Kingsford Homestead

Australia Oceania
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
Kingsford Homestead
24 January 2021

Welcome to Kingsford Homestead – one of Barossa Luxury Retreats iconic properties set on the edge of the breathtaking Barossa Valley wine country. Luxurious accommodation with unique events venues – exudes style and elegance, yet maintains its rural charm.

Once the home to a wealthy nineteenth-century pastoralist and in more recent times, the set for McLeod’s Daughters – Kingsford Homestead offers the perfect retreat for you to indulge, discover, relax…and get lost in time.

We offer use of the homestead exclusively for up to 14 accommodation guests, and up to 300 guests for events on site in our beautifully renovated Shearing Shed or in a marquee under the stars. Ideal for weddings, family reunions, special occasions and corporate retreats.

A Remarkable History
In 1836, South Australia was ‘free-settled’ by British colonists who wanted freedom of worship and a chance at a prosperous life. Lincolnshire man Stephen King was one of these settlers, sailing aboard the ship Orleana in 1839.

After alighting in Adelaide, he joined a syndicate in acquiring a parcel of newly-sectioned land north of the Para River – the beginnings of a settlement called Gawler.

King was an educated man, a pastoralist and an entrepreneur. He built the town’s first steam-powered flour mill and settled a 500-acre parcel of land to the north on which he ran 3,250 sheep.

His first house was a small property of stone on the land known as ‘Mincalta’. Business was obviously good and in 1856 he commissioned the construction of a substantial two-storey house – one built to reflect his new status and success.

It’s believed King himself was influential in its design, working with a very able stonemason. Much of the house exterior you see today conforms to the original build, a sandstone structure in Georgian style.

The sandstone was thought to be brought out as ship’s ballast from Edinburgh, Scotland, and transported up to Kingsford on horse drawn carriages. Original features within include the splendid cedar staircase in Gothic style, the slate flagged entrance hall and the cedar ‘buffet’.

The large Gothic-style buffet feature opens to reveal steps down into the stone cellars, used to store produce (delivered through a chute) and said to have once held bushrangers who’d ‘bailed up’ the homestead.

The original coach way to the property came from the east, ultimately serving the entrance to what is now the Dining Room. When a track from the west became the preferred access, the turreted porch – also in Gothic style – was added to form the main entrance.

Kingsford was a watering point for coach companies, drovers and bullock teams passing through the region, but the property lays claim to a special part in Australia’s pioneering history. In 1861, John McDouall Stuart left on his third and final expedition in a bid to cross the continent from north to south.

The party went through Kingsford, for reasons other than water and rest: 19-year-old Stephen King Jr, one of Stephen and Martha King’s 11 children, joined the epic 3000km journey with Stuart, and William Billiatt.

South Australia’s history is very much one populated with boom and bust and the 1860s saw a severe drought. King was forced to sell the property, thereafter moving to the Northern Territory.

Kingsford was acquired by John Howard Angas, the son of South Australian founding father George Fife Angas, who raised Hereford cattle on the property. It then went to a syndicate of owners and back to the Angas family in 1924, this time under Sir Keith Angas, a great-grandson of George Fife Angas.

Subsequent owners continued to raise livestock and crops on the property, including Frederick Scarfe, and Tom Fotheringham who owned the property until 1998. Mr Fotheringham’s son, Tony, is a tremendous source of knowledge on the property and friend of the current owners.

Kingsford was bought from Mr Fotheringham by the government and run briefly as an Agricultural Research Facility, then as a Montessori Pre-School, before being sold on to Channel Nine under Kerry Packer. It then embarked the role of featuring as ‘Drover’s Run’ on the hit TV series, McLeod’s Daughters.

The set was closed off from the public for eight years of production and run like a working farm for the purposes of filming, complete with 100 cattle, 250 sheep, 15 horses, working dogs and a team of stockmen.

Interior scenes were all filmed inside the homestead; outbuildings on the property were also used, including ‘Meg’s Cottage’ originally referred to as ‘Hartley’s House’ next to the main homestead.

It’s not widely known, but the show was going to be called Drover’s Run until Packer vetoed the name for the one it went to air with. A total of 224 episodes of McLeod’s Daughters were viewed in 41 countries.

The Ahrens family purchased the property in 2009, carefully converting the property to the five-star retreat you are enjoying today. Kingsford is listed on the State Heritage Register and Register of the National Estate.

Luxury Boutique Accommodation
Kingsford is appointed in a style that is contemporary yet sympathetic with the original ambitions of the 1856 homestead. The original ambitions? To impress!

We hire the homestead out exclusively for groups of up to 14 guests who have their preference of any of the seven suites, including a self-contained cottage. Ideal for weddings, special occasions, family reunions, & corporate retreats.

The guest areas are generous, comfortable and in a few cases, unique to the historic property. We welcome families with children of all ages to Kingsford Homestead.

