Four Star Heritage and Modern Accommodation
at Sevenhill in the Picturesque Clare Valley
Historical Accommodation at Rosella Cottage in Sevenhill
We are very proud of the way in which this property has been developed over many years and many owners. We pay tribute to the job they have done in preserving the heritage of a building which is likely to be one of the first built in Sevenhill. The small one-bedroom cottage with characteristic low ceilings and stone walls, now named Rose Cottage, was built in 1856 by Thomas O’Brien, an Irish cabinetmaker and one of the first to buy an allotment in Sevenhill. He became the first postmaster in 1858, and the large front room was the local post office for many years. Later it was home to the blacksmith who worked out of the Stables which remain to this day. In the 1940’s, the building was extended to the north with construction of a con-joined 3-bedroom residence now known as Rosella Cottage. As well as being a post office and a blacksmith it has also been a shop while housing proprietors’ families while maintaining a family business. Situated on the main road through Sevenhill, Rosella Cottage has in recent times, been converted and renovated as a three bedroom, four-star accommodation retaining some heritage features while adding modern touches for comfort and ease.
Rose Cottage is not currently available for booking.
Sevenhill Cottages Accommodation for Singles, Couples, Groups and Long Stay Guests
While Sevenhill Cottages, Accommodation and Conference Centre caters mainly for couples on 2-5 day stays, we have increasingly hosted larger family, club and corporate groups. The entire facility can sleep from seven to fifteen guests, though sofa beds and a foldaway camp bed have been pressed into service where needed. In encouraging family groups, child guests are always welcome though parents are asked to bring their own cots and highchair.
Guests requiring a longer stay are welcome subject to availability. We are unable to accept pets since our property is on the main road and not adequately fenced to ensure the safety of dogs nor neighbouring properties. We are more than willing to suggest dog-friendly alternatives.
Tranquil Grounds in Sevenhill Accommodation
Our grounds are always changing with the seasons. A small orchard, newly planted is already bearing fruit. Chickens roam the vegetable gardens and as a bonus provide eggs. A small seating area with a rose garden is available for guests to use, as is a covered barbecue/ firepit area to the rear of the property. Native plants bloom at many times during the year, adding a splash of colour, while in spring the many bulbs planted the previous year burst into colour. An outdoor space under the pergola to the rear of Rosella Cottage has two seating areas and provides a cool and spacious meeting place for family and friends staying at the cottages. Adjacent to this is a lawned area which leads to what we affectionately call The Cookhouse. Historically this old stone building was used as stables for the blacksmith who lived here in the 19th Century and dates to 1852. It has had several minor repairs to maintain its integrity but is remarkably well preserved. It currently houses a gas barbecue, but more is in store for this area. From the Anzac Day Weekend until the Labour Day Long Weekend, the rustic stone woodshed is stocked with firewood for the combustion heaters which are in each cottage. Onsite parking for four cars is available, as well as undercover parking at each of the rear cottages.
Lorikeets, Kookaburras and Rosellas
Sevenhill Cottages reflects a bird theme very strongly. Our cottages are named for the local birds you will hear and see on the property at different times of the year. Lorikeets enjoy the summer sprinklers with their babies and Kookaburras inhabit the magnificent gum trees which abound on the property. Rosellas regularly visit the property and are, of course immortalized on the ‘Rosella Unrivalled Pickles’ wall art celebrating our historic ties with founding companies of Australia. These murals are found throughout South Australia but are being lost as time takes its toll of these old wall paintings. Ours has been restored and will last for many more years pointing out the local landmark ‘Rosella Cottage’.
Local Attractions at or near Sevenhill
From Sevenhill Cottages, keen walkers and bicyclists can get to some of the Clare Valley’s top wineries, restaurants and nature attractions in Clare to the north and the small towns (eg Auburn and Mintaro) to the south. Among these are some of our favourites (by no means an exhaustive list):
Within staggering distance (a great description by one of our guests), Sevenhill Hotel offers a country-style atmosphere, a-la-carte dining, an extensive underground wine cellar and gaming facilities. Sevenhill Hotel has gourmet style meals as well as pub offerings and has been awarded the accolade of best Country Dining for four years in a row. We love being across the road from all this magnificence.
Uppside Restaurant and Wine Bar
In Penwortham, the newly opened Uppside Restaurant and Wine Bar caters for both dine in guests and those who wish to take away their dinner. Of particular note are their gourmet pizzas with a European theme and quite unique.
Little Red Grape
Across the road is the Little Red Grape bakery where we get our local bread. As a café, it is open from 7am for breakfasts and lunches as well as morning and afternoon teas. A range of gourmet country pies are a special treat as are their scrumptious cakes, always great with a delicious coffee.
At the start of the Riesling Trail is the Sevenhill Playspace and barbecue area. Children who have stayed with us previously always want to revisit the flying fox and the innovative play equipment which has been added to and maintained by Sevenhill residents over the years.
Within walking/ biking distance from Sevenhill Cottages is the Riesling Trail. 500 metres from your door is the start of the Riesling Trail which, by turning left, leads you into Clare and to the right, you encounter Penwortham the small town to the south of Sevenhill.
The wineries in and around Sevenhill are excellent and many have diversified over the past few years to extend their experiences beyond just a cellar door wine tasting.
We are looking to extend our partnerships with local wineries but to date, our relationship with the renowned Kilikanoon Winery has meant that our guests not only enjoy a free Diversity of Clare Wine Tasting (valued at $10 a head) but are also able to get a 15% discount off any wine purchased while our guest. Many thanks to Sarah at Kilikanoon for this fantastic offer.
Other Recommended Local Wineries
Wineries that are highly recommended for a visit are Pauletts winery on the Mintaro Road. Their Café D’Vine lunch menu has a variety of bush tucker dishes. We guarantee that their lunches are always a taste sensation.
Also on the road to Mintaro is Pikes Winery which, as well as offering an exceptional variety of wines and beers, also houses the Slate Restaurant. Well worth visiting.
Mintaro is a small tourist town which boasts the Mintaro Maze and the famous Martindale Hall, both of which are open to the public at various times. Peter, the winemaker at Mintaro Wines, mans the cellar door and is always willing to discuss winemaking with visitors and is knowledgeable and very proud of his excellent wines.