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2015 Tourism Award


Adelaide Hills icon Mount Lofty House has scaled new heights of excellence and innovation after being voted the state’s Best Business Event Venue at the 2015 SA Tourism Awards.

The gala awards ceremony at the Adelaide Convention Centre featured hundreds of entries across more than 30 categories, with the judges singing the praises of Mount Lofty House for its holistic and innovative conference experience.

It also recognises the venue’s commitment to supporting local businesses, producers and suppliers – and by extension, the regional economy.

Since being purchased by South Australian family a little over seven years ago, Mount Lofty House has successfully repositioned itself as a premier conference destination, set amid the beautiful Adelaide Hills yet just 15 minutes’ drive from the Adelaide CBD.

Mouth Lofty House caters for events ranging from small and intimate gatherings to those accommodating up to 400 people and specialises in residential conferences – where delegates stay in the hotel overnight – and exclusive conferences, where an organisation takes over the entire hotel for the duration of the conference.

The sharp focus on events has contributed to significant growth in this area, with revenue from conferences, banquets and weddings rising from $1.71-million in 2011/12 to $2.66-million in 2014/15 and projections for the current year set at $2.75-million.

Commenting on the SA Tourism award, recently appointed General Manager Tony Barradale said it vindicates Mount Lofty House’s stance to do whatever it can to engage clients while positioning it as a compelling option.

“We work hard to find solutions for our customers, regardless of their budgets, and in our quest to be viewed as the compelling option, we’re always on the lookout for more innovative and enticing approaches that make every conference experience memorable,” Mr Barradale said.

“We’re blessed with a wonderful location, which allows us to offer a holistic conference experience.  Yes, we offer well-appointed bedrooms and technologically-advanced conference facilities, but delegates also have the broad and beautiful canvas that is Mount Lofty House, its many recreational facilities and its magnificent and expansive grounds to explore and enjoy.

“We help to place them in a relaxed frame of mind that’s conducive to a successful conference, even adding a few stress relievers such as on-site yoga sessions and meditation classes.”

Mr Barradale, whose rich hospitality experience includes executive positions at some of the finest establishments in Australia and internationally, added that the award acknowledges Mount Lofty House’s commitment to celebrating all the Adelaide Hills has to offer.

“We take great pride in supporting the community within which we operate, to the point where we source local food, wine and other supplies whenever and wherever possible – and support local tradespeople and professionals as far as possible,” he added.

Mount Lofty House is shortly embarking on the most significant development in 30 years including a signature bar, lounge and destinational restaurant, an exclusive cellar packed with the finest wines from across the Adelaide Hills region followed by construction of 9 high-end villas overlooking the Piccadilly Valley.

Mount Lofty House is the largest single employer in the tourism sector in the Adelaide Hills, with a regular staff nudging 40 and rising to around 65 – and in some cases even topping 100 – when casuals are hired to assist with functions such as banquets and weddings.

Natalia's Birthday and her 500th wedding for Mount Lofty House!

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Tips and Tricks from Natalia – Wedding Planner & Coordinator

Natalia our Mount Lofty House Wedding Planner & Coordinator understands weddings!  She has been with Mount Lofty House for over 5 years and in fact it’s her birthday today and celebrates her 500th wedding today at Mount Lofty House!

Natalia’s experience about what makes a wedding special, elegant, unique and memorable is undeniable.

Here are a few tips from Natalia:

Use suppliers you and the venue trust (ask Natalia for a list of Mount Lofty House preferred suppliers)

Fall in love with your ceremony and reception venue – Spend some time at Mount Lofty House enjoying our gardens, views of the Piccadilly Valley, the Stables Day Spa and the food and wine from our renowned kitchen.  At Mount Lofty House we offer multiple ceremony and reception venues including the Tiered Lawns which boast views from the split level gardens over the Piccadilly Valley and our very own manicured rose garden.   The Piccadilly Restaurant and Pavilion offers panoramic windows with views over the Valley, and is perfect for any wedding reception.

Allow people to help where possible Natalia, your Wedding Planner & Coordinator is onsite, to assist in the lead-up to your big day!  She will provide support, offer advice and point you in the direction of who can help (don’t forget your bridal party are there to help)!

Have a clear vision of what you want so you don’t get overwhelmed. Plan your day and have a vision.  Share you vision with Natalia, so can she ensure that Mount Lofty House fulfil your dream day, and allow Natalia to assist. And don’t forget, 'don’t sweat the small stuff’.

Timings Don’t leave invitations to the last minute, as soon as they are out the door, a weight is lifted.   Don’t base timings of the day around your photographer, but more about guest ease and comfort.  Make sure your speeches don’t go on for too long, and ask your speakers to speak of you as a couple, rather than you as individuals.  Spend some time on your seating plan early.  Don’t leave this to the last minute.  Natalia is often told that the seating plan is one of the hardest and trickiest part of your organising.

Simple and Elegant Keep things simple and elegant, true particularly of centrepieces.  Think about the tone you would like to create when choosing your music.  A band is best for great atmosphere, and a DJ is better for dancing.  Choose a menu on dishes that you LOVE, not what you feel you should have or what tradition states.

At Mount Lofty House we understand that your wedding day should be a treasured individual celebration, filled with precious memories.  We look forward to sitting down with you and customising your day to create a truly unique experience and fulfil your vision!

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74 Mt Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers SA 5152


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