The pool at Myoora.
David in the dining room at Myoora.
A historic and aristocratic mansion set amid a blossoming garden ... all just a stone's throw from Adelaide's CBD.
"Myoora" is Aboriginal for "Resting Place", and Beverley Pfeiffer's bed and breakfast lives up to its name. She and her late husband bought it 21 years ago, but when he died, Beverley decided to turn the family home into accommodation for travellers.
Eminent Adelaide timber merchant, Theophilus John Walter, built "Myoora" in 1892 and he used the tower to watch his ships carrying cargo in and out of Port Adelaide.
The house is on half a hectare, with tennis court, heated pool and simply superb gardens. It oozes poise and dignity, yet is so close to the busy centre of Adelaide, and a six minute stroll through parkland to O'Connell Street, which has more than 30 restaurants.
The house has three queen rooms and one double (complete with Ralph Lauren linen) and which are named after well-known Adelaide people. All rooms have television, reverse-cycle air conditioning, telephone and your own tea and coffee-making facilities.
The John Walter Suite has queen bed, ensuite bathroom, mini bar and walk-in dressing room.
Mary Lee was a South Australian social reformer and suffragette, and the suite named after her has a queen bed, small sitting room, ensuite bathroom and mini bar.
Stella Bowen was a remarkable painter and writer and her suite has a double bed and bathroom.
Douglas Mawson, the scientist and South Pole explorer, has a suite named in his honour with queen bed and large ensuite.
Guests can relax in Myoora's library, and the large, elegant dining room can seat up to 12. A three-course dinner can be chosen from a pre-arranged menu and served either in the dining room or drawing room. There is an extensive wine cellar and Beverley holds a liquor license, which is unusual for a property the size of Myoora.
A gourmet breakfast can be enjoyed in your own room, in the drawing room or on the verandah, overlooking the garden.
Myoora was recently awarded Australian Tourism's National Award for Best Hosted Accommodation.