Welcome to Koalaville, in Bridgewater: beautiful in all seasons
Wake peacefully to birdsong amongst the trees overlooking the little valley.
Open the triangle windows of your small but modern, bright, clean studio room and smell the fresh breeze.
Sit outside in the sunshine on a picnic blanket & relax with a book.
Talk to our chooks or catch sight of a friendly possum or koala.
Explore the gorgeous hills, nearby wineries & Germantown, Hahndorf.
Netflix, snuggly electric blankets, aircon.
Need a sweet little tree change amongst nature and wineries?
The Forest Apartment at Bridgewater- nestled between leafy Aldgate and the famous sparkly German town, Hahndorf, is a delight in all seasons:
Cooler in summer with an afternoon cool gully breeze that entices you to throw open the windows...
Cosy-warm, misty, green and fresh in winter, and bursting with sweetly scented flowers in spring; but the area truly shines in Autumn, with an incredible array of colours and floating leaves.
A peaceful retreat, for those who need time away from it all, a rest and recharge, tranquility and a connection to nature, or a reconnection with a loved one.
Or for those exhausted by life needing time away, take a long, deep sleep, or a day spent among the soft pillows and cushions with a good book or free unlimited Netflix.
Light the little vanilla-scented candles, have a nice hot shower, make a cup of tea (or wine, or port from the intricate port sippers provided)..and rest.
For the explorers, so much awaits to be discovered, whether it be a pop out for meal, or a day-trip adventure- scroll down to the bottom for ideas, and a whole folder more await you upon arrival to help plan your adventures.
Want to visit wineries but not drive? I might be able to drive you around and know lots of magical places- message me with what you were thinking- great for a surprise or special occasion too.
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Your apartment- airy, modern and sparkly-clean, consists of a double bed with silky soft sheets and snuggly cushions and pillows; Tv with DVD player (and a selection of DVDS) and all-you-can-eat free Netflix for a quiet night in; and ensuite bathroom.
The large picture windows let in plenty of natural light and the space is welcoming and relaxing.
At night, the sparkling touch lamps, tea light candles and fairylights provide a warm, soft atmosphere. Cold night? New split system, plenty of soft, snuggly blankets provided, and of course, tea. More types than you could poke a teaspoon at- the way it should be.
The apartment is on a different level to the main house, separate and not joined by any internal stairs or doors.
Every effort is made to ensure your privacy and peace throughout your stay. We leave it to our guests to initiate meeting us if desired, but are on hand if you were to wish for anything further.
Private and secure with key lock and independent check in, you will have your own separate entry down a set of garden stairs, with your own designated off street car park included.
Although there isnt a 'kitchen' or kitchenette, you will find a toaster, kettle- electric teapot and selection of tea, coffee (just instant- apologies) and hot chocolate.
There is also a microwave and small fridge.
We have also provided a bbq with cooktop/stovetop gas burner for your exclusive use under shelter outside your room, with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils provided.
You are most welcome to eat in your apartment or take the little dining setting or picnic blanket outside for a garden picnic.
As you will be on holidays, there is no need to take out your rubbish or make your bed on the day of checkout - more time to relax and enjoy your stay.
A small selection of books, DVDS and games are available to borrow- just ask.
We can organize self-cook BBQ breakfast ingredients or a wine and cheese platter for you with a little notice- please asks about our packages.
A little minibar is in your room in case of lazy days where you would prefer to relax and have a bottle of wine or snack handy.
-An extra special treat if you are staying at the apartment in spring- a small heart shaped meadow for picnics, with 50 daffodils and 600 freesias to sit amongst- you would be welcome to borrow our extra large picnic blanket and picnic set upon request
-Although unsuitable for children (one adult and one child sharing the bed has been done often), we have had pairs of friends, singles and mother-daughter pairs stay.
Set on a quarter of an acre in a safe, hillsy and friendly neighborhood, most of the way down a quiet no-through road, Koalaville is perfect if a peaceful and relaxing getaway is what you are after- or a fun filled adventure of food, wine and cheese, as the best wineries are so close by, as is Hahndorf. Great for those who love to get in touch with nature and want to reconnect with each other.
The best thing of all are our cute-as-a-button koalas, masquerading as fluffy toys, but making grunting sounds like bears, they sit adorably eating leaves- we recently had a mother, father and baby family living in the gum tree right outside your apartment window- at the moment there is one big one.
