I was lucky enough to just get a random jackpot. When I booked this property I had no idea what to expect and honestly would never have thought to stay in Gawler township. I'm so glad I did. Gawler is the gateway to both the Barossa valley and also Adelaide in general, and this historic B&B ticks all the boxes. Besides being central and officially in a town, it doesn't feel like it at all. Set on a large allotment on a quiet street, with trees and gardens and a variety of historic buildings, it feels more like staying in a country home (but with major stores, eateries, public swimming pools and the railway literally within a 3 minute walk). But wait til you step inside The Thompson Suite. After the warmest of welcomes by the hosts, being greeted as a friend instead of 'customer X' you will spend the next hour or so exploring your B&B. Boasting one double bedroom, with an extra single bed + trundle and I think one of the sofas was also a double bed, it can be booked for 2 or up to 6, and is quite large enough and comfortable enough for any of those. It has an actual real kitchen with a full sized fridge and antique cupboards, which opens onto to your own personal timber topped bar area (yep). There is a combustion fire, set out ready to light, with starter wood, bigger wood, firestarters and matches. Everything you could need is there at your fingertips. This faces onto your lounge/games room complete with period features and furniture, lots of comfortable seating, big wooden table, large TV, DVDs, childrens books and a large pool table, complete with cues and equipment. Follow me back down the hallway past old photographs and other period features, you will find a sideboard with a decanter of port and 2 glasses. Turn left to the bedroom, which is airconditioned, has electric blankets, and has its own mounted TV and another door to outside, then go back across the hallway into the bathroom area. Again you are hit by 'they thought of everything'. Need makeup pads, alkaseltza, forgot sanitary products, ran out of toilet paper? Got a headache and didn't pack panadol? Seam came undone and need a safety pin. All those things that are at your fingertips at home, but can be a real pain if you don't have them when away and need them at short notice. Oh and there is a small tube of toothpaste and a razor as well. Now follow me past the basin and toilet area, down this other hallway to the shower ROOM. Yep its a ROOM. And there is no ledge, it's wheelchair accessible (as is the front door) and also has a hand rail. Normal shower? No. Great big rainshower head, high enough for tall people to get under without banging your head or being a nuisance. Go to the end of this hallway, and you find yet another door. This door takes you into the historic courtyard where you will find lots of little table settings and one large one, a trickling fountain, all manner of historical paraphenalia, and a spa. How much better can it get? You go back into your cottage/house and start to open things and explore. More spare towels, blankets, pillows and all sorts. A stack of family games behind one end of the bar, suddenly the light hits a huge stained glass window and you look up, to find all manner of other things you hadn't yet noticed (insert wow at this point). You suddenly realise you haven't yet checked out breakfast supplies so head back into the kitchen. Snickers! hmmm. A whole loaf of very nice bread. A big pack of good bacon, large bowl of eggs, orange juice, litre of milk, massive bowl of butter pats (not doled out scroogelike but made to ensure you have enough) jams, honeys, vegemites, jug of cold water, large pack of fresh mushrooms, tomatoes. And that's just the fridge. Once you start exploring other cupboards you find the pantry. Cereals of all sorts, tin of baked beans or spaghetti, sardines, more wine glasses (some already chilling in fridge stored securely). The kitchen also has double sink, paper towels, toaster, egg cups, fry pans, saucepans, cutting boards, serving trays. Canestas of tea, coffee, sugars and a separate box of delicious specialty teas. In another sideboard you will find a plethora of cutlery, plates, bowls, utility items, along with spare tea towels, extra bin liners etc. It's a home. You will feel at home. You are invited by the hosts to feel at home. Discrete notes strategically placed remind you ever so nicely it's a non-smoking accommodation, or please feel free to use your barbecue on the front verandah to make breakfast (BBQ, gas, open it and find a clean BBQ with a roll of papertowls and matches), or a note to remind you of check out times (next to a decanter of port and glasses) a little note on the pillow about use of the single bed and trundle if not booked. Oh and business cards to call a taxi if you need one, a variety of local menus. And the warmest offer to ask about anything else you might need or like for your stay. If you are flying into Adelaide and spending some time in the region (fast train to/from city) or planning on doing some Barossa experiences, or simply want a few days break, I highly recommend this accommodation and I'm sure you will love it just as much as I did. A warm thank you to my hosts for a wonderful stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eagle Foundry Bed and Breakfast is located in historic Gawler, South Australia's first country town. Gawler is a picturesque, well planned town which is only 40 minutes drive from Adelaide and at the gateway to the world famous Barossa Valley wine region. Located within the heritage listed Church Hill area of Gawler, the Eagle Foundry (circa 1870) has been carefully restored to reveal the antiquated atmosphere of eras past. Situated on 3/4 of an acre, the property radiates unmistakable country ambience. Eagle Foundry Bed & Breakfast offers guests four self contained accommodation suites: Our intimate Bridal / Foundry suite, our larger and totally unique Thomson suite, our modern studio Blacksmiths Anvil Suite and our luxurious Blacksmiths Forge Suite. All suites have private entrances and back on to the stone walled courtyard where guests can relax in the spa or use the 6 burner hooded BBQ to cook up a culinary delight. Complimentary WiFi & breakfast provisions included. ... more less
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