Thorn Park by the vines is located on the edge of Seven Hill in the Clare Valley in South Australia.
David and Michael are consummate professionals when it comes to creating a superb environment that it totally luxurious and utterly tasteful. Their latest property Thorn Park by the vines manages to capture the essence of privacy and peace and has just the right amount of modernity and openness without ever intruding into the private spaces of the rooms. A late afternoon drink on their main deck looking out over their dam at sunset the view empitomises everything that the extraordinary landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen so cleverly captured on canvas in his superb landscapes.
The living areas at Thorn Park by the vines are light and open looking out over spectacular bush and vineyard vistas. Superbly furnished with wonderful artworks and embellished with new treasures found recently when Michael and David were travelling in Europe and the Middle East.
There are many private places including the library which is crammed with interesting books and many high quality art, history, architecture and travel and of course food and wine.
The white room
The white room has vistas over the dam and mature eucalypts. It is the larger of the two rooms and has a king sized bed that can be twinned. The walls are a soft white and the furnishings include a contemporary floral pattern and sheer muslin drapes which compliment the collection of beautiful antiques and art works. A chaise lounge provides a perfect spot to lay back and relax with a good book. Several beautiful rugs collected on the boy’s recent trip to turkey harmonize with the décor.
The mocha room
The second of the larger rooms, the Mocha Room, looks over the neighbouring northern vineyards also the protective stone ridge to the east. It has a king–sized bed that can also be twinned. Not surprisingly the walls are painted a rich mocha brown. The furniture is a mix of early Australian cedar and mahogany pieces that blend well with the lighter contemporary fabrics used for the soft furnishings. A large striped armchair calls out to be snuggled into with a good book, and the eclectic art works include works by former local artist Russell Pick, antique Daumier cartoons and other works collected on the boys’ travels.
The yellow bedroom
The yellow and blue drapes and lightly sponged yellow walls enhance the chinoiserie feel of this queen bedded room. A collection of botanical prints and Royal Doulton plates adorn the walls and a superb early Australian Huon pine wardrobe and Georgian chest of drawers complement the décor. A small desk and comfortable armchair complete the furnishings. This room is also suitable for guests with special mobility requirements.
David Hay is a celebrated chef and dinner at Thorn Park by the vines is to enjoy world-class contemporary Australian cuisine. Travel has richly embellished David’s repertoire and a recent three month overseas trip doing market research has added another three layers to David’s cooking. Guests can now expect to enjoy Greek and Middle Eastern food, adding to his already extensive repertoire. Menus are degustation and dietary requirements must be notified prior to arrival.
Michael Speers delivers one of the best regional front of house service experiences. Nothing is ever wanting and his service is not simply professional but also intuitive. David and Michael are a brilliant combination delivering superb food and fabulous service.
Thorn Park by the vines is fully licensed and has an extensive cellar, mainly featuring wines from the Clare Valley, but richly embellished with French Champagnes and quality spirits and aperitif wines.
Breakfast is of the type one always wishes for and rarely finds. Everything is homemade from the delicious multi-grain bread used for toast, to the jams and the cereals.
A guest same day laundry service is available.