Official CVWWT Accommodation
Ideally located on stage 3 of the trail in the stunning Skilly Hills region of the Clare Valley, The historic Hughes Park property offers several self contained cottages perfect as a hikers base.
The Hughes Park property contains 6km of the trail in addition to some of the most spectacular scenery along the entire trail.
We are excited to recommend the Hughes park Cottages as the official accommodation for the trail, please consider supporting the Duncan family who have generously provided access to their property for the trail.
Hughes Park Cottages
Stay in our award winning Hughes Park Cottage or the new Sir Walter’s Cottage, a tranquil getaway for couples or families.
Approximately 120km north of Adelaide, nestled in the Skilly hills, just 2 km’s from the township of Watervale in the middle of the beautiful Clare Valley, Hughes Park offers 2 cottages. The first one Hughes Park Cottage opened in 2009, an Award Winning private two-bedroom cottage. The second Sir Walter’s Cottage opened in early 2020 also a 2 bedroom but 2-bathroom cottage.
Both originating from 1845 and are surrounded by beautiful vines and historic sheep farming country – perfect for a stroll and a photographer’s delight. The cottages are family friendly and children are welcome. Snuggle up in front of the open fireplace in winter, you will feel miles away from the stress and hustle of life in your Clare Valley sanctuary yet a stones throw from many wineries. Kookaburras chuckling at dusk as the sun sets over the Hills. The views often referred to a scene out of a Hans Heysen’s painting.
Staying here you may even see Andrew rounding up a mob of sheep with working dogs out the window. Wildlife and Birdlife is spectacular, sheep grazing, roo’s, deer, kookaburra’s and much more.
Only 3km’s to the famous Riesling Trail too. Walks can be taken to the top of Mt Oakden which spans views over vineyards from Clare to Auburn and in the other direction from Balaklava Plains to St Vincent’s Gulf.
Hughes Park & Sir Walter’s Cottages
Enjoy a stay at one of South Australia’s finest tourist getaways.
The cottages verandas are very inviting with its directors chairs perfectly positioned to take in the afternoon sun. The front door opens to a welcoming lounge with comfortable sofas, perfect for relaxing on and a large open fire place. Knowing how much everyone enjoys an open fire, there is a seemingly endless supply of firewood right outside the front door.
Guests then walk through to a large dining and kitchen area with floor to ceiling windows, which make the most of the Hans Heysen views of the magnificent gums which lie beyond. The kitchen is furnished with all the essentials – microwave, stove, oven, large fridge and plenty of bench space to cook up a storm!
Sleeping 4 people the cottages comprise of a main bedroom with a Queen Size bed (Sir Walter’s has an ensuite bathroom) and the guest bedroom has two King single beds. The bedrooms all have fresh decor and fluffy pillows with thick goose down quilts and electric blankets take care of guests on chilly nights.
In the summer, guests can make use of the Weber barbecue under the verandah and enjoy a dinner among the gum trees while listening to the laughing kookaburras overhead.
Hughes Park Cottage
Sir Walter’s Cottage
Both are 2-bedroom cottages (sleeping 4 in each – 1 x Queen and 2 x Singles)
2 bathrooms (Sir Walter’s only). Hughes Park has one bathroom, 2 toilets
Breakfast provisions (includes bacon/eggs/bread/OJ/milk/mini cereals tea/coffee/butter/jams)
Cosy Open Fire in Winter/Outdoor Fire Pit for toasting marshmallows
Full equipped kitchen with Dishwasher
Nespresso Pod Coffee Machine
Other facilities – 2 Colour Televisions, Hairdryer, Iron, Electric Blankets.
Check in / Check Out times
Arrival Time – 2pm
Departure – 10am
Standard Rates – $200 per night per double (occupying one bedroom)*
All bookings incur a $50 cleaning fee
$50 per person thereafter
Example 2 couples/2 nights – $600
Prices quoted are for 2 people per night with a 2 night minimum stay.
No single night bookings.
No pets allowed.
*Two people occupying both bedrooms incur an extra linen fee of $25. The 2nd bedroom is locked. Please notify us if using both bedrooms for two people.
For cancellations notified more than 14 days prior to your stay, full deposit is refunded immediately. Cancellations notified 7 days or less prior to your stay will forfeit 1 nights accommodation.
We accept CASH, CHEQUE & FUNDS TRANSFER.