Burdett's Country Retreats

  • Hillgrove House
    Hillgrove House
  • Hillgrove Sitting room
    Hillgrove Sitting room
  • Hillgrove Bedroom 1 - King size
    Hillgrove Bedroom 1 - King size
  • Hillgrove Bedroom 2 - Queen size
    Hillgrove Bedroom 2 - Queen size
  • Hillgrove Spa Bathroom 1
    Hillgrove Spa Bathroom 1
  • Hillgrove Spa Bathroom 2
    Hillgrove Spa Bathroom 2
  • Hillgrove Kitchen
    Hillgrove Kitchen
  • Waratah Cottage
    Waratah Cottage
  • Waratah Sitting Room
    Waratah Sitting Room
  • Waratah Bedroom
    Waratah Bedroom
  • Waratah Kitchen
    Waratah Kitchen
  • Waratah Bathroom
    Waratah Bathroom
The ultimate in indulgence and romance. Two beautiful, secluded, dog-friendly cottages boast stunning views of the Mt Lofty Ranges, open wood fires, double spa baths. Absolute privacy to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and luxury amenities.


Basket Range, SA [Location map...]
Up to 6 people, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Minimum nights: 2
Availability and Pricing
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Average Rating Guest reviews average: 4.9/5

From $260 to $290 couple per night
"A beautifully decorated cottage overlooking the hills. Great scenery to admire . Peaceful with the waterfalls nearby and cosy log fire to relax in your recliner with a nice glass of wine. The attenti..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Jonathan, -Aug '13

"Great place will go back fantastic food good 4K walk was a little hard in places but take your time well worth it have already told other friends to book "
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Shane, SOUTH AUSTRALIA -Jun '13

"Loved the Food and treats , plenty to read, very relaxing was very hot the 1st day 42 but very cool in side and nice breezes thoughtout the day , great weekend ."
   Guest rating: 3/5 - Tony, SA -Jan '13

"I was lucky enough to recently stay at Hillgrove for the weekend with my husband, baby boy and 2 dogs. From the gourmet breakfast and food provisions to the log fires and luxury spa bath, Meg and Andr..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Cheryl, SA -May '12

"My partner and I had a beautiful time at Hillgrove house. The excellent house provided beautiful views, a warm fire and memories we will never forget . I was impressed on the food provided and a speci..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Melody, -Mar '12

"Waratah Cottage is a beautiful house in a gorgeous setting.The attention to detail and all the lovely goodies made it extra special.It is in a terrific spot to explore the Adelaide Hills.Everything yo..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Coral, VICTORIA -Mar '12

"Terrific! A beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting. We stayed at Hillgrove House in the lead up to our wedding and could not have wished for a more peaceful, relaxing and memorable setting. The prov..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Matthew, VIC -Jan '12

"great place to relax. no hassles no noise. lovely surroundings and great history to cottage. great place for the dogs. safe and secure and comfy for them and humans. loved the extra special treats l..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - DIANE, S.A. -Sep '11

"An immaculate cosy cottage with so many lovely touches, including a fridge full of gourmet food & a fantastic selection of wines. We loved the roaring log fires during the chilly August evenings coupl..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Tina, SA -Sep '11

"Lovely old stone cottage, nestled in the Adelaide Hills with beautiful outlooks and fantastically well stocked with food and many other delightful treats. Lots of lovely nooks and crannies both inside..."
   Guest rating: 5/5 - Geoff, VIC -Mar '11

Accreditation and awards for 'Burdett's Country Retreats':
2010 National Winner TakeABreak Romantic Holiday Accommodation 2010 Finalist TakeABreak SA Luxury, Pet-friendly, Romantic and Self-contained B&B Accommodation 2009 State Winner (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) TakeABreak Romantic Holiday Accommodation 2007 State Winner (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) TakeABreak Self-contained accommodation Accredited Tourism Business

Cottage, Holiday house, Bed & Breakfast, Self-contained apartment

Just 30 minutes east of Adelaide, the Mount Lofty Ranges create a stunning backdrop and a visit to Adelaide would not be complete without a trip into this beautiful area. Basket Range lies at its heart, in one of the country's largest cool climate wine growing regions.

Here, Burdett's Country Retreats provide elegant Hillgrove House, which accommodates up to four friends in two private, self-contained suites with exclusive occupancy guaranteed for two, and Waratah Cottage, a romantic getaway just for two.

