Just minutes from the previous Thorn Park Country House, Thorn Park by the vines is located on the edge of Sevenhill in the Clare Valley in South Australia. David Hay and Michael Speers have delivered another magnificent dining and accommodation experience and of an equally high quality. An exquisite private location, with bush and vineyard views looking out over their dam, Thorn Park by the vines has an ’Australianness’ about it that will make their luxury accommodation and superb regional dining the destination of choice by international and national travellers alike.
The galley kitchen is open to the dining room, making the theatre of the kitchen dramatically close. The less glamorous but necessary aspects of meal preparation remain hidden in the scullery. As Gertrude Stein recommended, this element of the dining experience ’should not be seen’.
Each suite has its own view and private area. Quiet spaces and the extensive library remain very important elements of the accommodation experience. New furnishings, beautiful fabrics and the expected extravagances sit comfortably amongst a few favourite pieces kept from Thorn Park Country House, giving Thorn Park by the vines small but comforting touches of familiarity.
With three luxurious double rooms, all with ASDL connection, Thorn Park by the vines sleeps six guests, and rooms can be booked singly or as a group. Views of the individual rooms and listed facilities can be viewed by clicking the links below. Cooking classes are available by prior arrangement.
Just minutes from the previous Thorn Park Country House, Thorn Park by
the vines is located on the edge of Seven Hill in the Clare Valley in South
Australia. David Hay and Michael Speers are consummate professionals
when it comes to creating a superb environment that it totally luxurious and
utterly tasteful. Their latest property Thorn Park by the vines manages to
capture the essence of privacy and peace and has just the right amount of
modernity and openness without ever intruding into the private spaces of
the rooms. A late afternoon drink on their main deck looking out over
their dam at sunset the view epitomizes everything that the extraordinary
landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen so cleverly captured on canvas in his
The living areas at Thorn Park by the vines are light and open looking out
over spectacular bush and vineyard vistas. Superbly furnished with
wonderful artworks and embellished with new treasures found recently
when Michael and David were travelling in Europe and the Middle East.
There are many private places including the library which is crammed with
interesting books and many high quality art, history, architecture and travel
and of course food and wine
The yellow room
The yellow room is a lovely blend of pale yellow, cream and deep indigo blue. Pale yellow walls and the blue drapes picked with yellow give this lovely light room a Chinoiserie feel. Antique botanical prints and Royal Doulton plates add to that feel without taking away a sense of space. A superb, early Australian mahogany wardrobe and cedar desk and large comfortable arm chair add touches of both luxury and practicality.
The room’s large windows over look over a beautiful bush land setting and there are comfortable antique cane chairs in the shaded terrace in front of the windows
The yellow room is suitable for guests with special mobility requirements.
The White Room
The larger of the two guest rooms, the white room has vistas over both the dam and mature eucalypts. The walls are a soft white and the furnishings include a contemporary, gray, white and black floral pattern and sheer muslin drapes.
The white room is furnished with beautiful antiques that include a rare Australian Huon Pine wardrobe and Michael’s Grandmother’s mahogany chaise lounge, which has been recovered in a rich warm gray textured fabric. It provides a perfect spot to lay back and relax with a good book.
Art works include an early Jacquie Hick painting and several Botanical studies. A beautiful rug collected on our recent trip to Turkey, adds an exotic finishing touch.
The Mocha Room
The second of the larger rooms, the Mocha Room, looks over the neighbouring northern vineyards also the protective stone ridge to the east. It has a king–sized bed that can also be twinned. Not surprisingly the walls are painted a rich mocha brown.
The furniture is a mix of early Australian cedar and mahogany pieces that blend well with the lighter contemporary fabrics used for the soft furnishings.
A large striped armchair calls out to be snuggled into with a good book, and the eclectic art works include works by former local artist Russell Pick, antique Daumier cartoons and other works collected on the boys’ travels.
The large en–suite has a toilet, bidet and double vanity.
CHECKING IN & OUT
Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am
GETTING THERE AND DISTANCES
Thorn Park by the vines is 6 kms from Clare Valley