Only a 30 minute drive north of Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage and the Barossa, is Anlaby Station. It is the home of the oldest Merino Stud in South Australia and the historically listed gardens include the shade house, glass house, walled vegetable garden, rose gardens and terraced lawns.  The original carriageway winds past the front of the house and down to the peacock aviary.

The garden is of the old fashioned “English style” yet located in a dry South Australian climate. The garden is a restoration work in progress and not all in pristine condition. Home to one of Australia’s largest collections of registered significant trees, owner Peter Hayward has written a beautiful book “Anlaby A Beautiful Step Back in Time” about the story of his time at Anlaby and it’s restoration.

If you are passionate about gardens, then keep Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018 free, as the gardens will be open to the public. I promise you will be fascinated by the garden restoration project which is on a grand 10 acre scale. To give you some idea, at the turn of the 20th Century fourteen full time gardeners were employed at Anlaby!

We have attended several Anlaby Open Gardens which are always a wonderful experience. Enjoying afternoon tea sitting on the lawns under the magnificent Chinese Elm brings back a sense of a past era.

If you can’t make the annual October Open garden event, house and garden tours are available to groups of 10 or more, or we have an exclusive, bespoke private package for our Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage guests.

Visit the Anlaby website for more information about this iconic South Australian destination.

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