Winner: STAYZ AWARDS 2015 & 2014, MOST ROMANTIC PLACE TO STAY in South Australia. Finalist 2013, Winner Best Romantic SA 2012. Brand SA Regional Award October 2016.. The Castle Keep B&B Ground/ 1st floor from $485.00 per night for 2 people. SA's ultimate romantic castle escape for couples. Enter a world of imagination, romance and escape. Ever since Rapunzel let down her hair, and princesses were rescued from castles, towers and turrets have been a symbol of romance. Endearing quirks of romantic architecture including a stone spiral staircase.
A multi- storied enchanting castle-like retreat with the delights of an embellished stone baronial fireplace. Early C19th high backed, ornately carved antique English oak bed Californian King Size, hand painted central rib vaulted ceilings, stone spiral staircase, mullioned and lancet windows, stone flagged floor and walls, with spacious two person ensuite corner spa bath and ground floor kitchenette with stainless steel appliances. C19th Georgian high back upholstered fireside double chair and C18th English carved oak coffer complete this romantic fairytale setting. C18th French hand coloured steel engravings. Open plan first floor bed/living/sitting area at the top of a stone spiral staircase, with ground level bathroom, kitchenette and private entry. Walls feature beautiful Belgian tapestries hung with exquisite DeClercq handmade silk French tassels, made in the centuries old tradition. These pieces are stunning examples of the French tradition of the creating the finest passementries in the world.. Private rustic flagstone paved and Box hedged courtyard with topiary and an outdoor alfresco dining setting. Juliet balcony on the first floor, through Gothic arched and shuttered French doors. Soak up the sun in garden, pick apples from trees; the garden is a magical place to enjoy.
from A$485.00pn B&B
A local tasting platter can be organised from the Locavore in Stirling with desserts from Red Cacao -cost $42.00pp x 2 people. This needs to be ordered 5 days prior to arrival
A gourmet picnic basket is $70.00ppx2. This must be ordered 5 days in advance also/
The Castle Keep B&B is located 20 mins from the Adelaide city centre, 35-40 mins from both domestic/ international airports.
Village of Stirling is a 7 min walk down-hill via a marked historic and leafy lane where there are any restaurants and cafes.
5 mins from golf courses, Australian wildlife parks, wineries, art galleries, museums, botanic gardens
Check in strictly from 3pm and check out at 11am, unless by prior arrangement- charges applicable for extension of these hours
2person corner spa bath in bathroom and rain shower
Premium plush embellished gowns/ towelling slippers
Deluxe Luxurious English imported Crabtree &Evelyn toiletries Reverse cycle air- conditioning, working open fire
Fire wood supplies and firelighters
Quality Australian St Albans natural mohair bedding.
Luxurious brand, Ralph Lauren, Peri, Sheridan & Moss River luxury bedding labels utilised.
Assorted glasses, openers, stoppers and premium Portmeirion Botanic Garden tableware
Kitchenette with stainless steel microwave, bar refrigerator and sink
Continental breakfast provisions for two each morning
Our own special blended muesli , cereal, fruit, locally baked sour dough breads, freshly roasted Free-trade certified organic coffee and assorted Twinings teas.
All entries individual, secluded and totally private
A fridge with refreshments including pure Australian orange juice and local Tweedvale milk.
DUE TO THE UNIQUE CREATIVE STYLE OF THE CASTLE KEEP B&B, IT IS UNSUITABLE FOR THE MOBILITY IMPAIRED, OR THOSE UNABLE TO CLIMB STAIRS WITH EASE - LIGHTING OF CANDLES IS PROHIBITED.
For your comfort, please wear shoes suited to gravel pathways and spiral staircases.
Ask about our "will you marry me" package? $585.00 inc romantic and creative florist flowers and handmade Belgian couverture chocolates, made by a local chocolatier..
In search of romance ? Toast marshmallows and crumpets together on the open fire.
WINNER STAYZ Accommodation Awards 2015 & 2014 and 2012 MOST ROMANTIC ACCOMMODATION: South Australia. Finalist Australia's Most Romantic Accommodation2013. The magical romantic journey begins at the high iron gates gates when bronze winged mythical beasts bid you welcome. Entry is via a sweeping private driveway.
Ascend a stone spiral staircase along stone corridors.
