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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Lofty Heights and a Grand Crush in the Adelaide Hills

It's easy to develop a crush on the picturesque surrounds of the Adelaide Hills wine region and this summer Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House is inviting you to 'discover your crush' at the annual 'Crush - Adelaide Hills Food & Wine Festival'.

The Hills will come alive on 30 January when 60 wineries join together to celebrate the best of the region, with each offering a variety of food and wine experiences and music to accompany - from acoustic and jazz to funk and soul.

But if you can't get to the Hills for 'Crush', boutique accommodation venue Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House is offering a package that allows you to get in before the crush, available throughout January and including accommodation and breakfast for two plus a bottle of Adelaide Hills wine from the celebrated Lobethal Road vineyard, from just $189 per room per night (subject to availability).

For bookings contact Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House on 08 8339 6777

Discover the region at your leisure with a visit to Hahndorf Hill Winery for a ChocoVino Experience and sample the world's most luxurious chocolate matched with fine wines or enjoy a taste of Tuscany on the Chain of Ponds Winery's famous vineyard balcony, returning to the tranquil elegance of Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House at the day's end.

The phrase 'they don't make them like this anymore' rings true at a place like Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House. While there is the requisite modern day touches - including complimentary in-room wireless broadband and sleek LCD TVs -it's the authenticity of this 1850s country manor that resonates with all who stay here.

Rooms are reminiscent of a time when the 'less is more' concept didn't exist - they are double the size of modern day hotel rooms and the opposite of today's contemporary minimalist look, instead opting for comfy throw cushions, plush duvets, and opulent Victorian-era style furnishings. And if it's a room with a view you're after, most offer spectacular panoramas across the Piccadilly Valley - one of the most iconic views in South Australia.

There is Deluxe Room categories in both the original heritage home built in 1854 and in the subsequent extensions built after the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983 nearly razed the property to ground. Upgrade to a Superior Spa room for a two-person corner spa bath or go all out and stay in the Manor Grand View Suite which makes optimum use of the picturesque outlook.

For more information on Grand Mercure Mount Lofty House visit and the Crush Food & Wine Festival visit

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