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Mount Lofty House

Mount Lofty House was built in 1852 by prominent statesman Arthur Hardy as his summer house. Arthur Hardy is reminiscent of a South Australian Jay Gatsby; indeed his wife Martha described their lifestyle as ‘a kind of feudal splendour’. Their beautiful manor soon became the state's premier address for lavish and infamous parties for Adelaide’s elite of the day. From such lofty beginnings the manor was passed through a number of South Australian families, including a period as commune in the 1970s. In the disastrous 1983 fires of Ash Wednesday Mount Lofty House was burnt to the ground before rising from the ashes like a phoenix to truly become one of South Australia’s great icons...

Accommodation

Mount Lofty House offers a delightful selection of rooms and fit-outs: choose between the Original, Classic, Piccadilly Garden or Valley View Rooms. For more space and a ‘Lord of the Manor’ feel, pick one of our Suites or book one of the four Cottages which accomodate between 4-10 people.

Dining

Enter the world of Arthur Hardy, the determined & visionary young English man, who loved the finer things in life. Take a seat on the verandah of his 1852 summer residence before embarking on what will be one of the best culinary journeys of your life. Hardy’s Verandah serves a seasonally changing, 4- to 7-course degustation menu, following the ‘Valley to Verandah’ concept, paired with a multi-award-winning wine selection, sake collection, and creative cocktail menu.

Day Spa

The beautifully appointed Gate Keeper’s Day Spa offers a destination Spa escape that sits high above and overlooks the stunning Adelaide Hills from the iconic and award-winning Mount Lofty House.

With every element and experience carefully crafted to offer an enchanting Spa Wellness sojourn, our exquisite rituals for face and body incorporate the latest techniques and meticulously formulated products to ensure each spa journey rejuvenates skin-targeting results with a slice of relaxation heaven.

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