Economic boost for Barossa accommodation offers more choice for visitors

27 August 2013

New luxury vineyard accommodation at the Barossa Shiraz Estate will help to raise the Barossa’s profile as a premium tourist destination with interstate and overseas visitors.

The owners of the Lyndoch property, which is surrounded by 30 acres of vineyards, will convert the 1848 stone barn into new 4.5 star accommodation and upgrade the existing historic cottage from 3.5 star to 4.5 star.

The State Government has contributed $39,550 to the project through its Tourism Development Support Program.

Tourism Minister, Leon Bignell, said the upgrade will deliver high-end accommodation and experiences to the Barossa and South Australia. It will also increase four star plus accommodation stock in the state.

“Barossa Shiraz Estate allows visitors to stay in historic accommodation within a vineyard, giving them the chance to enjoy the perfect Barossa experience,” Mr Bignell said.

“This investment in accommodation not only boosts the Barossa’s profile as a premium tourist destination, it provides another option for travellers to the region.”

Existing accommodation at Barossa Shiraz Estate includes a homestead with two suites (Loft and Vines) and two historic cottages (Residence and Willows).

The original homestead and ironstone barn formed part of the Cobb and Co. Royal Mail service between Adelaide and the Flinders Ranges in the 1800s. The barn housed a horse-drawn stagecoach, while the drivers lived at the homestead.

Barossa Shiraz Estate co-owner Ali Rezainan said the expanded accommodation was expected to be popular with visitors and couples seeking a luxury getaway.

“This funding will allow a unique, heritage style development, increasing the capacity of this luxury vineyard accommodation for high-end visitors, particularly those from the growing overseas markets,” Mr Rezainan said.

Tourism Barossa chair Chris Pfeiffer said the upgrade will bring a renewed interest to the region.

“One of the highlights of the Barossa is the wonderful, old stone buildings and it is great to see the owners are taking this old house back to its former glory,” Mr Pfeiffer said.

“It will give people the opportunity to once more experience living in a building with so much history.”

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