Hidden away in the beautiful natural bush of the Adelaide Hills, Longwood Retreat has everything you need to unwind, relax and recharge.
You will find simple and clean dormitories that over-look a valley of native plants, trees, vineyards and wildlife. In the mornings Kookaburras and Magpies will sing as you wake with the first rays of sun seeping through the leaves and branches. The clean, fresh air and peaceful setting is medicine for the soul from the busy world.
With over 80 years of rich history you can witness the metamorphosis into Longwood Retreat’s newest incarnation. The vision is one of cooking classes, permaculture gardens, intimate music events, retreats, health courses, art/creativity and a meeting place for people to come together, learn and connect.
The culinary narratives range from our holistic approach to cultivating permaculture gardens, integration of bees and indigenous flowering plants for them to pollinate, old orchids coming back to life, apple and pear season, wild foraging of mushrooms in theirs, blackberries, wild foraged mint dried to make tea and more.
All of this ties into a new approach for the property which you can enjoy, engage and connect with.
At Longwood Retreat we provide basic amenities including fresh towels, bathroom supplies and cooking essentials (oil, condiments etc) to make your experience as comfortable as possible. A huge communal kitchen is also available with a large cool room along with a shared pantry where you can store fresh produce from either our productive / edible gardens (which we are currently working on expanding) or local markets.
Down by the BBQ area you will find comfortable hammocks which take the shade from 1pm onwards. A perfect spot to read your book, meditate, eat lunch and take in all that the Adelaide Hills has to offer. Maps and local tips on cafes and restaurants are also happily provided in the communal living area.
If you prefer to be a little more active there are bush walks in the area or just stroll 2 kms down the hill to the Harvest Café and burn off your coffee and cake on the way back up. The peace and quiet will relax the soul leaving you feeling happier than when you arrived.
For those that need to stay in touch with "the real world" we have free wifi available upon request.
At Longwood Retreat there are 12 private rooms available which each have brand new single beds, mattresses & linen. There is also the option to stay in a private room with a Queen bed if you are travelling as a couple. Each room is listed separately on Little Hotelier so if you would like to book more than two rooms (or just one room) it is available to do so. We take bookings for groups between 2-20 people to book the entire retreat.
If you would like to request special sleeping arrangements please don't hesitate to contact us via our contact page.
Some dorm rooms have a ensuite with a toilet and basin (with showers being a short, pleasant walk away) whilst other dorms have a ensuite with a shower, toilet and basin.
In the main building you will find a huge communal living area with comfy couches, an open fire, a pool table and more. Our kitchen is also the perfect place to enjoy cooking in with large bench space, oven, a cool room and shared pantry where you can store your fresh produce. Pots, pans, cooking utensils, cutlery & plates are all new and are provided for guests.