The SpaceA special note: a big thankyou to our guests, whose beautiful and generous feedback have just elevates us to Superhosts- we're thrilled and very grateful :)
Edit 17th January 2017: Pixie the Possum had a gorgeous little baby, who clings onto her mother via four pawfuls of fur- so beautiful! A hair raising piggy back ride and a joy to watch through the windows. See the last photo in our listing to see Pixie and her new baby Pinkie :)
Bird photos and descriptions by clicking on the photos and scrolling through. :)
The Forest Apartment at Bridgewater- nestled between leafy Aldgate and the famous sparkly German town, Hahndorf, is a delight in all seasons:
Cooler in summer with an afternoon cool gully breeze that entices you to throw open the windows... Misty, green and fresh in winter, and bursting with sweetly scented flowers in spring; but the area truly shines in Autumn, with an incredible array of colours and floating leaves.
Your apartment- airy, modern and clean, consists of of a small bedroom with double bed, tv and DVD player and ensuite bathroom. The large picture windows let in plenty of natural light and is airy, modern and clean. The apartment is on a different level to the main house, separate and not joined by any internal stairs or doors, and every effort is made to ensure your privacy and peace throughout your stay, but with support on hand if you were to require anything further.
Private and secure with key lock and independent check in, you will have your own separate entry down a set of garden stairs, with your own designated off street car park included.
Although there isnt a 'kitchen' or kitchenette, you will find a kettle, toaster, electric teapot and selection of tea, (instant at this stage..) coffee and hot chocolate.
There is also a microwave and small fridge.
We have also provided a bbq with cooktop/stovetop gas burner for your exclusive use under shelter outside your room, with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils provided.
You are most welcome to eat in your apartment or take the little dining setting or picnic blanket outside for a garden picnic.
As you will be on holidays, we also do your dishes for you and take out your rubbish- more time to relax and enjoy your stay.
A small selection of books, DVDS and games are also there for you to borrow.
We can organize self-cook BBQ breakfast ingredients or a wine and cheese platter for you with a little notice- price on request, please mention when booking. A little minibar is in your room in case of lazy days where you would prefer to relax and have a bottle of wine or snack handy.
-An extra special treat if you are staying at the apartment in spring- a small heart shaped meadow for picnics, with 50 daffodils and 600 freesias to sit amongst- you would be welcome to borrow our extra large picnic blanket and picnic set upon request
-Although unsuitable for children, we have had pairs of friends, singles and mother-daughter pairs stay.
Set on a quarter of an acre in a safe, hillsy and friendly neighborhood, most of the way down a quiet no-through road, Koalaville is perfect if a peaceful and relaxing getaway is what you are after- or a fun filled adventure of food, wine and cheese, as the best wineries are so close by, as is Hahndorf. Great for those who love to get in touch with nature and want to reconnect with each other.
The best thing of all are our cute-as-a-button koalas, masquerading as fluffy toys, but making grunting sounds like bears, they sit adorably eating leaves- we recently had a mother, father and baby family living in the gum tree right outside your apartment window- at the moment there is one big one. There are possums-a plenty- Pete, Percy, Pixie and baby Pinkie use the trees as a possum playground, a delight to watch, and ever present. If you hear a little furry thump, it's just them having their night time adventures. Feel free to feed them, they love bread and fruit and are friendly.
Fall asleep to frog chorus from the winter creek and pond, and wake peacefully to warbling magpies and singing galahs and sulphur crested cockatoos, the laughing kookaburra sounds echoing across the valley, and the satisfied soft clucking of our hens once they have laid an egg.
Watch the pretty parrots and rosellas in the trees while enjoying a cup of tea- we ensure the bird feeder outside your window is topped up to entice the stunning array of birds- stay very still and enjoy a spectacular show.
An easy drive to the city (under half an hour), or take the 'pretty way' as we choose to go; and meander down through the lush Adelaide hills for a gorgeous scenic drive- perhaps stopping along the way to pick up some fresh raspberries, 'lemonade', flowers or produce from children's stalls along the side of the roads.
Adelaide has gorgeous beaches- Glenelg is less than 40 minutes away, or drive down through the hills to the coast to Goolwa and along the coast through to Victor Harbor and jump on the horse drawn tram (and feed the friendly Clydesdales- they love carrots).
