Al-Ru Farm is an enchanting hideaway nestled within the most glorious gardens and stunning landscapes that provide wonderful accommodations’ while visiting the Northern Adelaide Hills.
I wasn’t going to stay there as it was so close to home however, on advice from I friend I caved in.
From the moment I arrived I felt like I had entered another world, a secret doorway into an enchanted hideaway nestled within the most glorious gardens. Paths entwined within paths, charming and captivating me, leading me to secluded areas in the garden.
We were greeted by Ruth when we arrived and enjoyed a walk down to the lake whilst she provided us with a history of Al-Ru Farm.
Ruth has her own orchard and hens so provisions are wonderful and fresh the jams tasted as though they had been picked that day. The aroma’s wafting from her kitchen were so tempting that I had to poke my head in and I discovered upon request she will cook a meal for you so I am already planning my return.
Whilst there I also spent some time laying around the pool feeling like a roman goddess as peacock strolled by and I happened to look up as a kangaroo and her Joey went past it was a memorable moment . The pool has recently been finished and by the time I return I will be able to enjoy the luxury of the steam house that is almost completed.
The dedication Ruth has to Al-Ru Farm and her zeal to provide the paramount in accommodation has been unmatched throughout my traveling experiences and I know I will return again and again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Garden Pavillion at Al-Ru Farm is a romantic pavillion set in its very own private gardens amid the expansive country gardens that Al-Ru is famous for. There is a small lake adjacent sporting wild fowl and the occasional kangaroo and baby. There are tables and chairs scattered throughout the gardens for you to relax at with a cup of tea or a glass in hand. The terrace is ideal to watch the sun set from while enjoying a glass of excellent One Tree Hill wine. The Garden Pavillion is totally selfcontained and extremely spacious and comfortable with fluffy white down bedding that feels like sleeping under a cloud. Separate rainwater bath and shower ensures comfort for all travellers. The open fire is a joy for winter evening relaxing. Ruth is a well known Adelaide Antique Dealer specialising in French and English Period furniture with a gentle country twist this is displayed in the Pavillion to great effect. Farm chickens supply the eggs and the orchard the jams. Alan bakes bread and deliveres it fresh and hot in the morning along with the usual cooked breakfast provisions fruit is brought fresh from the orchard when in season. Ruth loves to take you on a stroll throught the garden or talk to you about wineries and best eateries. You will find the Irvings friendly but not intrusive hosts happy to help where they can. ... more less