Venture just twenty minutes from the City of Adelaide into the beautiful Adelaide Hills and you can find the State Heritage listed Morialta Barns. The Barns were built around 1847 by John Baker, the second premier of South Australia, as part of his Morialta House Estate at Norton Summit. After falling into disrepair they have recently been undergoing restoration and conversion to bed and breakfast accommodation and we are now ready to welcome guests to the property.
The Barns are located on an eight acre property where they sit on the side of a picturesque valley overlooking the Fourth Creek as it winds its way down towards the Morialta Falls. Both the Heysen and Yurrebilla Trails pass through the property on their way either into the Morialta Conservation Park or across to Mount Lofty and beyond.
The Barns can accommodate up to eight guests in three separate buildings. The Well Room has accommodation for two guests; The Loft has accommodation for two guests; and The Bakery can accommodate up to four additional guests. Any group size from one to eight will be able to stay at The Barns, so if you are a smaller group you don’t need to book the entire property but if you have a larger group you can still enjoy your own space. All three buildings have direct access onto the private walled courtyard where you can relax and enjoy the rustic heritage surrounds and views across the valley. Perhaps with a glass of local wine and a game of petanque (boules) prior to dinner with friends in the courtyard, or maybe before a short stroll up the Heysen Trail to the Scenic Hotel for dinner with sunset views across the city to the coast.
The Bakery which sits on the edge of the courtyard enjoys views of the valley from the lounge and dining areas downstairs. Originally this building contained the properties kitchen and storeroom downstairs where the original baker’s oven is still in place. Upstairs, which was originally the farm workers accommodation, has now been converted into a bathroom with luxury amenities and two bedrooms (one with a queen bed the other with two singles). A slow combustion wood heater sits in the huge kitchen fireplace in what is now the lounge room. The kitchen/dining room allows you to be self-contained and the fridge will be stocked with provisions for a full breakfast for your first morning. Stay for two or more nights and you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine from one of our local vineyards.
If you’re visiting for one of Adelaide’s great festivals or events The Barns are only twenty minutes from the city; or if you need to take a break from the city you can enjoy the tranquillity of The Barns maybe using them as a base to explore other local towns and regions such as Stirling, Hahndorf or even the Barossa. The owners, who live separately on the property, are available if required to provide local knowledge or help make special arrangements.
So whether you’re looking for a quiet break on a long journey; an indulgent escape; a romantic getaway; a family holiday in The Hills; or even if you have no reason at all, your stay at Morialta Barns will make the occasion just that little bit extra special.