Lazy Ballerina reminds me of a dreamy childhood book setting and it’s the kind of place I find it very difficult to leave.
The garden is simply amazing and will inspire the children’s stories and games in directions of fairies and magical lands and if you’re anything like me will have you dreaming of a tree change. So our tree change this Sunday consisted of taking the lovely drive up the old Willunga hill. We were loving the winter sun and colours and then as we drove on towards Lazy Ballerina we played a game spotting all the new calves that are about.
When we arrived at Lazy Ballerina we took a wander around the garden to admire the trees and leaves and some left over ice from the frosty night before. I could sense straight away that we were in for a lovely afternoon. The winery and garden was busy but it didn’t feel busy it actually felt calm as there is so much space. We looked at all the fires lit around then garden and then went to the rope swings in the big tree down the back where we spent lots of time with Miss 4 trying hard to master the new skill. The hobby horses ( we took two in) got a good run in the back paddock and Gem found a riding partner and they were off for the rest of the afternoon only popping back to the table for food or water.
The rest of us (big kids and adults) went back to our perfectly located table with great views to the “riding paddock” and swings and then the tasty delights arrived. We had the ‘let us feed you’ menu because who doesn’t have decision fatigue these days? I love someone else choosing and it was just wonderful. The platter was delicious with the dukkah being a highlight and we sat back and enjoyed our platter with a lovely glass of Sav Blanc in the winter sun watching the kids enjoying the space. There is a bocce area too where families were having a great time.
Then the pizzas arrived and I fell in love . Pear and blue cheese pizza has stolen my heart and now my waist line. The kids pizzas went down a treat and the gluten frees in our group were looked after with great care with individual platters and pizza. A highlight for the GFs in our group was that the chocolate brownie desert is also GF and Moreish. Gem was all for the sunshine strawberry and cream ice block and I opted for a coffee which was great too.
The winery has so many areas to sit and enjoy your wine and or meal and all the spaces have a different appeal and vibe. There are cozy nooks, undercover areas with cafe blinds that were hosting parties and special occasions and then casual seats by the fire, raised tables and bigger tables for groups.
Lazy Ballerina gets busy so make sure you book and allow yourself a good bit of time. The time passed so fast one minute it was noon then it was after 3 pm and we really could have stayed and stayed.
The staff are so accommodating here, checking in regularly and ensured everyone was happy with their meals and offering options to keep the kids happy ( the old pineapple / no pineapple on pizza debate ) . It really feels like going the extra mile to make sure the experience is spot on here is their standard and we couldn’t have been happier. We also found out that Lazy Ballerina has an AirBnB on site, which would be such a great place to stay. Now I have added that to my list of places to check out!
Take a look at the guesthouse here
Loved this place and can see why it’s often booked out. So I suggest organise a group, find a date , book in and enjoy ! And nearly forgot to mention the Lazy Ballerina dog it’s so gorgeous and Gem fell in love.
Final thoughts on Lazy Ballerina..
- Ample parking
- The ground is grassy so if you have a wee one a baby carrier is going to be easier than a pram.
- Pack the kids gum boots and clothes that they can play/ climb/swing in
- Bring some marshmallows and toast them on the fire pits (use of pits must be fully supervised)
You’ll find Lazy Ballerina at
1152 Brookman Rd, Dingabledinga South Australia
Phone: (08) 8556 7085
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