After planting the first grape vines in the Adelaide Hills in the 1850s and regularly hosting parties that became infamous, it was only appropriate that Arthur had one of the most amazing cellars of the day. Unfortunately this cellar fell into disuse over the years and this year we have carefully excavated, restored and expanded the cellar underneath the original house. Our Sommelier has put together a cellar to rival any in the state, indeed Gourmet Traveller Wine awarded us with the ‘Best Listing of South Australian Wines’ in the country at the recent Australian Wine List of the Year awards. Guests have the opportunity to tour the cellar and have a hosted tasting in the cellar’s private tasting area.
SEQUOIA VINEYARD TASTING
Three American Redwoods, or Sequioias, were planted by Arthur Hardy when he purchased the property in 1852. Often referred to as ‘a planter of trees’ he also founded the botanic gardens which were originally part of the grounds. These trees now tower over the property and it is in their honor that we name our estate sparkling. Organically grown at 727m, our two vineyards are the highest in the state and is renown for producing some of the best fruit in the region. Our sommelier can take your group on a tour through the vineyard, taste the grapes and try Sequoia where it is grown. A great option for Champagne lovers.
ARTHUR WATERHOUSE BAR & COCKTAIL MASTERCLASSES
Arthur Waterhouse was the house’s second owner and was responsible for renovating the property to its current form. He was very well regarded, and in his honor we have named the Arthur Waterhouse Lounge. It is only fitting that for such a fine gentleman we put together the region’s largest whiskey and spirt collection for the what is quickly becoming one of the hottest cocktail bars in the state. Our head barman has travelled the world, working in some amazing bars. What better way to begin or end an event that a cocktail masterclass?
Truly one of our iconic experiences here at Mount Lofty House, sitting around your private campfire with one of the best views in the state, roasting marshmallows and drinking fine Adelaide Hills wine. Why not pull up a seat and toast the sunset?
MASTERCLASSES ON WINE, CHOCOLATE, CHEESE, DISTILLERY, BREWERS
We are truly spoilt in our region, which is a hub of creativity and passion; winemakers, cheese makers, chocolate makers, distillers, brewers and small producers abound. Whatever your interest we can arrange tastings and masterclasses onsite or if you prefer we can arrange private tastings and tours of some of the regions finest. Fancy a taste?
HEYSEN TRAIL, THE SUMMIT & HIKING
The Heysen trail is one of the longest in Australia at 1200 km and we are lucky it runs right through the property. This is a great opportunity for the more active visitors and we can arrange guided walks, orienteering, and team building activities throughout. Alternatively why not visit the summit to check out some of the best views around back over Adelaide and the ocean?
NATIVE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS & CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK
Cleland Wildlive park is less than a kilometre down the road offering many native wildlife experiences. Alternatively we can arrange for the animals to come to site to meet your group; a great option for international guests, or just those of us that love animals.
STABLES DAY SPA
The beautifully appointed Stables Day Spa offers your guests a destination Spa escape high above the Piccadilly Valley. 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.
The health benefits are very real; yes, yoga can increase your flexibility, improve your balance, and decrease your cholesterol. But most of our delegates say the biggest benefit for them is that they feel centred, refreshed and present. Combined with freshly squeezed juice and smoothies this is a great way to start the day or to reinvigorate your team during a focussed meeting.
Cooking Classes (Sticky Rice)
A great team building activity that finishes with a delicious meal – sounds great doesn’t it? Specialising in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine you can choose to have the cuisine of your choice in private classes. We can accommodate dietary requirements and most food allergies within the menu if we know the details in advance.