Who knew you could find a piece of Parisian paradise, hiding away in the Barossa?
Smack bang between Tanunda and Lyndoch, a scenic 50 minute drive from Adelaide, you’ll find Le Mas — a luxury French style accommodation that’s been renovated to absolute perfection. And to be totally honest… it exceeded our (already high) expectations!
From the minute you drive down the winding driveway and onto the property, a sense of calm envelopes you. Surrounded by vineyards, manicured flower beds, and a veggie garden to your right, you know you’re in for a treat! Wander inside the beautifully restored 1857 farm house and voila — you’re in France!
The first area you walk into is a dining / lounge room, complete with huge french windows, a wood fire heater, and some of the most beautiful décor (nearly all of which I’ve taken photos of, to try and copy back at home). And then, the view takes over.
Beyond the windows is a vast stretch of lawn, surrounded by gum trees and their resident kookaburras. In the centre is a featured hedge maze, right next to the path that runs down to the pool — which is heated year-round. It’s a beautiful sight, and gives a peek into the care and consideration that is at the heart of everything Le Mas does.
The staff at Le Mas are there to help you with your every wish, and make your stay feel like a dream. Want to enjoy a wine and a platter by the pool? Done – wander down, and it will be waiting for you. Looking to enjoy a G&T under the festoon lights, overlooking the perfect gardens? Owner Geraldine and her team will make it happen. And – fun fact – Geraldine’s mum will often pop in and create some of her french classics for guests to enjoy — her homemade pâté was incredible. They’ll also offer up A-grade recommendations for things to do in the region (there are PLENTY to choose from), and even take care of winery, restaurant and taxi bookings to make your trip a breeze.
Onto the rooms — there are three types of luxury accommodation on offer. We stayed in the deluxe king room, which meant we were lucky enough to enjoy the huge bath set in the window, and all the creature comforts that we could wish for (including an offering of macaroons when we walked into our room, which were demolished in seconds). There’s also the queen room, overlooking the vines; and the superior king room, which has the option to be made up with two twin beds if needed. Each room oozes French luxury, and the decor and styling is absolutely on point.
If you’re looking to mark a special occasion or celebrate a milestone, you can even book out the entire property — it can sleep up to eight people across four rooms. Other extravagant extras include an in-house chef available to be booked for dinner, and each and every guest is treated to an indulgent breakfast each morning which features some of the best pastries I’ve ever eaten. The croissants are to-die-for. We ate six (not kidding).
We spent our 24-hours at Le Mas in a constant state of bliss: eating, drinking their house-made wine and gin, lying by the pool, and relaxing in the tub. And at the end, we didn’t want to leave! You can simply feel the love and care that has gone into every single detail of this beautiful estate in one of SA’s very best regions. Do yourself a favour, and book a visit.