- iPod dock
- Flat screen TV
- Pillow menu
- Bar fridge
- Wine cellar
- Swimming pool
- Guest lounge
- Outdoor bath
Overview – Kingsford Homestead
Best known for its role as ‘Drover’s Run’ in the hit TV show McLeod’s Daughters, Kingsford Homestead is as intriguing as it is romantic.
Commissioned in 1856 by Stephen King, a successful entrepreneur and one of the earliest settlers in Gawler, the Kingsford Homestead is said to have been carved out of Edinburgh sandstone used as ship’s ballast. Guests will still see many period features retained in the homestead now; the Gothic cedar staircase is a focal point as is the turreted porch at the main entrance. The original stone cellars are concealed by an antique cedar buffet, and believed to have once contained produce as well as several foolish bushrangers who tried to hold up the homestead.
Kingsford Homestead accommodates a total of just 14 guests in seven individually styled suites. Luxuries common across all however, include a wonderfully comfortable bed, pillow menu, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and iPod dock. L’Occitane en Provence toiletries, soft drinks in the bar fridge, plush dressing gowns and slippers provide an extra special touch. Suites are named after past owners, people or things connected to the homestead’s history in some way.
All stays are inclusive of breakfast and dinner, evening canapés and cocktails, as well as the homestead’s signature riverside outdoor bath experience where the tub fits two! Guests are encouraged to make themselves completely at home, so Chef Stuart Oldfield’s country-style meals can be enjoyed in the formal dining room, or out on the airy veranda. The cellar door is always open for tastings, and special vintages are available for purchase. The lounge has a wood fireplace and plush sofas, ideal for relaxing with drinks and snacks.
If you can be tempted to wander outside, ask for a map and explore the 225 acres shared only with other hotel guests and a host of furred and feathered friends. Regularly spotted are kookaburras, kangaroos and wedge-tailed eagles. Your hosts might even join you, bringing along a wealth of insights together with damper and billy tea. Of course, the Barossa itself begs exploration – the 165-year old Seppeltsfield estate is a must visit, while a cycle tour of surrounding small-batch vineyards might help burn off some extra calories.
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Rooms – Kingsford Homestead
There are a total of seven premium suites on the property; five occupy the upper floor, while a single ground floor room is tucked in the homestead’s sunny north-eastern corner. The most exclusive option is the standalone Stonemason’s Cottage, hidden behind the main house.
Stephen King Suite
Name after the man who started it all, this suite looks west over the homestead’s main entrance, and onto the stone shearing sheds. As befitting of its name, the suite is the largest of them all and contains a double shower and spa tub that has views of rolling hills.
John Angas Suite
It was only appropriate that a suite would be named for the property’s second owner who raised Hereford cattle on the homestead for several generations. With the ability to connect with the Stephen King Suite, the John Angas Suite has picturesque bay windows and flexible bedding – a king or two large singles, depending on guest needs. The bathroom is equipped with a shower.
The local Aboriginal name for the area as well as the name of King’s first house, this suite’s south-easterly aspect is ideal for watching the sun rise. The bathroom contains an extra-large spa bath plus a shower.
Kerry Packer Suite
Channel 9’s owner purchased Kingsford Homestead in 2000 and put the property on the Australian public’s radar by making it the chief filming location for Logie-award winning McLeod’s Daughters. This west-facing room has sunset views and an extravagant claw-footed tub.
Frederick Scarfe Suite
Director of Adelaide’s famous department store – Harris Scarfe – Frederick lived in Kingsford in the early 1900s. This petite chamber may not be as roomy as the other upstairs suites, but it has a generous ultra-contemporary ensuite with an oval freestanding bath.
The Ahrens Suite
The most convenient to all the homestead’s facilities, this suite has an extra-spacious bathroom with shower, and is named after the current owners who brought Kingsford into modernity. If you don’t like stairs, this unit is perfect for you.
Ultra-private, the Stonemason’s Cottage is independent from the main homestead and has its own lounge room and fireplace. The bedroom leads into an enormous bathroom with large windows, a double shower and spa tub. Its name pays tribute to the skilled craftsman who constructed the building, as its walls and trusses have outlived him by over a century.
Facilities – Kingsford Homestead
- 6 individual suites and 1 private cottage
- All inclusive package
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Dining room
- Guest lounge
- Wine cellar
Activities – Kingsford Homestead
- Outdoor signature bath experience
Activities at extra cost
- In-room spa treatments
- Winemaker dinner
- Wine tours
- Hot air ballooning
The closest capital city to Gawler is Adelaide, which is connected to all major Australian capital cities and several global hubs. From Adelaide International Airport, the Kingsford Homestead is a mere 45 minutes’ drive north via the M20 Northern Expressway and A20 Sturt Highway.
Other South Australian destinations worth visiting include lovely, leafy Adelaide, wildlife-rich Kangaroo Island and the primordial Flinders Ranges. Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge is almost as breathtaking as the island itself, whilst unique Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges offers accommodation in a 160-year old restored homestead on a vast, private nature conservancy.