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Pennys Road, an authentic Barossa food experience

SuperhostKeyneton, South Australia, Australia
Farm stay hosted by Gillian
4 guests1 bedroom2 beds1 bath
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Unique, historic accommodation in the Barossa high country with a strong emphasis on an authentic food and wine experience.
Breakfasts are home cooked, generous and included in the tariff..
Dinners, including carefully matched wines, are easily arranged for an extra price.
Expect fresh, seasonal, innovative dishes and excellent local wines in a beautiful and relaxing rural setting.
Heaven in the hills.

The space
Pennys is an original Barossa German farm, built back in the late 1800s by the Graetz Family, who then lived there for the next one hundred years.

The original bluestone farmhouse is separated from a series of three side by side rooms, also bluestone, by a big, open courtyard.

These three rooms that make up the guest quarters. They consist of the original German kitchen, the bedroom and a bathroom. The three rooms were the original work rooms of the farm and had fallen into disrepair by the time I purchased the farm in 2002. They have now been restored to a level which ensures guest comfort but remains true to their original spirit. The rooms are linked by the same roof line and a long connecting verandah. There are no internal doors, so moving between rooms involves stepping out onto the verandah; a good chance to breathe the very fresh and clean air that we have at Pennys!
The old kitchen was where the bread was baked, (the original baker's oven is still intact) and all the food for the farming family was prepared. The food was then taken across and served in the main farmhouse. This system remained in place for over one hundred years. Now the old kitchen is a living area for our guests, with a generous library of books, games and dvds plus the mod cons of a smart tv and wifi. The kitchenette in this room allows for some basic food preparation but is by no means a full working kitchen. There is a small portable oven, a microwave, a fridge/freezer a kettle, a toaster and just outside the door in the courtyard is a WeberQ for guests to use. There are full facilities for making tea and coffee with an extensive range of loose leaf tea and good quality coffee provided and always milk, drinks, fruit and homemade baked goods. There is a good supply of crockery, cutlery and other kitchen essentials as well. A freestanding kitchen sink allows for easy washing up, with all the water provided through an urn attached to the sink. There is no plumbing in this room; there never was and I want to keep things as original as possible although without compromising the comfort of my guests.
The bedroom is simple and very comfortable. It is perched above the farm's cellar and was originally used for food storage. When I first bought the property, it was full of old bee hives! The leather straps that rods were passed though to hang food are still there, fastened to the baltic pine roof. Outside the bedroom window is an old walnut tree and the dappled light that comes in through this window is quite lovely. Crisp cotton sheets, doonas and pure wool blankets ensure the beech-wood queen sized bed is super comfy. A simple, peaceful room for maximum cosiness and restful sleeping.
The bathroom was originally the laundry and also where the young Graetz boys slept. This is the room that has been changed the most. The original dirt floor has been replaced by slate tiles and large plaster panels, handmade locally using old pressed metal ceiling iron as moulds, line the walls. An antique Edwardian dressing table now has the job of being the vanity unit and there is an antique red velvet chaise lounge for reclining on. The bath is an enormous, very old claw foot affair with the shower over it. The toiletries are natural, handcrafted and luxurious. A Danish wood heater stands in the corner and does a beautiful job of heating up the space in the cold weather. Full sized french doors open up onto a private guest courtyard. The courtyard is sheltered, private, faces east and is perfect for morning yoga sessions and breakfast when the weather is good.
The larger courtyard that separates the guest accommodation from the main farmhouse has a raised, covered area for alfresco dining and living. There are two ponds in the courtyard; one for fish and one for frogs. Guest have full access to this area as well and this is the place where most of the wonderful conversation my family and I have with the guests.

Surrounding the buildings is farm country. On the property, a small flock of geese and two resident goats do their thing. Across the road, cattle graze among the giant old gum trees, often sharing their pasture with the local kangaroos. Next to the cows can always be found the sheep. Listen to the ewes and their lambs calling out to each other during lambing season, (June/July). The bird life is rich and varied, from colourful parrots to rainbow bee eaters in the summer and in autumn, the cockatoos come in to eat the walnuts from the big old tree outside the guest bedroom.

There is a strong focus on food at Pennys. Delicious, innovative dishes made from fresh, sustainable, local ingredients, often grown on the property, are an important part of the experience. Breakfast is a given and by prior arrangement, for an extra cost, picnic baskets can be supplied and fully catered in-house dinners, by prior arrangement, happen frequently. All food requirements are happily catered for.

Pennys is rural; a car is necessary, but the attractions of the Barossa are close by. The famous Henschke Winery is a short ten minutes drive away. Head over there for some wine tasting and be prepared to be thoroughly spoiled by the staff at cellar door. Even closer is Brockenchack Wines. Here you can usually find Trevor, the owner of the winery, manning his cellar door on the weekends. Ask him about the red light on the front verandah; it is a good story! The lovely little town of Eden Valley is about 10 minutes drive south. Its old pub is delightful and Eden Valley's scenic lookout will take your breath away. A 15 minute drive west will see you in Angaston and the start of the amazing array of wineries, cafes, bakeries, butchers and restaurants that the Barossa is so famous for.

Old, quirky, wild yet civilised, peaceful and natural are all words to describe Pennys Road. My friends, family and I love this little farm and I hope that you will too.

Guest access
The farm is on ten acres and has a lot of outbuildings, including stables, an enormous old hay shed and a two bay shearing shed. Goats, geese and dogs all live here with us. The guest space is the two courtyards and gardens surrounding the old bluestone rooms. If guests want to venture further around the property, they must check in with us about that first, just to keep everyone safe.
Unique, historic accommodation in the Barossa high country with a strong emphasis on an authentic food and wine experience.
Breakfasts are home cooked, generous and included in the tariff..
Dinners, including carefully matched wines, are easily arranged for an extra price.
Expect fresh, seasonal, innovative dishes and excellent local wines in a beautiful and relaxing rural setting.
Heaven in the…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 couch

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Wi-Fi
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Washing machine
Indoor fireplace
Air conditioning
TV
Breakfast
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Keyneton, South Australia, Australia

Hosted by Gillian

Joined in August 2012
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I live on a beautiful, little, old farm in the hills of the Barossa Valley. My love of animals has seen me work as a veterinary surgeon for many years and that is reflected by the menagerie that lives with me, including four Icelandic horses, the dogs- Audrey, Finn and Percy and the meet and greet goats, Nancy Drew and Inspector Frost. My beautiful flock of geese can also be found, wandering around the property, looking very stately. These days, it is my frying pan that gets more of a work out than my stethoscope, with cooking becoming the main event for me over medicine and surgery. I love to cook for my guests and creating fresh, innovative dishes using local produce is a great passion of mine, as are the amazing wines that my beautiful Barossa produces. I have been lucky enough to travel to many places in the world and have made friends and memories to last me a lifetime. Now it is time to show the world how amazing (and tasty) my patch is!
I live on a beautiful, little, old farm in the hills of the Barossa Valley. My love of animals has seen me work as a veterinary surgeon for many years and that is reflected by the…
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I value the privacy of my guests highly but am also available at all times to chat, whip up enticing dishes and help out in any way.
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