Is your stay for a special occasion? Talk to us about making it extra special for you and surprising your loved one :)
|•Single Night Bookings•|
Regretfully at this time of year, we are unable to accommodate one night stays, however if you only need one night, you would be welcome to book for two nights, and your checkout would then be as late as you like the second day, or as early as you like the day before (depending on which day is booked)- alternatively, if you had other family or friends in Adelaide, they would be welcome to use the room for that second night.
Upcoming events in the area:
January 14th-22nd 2017 - Tour Downunder - Nine Day Festival of Cycling through the Adelaide Hills:"The peloton will sweep through Stirling (nearby town) five times before setting off through the Adelaide Hills"
Wednesday 18th January: Stirling Spin: "Bustling with live music, street performers, local produce and the race live on the big screen, the village vibe will be carried through the township for a sensational stage start in leafy Stirling.
Stand by as world class cyclists launch into five thrilling laps of racing before a climbing finish in Paracombe. Stirling will ensure that your spin up to the hills is well worth the revolutions".
27-29th January- Crush Festival- the most fun we have all year- the hills becomes a food and wine playground! Sort of like an open day of wineries- the absolute best!!!! Your apartment is very close to many of the best wineries in the area.
"Crush is so much more than just a food and wine festival- celebrate the best things about life in the Adelaide Hills" Free entry. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) it to see the incredible program.
|•To do~Activities in the area•|
A folder of ideas for exploring the area awaits you in your apartment- fun activities for the area include:
- Cherry picking- the short season has just started!!
-Strawberry picking- Beerenberg have just opened the Strawberry picking season- they are just past Hahndorf and entry is only $4 including eating as many strawberries as you can manage!
- Walk and explore- there are plenty of walking trails in Bridgewater and in and around the nearby tourist town of Hahndorf. Even walking through the roads of Aldgate is the most relaxing and beautiful experience.
- Stirling, Aldgate and Crafers villages nearby have great cafes, shops and pubs.
- Bike riding- Adelaide hills is great for this, as it is part of the Tour Downunder circuit- we also have the beautiful Amy Gillett Bikeway, running along Woodside and Oakbank, past some lovely wineries and the Melba's Chocolate factory- bikes available on request- notice needed for this to ensure they are in perfect working order for you.
-Visit the farmers market some Sundays in Stirling
-Sample cheeses from local producers at Udder delights in Hahndorf
- Take the amazing scenic drive Drive to barossa (1 hour) or McLaren vale (~45 minutes)
-Visit the incredible Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens- truly spectacular in autumn and spring, misty and magical in winter, and cool and refreshing in summer.
- Cuddle a Koala at Cleland Wildlife park and feed the friendly kangaroos- a true delight for animal lovers, or
- Visit the Hahndorf farm barn and cuddle friendly farm animals
-Enjoy delicious pizza at Grumpy's Brewhaus
-Pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm and taste the incredible chutneys, jams and spreads on offer
-Visit Barrister's Block winery and sit amongst the deer and forest in the garden setting, sampling some of the nicest wine available, next to an open fire in winter.
-Wine tasting at Somerled- on the Main Street, our absolute favorite place- lit up with sparkly fairy lights at night, you can get a little half glass of wine to taste for $5- which makes you want to taste them all! The sparkling and Shiraz are both to die for, and such a gorgeous outdoor area with pretty heritage hens roaming through the gate, and the sweetest staff :)
-Dine under the twinkling lights at Jimmie’s Restaurant, Crafers, or the newly renovated Crafers Inn.
-Go for a horse trail ride at Mylor
-Pop in to Melba's Chocolate Factory in Woodside and see all sorts of incredible chocolates being made and have free samples- like being inside Willy Wonka land!
-Enjoy a hit of golf at one of the many hills golf courses, or try to hit the ball across the lake at Maximillions for the $10000 prize- or sip homemade cider there in the sun enjoying the view if golf isn't your thing.
-Borrow our giant picnic rug and picnic set, and have a picnic on the lawn next to the bubbling little winter creek, or take in the green, relaxing views out of the huge picture windows with a cup of tea.
-Enjoy when the wineries in the Adelaide Hills throw open their doors for Crush Festival in summer, or Winter Reds in winter.
-Many other winery recommendations available on request- we would be happy to help. Interaction with GuestsOur apartment is designed to be setup independently to allow flexibility for you- the key locker will be ready for you after checkin time at 2pm, and an early checkin or late checkout may be negotiated depending on bookings.
We leave you in peace and privacy, however if you particularly wanted to catchup for a glass of wine or dinner out, or wanted to be met and shown through on arrival, don't hesitate to ask- we leave that up to our guests- it's your holiday.