There are possums-a plenty- Pete, Percy, Pixie and baby Pinkie use the trees as a possum playground, a delight to watch, and ever present. If you hear a little furry thump, it's just them having their night time adventures. Feel free to feed them, they love bread and fruit and are friendly.
Fall asleep to frog chorus from the winter creek and pond, and wake peacefully to warbling magpies and singing galahs and sulphur crested cockatoos, the laughing kookaburra sounds echoing across the valley, and the satisfied soft clucking of our hens once they have laid an egg.
Watch the pretty parrots and rosellas in the trees while enjoying a cup of tea- we ensure the bird feeder outside your window is topped up to entice the stunning array of birds- stay very still and enjoy a spectacular show.
An easy drive to the city (under half an hour), or take the 'pretty way' as we choose to go; up Greenhill Road or Magill Road, and meander down through the lush Adelaide hills for a gorgeous scenic drive- perhaps stopping along the way to pick up some fresh raspberries, 'lemonade', flowers or produce from children's stalls along the side of the roads.
Ensure you drive down our favourite road, Aldgate Valley Road- we loved this road so much, that we approached several property owners to see if they would allow us to hold our wedding ceremony in their garden- we were incredibly lucky to be able to be married at a private property at 10 Aldgate Valley Road- our idea of heaven.
Adelaide has gorgeous beaches- Glenelg is less than 40 minutes away, or drive down through the hills to the coast to Goolwa and along the coast through to Victor Harbor and jump on the horse drawn tram (and feed the friendly Clydesdales- they love carrots). For an incredible daytrip, head to Carrickalinga/ Normanville via Meadows- stunning, quiet beaches with dolphins around sunset.
Is your stay for a special occasion? Ask about making it extra special for you and surprising your loved one, or making your wedding night magical :)
As of February 2018, we have created three different ‘Magic Packages’:
-Arrival Surprise Treat
-Twilight Magic ‘Secret Fairy’ and
-Enchanted night in
Or mix and match your own choices.
We hope to have a proposal here someday- if you are considering this, let us help make it the most memorable and magical moment possible.
|• Cost options•|
As many of our guests are from Adelaide or road tripping from the eastern states, we can offer your stay for $30 off if you would like to bring your own towels and linen, if the room hasn’t already been made up.
Go ahead and book, let us know at the time of booking, and we will return $30 to you.
Want to stay awhile? We’d love to have you, and will give you 20% off when staying a week or longer, and 25% off if staying a month- maybe more for longer stays, give us a message for a chat. ☺️
|• Pets? •|
As you can tell, we LOVE animals. One of us significantly more than the other, so I'm hoping my husband won't wade as deeply into my slabs of text as you have, and discover this update *grin*.
Although we never allow pets into the apartment to keep the space clean and fresh, we do in our own home: Our cocker spaniel sleeps with her head on my pillow and snores in my ear.
So if you have a pet and you can't find anywhere and you want to travel with her instead of putting her in a boarding kennel and she is a cocker spaniel, cavalier, springer, ferret, rabbit, sausage dog, kitten or similar, please let me know and I'll attempt some arm twisting for you. She might be able to sleep up in our bed in the main house too while you are on holiday.
Ask about our new packages for special occasions - would love to spoil you.
-April- a gorgeous Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, who we have affectionately named ‘Bert the Bird’ has been visiting us lately twice a day, and is becoming more and more tame. We are talking to him lots and hoping he will start to talk back soon. The other day he brought along his gorgeous little baby, Bertie. She is very sooky, whines while she eats, and is quite uncoordinated, particularly with her balance and her landings. She is an absolute delight to watch from your window.
- March- we have a new powerful split system installed for snuggly winters!
- We now have Netflix setup and logged in for you, with chromecast, so that you can lie back, snuggle up and watch all your favourite on the room tv for a lovely weekend in.
- We have now had a couple with a baby as well as a mother with a 9 year old boy stay successfully and enjoy their time here. Whilst there is only the one double bed, if you’d like to bring your little one with you, let us know in your message and we can see whether Koalaville might be able to work for you too :)
Three baby magpies and two big magpies, just outside the apartment- the babies still have fluffy little bellies, aw. The warbling is amazing.
Last night on our drive home, we went down Sturt Valley Road- so beautiful, and deserves a mention for a little drive.