Kingsford Homestead sleeps up to 14 guests across seven luxurious suites. Each suite is uniquely styled and named in honour of a previous owner of the homestead.

There are five suites on the upper storey; Stephen King Suite, John Angas Suite, Frederick Scarfe Suite, Mincalta Suite & Kerry Packer Suite, a disabled access suite on the ground floor; Ahrens Suite and the Stonemason’s Cottage adjacent to the homestead, commonly referred to as our ‘honeymoon suite’ providing couples with an element of extra privacy.

King beds, all convertible to twin singles if required, are offered in five of the luxury suites, with a Queen bed in both the Ahrens Suite & Frederick Scarfe Suite. In addition to this, additional bedding for children can be arranged. Please enquire for further details.

Each suite has its own luxurious ensuite, five of which offer beautiful bath tubs. In addition to this, the property also offers a unique Riverside Bush Bath experience, ideal for any couples looking for an extra romantic experience during their stay. Suite Amenities Include:

  • Robes & Slippers
  • Luxurious bathroom amenities
  • Flat-screen TV with all digital channels
  • Free wireless internet access
  • BOSE music station with iPod and USB connectivity
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Suite Safe
  • Individual Air Conditioning Unit

Dining Room
Our spacious dining room overlooks the rolling hills – a place for deep conversations, fine wine with friends and family and quiet reflection. Awake to a hearty regional Barossa breakfast and the peaceful tranquility Kingsford Homestead has to offer.

Living Areas
The Lounge and Library are home to large comfortable sofas, open fires and a LCD TV. These are great spaces to relax and socialise after an enoyable day out. We have a selection of books and DVD’s to share with you.

A charming, ambient space available for intimate dinners up to 14 guests. We offer ‘winemaker dinners’ throughout the year, Keep your eyes on our Event’s Calendar for these periodic special events.

You’re invited to inspect our extensive collection of fine wines, including vintages from the Barossa, Clare, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. These are available for purchase at any time.

There are verandas to the East and South of the property, both enjoying sweeping views of lily-filled gullies and grassy knolls sure to stir the soul.

The spaces can be configured for dining, but during the day, seating is available for those who just wish to read, enjoy a glass of something or wile away the hours.

Shearing Shed
Our historic shearing shed lies to the west and you’re invited to explore them while wandering the property. These evocative and atmospheric buildings are also used for functions and weddings.

Relaxing next to our new pool is the ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Dive into the cool depths after a day of Barossa exploring, or stretch out on one of the loungers and read your book. Enjoy a cold drink while soaking up the Australian sunshine and the sweeping countryside views that surround you.

The 225-acres feature a river, walking trails and other natural attractions, alongside lawn space for events and weddings.

Riverside Bush Bath
This is a signature Kingsford Homestead experience – one of the world’s most beautiful al fresco baths, set in a beautiful and secluded corner of the property. And yes, it can fit two.

Whether taking advantage of staying in the fantastic Barossa Valley or indulging in some decadence at your luxury accommodation,
select from our wonderful options when you book with us today.

Seppeltsfield Estate – Centenary Tour
The ultimate tour at Seppeltsfield, the Centenary Tour is a once in a lifetime experience. Visit the Seppelt family homestead, followed by a private tasting of super-premium fortified wines.

Hot Air Ballooning
Enjoy this exhilarating experience and take in the early morning views of the exquisite Barossa Valley. An unforgettable adventure that will take your breath away – leaving you inspired and on cloud nine.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Add a romantic touch to your stay at Kingsford Homestead and enjoy champagne and delicious chocolate dipped strawberries in your stunning suite.

Relaxing Massage
A one hour relaxing & revitalising experience for your body, mind & soul in the privacy of your own suite. Relax the nervous system, lower stress levels and refresh your wellbeing from the inside out.

Outdoor Bush Bath with French Champagne
This signature award-winning Kingsford Homestead experience – one of the world’s most beautiful al fresco baths, set in a beautiful and secluded corner of the property.

Hotel Transfer
Return transfers from Adelaide Airport to Kingsford Homestead. Subject to availability.

Impressive Events
Whether you want an intimate soiree, a fairytale wedding or a product launch for 300 people, we will create an event to remember. Kingsford has the place, the space and the means to cater for any size of event in a rustic yet opulent setting.

Exclusively Yours
Because we cater to just 14 guests, it is easy to secure Kingsford Homestead for exclusive use for your special occasion, executive corporate retreat or wedding. It is the perfect venue, one which ensures pure intimacy, privacy and personal attention.

Impressive. Inspiring. Innovative.
Whether you’re looking to impress your clients or inspire your people, Kingsford can pull out all the stops. Of course the handsome Homestead can make for a powerful AGM or a potent piece of corporate hosting.

But Kingsford can also accommodate events for up to 300 – events like product launches, conferences and conventions. We have almost limitless marquee space amidst some of Australia’s most beautiful natural settings.

We’ve got stone shearing sheds that bestow an evocative sense of history and some good old-fashioned individuality. And we’ve got an outstanding team to take care of all the canvas, catering and technicals.