Satisfied guests return again and again to these retreats, each of which stands alone on its own acreages. Breathtaking views can be seen from every window, and the myriad of native birds are a constant delight. Inside, every amenity is provided for an indulgent stay, from two-person spa bathrooms with separate showers, to the dishwashers, laundry facilities, reverse cycle air-conditioning, open wood fires, flat screen TVs, DVDs, CDs and quality magazines. Not to mention the coffee machines, complimentary mini bars with a choice spirits, beer, fine regional wines and gourmet goodies. Breakfast provisions are sourced from local providores for scrumptious country breakfasts.

Ask us about our "Ultimate Indulgence Packages" for $80 which include a gourmet platter for two for you to enjoy with your complimentary bottle of wine.. Choose from: 1. Appetizing Antipasto, 2. Choice Cheeses, 3. Simply Seafood, or 4. Decadent Desserts.
This is indeed self-contained accommodation at its very best - thoughtfully executed luxury with truly remarkable attention to detail.

Pet-lovers will be pleased to learn that canine companions have not been overlooked. House-trained and vaccinated small to medium dogs are welcome by arrangement and are able to stay inside. We are truly pet friendly and don't banish your furkids to the outside alone - we know you love them and they want to be with you. Dog beds, toys, feeding bowls and treats are on hand to make their stay special too. Plenty of lovely "walkies" too

Languages spoken: English(Conversation)

"We have travelled the world and have never stayed in a more beautiful place. The accommodation, ambience, surroundings, birdlife, generous food provisions and outstanding attention to detail are second to none."

"WOW, what can we say but perfect? This is the perfect place for a perfect honeymoon. We couldn't imagine anything better and can't wait to return".

"Heavenly luxury, abundance, peace, awesome views AND wonderfully doggie friendly - this place has it all. It's quite simply sensational!


Things to see and do...
Basket Range is the ideal location for exploration, indulgence, romance, rest and relaxation, and only a scenic 30 minute drive to Adelaide, 45 minutes to Adelaide International Airport. Great wineries and first class restaurants, fabulous regional food, golfing, walking trails and wildlife. Close to Mount Lofty, Cleland Wildlife Reserve, historic Hahndorf, Stirling, Birdwood. Ideally situated to explore the Barossa and Clare Valleys and the Fleurieu Peninsula. A 90 minute drive to the ferry terminal for Kangaroo Island.


Waratah Cottage, a cosy secluded four-roomed cottage with a lovely fenced garden, is situated on a 20 acre property and provides a blissfully intimate retreat. Fully self-contained and completely private, beautifully decorated and including every modern amenity for an indulgent stay. One queen size bed.

Hillgrove House, built in the 1870s, sits on just over 20 acres with stunning views over the hills and a lovely fenced garden with a secluded lawn area. This luxurious, elegantly restored country house provides accommodation for up to four people in two private, self-contained adjoining suites - and the espresso machine for great freshly brewed coffee is just one of the many indulgent touches. Great for friends travelling together or exclusive occupancy for just two people at no extra cost (excluding public holiday periods when the 4 person rate applies to Hillgrove regardless of number of guests). One king size bed, one queen size bed.

Both are perfect for long-term stays too, as laundry facilities and dishwashers are provided. Bedrooms have quality linens, electric blankets and clouds of soft pillows.

Yours hosts, Meg and Andrew Burdett, live on the large property and are readily available to you should you require any information or local knowledge or assistance. Housekeeping is always available, too, should you need it.

We are proud to be rated 5/5 by our many Trip Advisor guests.

Please note: The properties are adult retreats and unsuitable for children.
The properties are not available for weddings.


