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Vineyard farmstay retreat in the McLaren Vale wine region

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Converted shearing shed with vineyard views, stylish self catering studio.

Experience the Australian countryside in a converted shearing shed with all modern comforts just 45 minutes from Adelaide. It is in a secluded spot in the McLaren Vale wine region on a 90-acre property. Your hosts are local wine makers who live across an orchard paddock 200 meters away.

Enter your accommodation through the traditional shearing shed to arrive at a cosy and romantic dwelling that has fantastic vineyard views. The Shearing Shed was recently renovated to a very high standard, and although rustic in appearance, it has a stylish modern interior, with all of the modern conveniences that you would expect from a boutique country escape; a queen size bed, a double sofa bed, great shower and a fully equipped kitchen, reverse cycle air conditioning, wi-fi and a deck that overlooks a small creek.

The period galvanised shed has an inviting South East facing deck where you can sit, relax and enjoy the fresh country air. It is the perfect setting to cook a BBQ and dine together, either with friends or alone, while enjoying some of the region’s wine.

Weather permitting in wintertime, there is a camp fire in the paddock to enjoy outdoor cooking. If it is too cold outside then why not sit indoors by the combustion wood fired stove with a good book enjoying the view from large picture windows?

Explore the surrounding cellar doors, vineyards, local beaches and great restaurants.

The Shearing Shed is located only 10 minutes from McLaren Vale township, which caters for all shopping needs, and 15 minutes drive from Willunga with its numerous cafes, restaurants and historical sites as well as the famous Saturday morning Willunga Farmers’ Market.

A 20 minute drive will take you to fantastic beaches such as Maslins, Port Willunga and Aldinga where you can fish, swim and take beach walks.

There are a number of bushwalking tracks in the area and the Shiraz Trail is a biking track that runs between McLaren Vale and Willunga.

We also invite you to just relax and take walks around the 90 acre property with its pretty vineyard and spectacular hillside views and to help yourself to produce from the orchard, chook pen and vegetable garden (when in season).

For the keen golfer there is a tranquil golf course at Willunga.

The Shearing Shed is a great place to stay if attending weddings, anniversaries or other events in the area. It is also a great location for an artist’s retreat - and a wonderful romantic getaway!

More Details

Elizabeth Raupach
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Elizabeth Raupach

I am a retired arts administrator and my husband manages Coriole, the family owned winery, which is 10 minutes drive away from our home at Sandalwood.

We are pleased to be able to host guests in our converted shearing shed on our vineyard property.

We love gardening and have orchards, vegetable gardens, ornamental gardens and a fledgling arboretum. Guests are welcome to explore the whole property, which is also home to some chooks, pigs and sheep (as well as kangaroos).

Why Elizabeth Raupach chose The Range

We moved to Sandalwood in 2010 after living nearby at Coriole, the family winery, for many years.

We love the peace and quiet of this secluded part of the world.

What makes this cabin unique

The property has wonderful views from the hill, especially at sunset.

We have large landscaped gardens around our own house which is across the orchard paddock from the shearing shed.

The 12 acres of vines grow a number of warmer climate varieties (sangiovese, prosecco, barbera, picpoul and nero d'avola.)

The atmospheric disused shearing shed was fun to convert - and it has been a great way to be able to share this beautiful region with our guests.

We opened the Sandalwood Shearing Shed in 2016. Feedback from guests has been very positive. Guests have told us that they love the wood burning heater in winter, sitting on the deck at dusk, the peace and quiet, the morning birdsongs and the hillside walks to watch the sunset ..... as well as the proximity to wineries and restaurants.


The Range Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The bathroom has a shower, toilet and handbasin. Towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size bed
  • The queen size bed is in a nook off the main area of the cabin. Cotton sheets and a generous doona/quilt as well as additional blankets are provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Vineyard farmstay retreat in the McLaren Vale wine region
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
Adelaide, Australia

Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the shearing shed for two nights and enjoyed everything about it. The room is extremely comfortable, the fire warmed the place up in no time and we cooked dinner on it. We loved walking around the property with the sheep, piglets and hens (and the fresh eggs!). Perfect proximity to McLaren Vale and Willunga, but still secluded enough you feel away from it all. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us! I'm glad you enjoyed the fire and walking around the property and visiting the animals and surrounding countryside.
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Don't be deterred by the entrance

  • 5 of 5

Superb stay in McLaren Vale in The Shearing Shed. This is an ideal spot from which to explore the vineyards and Fleurieu. There is everything you need here in the all-purpose room. The kitchen is very well appointed and there is a verandah for al fresco dining. There is loads of space in this quiet setting with lovely peaceful views over a creek. The delightful owners live on the nearby property and they know the area intimately. We would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We certainly hope to see you again.
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Wonderful private, quiet, relaxed, cosy stay. We loved it! Thank you.

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant. Loved it. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean & cozy cottage with a great location

  • 5 of 5

Our accommodation was everything we could have asked for! The cottage was clean and convenient, and had all the basics required. The hosts provided detailed information about the property prior to arrival. The cottage itself was unique, and the sheep outside were an added bonus (the property was gorgeous). We would definitely recommend this property, and may stay here on our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we expected. Clean, cosy and very well setup with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

Very tastefully decorated with a gorgeous outlook over the vineyard. Very comfortable and enjoyable weekend getaway. Will.definately be recommending it and look forward to staying there again sometime

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded eclectic retreat for two in the Fleurieu

  • 4 of 5

A peaceful retreat for two in a quiet, beautiful corner of McClaren Vale, providing refreshing walks, a place to relax and unwind, but also easy access to local wineries, restaurants, cafes, markets and beaches.

An attractive renovated space which retains the spirit of the old shearing shed, yet provides modern comforts, including a small bathroom with great full pressure shower, a quality queen size bed and bedding, a comprehensive kitchen and dining area, reverse cycle airconditioining, a pot belly wood fire which keeps the room cosy on a cold winter night and an outside deck and BBQ.

Delightful views over the vineyard and main property and sheep grazing outside, add to its country charm, and its owners are helpful without being obtrusive.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Kilometres
Adelaide Airport
Nearest Beach
14 Kilometres
Maslin Beach
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

cellar doors and restaurants

The Sandalwood Shearing Shed is right in the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula. There are numerous well known wineries with cellar doors and restaurants to visit in this region.

The nearby beaches (including Port Willunga and Maslin Beach) are famous for their geological interest and beautiful aspect.

The McLaren Vale township is a 10 minute drive away and it has supermarkets, butchers, bakers, banking facilities and doctors surgeries.

The famous Willunga farmer's market is open on Saturday mornings.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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