Luxurious bespoke velvety Axminster carpet.
Hand worked crewel embroidered wool curtains.
A richly carved circa 1880 antique dining setting for private dining is located by the bay window.
Uninterrupted and sweeping treetop views to the rich sunlit horizon.


A stone spiral staircase entry leads to a unique tree top retreat.
Golden painted stars shine like jewels in the sky above a circular semi-sunken spa bath.
Dramatic architectural features embellished with golden stenciled and hand painted friezes.
Wooden shutters in the lounge/ dining room, with Georgian oak table /dining setting.
Enclosed kitchenette and mini-bar.
Leather sofa and arm chairs and whimsically carved C18th English Oak timber King size bed and cupboards.
Polished timber floors with Hali wool and silk rugs.
Bedroom panoramic windows take advantage of the peerless vistas, with uninterrupted views over treetops to the horizon.
Sweeping hill and valley views from the unique hilltop location.
A steeply vaulted timber beamed ceiling radiates from a collar beamed pinnacle in the tower bedroom.

Accommodation Insight

The ultimate romantic afternoon tea / luncheon for two

With centuries of tradition, this wonderful afternoon ritual owes its origins to  Anna, the 7th  Duchess  of Bedford.  A time to share, to celebrate and reconnect.

The ultimate private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2, features an extensive selection of traditional loose leaf teas, single origin coffees, plus delicious  herbal alternatives.

Enjoy tiered plates  brimming with finely cut and rolled cucumber and dill, watercress and salmon, and chicken waldorf sandwich selections, the tiniest hand made savoury pastries and delicacies, exquisite hot & cold savoury delights along with delicate French inspired pastries.

Melt in your mouth French petit fours, mille feuille,  signature fresh cream cakes,  and light fluffy scones  are served  with organic preserves.

Romantic country inspired Portmeirion Botanic Garden china and antique C18th and C19th hallmarked sterling silver pieces  and the finest Italian linen will be used for service.

The cost for the private afternoon tea/luncheon for 2 for tea in the majestic and beautiful Kings Chambers suite is $530.00 for 2 people.

A  lavish bunch of unique wildly romantic flowers from the extraordinary  Ivy Shed  can be included for an additional $175.00.

For additional people the cost will be calculated to suit numbers. 6 guests are the maximum number for any afternoon tea booking.


Tea will be served in the King’s Chamber in front of the open log fire (subject to weather conditions).

Tea / lunch afternoons will be 2 hours duration.
May be booked for lunch 1pm-3pm.

It is a rare and exclusive opportunity to experience the ultimate private “afternoon  tea luncheon”at Thorngrove.

A totally private experience for two. A ” tea goodie box” is also provided to extend and share your special celebration beyond your visit here.

This is a unique and indulgent opportunity providing for marriage proposals, anniversaries, birthdays , corporate incentives and any special private celebration. Indulge that special person in your life……Gift vouchers are available on request.


Romantic Dinners – indulgence and convenience-experience private in-room dining.


Renowned for fine imaginative cuisine, a 4 course multiple-choice menu, using the best of local fresh produce is served course by course, individually to suites at guest’s preferred  time. 

The  ornate candlelit dining room is available by prior special request ($50.00 surcharge applicable).  All rooms/suites have formal antique tables and chairs for totally private dining.

Rare C18th/C19th European antique hallmarked armorial  sterling silver pieces feature in dinner place settings.  Be part of a continuous banquet that has lasted almost 300years.  Fine pure Irish linen napery  is used  for table settings: inc Sferra and antique linen.

Light  local cuisine with a bountiful selection of Organic and Bio-dynamic produce. No GM foods used.

The focus is on the freshest possible ingredients, many salad and vegetable varieties and fruits from the garden. Herbs are from the Manor’s organic kitchen garden.

Eggs from our free-range hens. South Australian seafood featured. Thorngrove promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

BYO welcome-Thorngrove does not sell alcohol.
STRICTLY LIMITED DINNER RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED-1 week notice required prior to arrival to ensure organic and bio-dynamic produce. Dinner is available only for arrivals prior to 4.30 to ensure preparation time.  Dinner selections are not pre-prepared prior to arrival.  Later arrivals have the option of a regional charcuterie platter.


A casual dining option is available for guests-A regional charcuterie tasting platter with local produce from the Locavore.
This must be ordered 2 days prior to arrival. A celebration of local produce within a 100mile radius.  $39.50 per person.  A light casual option for dinner.  Produce varies seasonally.




 in the garden at Thorngrove Manor-for couples only.
The novels of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens featured wonderful picnics. Once reserved for wealthy country people on estates, the Victorians held the most amazing and extravagant picnics. Mrs Beeton’s book of household management in 1861 featured picnic suggestions. The popularity continued with the Edwardians who loved the idea of an outdoor picnic with tables and chairs.  As an extension of our Ultimate Private Afternoon Tea, perfectly posh picnics  are designed for couples to celebrate momentous occasions in their lives. Exquisite handcrafted picnic fare  includes regional delights, including South Australian prawns, local smoked salmon and regional cheeses, handmade pate and delectable desserts and fresh fruit from local orchards and providores. 

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