Thursday, December 2, 2010

Valley Girl

I grew up in the Clare Valley region of South Australia. Only a short 90 minute drive from Adelaide, it is reknown as one of the world's finest premium wine growing areas. Although the town of Clare is the focal point of the Valley, scattered around are quaint little villages like Sevenhills, Watervale & Auburn, all holding a special place in my heart. Walter & Kay Duncan's beautiful old stone villa is on a quiet country lane just out of Sevenhills. Walter is a rose grower extraordinaire, & has recently been awarded a World Rose Award at the World Federation of Rose Societies in Vancouver for his contribution & passion for 'Old World Roses.' The Clare Valley climate is perfect for wine & roses - freezing cold Winters & hot, hot dry Summers.

Their home Hughes Park is a gracious old stone villa c.1873. Here are some images of the house & it's gorgeous garden.

The Heritage Cottage is a 140 year old cottage on the property that Walter & Kay have restored. It's now available to book for a weekend away. This post is dedicated to Heidi & she knows EXACTLY why.

Images: The Heritage Garden



  1. Just heavenly, Millie. You take us on the best wanders around your favourite haunts! I'm a Clare Vallet riesling girl from way back so this is a real treat for me - thanks ☺. J x

  2. Hi Millie,

    Love this beautiful house and garden and to have a weekend away here would be fabulous.

    Hope that you are enjoying your week

  3. How gorgeous - it looks like something from an English novel!

  4. Such a quintessential South Australian house - bluestone, grey tin roof, large shady verandahs all round and a quiet garden of roses. Very romantic! (And surprising energy efficient, too.)

  5. beautiful! I especially like the porch/veranda - looks really inviting.

  6. What a beautiful place Millie! What a lovely place for a getaway! Happy December! xxoo

  7. seriously gorgeous Millie, they must need ALOT of water to keep that level of gorgeousness going!

  8. How serene and peaceful! Is this garden open to the public at all?? Even though i live in the south east of the state, it would well be worht hte drive tosee in person...stunning.luv Annxx

  9. What can I say? I'm speechless. Thank you Millie.

  10. Thanks for the pictures Millie. I love the Heritage Garden. We have attended a few of their open gardens and stayed in the B & B pre children! I had a lovely chat with Kay on Saturday when she visited my stall that the Maitland Craft Fair! Hoping to take our garden group for a visit in autum. Letitia x

  11. Hi Ann - yes the garden is open to the public at various times during the year. All the details are on their website which I've provided a link to on the post. Hope you are able to make the trip up from the South-East to marvel at Walter's roses.
    M ^_^


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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