Rebuilt from ruins, North Bundaleer is an opulent, grand stone mansion set on 400 acres of native bush and farmland near South Australia's Clare Valley wine region. Rooms are lavishly decorated in high Victorian style, but the vibe remains casual and convivial (you might be living like royalty, but there’s no need for any snootiness). An all-inclusive breakfast, dinner and drinks experience.With no set in your room, you’ll need to head to the indigenous-art-adorned TV room for small-screen entertainment, or to the lavish library to peruse antiquarian books. If you’re feeling a bit Piano Man, tickle the ivories in the grand ballroom.
Wander the property at dusk to spot mobs of resident roos – there’s nothing quite like seeing a dozen big boomers bounding across an open field. Climb up to Maslin’ Look-out for sublime sunset views (and a bottle of bubbles) or stroll among ancient pines in nearby North Bundaleer Forest (both the Heysen and Mawson Trails pass through here). If you don’t fancy trekking, the Clare Valley boasts around 35 winery cellar doors for chilled-out tastings.