We’d love to tell you about the local experiences that are right on the doorstep of The Villas - Barossa. Marananga village and the Seppeltsfield Road precinct offer so much to do - you could spend an entire day exploring Marananga by car or by foot, and a second day experiencing the highlights of Seppeltsfield Road.
As well as the breadth of experiences on offer, a stay in this beautiful area provides the opportunity to slow down. In fact, the welcome sign as you enter our village presents a timely reminder: ‘Marananga - Slow Down’. May we suggest an ideal stay of three nights? It gives you space to explore, to breathe and recharge.
Our Villas might be secluded, but you won’t be alone. You’ll share the space with a variety of locals – may we introduce you?
Magpies gather around The Villas each morning and evening to feed. We never tire of their beautiful chorus of song echoing in the trees. Kookaburras sit high in the treetops, a perfect vantage point for hunting. You may not see them, but you’ll definitely hear their laughter. In the spring, a devoted pair nest in a palm tree near The Villas driveway – you can watch them feeding their young each morning and evening. A noisy flock of Choughs inhabit the scrub, jostling for territory with the Magpies. In summer, Galahs move in, and will entertain you with their antics. A rainbow variety of Parrots enjoy the grass seeds, (and the fruit from the orchard!!).
Kangaroos are present but elusive, passing through and around our land, but probably when you are asleep. The best opportunity to see our local mob amongst the adjoining vineyards is to take a walk at dusk or dawn. And Possums – delightfully furry and cuddly, but you may hear them growling in a eucalypt on a spring or summer night.
At the start of Seppeltsfield Road’s iconic avenue of palms lies our tiny village of Marananga, situated in arguably one of the most beautiful areas of the Barossa.
Marananga was established by German settlers in the 1840’s and originally named Gnadenfrei, loosely translated ‘free by grace’, echoing their desire for religious freedom. These were hardworking people who carved out a new life in a landscape so different from their European origins, and they laid a foundation for the extraordinary lifestyle we enjoy today. Their legacy can be seen in the much-photographed Gnadenfrei Lutheran Church, and a walk through its cemetery provides a glimpse into this pioneer era. The Marananga Brass Brand has existed since 1907, and visitors are welcome to attend the band hall for their rehearsal each Tuesday evening. Our 1863 home was the village schoolhouse until 1922, when a larger school was established across the road.
Today, Marananga is a delight to explore, and home to numerous cellar doors, five of them within an easy walk of The Villas:
Greenock Creek 1 min walk
Two Hands Wines 2 min walk
Heritage Wines 3 min walk
Tscharke 8 min walk
Barossa Valley Estate 10 min walk
The award-winning Seppeltsfield Road Distillers are our near neighbours, offering the option of a sunset gin on their deck, or ours. Also within walking distance, renowned restaurant Appellation at The Louise is a culinary delight with an encyclopaedic wine list, and the burgers at Bar Louise are a local favourite.
Wine. Dine. Play. Stay.
Seppeltsfield Road’s iconic avenue of palms winds its way through the vineyards of the western Barossa, passing through the tiny villages of Marananga and Seppeltsfield. The region is home to renowned wineries such as Whistler Wines, Seppeltsfield, Tscharke and Torbreck as well as an intriguing number of small batch wine producers. Seppeltsfield Road is also home to some of the Barossa’s most exceptional culinary experiences - Fino, Appellation at the Louise and Hentley Farm Restaurant. If you're looking for some adventure, try ballooning or a Segway, helicopter or trike tour.
Beyond Seppeltsfield Road, the Barossa is a wonderful playground. More than 170 wineries, with 80+ cellar doors, amazing culinary experiences and boutique shopping. You'll need an extended itinerary to explore all that this beautiful region has to offer.
The Seppelt family established Seppeltsfield in 1851 and today the 420 acre estate provides a unique blend of history, beautiful buildings and experiences – wine tasting at the recently restored cellar door, artists in residence at the Jam Factory Contemporary Art & Design studios, Vasse Virgin’s luxurious olive oil skincare products and the acclaimed Fino restaurant. The Seppelt family mausoleum is an amazing piece of architecture situated high above Seppeltsfield Road, and well worth the climb.
Beyond the remarkable experiences, a stay in the Seppeltsfield Road precinct is made special by the intangibles of community and friendship that knit neighbours and businesses together. You’ll experience the enthusiasm as a business owner recommends another, the generosity of celebrating each other’s wines, the eagerness to share the breadth of offerings that make this place special.
We feel incredibly blessed to call this community home and look forward to sharing it with you.