Just 30 minutes from Adelaide in the Mount Lofty Ranges of the Adelaide Hills is the secluded hamlet of Basket Range. It's so small it doesn't even have a general store, though there's a post office, school and hall.
It does have Burdett's Country Retreats, a marvellous bed and breakfast which offers couples and families un-hosted accommodation in delightful surroundings. Guests are provided with a hamper packed with the makings of a cooked breakfast, as well as a bottle of local wine. Pantries are stocked with paté, cheese, chocolates, port, liqueur and tasty delicacies.
There are two self-contained cottages Hillgrove House, which has two wings, and Waratah Cottage.
Hillgrove House was built in 1878 from local stone by ancestors of Andrew Burdett, the current owner with his wife Meg. Andrew and Meg have restored, renovated and redecorated the property. The original Burdetts were successful cherry and rhubarb growers, while the current Burdetts are keen gardeners, concentrating on Australian and South African native plants. The beautiful gardens lead to a waterfall.
If two people book, they are accommodated in the south wing. If there are four in a group, the north wing is used. There are air-conditioned queen bedrooms, romantic fireplaces, luxurious bathrooms with double spa, television, CD, VCR and DVD player and 180˚ valley views. The north wing has a fully-equipped kitchen and there are laundry facilities.
The four-roomed Waratah Cottage is a complete retreat for two. It has valley views, queen-size air-conditioned bedroom, a country-style kitchen with wood-burning heater, spa bathroom with double shower alcove, sitting room with open fire, laundry facilities and CD, VCR and DVD player. When the weather is right, there's a courtyard for al fresco dining. Full breakfast provisions are provided, as well as wine, port, liqueur and chocolates.
If you can bear to leave your retreat, the area has lots to enjoy.
The Adelaide Hills is Australia's second largest cool climate wine-grape growing region after the Coonawarra district. It has over 20,000 hectares under vine, more than 200 vineyards and 35 wineries.
Within 30 minutes you can enjoy the townships of Stirling, Crafers, Aldgate and historic Hahndorf, which has strong links to early German settlement and was home to the renowned painter Sir Hans Heysen.
Cleland Wildlife Park and Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary are stocked full of native animals and the Heysen Walking Trail is also good for admiring flora and fauna. There are many award-winning restaurants as well as cafes, bookshops, galleries, antique shops, golf courses and views galore.