A rare castle-like experience for those with romance and imagination. Individual and uniquely private accommodation with a secluded private garden entry. Inspired timeless design, where creative surroundings provide unique and engaging experiences for the soul. -inclusive of continental breakfast provisions-microwave, fridge and capsule espresso/cappuccino machine.
Special "will you marry me" packages available. Please enquire.
Package includes florist fresh seasonal romantic flowers and delicate handmade artisanal choolates sourced from the world's best cacoa beans.$595.00
WINTER SPECIAL pre-order prior to arrival -gourmet soup for 2 and sour dough toast provided to enjoy by the fire.
Dinner available from the Local village of Stirling a 10 minute walk along leafy tree lined streets or select and pick up from Jimmies restaurant menu and eat in front of the fire.
A local charcuterie tasting platter can be organised from the Locavore in Stirling with desserts from Red Cacao -cost $42.00pp x 2 people. This needs to be ordered 3 days prior to arrival
A magical garden setting to enjoy. Have a special romantic picnic in the gardens.
The Thorngrove garden is inspired by our efforts to create a special sequestered world behind the hedges - a fusion of shape, colour, structure and materials- a place for the senses
Hearing- twittering birds, busy buzzing bees, the burbling water in our ponds and the rustle of leaves and branches in the wind
Smell- fragrant plants, aromatic herbs, freshly cut lawn
Touch- smooth, rough and bristly leaves, sun warmed stone and terraces, coolness of shady trees
Taste-the herb garden, vegetables amongst flowers and fresh fruit from the orchard areas
Buildings are visually linked to the environment and are inseparable partners. The architectural style of Thorngrove incorporates form and texture, and this is repeated in the garden with striking contrasting shapes and leaf formations created by a variety of trees and conifers. The original subdivision was purchased in England in 1847. The irregular shaped and sloping land provides the opportunity to express individuality within the bounds of the surrounding historic hedging of Hawthorn, Holly and Laurustinus. Originally part of the Derrymor estate, it is believed that in the late 1880s Mr Walter Hawker established the garden in typical Victorian style, with large European trees, including the stand of elms now dominant within the Thorngrove garden. When purchasing the land in 1984, taming of the hedge was a priority so as to preserve the integrity of the historic streetscape. The property name is derived from the masses of blackberry plants found growing under the trees, the thorny hedge and the grove of elms. Both the Victorians and the Edwardians turned fencing, gates and hedging into a fine art. Although an informal garden, formality is created by patterned layouts of cloud clipped conifers and English Box hedging, the imposing wrought iron gates and stone pillars atop with bronze winged griffin lamps. Topiary, including life size creatures have been created in areas throughout the garden.
The garden framework was dictated by an existing driveway that divided the land, established tree plantings, the outcrop of exposed rock on the east and the sloping contours of the site on the west. The garden is divided into special areas and sections defined by paths and hedging designed to arouse curiosity. The large trees and delineated sections provide micro-climates. Lily of the Valley flower well under the elms and Cinerarias, Cyclamens, Cliveas, Primrose and Polyanthus continue to flower there well into the summer months, most remaining in flower throughout the year. Despite challenges such little topsoil and masses of tree roots , the addition of straw from our animals has composted and enriched the soil. A water recycling plant and underground tanks ensures levels of moisture are maintained for the plants.
The garden is in a constant state of change, the awakening of Spring with a carpet of Bluebells, Daffodils, Tulips and Red Hot Pokers and Hellebores. Oyster Plants provide texture and height as a backdrop under the trees. Foxgloves, Canterbury Bells and Marigolds in contrasting and exuberant colours are planted for late Spring and Summer displays. The gravel driveway is ideal to raise seedlings and they can be seen when walking through the garden. In winter the static ornamental shapes of the conifers and the sparseness of the landscape are encircled by swirling mists. Autumn tones are provided by the elms, the Japanese Maples, Pin Oaks and a Manchurian Pear No plants are excluded from the garden with the most treasured plantings becoming “memory” trees and shrubs from friends, neighbours and relatives that are no longer with us. These plants continue to thrive and provide a constant reminder of special people and special times. Our 4 hens have a special place both in the garden and in our lives. These happy chickens sleep in the castle walls, well protected in the ramparts. The building was specifically designed to include a ‘chook’ house in the walls. The gates to the castle coop as demanded by the hens sovereign station in life are painted with golden stencils of fleur de lys and golden eggs. Our two geese, Charlie and Grey Goose retain surveillance positions in a mobile pen on the lawns.