Thorn Park by the vines is in the middle of the Clare Valley Wine Region, just minutes from the Jesuit-run Sevenhill Cellars, between the little village of Sevenhill and the township of Clare. Thorn Park by the vines is situated on twelve acres of exquisite private bushland that adjoins some of the valley’s vineyards, and is a little less than two hours’ comfortable drive from Adelaide.
The living areas at Thorn Park by the vines are light-filled, looking out over spectacular bush and vineyard vistas and are superbly furnished with wonderful collections of artworks, antiques, and contemporary furnishings. Many items have been collected on Michael’s and David’s European, American and Middle Eastern travels. There are ample private places to sit and enjoy tranquillity to read a book from the extensive library, which is crammed with interesting novels and many tomes on high-quality art, history, architecture, travel, and of course also on food and wine.
Laundry A guest same-day laundry (wash and dry only) service is available.
The yellow bedroom is slightly smaller than the other rooms, and its yellow and blue decor give this queen-bedded room a “Chinoiserie” feel. A collection of botanical prints a superb early Australian mahogany wardrobe and cedar desk with a large arm chair add touches of both luxury and comfort.
The large White Room has western vistas over the dam and mature eucalypts. It has a king-sized bed that can be twinned. The walls are a soft white and the furnishings include a contemporary floral pattern and sheer muslin drapes which complement the collection of beautiful antiques and art works. A chaise longue provides a perfect spot to lay back and relax with a good book.
The spacious Mocha Room, looks over both the neighbouring northern vineyards and the protective stone ridge to the east. It has a king–sized bed that can also be twinned. The rich mocha brown walls complement the lighter contemporary fabrics used for the soft furnishings. The eclectic art works include works by local artist Russell Pick, some antique Daumier cartoons, and other works collected on the boys’ travels.
David Hay is a celebrated cook, and “dining” at Thorn Park by the vines means to enjoy world-class contemporary Australian cuisine. Dinner is offered nightly at the exquisite 1830’s French walnut farmhouse table, and includes wines from the property’s extensive wine cellar. It is a ‘set’ menu, changes daily and utilizes fresh regional produce.
Mornings start with breakfast that is of the type one always wishes for and rarely finds! Everything is homemade from the delicious sourdough breads, granola and fresh muesli, to the jams and preserves. Fresh squeezed juices, brewed teas and perfect coffees compliment the delicious cooked dishes.
Thorn Park by the vines has an extensive wine cellar, mainly featuring wines from the Clare Valley and Kangaroo Island. Add to this quality spirits and aperitif wines. All wines and beverages are included in the tariff.
Dietary requirements must be notified prior to arrival, and every endeavour will be made to accommodate them.
With prior arrangement, we conduct hands-on cooking classes for our house guests.
Double/twinned $525.00 per night
Sole use $425.00 per night
BED AND BREAKFAST YELLOW ROOM
Double $495.00 per night
Sole use $395.00 per night
House guests only $135.00 per person
including Dinner and Breakfast (All rates are per person)
Double/twin $750.00 per person
Sole use $995.00 per person
Double/twin $725.00 per person
Sole use $925.00 per person
All wines and beverages are included in the tariff
Check in is after 2.00 pm
Check out is before 12 mid-day
Currency is Australian (AUD) dollars
reservations may be made direct via
telephone — national 08 8843 4304 international +61 8 8843 4304
OR on-line using our ‘Make a Booking’ button below
Bookings made on our online system will be for Bed & Breakfast only. Please note that the booking system will
collect full payment at time of booking.
Should you wish to book dinner please call or email us.
No shows or cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the arrival date will be charged the full price of the booking.
Thorn Park by the Vines and owners David Hay and Michael Speers have consistently received the highest accolades both nationally and internationally. Thirty years in the business of hospitality has not in any way dulled their professionalism. If anything, over the years, they have honed and perfected the experience they offer at Thorn Park by the Vines.
David Hay is respected as one of South Australia’s most accomplished chefs and dining at Thorn Park by the Vines is world class. Hay’s passion for local and seasonal, embellished with produce picked from their kitchen garden is just the start. Michael Speers consummate front of house service and wine matching from their extensive cellars is exemplary.
This place deserves 10 stars!! How is 5 stars enough for Thorn Park? Our group of three couples were the sole visitors for the three days we were guests here and we were made to feel so very special by our hosts Michael and David. From the warmest of welcomes,...
Paradise - Thorn Park by the Vines My husband and I have just returned from our second visit to Thorn Park By the Vines and it was just fabulous as it was last year. David and Michael are the warmest hosts and share this beautiful property with you making you feel so welcome.
At Thorn Park by the Vines, every last detail is taken care of by hosts with 30 years in the business.
The Australian bush takes on a new meaning when you spend a few days at this tasteful country retreat in the heart of the Clare Valley. Thorn Park By The Vines is an idyllic vineyard retreat, complete with a well-stocked library, antiques, impressive meals, good conversation and genuine hospitality.
Thorn Park by the Vines, a beautifully decorated bucolic hideaway close to the Clare township – look for the bridge over the road with rusted iron fretwork, known locally as the Harbour Bridge. Co-owner David Hay cooks a Euro-classical four-course dinner while his partner, Michael Speers, keeps busy topping up glasses with the impeccable wine selection.
In addition to Thorn Park by the Vines we also have two other properties, Thorn Park in the City, located in inner city Adelaide, South Australia and Thorn Park on the Island, located on South Australia’s pristine Kangaroo Island.