Hands up if you need a Mum break? Or Dads if you know a deserving Mum – send her! We have found the perfect spot to switch off and kick back for a night, and it is just up the hill, hidden in the leafy township of Crafers in the Adelaide Hills! You won’t waste precious time traveling far and with out the need to shell out for flights or taxis it really is a win win – all the more coins remaining in the budget for a fancy gin or three.
So I had know for a little while that The Crafers Hotel was looking chic and new. I had even heard the accommodation was a little oasis of luxury – how unexpected if you don’t know. Until I had experienced it for my self – I honestly had no idea it would be THIS good.
Rewind a little, it’s school holidays and my mother in law is visiting from Queensland. Hello opportunity to get 24 hours off of the parent roster. Can you even imagine? 24 hours of no one asking you for any thing except maybe ‘what would you like to order?’ Or ‘would you like us to bring that espresso martini up to your room?’ (ummm…yes….yes I would..) Those questions I could deal with for a day. Sign. Me. Up.
There are seven beautifully appointed rooms at The Crafers Hotel. All recently refurbished. All absolutely five star and divine. Adelaide CBD accommodation has nothing on this place. Yes really.
I planned to read my first magazine in about nine years (age of my eldest child – coincidence?) and read I did. Right after I ordered a local gin and rang my best friend and told her to sort a leave pass because my oversized king bed was definitely big enough to share – we were staying in luxury tonight baby! Like the legend that she is, she sorted her own child care and jumped in the car (three hour drive mind you). It’s nothing short of soul food to get that rare uninterrupted night with a best friend.
Aesop products, Sheridan linen, pure Australian wool carpets and not a grubby finger print in sight. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Of course it would also be relaxing (and maybe result in a little less of a hang over) to do this on your own, or perhaps you are looking for the ultimate date night or anniversary celebration – seriously just book this joint in.
I stayed in a Deluxe Room, that had the sweetest little french doors out on to a semi private balcony, surrounded by leafy manicured garden, where I sat and enjoyed a drink, in silence. Oh the silence and the non existing dishes or toy spill. This, this is good for you.
With out needing to go any where, I had made a dinner reservation for my bestie and I in the award winning dining room and wow it didn’t disappoint. Slightly French inspired and fancier than your average pub meal, the restaurant here at The Crafers Hotel exceeded all expectations. I had been recommended the steak and teamed with a lovely red from the enormous wine cellar (that you MUST check out) I was 110% satisfied. Matt, the Manager, even convinced me to try some escargot – because life is all about new experiences right?
The dining areas at the Crafers have also been flawlessly renovated and include a conservatory, dining room and quirky bar, as well as a front bar and a small private ‘Nelson Room’. If you think deciding what to order from the menu is hard, I struggled first with selecting where to sit! This ‘pub’ would make an impressive special celebration venue for a small group if you are looking for something very classy.
So, when is the last time you took some Mum’s time out? Ditch the Mum guilt and put this little gem on your bucket list for a night away ASAP in 2020. On your own, or with your best friend. The accommodation was heaven and the food, beverage and service honestly all next level.
After a wonderful sleep-in (in the worlds most comfortable bed), a quick included continental breakky (make your own) I completed my stay with a wander along the leafy path that joins Crafers to nearby Stirling, for lunch. My final highlight, I stopped off at the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden on my way home – just to drag out my final hour of freedom and drink in a little more of the magical Adelaide Hills before I was back to the grind.
You'll find The Crafers Hotel at
8 Main Street, Crafers South Australia
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