For those accustomed to enjoying overseas getaways, or those who were preparing for the holiday of a lifetime when the pandemic struck, 2020 to 2021 has had its share of disappointments. But local destinations such as McLaren Vale’s Manor Estate say that they can provide the ambiance leisure travellers are seeking – all without leaving the country and even conveniently close to major centres like Adelaide.
A Taste of France in McLaren Vale
When visiting Manor Estate, the reasons why it could offer a taste of Europe become abundantly clear. The period-style manor would be perfectly at home in a more distant setting, and the surroundings are in tune with the building’s Edwardian theme. Rolling lawns punctuated by statuary, graceful pillared features and a magnificent fountain gracing the facade are nestled between mature trees and rose gardens. Even the most seasoned traveller would be hard-put to identify the location as being Australian.
The sweeping tree-lined drive leads to a grand entryway that speaks of a long and colourful history in which horse-drawn coaches transported aristocratic ladies to balls where the waltz was danced to the horror of the more old-fashioned among the dowagers. “They’re touching each other my dear… and dancing so close! Surely it’s indecent!”
But, despite this welcoming destination’s classical outer appearance, moulded ceilings, four-poster beds and marble floors, it’s the product of the current generation, having been lovingly constructed as a dream home by its owner, McLaren Vale vintner Peter Cap.
A Dream Home Becomes a Fantasy Destination
With children grown and forging their own careers either independently or as part of the family-owned winery’s management team, opening his dream home to guests was a logical next step for Peter Cap. Even without the romantic architecture and gardens, it would be a peaceful country getaway conveniently close to Adelaide. But with the gracious manor commanding a classical scene, it’s much more than that.
“You can be lord and lady of the manor for the duration of your stay,” says Peter. “The Manor Estate team adapts to your requirements giving you as much privacy as you could wish while catering to the needs you indicate when you make your bookings.”
Hospitality is the order of the day, but this is not a typical hotel with carbon-copy rooms and cheek-by-jowl living. Each room is different and each has its own charm, be it direct access to balconies or a hideaway giving onto the magnificent gardens. Fresh flowers cut from the garden add a welcoming touch and the estate’s award-winning wines await enjoyment by guests. All in all, it’s a fairytale destination.
Australia is Full of Surprises – Manor Estate has to be One of the Nicest
While travel bans continue to be irksome, Australians need only to be as adaptable as they always have been, and they’ll find someplace that offers what they’re looking for in a holiday. “It takes a little effort to find the venues, but Australia is vibrant and creative,” says Peter. “Manor Estate offers a taste of Europe where guests can experience the graceful living of yesteryear coupled with modern convenience. But whatever the scene, Australia offers something to match it. I’m confident of that.”
Manor estate offers wine events, a romantic wedding venue and luxury accommodation in McLaren Vale. For more information, or to buy wine online, or join their wine club, visit the Manor Estate Wines website or call their team of experts on (08) 8383 7300.