Thorngrove Manor Hotel

Adelaide, Australia

Quintessentially- romantic hilltop escape, 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre

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5 rooms

With its distinctive creative architecture, captivating style and contemporary influence, Thorngrove Manor, a recipient of many awards, is one of the world’s outstanding unique hotels. The romantic castle inspired towers and fantasy turrets are clues to its artistic and flamboyant interiors. Antiques, exquisitely crafted rooms and furniture, winding staircases, friezes, stencilled designs and artworks exploit the extraordinarily diverse and idiosyncratic room shapes to create an escapist’s dream.


20 minutes from Adelaide’s city centre. 7 minutes walk to the village of Stirling. 13 kms / 35 minutes from Adelaide International Airport.


Things to enjoy

An architectural adventure in creative surrounds, privacy, individual dining, antiques, in-room holistic massage therapies, croquet, petanque.

Number of floors: 4

In detail

Imaginative decor renders every room a masterpiece. There is no more ingenious fusion of the contemporary and the baroque anywhere. Enjoy meticulous attention to detail. Every modern facility has been discreetly woven into this romantic wonderland. Privacy is absolute; you may never see the other guests. The discreet personalised dining and comfort levels surpass all five star ratings. Romantics – Thorngrove Manor could be journey's end!

Situated 20 minutes from the Adelaide city centre, in South Australia’s oldest wine region, Thorngrove Manor Hotel, is an idyllic romantic retreat, providing for experiential day trips to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley. A scenic marked walking trail winds its way to the nearby village of Stirling.


Thorngrove is the quintessential idyllic romantic escape for couples. An engaging, magical and enchanting iconic 5 star work of architectural art. Individually located and uniquely private accommodation catering for personal selection, with privately sited dedicated entries. Inspired timeless , idiosyncratic design with a sense of wonder. Exquisitely crafted, creative surroundings provide engaging experiences for the soul and spirit; providing a journey beyond the destination. The dynamic and artistic interior reflects rare craftsmanship, featuring selected antiques and the finest bespoke furniture, along with modern amenities. Suites are distinguished by their totally private locations, individual character, configuration and style. HD, LCD TV, DVD BluRay & wireless broadband. Experience unique and commanding outlooks across sweeping vistas, with a special sense of time and place. An inspired and captivating artistic haven to discover the best of South Aust. Located in SA's oldest wine producing region, 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. Strictly limited guest numbers. Relaxed private atmosphere. For those with romance in their soul!

Tower Loft Room

Tower Loft Room

Queen size exotic carved ebony bed with down topped mattress. Access by spiral stairs within a tower. En-suite with large gable roof windows, deep porcelain spa bath, separate shower, walk in robe. Hill horizon views from bay window. Warm inviting ambience. Comfortable and plush sitting area with carved antique formal dining setting and rare signed Moreau antique French bronze statue. Timber decorated with golden armorial friezes. w/s HD LCD/DVD wireless internet. Not suited for the mobility impaired. $840.00pn inc gourmet continental breakfast (2 persons) $700.00 single corporate. Dinner bookings essential.

Observatory Bedroom

Observatory Suite

A stone spiral staircase entry leads to a unique above tree top retreat. Golden painted stars shine like jewels in the sky above a circular semi-sunken spa bath. Dramatic architectural features embellished with golden stencilled and hand painted friezes. Wooden shutters in the lounge/ dining room, with Georgian oak table /dining setting. Discretely enclosed kitchenette and mini-bar. Leather sofa and arm chairs. Hali wool and silk rugs. Whimsically carved C18th English Oak timber King size bed and cupboards. Bedroom panoramic windows take advantage of the peerless vistas, with uninterrupted views over treetops to the horizon. Sweeping hill and valley views from the unique hilltop location. A steeply vaulted timber beamed ceiling radiates from a collar beamed pinnacle in the tower bedroom. 2HDLCD/DVD,1Blu-Ray/DVD wireless internet $1050.00pn inc breakfast. Dinner bookings essential prior to arrival.

