Recognition & awards
Fodor’s Choice 2011
The spoils of wealthy pastoral life await you at this century-old sandstone homestead 61 km (38 mi) north of Clare, on the scenic route to the Flinders Ranges. Beyond the jewel-box hall lined with hand-painted wallpaper is a ballroom where you can play the grand piano, and a peppermint-pink drawing room that’s perfect for reading. After dining with hosts Marianne and Malcolm Booth at a Georgian table, you can slip into the canopy bed in the Red Room Suite, the most luxurious of four bedrooms. Rural isolation is a great excuse for taking a dinner/bed-and-breakfast package here.
Pros: relaxed and informal despite the grandeur, perfect for getting away from it all.
Cons: city types might find it too secluded and intimate
Conde Nast Traveler (US)
May 2003, 80 Best New Hotels in the World! Hot List. Rural Chic
It’s hard to believe that sheep once roamed the ruins of this magnificent pastoral homestead. Today, Malcolm & Marianne Booth welcome guests into their heritage-listed haven two and a half hours by car from Adelaide. The house, a classic example of Australian country splendour, dates from 1901, and the atmosphere is mi casa su casa – nothing, including the spirit cabinet is out of bounds. Book ahead, since there are only four guest rooms, each themed to suit the assorted curios within: from the Arts and Crafts-inspired William Morris Room to the airy Blue Room overlooking the rose gardens. Beyond lie 400 acres replete with cattle, olive groves and frisky kangaroos, the perfect jumping-off point for the harsh red Outback or the nearby Clare Valley, one of the continent’s key wine regions.
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The Sunday Times, October 2007
The World’s Classiest Colonial Hotels (Jeremy Lazell and Richard Green)
Nearly 120 miles north of Adelaide, set in 400 acres of bush and farmland on the edge of the Outback, North Bundaleer is a bizarre, obstinately luxurious triumph of pioneering can-do. Dating from 1901, but restored only a few years ago, the four-bedroom hotel has lost none of its outrageous pioneer chic, with antiques everywhere: William Morris wallpaper and a mahogany partners’ desk in the library; freestanding baths and 1740s Chinese toile wallpaper in the bedrooms; and a French rose-marble fireplace in the drawing room that wouldn’t look out of place in Versailles.
This far from Adelaide, with views of unforgiving wilderness from the verandas, the sense of folly is intense – and completely exhilarating. Fabulous food, exceptionally friendly hosts – it’s a house party and Peter Carey novel all rolled into one.
(Also in the list are: Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong; Raffles Hotel, Singapore; Norfolk Hotel, Kenya; Mount Nelson, South Africa; Corstorphine House, New Zealand; Green Hotel, India; Dos Talas, Argentina; and Eastern & Oriental, Malaysia.)
Weekend Australian Magazine, March 2009
The Perfect 10 Romantic retreats (Susan Kurosawa and Michelle Rowe)
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Travel+Leisure, January 2009
World’s Greatest 500 Hotels
The meals are a mix of tradition and inspiration – roast beef comes with suet pudding and bordelaise sauce, rhubarb tart is made with mille-feuille – and are accompanied by wines from the nearby Clare Valley.
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The Tatler, 2009
Travel Guide Featuring the 101 best hotels in the world
North Bundaleer, a homestead built for a rich pastoralist in Jamestown in 1901, was a wreck when Marianne and Malcolm Booth were mad enough to buy and restore it, so that you can enjoy a G&T with them out on the verandah. Ask for the Red Room, with its canopied four-poster and a sweet bathroom in the restored conservatory, where roos peek at you as you’re taking a shower.
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Asia Geographic Passport, February 2009
10 Top Colonial Hotels in the Asia-Pacific
With a mere four rooms to spare, what 100-year old North Bundaleer lacks is size it more than makes up for in elegant carpets, exotic antiques, freestanding baths, and preposterously friendly service. On the edge of the Outback, the hotel commands exceptional views of the surrounding gardens and countryside. The best part: this is Australia, smart casual will do just fine, mate.
(The other 9 were: Raffles, Singapore; The Peninsula, Hong Kong; Windamere, India; Galle Face, Sri Lanka; Corstorphine House, New Zealand; Eastern & Oriental, Malaysia; Baron, Syria; The Majestic Saigon, Vietnam; Majapahit, Indonesia.)
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Irish Independent Weekend, January 2010
10 Best Boutique Bolt-Holes Down Under (Mr & Mrs Smith)
There’s a quirky English feel to the almost plantation house-like North Bundaleer, set in 400 acres of bush and farmland near South Australia’s Clare Valley wine region. The four rooms including one suite, are lavishly decorated in the Victorian style, with patterned armchairs, ornate screens and sturdy antique furniture. But don’t equate Victorian with stuffy – the vibe here is casual and convivial.
In the evening, guests meet to enjoy a dinner party of modern Australian dishes. Bring some walking shoes for a climb up to Maslin’s Lookout and for exploring the centuries-old pine Bundaleer Forest across the road.
Conde Nast Traveller Australia, 2004
Australia’s Best Boutique Hotels, Homestead on the Range (Susan Westwood)
Staying at North Bundaleer you enjoy casual breakfasts at a French refectory table in a light-filled space adjoining the kitchen. In the evenings, owners Marianne and Malcolm Booth host elegant dinners in the more formal dining room, with its rich original colour scheme of gold burgundy, Prussian blues and greens.
Sydney Morning Herald Indulgence Supplement Million-star Resorts, 19 March
COMMENTS FROM OUR GUESTBOOK
In a class of its own. The hospitality is second to none.