Escape to the Country: The Best Farm Stays in South Australia
Pull on your gumboots and uncover blissful moments with the best farm stays in South Australia.
Is a chic farm stay the new city staycation? With busy lives that never seem to slow down, many of us find ourselves craving a hearty dose of nature, with farm stays rising in popularity and stealing the weekend getaway spotlight - and it's not hard to see why.
Imagine escaping with the whole family in tow, rounding up your best pals, cosying up with your better half, or just enjoying some rare solo time in the great outdoors, with nothing but lush landscape, quiet evenings, the sounds of the birds and a blanket of stars keeping you company each evening. It's not all mud and hay either - modern farm stays are all about the luxe life in the countryside, popping up and providing the ultimate weekend escape. From scenic drives through open country to places a hop away from Adelaide, we've gathered the cream of the crop.
Trade the hustle for some rural charm and treat yourself to a getaway at one of the best farm stays in South Australia.
The Farm Willunga
Escape to The Farm Willunga, a blissful retreat just minutes from coastal Willunga south of Adelaide. This luxury haven offers self-contained apartments and farmhouse accommodations amidst a 15-acre organic olive grove and vineyard, overlooking the coast. Unwind in elegant rooms, enjoy a glass of wine on wide verandas and take in breathtaking sunsets. The licensed café serves up organic produce and a delicious menu reflecting a love for food, wine, and art. Whether you need a tranquil getaway or a place to host a milestone celebration, The Farm delivers. Owners Garry and Kirsten King ensure a sustainable and pleasurable stay, with organic farming practices and optional activities like winery tours or bike rides. Bliss!
11 Martin Road, Whites Valley
Luxury Private Farm Escape
In the heart of the wine region, three minutes from the quaint town of Hahndorf and just 25 minutes from Adelaide, the truly beautiful adults-only Private Farm Escape is waiting to welcome you into a relaxing and chic countryside retreat. A farm stay for every season, with surrounding stretched-out fields to spend summer days in - complete with friendly cows and sheep - an outdoor tub to soak in, a panoramic infrared sauna, spacious, handmade interiors, and ethically sourced designer furnishings. It's all about connecting to the natural surroundings at this 10-acre organic farm. If you're travelling solo or with your partner, the Casa Luna Tiny House is calling your name, while the luxury Farmhouse comfortably sleeps 2-8 guests for the ultimate girls' weekend away.
Exact location upon booking, Bridgewater, South Australia
Hutton Vale Farm
Stay in the heart and history of the Barossa at Hutton Vale Farm, an iconic landscape tended by the Angas family for generations. Named by Expedia among the top sustainable South Australian food and wine businesses, this farm offers award-winning wine and bespoke guest experiences. The J.H.A. Stone Cellar, a luxurious two-bedroom villa, and Hutch Hilton, a creatively reworked cabin accommodation, provide a unique opportunity to experience the solitude and slower pace of country life amid generous hospitality. Only an hour outside Adelaide, this modern escape offers one of the best farm stays in South Australia, surrounded by rolling vineyards and farm vistas, with options to upgrade your stay with wine tastings and scenic flights.
65 Stone Jar Road, Angaston
Replenish and reconnect at the charming Mylor Farm, a delightfully cosy 3 bedroom family retreat tucked away in the Adelaide Hills. Only 25 minutes from Adelaide CBD, this 15-acre self-contained farm stay boasts a restored cottage surrounded by a gum forest, fruit orchard, and a charming babbling brook. Wander the boardwalk trail, uncover the secret garden with a tree fort, or set up the cheeseboard fireside on cool nights. With a seasonal herb and veggie garden, flower beds, and easy access to Adelaide Hills' dining and wineries, Mylor Farm is the kind of getaway that feels like something straight out of a storybook.
Adelaide Hills, address available upon booking
Tucked away on a sprawling thousand-acre estate along the North Para River, Riverside Farm encapsulates the essence of South Australia's rich farming heritage. Established in 1848 by pioneer Joseph Barritt, this family-owned gem has evolved through six generations. Ellen and Richard, the current custodians, are reshaping its legacy, blending tradition with a modern vision. This hidden retreat offers a charming two-bedroom country cottage, providing a sanctuary just ten minutes from the heart of the Barossa Valley. One of the best farm stays in South Australia, guests can unwind amidst picturesque landscapes and experience the region's rich agricultural past and booming future.
From $200 per night
Barritt Road, Lyndoch
Pavilions at Lenswood
An easy 30-minute drive from Adelaide, Pavilions at Lenswood is Adelaide Hills’ response to a stylishly luxe romantic getaway. The one-bedroom self-contained pavilions are designed as the ultimate couple’s retreat. Each comes with a fireplace, kitchen, free standing bathtub and king-size bed, all of which overlook the manicured gardens and rolling valley. Each pavilion comes with animal feed so you can say hello to the alpacas at the farm, and the outdoor fireplace is gorgeous on a cold night with a few marshmallows in hand.
Corner of Swamp & Leslie Roads, Lenswood
Al Ru Farm
Established in 1979 by Ruth and Alan Irving, Al Ru Farm is a stunning retreat just 40 minutes from Adelaide CBD. Ruth's passion for gardening transformed the humble abode into a sprawling ten-acre haven, which has become a popular venue for intimate weddings. Not exclusive to wedding guests, this charming Bed and Breakfast offers up several options of cosy accommodation. The Australia Suite sits under gumtrees and provides a rustic farm escape for up to 3 guests. The International Suite beautifully blends modern and antique with views over paddocks - ideal for families (sleeps up to 5). The Garden Pavilion is our pick of the bunch, with the gorgeous stand alone home adorned with English and French antiques and surrounded by a lush garden, promising a tranquil retreat with a touch of French country style.
1016 One Tree Hill Road, Sampson Flat
Familiar with the hit television series McLeod's Daughters? Then you'll fall head over heels for this gem. One of the most beloved farm stays in South Australia, this beautifully restored heritage home oozes rustic charm with its seven luxurious suites, each nodding to times passed, plus a communal dining room, living areas and cellar. The 225-acre Kingsford Homestead is yours to wander, but when you really want to unwind, book time in at their Riverside Bush Bath.
Kingsford Road, Kingsford
Kidman Cottages at Unalla
Stay a night in Unalla and experience a unique look into a working Black Angus Cattle farm, operating since 1850. Overlooking 200 acres of rolling gum-studded grazing land, the Kidman Cottages provide a serene escape just minutes from Mt Barker and 35 minutes from Adelaide. Sitting along the 260km Kidman Trail, the charming cottages offer a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Explore the trail, play tennis, dine in the old dairy with a BBQ and open fire, or arrange a cosy campfire. Luxurious farm-stay options include the historic Settlers Cottage and the recently renovated three-bedroom Cosy Cottage—your gateway to Adelaide Hills' delights.
81 Bunnett Road, Bugle Ranges