We have super fast NBN connected! No more slow internet- hooray!
January : Mollie the Koala has had a tiny gorgeous baby- for a short video of she and her baby taken from the garden, the baby tugging at her furry ears, please send your number with spaces between each letter or in words, oh four oh etc, so it doesn't get blocked, and I'll send it to you- it's the cutest thing!
Bird photos and descriptions can also be seen by clicking on the photos and scrolling through- the myriad of birds that come to feed at the bird feeder outside the room is delightful- including a few pink-and-grey galahs who, if you sit very still, will cheekily watch you with tilted head.
January: Pixie the Possum had a gorgeous little baby, who clings onto her mother via four pawfuls of fur- so beautiful!
A hair raising piggy back ride through the trees, and a joy to watch through the windows- we captured a photo of them and included it in the property photos for you to see.
|•To do~Activities in the area•|
A folder of ideas for exploring the area awaits you in your apartment- fun activities for the area include:
-Pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm and taste the incredible chutneys, jams and spreads on offer- they are just past Hahndorf and entry is only $4 including eating as many strawberries as you can manage!
- Walk and explore- there are plenty of walking trails in Bridgewater and in and around the nearby tourist town of Hahndorf. Even walking through the roads of Aldgate is the most relaxing and beautiful experience.
- Stirling, Aldgate and Crafers villages nearby have great cafes, shops and pubs. We highly recommend and love the Stirling Hotel- great atmosphere including live acoustic music often.
- Bike riding- Adelaide hills is great for this, as it is part of the Tour Downunder circuit- we also have the beautiful Amy Gillett Bikeway, running along Woodside and Oakbank, past some lovely wineries and the Melba's Chocolate factory- bikes available on request- notice needed for this to ensure they are in perfect working order for you.
-Visit the monthly Stirling Laneways markets Sundays in Stirling- "The award-winning Stirling Laneways is more than a market. From September to April, each event celebrates life with a different fun theme that creates an engaging atmosphere and makes the fourth Sunday in Stirling a unique experience for both locals and those new to exploring our wonderful Adelaide Hills world.
Stirling Laneways brings a fresh burst of colour to monthly market Sundays. Follow your feet through the lanes and side-streets to discover artists and entertainers mingled between our local traders and pop-up stalls.
Winner: MainstreetSA Awards ‘Best Market’ 2016
Finalist: BrandSA Awards 2015 ‘Festivals & Events’ in the Hills and Coast Region"
The next markets are: March 26th and April 23rd.
-Sample cheeses from local producers at Udder delights in Hahndorf
- Take the amazing scenic drive Drive to barossa (1 hour) or McLaren vale (~45 minutes)
-Visit the incredible Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens- truly spectacular in autumn and spring, misty and magical in winter, and cool and refreshing in summer.
- Cuddle a Koala at Cleland Wildlife park and feed the friendly kangaroos- a true delight for animal lovers, or
- Visit the Hahndorf farm barn and cuddle friendly farm animals
-Visit Barrister's Block winery and sit amongst the deer and forest in the garden setting, sampling some of the nicest wine available, next to an open fire in winter.
-Wine tasting at Somerled- on the Main Street, our absolute favorite place- lit up with sparkly fairy lights at night, you can get a little half glass of wine to taste for $5- which makes you want to taste them all! The sparkling and Shiraz are both to die for, and such a gorgeous outdoor area with pretty heritage hens roaming through the gate, and the sweetest staff :)
-Dine under the twinkling lights at Jimmie’s Restaurant, Crafers, or the newly renovated Crafers Inn.
-Go for a horse trail ride at Mylor
-Pop in to Melba's Chocolate Factory in Woodside and see all sorts of incredible chocolates being made and have free samples- like being inside Willy Wonka land!
-Enjoy a hit of golf at one of the many hills golf courses, or try to hit the ball across the lake at Maximillions for the $10000 prize- or sip homemade cider there in the sun enjoying the view if golf isn't your thing.
-Borrow our giant picnic rug and picnic set, and have a picnic on the lawn next to the bubbling little winter creek, or take in the green, relaxing views out of the huge picture windows with a cup of tea.
-Enjoy when the wineries in the Adelaide Hills throw open their doors for Crush Festival in summer, or Winter Reds in winter.
-Many other winery recommendations available on request- we would be happy to help.
Bridgewater, South Australia, Австралія