Currently undergoing an exciting and extensive expansion, luxury Barossa Valley retreat Kingsford Homestead has agreed a new management deal with leading Australian hotel management company 1834 Hotels.
Already established as an iconic retreat and events destination, this unique heritage property expects to complete a careful $10 million expansion by May 2021.
Retaining its beauty and appeal, whilst adding contemporary and stylish new developments, this will place Kingsford Homestead in the top echelon of global luxury escapes. Adelaide based 1834 Hotels, currently managing a network of hotels and resorts across Australia, will now oversee all aspects of operations, working closely with Kingsford Homestead’s owners, the Ahrens family.
Stefen Ahrens, owner and prominent businessman, gave background to this new deal.
“Given our love for this property, and the scale of the investment, it was very important to align with an operator that shared our vision and possessed the ability to deliver tailored luxury experiences for our discerning guests.”
Mr Ahrens went on to say, “We continue to receive a significant level of interest regarding retreats and exclusive events at Kingsford Homestead. The professionalism, distribution, and networks brought to the table by 1834 Hotels will help ensure we maximise this great potential.”
Andrew Bullock, CEO of 1834 Hotels, welcomed this special property to his company’s network.
“The Barossa region has significant appeal and pull globally, and we have no doubt that Kingsford Homestead will provide clientele with a South Australian escape that is second to none. 1834 Hotels is excited and honoured to be managing this remarkable luxury retreat.”
Once the setting for the famous Australian drama McLeod’s Daughters, Kingsford Homestead was purchased by the Ahrens family in 2009, who converted the property to a five-star retreat.
When the expanded property reopens in May 2021 guests will enjoy unique experiences where proud heritage meets contemporary beauty, imagination, and tailored service.
Those booking overnight stays may select from a range of luxurious accommodation options, including the Homestead (8 suites), Lodge Wing (4 suites, each with its own view), Meg’s Cottage (3 bedrooms and living spaces), and Stonemason’s Cottage (1 bedroom and living spaces).
Kingsford Homestead will feature an impressive wine cellar and vault, for which the owners have long been curating one of the world’s premier showcases of great Barossa Shiraz, including a complete vertical collection of Penfolds Grange. The cellar will also be home to one of Australia’s best Champagne collections. To complete an outstanding food and wine offering, guests will be treated to a divine culinary experience encompassing the wonderful flavours and produce of the Barossa. Details on the property’s exciting new destination restaurant will be released soon.
Adjacent to the wine cellar is a purpose built ‘Kegelbahn’, a German indoor bowling alley, which pays homage to the Barossa Valley’s history and heritage providing a unique attraction for visitors. The Homestead also offers a range of other relaxation options which include a stunning pool with sundeck and bar, and a beautifully appointed long conservatory with panoramic Barossa Valley views.
Available as exclusive use if required, Kingsford Homestead and its breathtaking grounds offer the perfect setting for intimate or larger events. Its professional team will work with a range of clients to bring their special creations to life.
Kingsford Homestead is part of a ‘Barossa Luxury Retreats’ portfolio, which also includes Tanunda House.