The 10 Best Accommodations on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia

The Fleurieu Peninsula, like a multi-talented artist, really has it all. Think white sand beaches, verdant vineyards, gourmet produce, hiking trails and beyond. Naturally, when choosing where to stay on the Fleurieu Peninsula, you want the accommodation to be as memorable as the area itself. With this guide that will not disappoint you, discover the 10 best accommodations on the Fleurieu peninsula.

1. TIMBA RTREE, THE RANGE

TIMBA Rtreet, The Range

Do you want to disconnect from your devices and connect with nature? TIMBA by rtreet is a chic new offering that has the vibe of an oversized treehouse. The four-bedroom estate can sleep up to eight people and is set on 50 hectares of land, overlooking the McLaren Vale vineyards and the sea. You will have no choice but to indulge in the peaceful retreat in lounging by the chalet-style pool and spa or snuggling under hemp linen bedding in a king bedroom.

2. PAGO, MIDDLETON

Pago, Middleton

Built in heritage-listed stables and in the private garden of Middleton Mill, Pago has a luxury private pool and four king-size bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. An adults-only retreat, travel to the hidden oasis of the quaint seaside town of Middleton and get away from the cares of everyday life. Featuring a 20 meter magnesium pool and heated spa, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Mallorca in this peaceful stone-walled retreat.

3. NAIKO RETREAT, DEEP STREAM

Naiko Retreet, Deep Creek

The cutting-edge eco-chic Naiko retreat is perched above a sheep farm and nestled between two national parks. The spaceship-inspired chalet is a wellness center for guests with an exterior that looks like it’s straight out of a Bond movie. This property has three luxury bedrooms, with their own bathrooms and can accommodate up to six people (adults only). Secluded on private land, the design and positioning provide complete privacy away from sheep here and there.

4. THE OLD CHAF MILL ORGANIC VINEYARD RETREAT, SELLICKS HILL

Relax in your plush chair and lose yourself in the history and rolling views of The Old Chaff Mill vineyards. With the stone building dating to the mid-19th century, the rich history of this recently renovated property has not been forgotten with touches throughout including a floor-lit display of historic artifacts under a breakfast table and ancient mortar inscriptions on the walls. Set in an organic Shiraz vineyard and almond grove, the building has been divided into two independent luxury suites. There’s also a day spa on-site and it’s a stone’s throw from a beach accessible by car.

5. ESCA TO NEST AND NATURE, INMAN VALLEY

ESCA, Inman Valley

Looking for accommodation near Adelaide? ESCA at Nest & Nature – an hour and a half drive from the CBD – comprises two elegant hilltop suites, with views across the valley to the azure sea. Suites can sleep up to two people each, with high-quality furnishings and durable materials adding to their eco-luxury feel. Located off the grid, they are perfect for savoring the sunsets, tasting local specialties, exploring the hiking trails or simply recharging your batteries in complete privacy.

6. BEACH CABINS, MIDDLETON

Beach Huts, Middleton

Middleton’s brightly colored beach huts evoke a feeling of yesteryear. Once used by beachgoers to change into their clothes or store their belongings, Beach Huts Middleton now offer memorable accommodation in picturesque cottage gardens. Play tennis on its life-size court, take a walk on the local surf beach or satisfy your hunger at the delicious on-site Blues Restaurant. For added enjoyment, the 13 cabanas are named after iconic beaches, including Henley, Bondi and Sorrento.

7. KINGS BEACH RETREATS, WAITPINGA

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a pad with a panoramic view, then Kings Beach Retreats is a dream come true. Offering three wild havens, each with its own all-weather conservatories and sharp views of the deep blue and some rugged cliffs. Headland House is suitable for extended gatherings, while the Sea and Sand Retreats are ideal for couples or small families. Designed by the famous architect, the late Ian Hannaford, the accommodation also features artwork by his brother, Robert Hannaford.

8. CABN, MCLAREN FLAT, THE KUITPO RANGE AND FOREST

CABN, Fleurieu peninsula

Known for their tiny, minimalist, off-the-grid homes nestled in nature, enjoy a stay at one of CABN’s properties you can find dotted around the Fleurieu Peninsula. With properties located in Kuitpo Forest, The Range and McLaren Flat, don’t be fooled by the size as each tiny home is complete with essentials and luxury finishes. While some are dog-friendly, CABN X varieties — like “Giles” in vine-strewn McLaren Flat — include a sauna or outdoor tub.

9. GRASS TREE GULLY, DEEP STREAM

This hillside cabin, Grass Tree Gully, is hidden among the grasses and neighbors Deep Creek National Park. From its large terrace you can admire impressive views across two acres of private bushland and out to sea and Kangaroo Island – perfect for lazy mornings watching the sunrise. The secluded retreat features two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an open-plan living space that you can enjoy privately and at your own pace.

10. LOST RETREATS, MOUNT OSMOND, MOUNT JAGGED AND SOUTH WILLUNGA

Lost Retreats, Mount Jagged

It’s time to get lost – in nature and adventure. Lost Retreats is the brainchild of architect Damien Chwalisz and his friend Steve Brooks. The duo wants to leave a light mark on the earth. Their three homes were created from reused, sustainable and recycled materials. Choose from Skyline Retreat in Mount Osmond, Hilltop Retreat in Willunga South or Lakeside Retreat in Mount Jagged and lose track of time.

DEEPER INTO THE FLOWERY…

While you’re deciding where to book, check out our top 5 things to do in the Fleurieu peninsula. Plus, let vacation mode take over and leave the planning to us with our three-day Fleurieu itinerary.

/Courtesy of SA Tourism. This material from the original organization/authors may be ad hoc in nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors.

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