Altamira Retreat

House, Apartment

351 Chapel Hill Road, McLaren Vale SA
  • 1-8 Guests
  • 1-4 Bedrooms
  • 1-5 Beds
  • 1-4 Bathrooms

An elegant country retreat with endless vineyard views

Property reviewed by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Friday, May 25, 2018

No matter if McLaren Vale tempts you for its beaches, its vines or a bit of both, Altamira Retreat makes a divine setting for weekends away, couples’ escapes or an impromptu mid-week break. Located on a gorgeous nine-acre vineyard, strewn with Shiraz vines, the retreat’s surrounds is the kind that inspires artists to create sweeping landscape canvases – all rolling hills, towering gums and verdant pasture.

The retreat has been artfully dressed, the owners using vintage and eclectic pieces picked up from their own travels to inject a unique and warm style. Pieces of note are the beautiful woven rug from Peru in the lounge and the Indonesian batik bags lining the corridor wall. It is these touches that catapult Altamira into the elevated company of the finest McLaren Vale getaways. When it comes to distinguishing itself from the accommodation pack, the owners of Altamira could have chosen to let the retreat’s styling do all of the heavy lifting. But the healthy hamper of gourmet provisions that await all guests is proof that good first impressions aren’t enough; the experience of staying here is just as important. Expect to whip up simple dinners from the local pasta and tomato sauce; nibble on shortbread and lather thick slices of bread with the owner's homemade honey.

Versatility is another of the retreat’s strengths. All up, the whole house consists of four bedrooms, yet a cleverly thought-out layout offers accommodation to fit the number of guests required. A Studio space can be sequestered off for the exclusive use of a couple, with six guests sleeping comfortably in the Retreat. Combine the two, and eight guests can enjoy the entire home. 


  • Outdoor dining
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Courtyard
  • Deck
  • Breakfast provisions
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry items
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Coffee machine
  • Kettle
  • TV
  • Cable TV
  • DVD/Blu-ray player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Sound system
  • iPod dock
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Iron
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries provided
  • Desk

Perfect for...

  • Groups
  • Couples
  • Food & wine
  • Luxury
  • Nature


Less than 20 minutes’ drive to handful of McLaren Vale wineries and cellar doors. Six minutes’ drive to Punchbowl Lookout and Trails. 19 minutes’ drive to Moana Beach. 29 minutes’ drive to Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple of Australia. 45 minutes’ drive from Adelaide.

Minimum night stay

2 nights

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