“What a magical, calm and revitalising place! We had a fantastic stay and Dawn was an incredible host. We will be returning!”

Nicola, Kensington, Australia (Airbnb)

“Best house ever I’ve stayed in Australia. The best choice for vacation.”

Response from Dawn:
Thank you 敏….. we would love to have you all come back for another visit.

敏, Shanghai, China (Airbnb)

“The house is beautifully decorated with great attention to detail. Well equipped kitchen and the pizza oven was great fun to try. Located on top of a hill, in Dawn & Johns’ private vineyard, from all rooms in the house and the terrace you have a beautiful view over the hills and vineyards in McLaren Vale. Great place to relax and unwind. Entrance to national park just down the road, where we saw a koala. We were recommended different vineyards to visit, 1 of which we went to and this was one of the highlights of the trip. Great hosts who went above and beyond.”

Response from Dawn:
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review Marianne. I know what its like trying to make the time to sit down and write reviews for all sorts of places after a trip away!! It was a delight to meet you all and I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your tasting experiences and that you managed to make yourselves a home made pizza or two. You are all most welcome to come and stay with us again @ Altamira anytime. Kind regards dawn

Marianne (Airbnb)

“This is a fantastic property that’s conveniently located, and is beautifully designed and well- set up. Dawn is a generous host who went out of her way to make our stay comfortable, from the amenities she provided in the house to making sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy Mclaren vale. I would highly recommend this property.”

Response from Dawn:
Thank you Meand for taking the time to write such a generous review for your stay with (Email hidden by Airbnb) was a pleasure having you both to stay and I’m really glad you enjoyed your time with us & had fun during your week-end in the McLaren Vale. We would love to see you back here again. Kind regards Dawn

Meand, Woollahra, Australia (Airbnb)

“I would like to suggest to anyone who appreciates the nicer things in life to truly consider staying at Altimira Retreat in the breath taking surroundings of the Mclaren vale wine region.

We recently stayed here with another family after the hectic Christmas festivities to purely relax and recharge whilst exploring the nearby world renowned wineries. As both families have to travel all over the world for work we were very hesitant that the accomodation could provide us with the high expectation we were after. I can honestly say Altamira Retreat was exactly what we were after and more.

The property accommodates space, warmth, and breath taking views. The property was extremely clean and provided high quality bedding and accessories. The open plan kitchen has everything you need whether your cooking an amazing dinner or just decorating a platter of local foods you have purchased that day. Every bedroom has its own ensuite and space. Whether it be summer or winter, a cheese platter and a glass of shiraz, or a chapel hill port and home made chocolates at the end of a memorable day Altamira Retreat will certainly accommodate.

I highly recommend Altamira Retreat to anyone. Dawn is more than accommodating and has an amazing knowledge of the wineries, restaurants, and surroundings.

I look forward to booking another stay soon, probably in the coming winter so i can curl up on the couch in front of the open fire with a good book and my favourite red.”

Sascha Kitto

“Had a fabulous weekend at Altamira. Stunning location overlooking the vines and across the valley to the hills beyond. So close to the Onkaparinga National Park with lots of beautiful bush walks to counterbalance the delicious food and wine in the region. Even though I live only a short 40 minute drive from Adelaide I felt a million miles away and discovered a part of my home town that I didn’t know existed.

The house itself is exquisitely appointed and super comfy. All bedrooms have en-suite and picture perfect views. Very comfy beds and the quiet location made it very restful. Kitchen and living areas easily accommodated the 7 of us and we wanted for nothing.

Would definitely come and stay again. Thank you so much.”

Jacki S, Adelaide

“Stunning home and location, and very convenient to the best wineries in the Vale as well as town, beaches and hiking. And we had the good fortune of visiting at the beginning of harvest season when the vine growth had peaked. Dawn is an incredibly gracious host. She made everything in their home seamless and had great suggestions for dining and other activities for full immersion in the local community. Even proactively arranged a private wine tasting at one of their favorite spots. If only Australia wasn’t so far for us (and our time here so short) I know we’d be back in a matter of weeks.”

Michael Colby, Boston

“This is the most luxurious place we have stayed in McLaren Vale to date. Everything is gorgeous yet it manages to feel homely whilst maintaining a high quality. The location is peaceful as well as being perfect for a hike in the Onkaparinga Gorge, although it was a little too hot whilst we were there.”

BW, Adelaide

“We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful vineyard. The house was awesome, very spacious and really well equipped. Very nice linen and great quality bath robes. It’s a really comfortable space for 6-8 people. But the best part of staying here was the beautiful view across the valley of vineyards and Heysenesque ghost gums. It was great to sit out on the terrace with a McLaren Vale Shiraz at sunset! We were on a cycling trip and there are some excellent rides around the area, including Willunga Hill across the valley”.

Greg Muir, Western Australia

“Sue and I visited Altamira in January during the Tour Down Under. The retreat is ideally located to the McLaren wine region. The house is very well set up and the outlook is lovely – great for watching the sunset while enjoying a quiet beer / wine. I would highly recommend the retreat for a weekend or any visit to the McLaren area.”

Jeff Lewis, Victoria