If you’re looking for some creative input (a sound and light show among 100-year-old gumtrees perhaps?) we can provide that too.

Fairytale Wedding
And a memory you will cherish for a lifetime. With a strictly limited number of weddings each year, Kingsford Homestead is a truly unforgettable location. Romantic, elegant and secluded, just 45 minutes from Adelaide and on the edge of the Barossa Valley. What could be more special?

Our Wedding team tailor every aspect of your special day. Let us know a little more about your upcoming event, and our Wedding Co-ordinator will contact you to discuss all the details.

The Perfect Venue, The Complete Experience
You want this day to be perfect in every way. And so do we. That’s why we have a dedicated and experienced team to work with you to plan and deliver your dream wedding.

Every aspect of it – from the Invitations to the Wedding Cake and all items in-between. We offer more than just a stunning venue. We will deliver the complete wedding experience.

Tailor-made For You
Our exclusive Kingsford Homestead wedding team and our reliable group of partners will work with you. Together we will design and tailor-make a unique Ceremony and Celebration just for you.

Award-winning Menu Options
Based on carefully selected local and seasonal produce, together with an exquisite wine selection, Kingsford Homestead is fast gaining a strong reputation for its fine food.

Barossa Valley Journey
Kingsford Homestead is located on the edge of the breathtaking Barossa, a region of history and renowned for their unmatched food and wines. Follow in the footsteps of the pastoral pioneers on an early morning walk.

Try a little vintage wine-tasting in the slate-floored cellar. Explore the Barossa, mingle or journey inwards for self reflection. Take an outdoor bath in nature, inhaling deeply whilst listening to the birds and sipping on Champagne. Letting go.

With a customised itinerary for guests, your journey could include unforgettable culinary or wine experiences, hot air ballooning over the picturesque landscape, family fun activities, spa treatments, yoga onthe luscious lawns, cooking classes and much more!

Itineraries are customised based on your desires and requirements from involced corporate retreat itineraries to relaxed ones designed for family stays. Talk to our Property Hosts about putting together a proposed itinerary just for you.

About the Barossa
The Barossa is one of the world’s finest wine-growing regions, and is arguably home to the oldest vines in the world. Now at the heart of the Australian wine industry, the rolling valleys and fertile plains of the Barossa were first noted in the 1830s for their extraordinary potential.

In 1842 communities of Prussian émigrés were brought into the region to establish a little of the ‘old world’ in the new. As was their tradition, a few began to grow vines.

Today, their influence, their culture and indeed their extraordinary wine-making skills can still be seen in the historic settlements of this beautiful region – in towns like Bethany, Tanunda and Angaston. Not unrelated, the region supports an exquisite food culture and artisan production.

On Arrival
Kingsford Homestead caters to just 14 guests and we would love you to be among them. On arriving, you’ll be welcomed by your hosts Cassie Ferrett and Kyran Gardner. They’re ready to help you enjoy the very best of this magnificent property as well as the many attractions of the world-famous Barossa.

The Barossa Valley boasts some brilliant providores in the nearby charming historic towns, and we would be delighted to recommend some of these gems to you. Our luxury property is located only a short drive to nearby historic Tanunda, a village boasting a mecca of regional foodie delights.

Meander through the rolling hills of the Barossa Valley as you drop in to some of the best Wineries in the world, enjoying tastings and yarns with winemakers and local characters.

Barossa Attractions
Be sure to talk with your hosts Kathy and Kyran – they’ll be delighted to suggest some activities or tailor an itinerary to your interests so you can make more of your time in the Barossa.

Wine tours: If you’d like to self-tour we can provide a map marked with some famous historic local wineries (nearby Seppeltsfield is a must-see) as well as a few well-kept secrets where you can taste boutique wines. Alternatively we can arrange for you to tour the region by bike, or we can organise a chauffeur guide with all the local knowledge and connections.*

Ballooning: We’ll wake you before dawn and get you up, up and away in one of the most sensational balloon rides in the country. An amazing way to sample the Barossa wine country.

Gliding: Take to the air over the Barossa out of Gawler – it’s a wild ride and one to tick off the ‘must-do’ list.*

Golf: Tee off behind the Jacob’s Creek estate on one of South Australia’s most picturesque 18-hole courses*. Very popular with local winemakers!

Hidden Away – Easy To Find
Kingsford sits on the North Para River on the Western Ridge of the Barossa. Surrounded by 225 acres of stunning South Australian countryside, you will feel a million miles from city living. However, thanks to a brand new freeway the Homestead is just 45 minutes drive north from Adelaide International Airport.

If you are coming from interstate or overseas we will be delighted to arrange your return transfers (additional cost), although hire cars and taxi services are available at the airport. We use the airfield at Gawler for those arriving by charter aircraft (transfers can be arranged at an additional cost).

Rooms: 7
Price: from 210 EUR per night


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