Jan Musgrave Sydney

“SIX STAR! We were a group of 4 couples and were looking for a place that gave us 4 queen rooms with private facilities, we struck gold!
Altamira Retreat was absolutely gorgeous, fabulous big open living area, 4 beautifully appointed bedrooms with private en-suites, right in the heart of McLaren Vale. The house exceeded our expectations. Dawn was an amazing host, and provided some wonderful information prior to our arrival. The wood fire pizza oven was a hit and we in fact cancelled the dinners booked and stayed in to enjoy the breathtaking views. We all absolutely loved it and will definitely be back. Highly recommended!”

Duy, Huong & Trang

“Our family of three came all the way from Hanoi to enjoy the serenity and beauty of Altamira and the surrounding McLaren Vale.
It was an amazing experience we have never had before.. staying in a cosy but beautiful decorated house over looking such a green vineyard.
We made our own pizza’s (another first for us) and really started to feel very much at home.
We now have to travel back to Vietnam after such an amazing stay but will bring with us such sweet memories and we promise to come back one day soon.”

Cynthia & Sean Kennedy

“Well appointed property with amazing views. Altamira was the ideal place for the 7 of us to enjoy an important adult family occasion.”

Linda K

“Thanks for an amazing stay with everything we could possibly wish for.
A wonderful place to spend time with family on my special and significant birthday. Would love to come back again – maybe during winter next time!”

Angela & David Bonnin

“What a Spot
Thank you for sharing Altamira with us.
Everything was generous – the views, the house, the surroundings, the beds, the kitchen….. your retreat and our host.
Till next time.”

The Robins

“AMAZING!!! There was nothing about the weekend that we could fault – even if we tried!
The property was so close to the national park, which was perfect for morning walks.
Dawn kindly recommended some of her favourite cellar doors … and they did not disappoint! Although the surrounding wineries were beautiful, we almost found it hard to leave the house it was so dreamy. The bedrooms were all immaculate, and the linen was INCREDIBLE! We wish we could wake up there everyday.
There is no word of a lie that this place is a retreat! Thank you so much for having us – we can’t wait to come back again!”

Dana R

“This is a magnificent property, beautifully fitted out with everything you could wish for and more. Dawn is the most generous host. Located just outside of the main hub of McLaren vale, within a short walk of the national park. So beautiful, relaxing and some might have to say, better than home. Thank you Dawn, your house is one out of the box.”

Response from Dawn:
Hi Dana, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your groups time spent at Altamira. We understand that you are a busy individual and welcome the kind response you have given our property. Great to hear you all enjoyed your time in McLaren Vale and we would happily welcome you all back next time your thinking of another MV get away. I would also like to thank you all for leaving Altamira in such great shape when you departed. Kind regards Dawn

Michael C

“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.”

Response from Dawn:
Thanks Michael for taking the time to write a review about your time with us . It was a real pleasure meeting both you and your daughter and I’m so glad that you enjoyed your time @ Altamira Retreat. We think it’s pretty special here. Please feel free to contact us again if ever you find yourselves heading back to the McLaren Vale – we’d love to have you stay. Enjoy the rest of your Australian sojourn. Kind regards Dawn

Leith F

“Great location, quality fixtures & fittings close to wineries.”

Response from Dawn:
Thank you Leith for taking the time to review Altamira Studio… We greatly appreciate your comments & hope to see you both again in the not too distant future. Kind regards Dawn

Anthony, South Australia (Airbnb)

“A lovely and stylish place right in the heart of Mclaren wine country. Beautiful decor and a very thoughtful host who catered to our needs and was quick to respond! Would 100% stay again.”

Nicola, Kensington, Australia (Airbnb)

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

敏, Shanghai, China (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.

Marianne (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

Meand, Woollahra, Australia (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

Sascha Kitto

“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.”

Jacki S, Adelaide

“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.”

Michael Colby, Boston

“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.”

BW, Adelaide

“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.”

Greg Muir, Western Australia

“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”.

Jeff Lewis, Victoria

“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.”