Queen Chamber Bedroom

Queens Chamber

A rich tapestry to delight the senses. Fantasy and romance with intricate refined plaster detail, artistry and design. These captivating rooms adjoin a large open terrace for alfresco dining with expansive tree top views and sunset vistas beyond the battlements. A majestic King sized four-poster English Elm bed with carved heraldic lions draped with GP&J Baker fabric. French tapestries provide harmony of colour, richness and texture, highlighted by a rare C19th porcelain plaque,1820 Raingo Freres, French bronze, ormolu silk suspension mantle clock and C18th Dutch candelabra. Luxurious Axminster carpet. A suite of refined romanticism. An ambiance of calm with exquisite detail with sweeping views. 2 w/s HD LCD/DVD/BluRay wireless internet Bose Wave CD/Ipod dock Nespresso pod machine. $1350.00pn inc breakfast. Dinner bookings essential.

Thorngrove Manor Hotel

Castle Chamber

Imagine knights and fair damsels, rustic fortified stone walls, dragons and dungeons. A stone spiral newel staircase joins the two levels. French tapestries, original hand coloured steel engravings c1868, silken tassels, antique furnishings, colourful hand painted centrally vaulted ceilings, a grand, ornamental stone working hooded fireplace and an ensuite spa bath feature. Private lounge/ dining room with tapestry covered down-filled winged armchairs, bedroom with Continental King size C19th carved bed-head, walls are adorned C19th hand-coloured etchings. C18th oak coffer. Kitchenette and Juliet-style balcony. Lancet and mullioned windows provide subtle lighting. Absolute privacy this romantic castle escape is- “the stuff dreams and fairytales are made of”. 2 HDLCD/DVD/BluRay 2CD $1050.00pn inc breakfast. Dinner bookings essential.

King Chamber Lounge

Kings Chamber

Reassuringly traditional, rich in colour, elegance, inviting and refined. Private gate entry, driveway and entrance portico covered with scrambling roses. Totally private entry hall, lounge/ dining room and bedroom. The romance of a spectacular ornamental baronial style fireplace with a blazing log fire in winter, an antique German piano, resplendent polished carved European antique oak cupboards; rare life-size Scottish antique ecclesiastic stained glass windows c1890 and impressive and dramatic heritage timber beamed ceilings with gold stencils. Museum quality antique clocks c1820 and listed European masters. Hand decorated and restored antique continental King size hand painted half canopy bed with down topped mattress. Liberty and embroidered Morris &Co linen fabrics and Scottish leather. A bay window overlooks picturesque and colourful hedged gardens with ancient elm trees. A dramatic glass walled ensuite bathroom with natural lighting, overlooks a tranquil pond, water feature and terraced and Box hedged garden. 2 w/s HD LCD DVD CD

Thorngrove Manor Hotel

Castle Chamber - Terrace View

Experience the magic of enchanted forests. Dream peacefully in a King size carved English Oak four-posted bed adorned with squirrels, oak leaves and draped in exquisite European fabrics. Down topped mattress. Rustic fortified stone walls are hung with French heraldic tapestries. A local artisan has created embellished European- style wooden shutters and created enchanting and whimsical feature wall panels in this “storybook castle’. Private underground cellar inspired lounge/ dining room, bedroom, and kitchenette. A rustic flagstone paved private courtyard with Box hedging and topiary. $1350.00


Unique evolutionary  refurbishment and dedicated,  constant maintenance under architectural supervision ensures the highest of standards. Thorngrove  is a creative  intimate  and exceptionally private escape. Uniquely Thorngrove allows a maximum of  2 couples at any one time and as such is unable to cater for weddings, groups or corporate events or group dining.  It is  for those with romance in their soul  seeking  unique accommodation experiences....for those who wish- not to be seen......................