Bed & Breakfast & Farmstay Association of South Australia
Adelaide Hills Tourism
Accredited by the Tourism Council of Australia

Holiday experiences

Accessible, Adult retreat, Birdwatching, Bushwalking & wilderness, Executive rental, Gay & Lesbian friendly, Great view, Heritage Trail, Honeymoon, Luxury, Pet friendly, Romantic getaway, Valentines Day, Walking or Hiking, Wine Appreciation


Accept MasterCard, Accept VISA, Air conditioning, Bath, Bath towels provided, BBQ, BBQ - Gas, Books/Magazines Supplied, Breakfast provisions available for self-cooking, CD Player, Clothes dryer, Continental breakfast provisions available, Continental breakfast provisions supplied, Cooking facilities, Courtyard, Dishwasher, DVD, Electric stove, Ensuite, Fans (ceiling/standard), Faxing Facilities, Fireplace, Hair dryer, Internet access, Iron and ironing board, Kitchen, Laundry facilities, Linen supplied, Local telephone calls included, Log fires, Microwave, No smoking, Parking, Patio, Pets Welcome Indoors, Pets Welcome Outdoors, Reverse cycle heating, Seniors Card Accepted, Spa Bath, Stereo, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Telephone, Television, Undercover or off street parking, Videos/DVDs Supplied, Washing machine, Wheelchair accessible facilities

Adult retreat

Privacy from other guests in living and activity areas, Licensed to sell liquor on site, Property not suitable for children, Tranquil and quiet with no interruptions.

Romantic ambience, 2-person spa baths, open wood fires, complimentary mini bar and wine, complete privacy.


Bird-watching available on-site, Bird-watching available nearby, Binoculars provided, Information provided on local bird population and sightings.

Property is home to a myriad of native bird species. Bird baths and bird seed are provided to further encourage birds

Bushwalking & wilderness

Bushwalking and wilderness experiences located nearby, Bushwalking maps provided, Located near a National Park.

Property is adjacent to the Heysen and Yurrebilla trails, the Mt Lofty national park and a short drive to the Belair national park.

Executive rental

Executive standard, Daily service available on request, Linen included, Laundry facilities available on-site, Internet connection available.

Property is spacious, fully self-contained and luxuriously furnished, with all modern amenities. Land-line telephones are provided.

Gay & Lesbian friendly

Hosts have a policy of non-discrimination. All guests are welcome.

Heritage Trail

Heritage buildings nearby.

Property is close to the Heysen Trail and the Yurrebilla Trail. Drop-off and pick-up is available for guests.


AAA Tourism 4.5 star, Luxury ensuite bathrooms, Expansive views, Luxury experience.

Property is luxuriously furnished with Australian antique furniture. Every luxury amenity is provided. Linen and bedding is of first-class quality.

Pet friendly

Small dogs (less than 11 kg) are permitted, Medium dogs (11 kg to less than 34 kg) are permitted, Pets are permitted inside, Secure, fully fenced running area, Food and water bowls provided, Bedding/sleeping area provided.

House-trained, well-behaved canine companions are most welcome BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY We know you love them and their company and if they're allowed inside at home, they're allowed inside with us. Dog beds, food and water bowls are provided. Owners are expected to pick up after their pets and to use a lead when walking outside the property, due to the proximity of native wildlife, horses, alpacas, peacocks and geese. Doggie blankets must be used on sofas, and dogs are not permitted on the beds. Dog beds, toys and doggie treats are provided, together with dog towels for wet doggie feet.

Romantic getaway

Accommodation just for two, Indoor spa, Wood fire, Romance package available, Private living and recreation areas, Honeymoon package available, Chocolates provided on arrival, Bathrobes available for guest use.

Property is self-contained, secluded and completely private. All the acoutrements for a romantic stay are provided - fresh flowers, candles, scented bubble bath, incense, open wood fire, double spa bath, hand-made quality chocolates, your choice of good regional wines, complimentary min-bar, gourmet nibbles, fluffy bathrobes, luxurious bed linen, range of toiletries, CDs, books and videos.

Wine Appreciation

Wine tasting on site, Winery tour available as part of accommodation package, Winery tours available nearby.

Guests are provided with a selection of good regional wines from which to choose a complimentary bottle. Property is situated in the heart of the Adelaide Hills Wine region and is also within an hour's drive of the other South Australian wine regions such as the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Southern Vales.

Rooms and rates


Burdett's Country Retreats will confirm pricing, availability and answer any other questions within 12 hours.
(current average response time for this property is 8.5 hours)

Please note that sometimes your computer's spam filter or your ISP may inadvertently block the operator's response email. If you do not receive a prompt response, taking into account that  Burdett's Country Retreats may not be able to contact you after hours, you should check your 'junk' mail folder or contact the property with the details we will send in your confirmation e-mail.

The telephone number and contact details for this property will be emailed to you once your enquiry/booking has been sent.

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