First look of Sequoia at Mount Lofty House and Tasting Australia Event

Sequoia at Mount Lofty House
Sequoia at Mount Lofty House

Mount Lofty House announces that its new $15-million luxury lodge, Sequoia, will open in September 2020 with a special 2-day preview collaboration with Tasting Australia on 31 March and 1 April

The new lodge, Sequoia, at Mount Lofty House

South Australia will have a new luxury offering for local and international visitors with Sequoia when it officially opens in the Adelaide Hills in September 2020.

Once open, the $15-million luxury lodge will offer guests a six-star experience and be the first of its kind on mainland Australia. Overlooking the patchwork Piccadilly Valley, Sequoia is South Australian owned and operated by David Horbelt and his business partner Malcolm Bean.

Named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner Arthur Hardy, Sequoia will feature 14 contemporary guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools.

Overseen by Horbelt with input from local architects and designers, every room in the 75 square metre open-plan suites will display 180 views. The sunken lounge room will feature a Basket Range stone-clad gas fireplace while guests can sleep under the sky on a king-sized bed.

The 30 acre Mount Lofty estate is perched on the valley rim. Separate from the original house, the private retreat will have its own guest relations team and secure entrance.

Sequoia guests will have access to all of the property’s amenities including personalised service at the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa.

Guests can also choose from a catalogue of experiences that celebrate South Australian stories. Not available to the general public, these private behind-the-scenes tours with local winemakers take guests up-close and personal with native icons or local identities and brands.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD and 30 minutes from the airport, Mount Lofty House offers a short escape in the rolling hills of the Adelaide Hills region that is known for its local wine and produce.

Tasting Australia Event at Sequoia at Mount Lofty House

Mount Lofty House will give an exclusive sneak preview of the lodge, six months ahead of its official opening, with an experience featuring some of the best food, wine and music from South Australia. The overnight Tasting Australia adventure begins with a limousine transfer to the estate and Sequoia Sparkling beneath the giant tree that shares its name.

From here guests can choose to relax during a 30-minute spa treatment or discover the nuances of Adelaide Hills gin during a guided tasting. Evening canapés will be served as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performs live before guests connect with representatives from flagship South Australian brands RM Williams and Jurlique.

On Tuesday 31 March guests will experience a menu crafted by Hardy’s Verandah’s own awarded chef, Jin Choi and internationally celebrated ‘paddock to plate’ chef, Jared Ingersoll, while the menu on Wednesday 1 April sees a visionary gastronomical collaboration between Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Bentley (Magno Brasserie) derived from an infusion of native Australian ingredients with unique Mexican preparation techniques.

Both menus will be matched with wines by South Australian producer, Penfolds. A bottle of Bin 28 Shiraz per couple with a Kangaroo Karmine leather wine bag will be available for guests to take home. Before guests retire, they can gather around a bonfire for after-dinner marshmallows, stories and stargazing before turning in to Sequoia for the night.

Tickets for the Tasting Australia event are $3000 per room.

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