Directory of services

  • CD / DVD library

On-site facilities

  • Luggage storeroom

Family facilities

  • Cots

Languages spoken

  • English


Romantic Dining – Privacy, indulgence, luxury and convenience-experience in-room dining. Renowned for fine cuisine, a multi-choice menu, best fresh regional bio-dynamic and organic produce from local providores served at guest’s preferred time. Candlelit dining room - $50.00. C18th/C19th European antique hallmarked sterling silver featured in place settings. Fine antique Irish Linen: inc Sferra. Salad, vegetable varieties from our organic garden. $151 .00pp Bookings essential-1 week prior to arrival. Alcoholic beverages not sold- no group bookings. Couples only BYO Asia TV-Superb Travel & Dining " It is the best in SA!"

luxury and indulgence of in-room dining

Prior bookings essential-due to bio-dynamic, free range and organic produce. Indulgence and convenience-experience private in-room dining. Renowned and acclaimed for showcasing fine innovative organic cuisine a 4 course multiple-choice menu, using the best of local fresh produce is served course by course, individually to suites at guest’s preferred time (AUD 151.00 per person). The elegant and ornate candlelit dining room is available by prior special request (AUD 50 surcharge applicable). All rooms/suites have formal antique tables and chairs for totally private dining. Rare 18th/19th Century European antique sterling silver pieces feature in dinner place settings. Light tasty cuisine with a bountiful variety of Organic and Bio-dynamic products. The focus is on the freshest possible ingredients with many salad and vegetable varieties and fruits from the garden. Herbs are from the Manor’s organic kitchen garden. Eggs are farm fresh from our own free-range hens. South Australian seafood is a specialty. Thorngrove promotes healthy eating and lifestyle choices. BYO is welcome, but Thorngrove does not sell alcoholic beverages. The Thorngrove kitchen has a "you are what you eat" philosophy, with ingredients being individually flavoursome, and natural, and with produce identifiable on the plate. English Breakfast with an extensive choice of cereals and 7 varieties of mueslis., Thorngrove Manor hen’s eggs prepared to order, muffins, our own natural fruit yoghurt, assorted cheeses, emu sausages, wagyu beef sausages, fresh fruit, waffles, croissants and a choice of 12 different teas, coffee, chocolate A$48.00pp (organic and bio dynamic produce used extensively) A large selection of award winning restaurants are located nearby, Bridgewater Mill (lunch) and Magill Estate(dinner). Character historic hotels in nearby villages and local cellar doors offer informal lunch options. Local towns host a wide array of appellation restaurants, bistros, Australian pubs, coffee shops and cafes. Group bookings not accepted. Dining for couples only. 7 day booking notice.

Restaurant details
Type: Informal personalised individual private dining
Dress Code: private dining-personal options
Opening Hours: service starts from 6.00pm to 8.00 commencement. Dining for couples only-no groups max 2
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)


2 Day Spa facilites/ Body Wraps in village of Stirling (5 minutes away).

Treatments available in local village of Stirling

Spa Treatments
  • Body scrub


Located in one of South Australia's premier wine regions. Individual and uniquely private accommodation catering for individual selection, with private dedicated entries. Inspired timeless design with a sense of wonder; antique and the finest bespoke furnishing. A dynamic property where creative surroundings provide unique engaging experiences for the soul. Unique and commanding outlooks across sweeping vistas, with a special sense of time and place. Tranquillity, privacy and peace- true relaxation. Thorngrove is about total privacy and relaxation, informality, peace, harmony and generosity of spirit. Pretentiousness lives outside the gates. In the village, a 10 minute walk there are 2 Day Spa facilities. There are many scenic and relaxing walks in the immediate area and places in the garden in which to dream. Experience another world!


  • Croquet - On Site
  • Golf Driving Range - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Hairdresser - Nearby
  • Horse Racing - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Horse Riding - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km

Meetings and Business

Thorngrove does not accept corporate group bookings. If the thought of organising a big wedding is too intimidating-privately declare your love and elope to the magical fairytale Thorngrove.

Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Data ports
  • DVD
  • Internet / E-mail access
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • LCD / Plasma flat screens
  • Television
  • Wireless internet access

Caring Luxury

"A breath of fresh air" : As part of our health and environmental quality assurance program Thorngrove is a non-smoking hotel. Washing is naturally air dried outside in the sunshine when seasonally possible. Non toxic/ only natural herbal based cleaning agents are used. Natural handmade soaps and organic shampoo are provided as well as Crabtree & Evelyn amenities, providing an ethical and healthy alternative. Natural fibre bedding;Egyptian cotton, mohair and alpaca and natural flooring materials. As part of our environmental focus, all mains water is treated and recycled for use on the gardens. A potable bore provides water for the gardens. Cardboard, paper and glass are recycled. Corks go to the Girl Guides, linen, blankets, furniture and appliances to local charities. The garden is organically maintained with no sprays or drifting chemical residue. A worm farm processes all vegetable kitchen scraps into natural fertiliser. All produce used is organic or bio-dynamic where possible. Limited guest numbers lessen the local environmental footprint, Rather than an artificial tourist enclave, Thorngrove is part of a vibrant local village community.

Getting there

Hotel Address

Thorngrove Manor Hotel
2 Glenside Lane
Stirling Adelaide
South Australia 5152. Australia Adelaide5152Australia


Nearest airport 13 miles: Adelaide, 35 minute drive / Airport  meet/greet chauffeur transfer AUD 130.00 inc GST. Bentley Silver Spur Limousine pick up $190.00. Nearest train station: 8 miles - Adelaide. Motorway: M1, 2 minutes. Car rental drop off at Thorngrove from AUD 80.00 per day including GST. Shopping district: Stirling, 500 metres. City centre: Adelaide.  20mins Nearest bus or coach: at the property gate . Tailor made tours from AUD 100.00per hour including GST per car


Nearest international airport: Adelaide (21 - 30 Km.)
Nearest local airport: Adelaide (21 - 30 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest train station: Adelaide (11 - 20 Km.)
Nearest bus or coach station: at the gate (Less than 1 Km.)


Nearest motorway junction: Crafers (2 Km.)

Car Rental

Nearest car rental office: Aldgate (2 Km.)


From Adelaide via Glen Osmond Road to South Eastern Freeway and Heysen Tunnel. 15 minutes from the ADL CBD Take Crafers exit into Main Street, turn left into Piccadilly Road At roundabout, turn right into Old Mt Baker Road. Glenside Lane is second street on right. Ring bell at gates in Glenside Lane to be given access into the property. Thorngrove is on the right of Glenside Lane. Approximately 15 minutes from city centre or 30 minutes from the airport. Airport pick up can be arranged.

Near Thorngrove Manor Hotel

Adelaide city and hills, Bridgewater Mill, Barossa Valley, Cleland Wildlife Park, Kangaroo Island, Penfolds Magill Estate, cooking school, wineries/vineyards, golf, day spa, historic villages, gardens, museums.


  • Adelaide (Art Gallery,Museum,Theatre and Casino)
  • Barossa Valley
  • Clare Valley
  • Mt Lofty Summit- highest peak in South Australia

    At 710 metres above sea level and only 15 minutes from the city centre of Adelaide, the Mt Lofty Summit restaurant and informaion centre has spectacular panoramic views over Adelaide to the sea. The building is a modern and impressive structure with floor to ceiling walls of glass which allow guests and visitors to take in the full impact of the city and coastal views by day, the sensational sunsets and the city lights and stars at night. The highest point overlooking Adelaide to the sea - it's a breathtaking setting! Thorngrove is situated on the adjacent next highest point. Mt Lofty can be viewed from north facing upper floor rooms at Thorngrove.

  • Bridgewater Mill Restaurant and cellar door

    Housed in the Bridgewater Mill building is the award-winning, fine dining Petaluma Restaurant. The restaurant is open for lunch from midday Thursday through to Monday

  • Kangaroo Island

    Located a 30 minute flight from ADL. An ideal daytrip destination from Thorngrove Manor. Enjoy the day out and return and enjoy a realxing dinner and evening.

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