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Crisp air, the heady fra­grance of Aus­tralian-made Waterlily botan­i­cals and the com­fort­ing heft of solid, 19th-cen­tury stone walls all con­trib­ute to a pro­found sense of well­be­ing at the new Sta­bles Day Spa at Mount Lofty House. Perched just be­low the sum­mit in the Ade­laide Hills, this MGallery Col­lec­tion ho­tel was built in the 1850s as a sum­mer house by the Hardy fam­ily, who lived in a “sort of feu­dal splen­dour”, their car­riage horses en­joy­ing an equally grand time in a hand­some sta­ble block in the gar­den. The horses are gone and the build­ing re­stored to house three white­washed treat­ment rooms, where the aptly named Jas­min scrubs, pum­mels, mas­sages and hy­drates your jet­lagged cor­re­spon­dent in a two-hour sig­na­ture spa rit­ual, de­ploy­ing a fra­grant ar­se­nal of po­tions and lo­tions. Pots of laven­der, shot-gold drapes and sim­ple adorn­ments make this a serene and cosy re­treat, es­pe­cially when the ho­tel is wrapped in mists and the scent of woodsmoke drifts across or­chards and vine­yards in the val­ley be­low. The new day spa pref­aces a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar up­grade of Mount Lofty House that will in­clude nine lux­ury guest suites. More: mt­lofty­house.com.au.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

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