We built our house and moved from Adelaide to the Barossa in 2002. We both originate from country regions of South Australia, so it was always on our radar to eventually move out of the city. During our early years of marriage we loved travelling and staying at Bed and Breakfasts, we always had a dream of owning and running our own in the future.
In 2013 the opportunity arose for us to buy a cottage to set up as our own Bed and Breakfast. We loved the feel of Queen’s Cottage, the quirky doorways and stairs and the layout worked really well for a Bed and Breakfast. After extensive bathroom renovations, we opened the doors to Queen’s Cottage Barossa Valley in April 2014. I have loved setting up Queen’s Cottage as a Bed and Breakfast and have put my heart and soul into furnishing, decorating and running the property.
The Barossa is such a fantastic place to live and work, we are so blessed to have beautiful vineyards, towering gum trees, farming land, cellar doors, cafes, restaurants, bike paths, fantastic shopping, cooking schools, fresh local produce and beautiful sunsets – all of this on our doorstep. We have the Mt Crawford Forest just a couple of minutes’ drive from Queen’s Cottage, where you can bush walk, mountain bike, kayak, fish, picnic, spot wildlife and take in the fresh country air.
One of my favourite places for a beautiful view is the Jacob’s Creek Steingarten Vineyard look out, located at the top of the Barossa Ranges. The view over the Southern Barossa at sunset is magnificent.
The Whispering Wall is another interesting place to visit, just 5 minutes’ drive from Queen’s Cottage. It is in fact the retaining wall of the Barossa Reservoir. Built between 1899 and 1903, the dam was a revolutionary engineering feat for its day and attracted attention from all over the world, even making its way into the pages of the journal Scientific American. What draws visitors to the Whispering Wall is its unique acoustic effects: words whispered at one side can be clearly heard at the other, more than 100 metres away.
Besides trying out the Whispering Wall, visitors can also learn about the history of the construction of the dam, take in the scenery of the water reserve and enjoy the colours and sounds of the peaceful bush setting.
Enjoy your stay.
Mel and Andrew