Design concept: Sequoia Lodge – TOPHOTELNEWS

Images by © Aaron Citti 2019

In this collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN, we take a look at the Sequoia Lodge completed in 2021 in Crafers, Australia.

David Fraser directed the architectural design of this property and Interior Design by Georgie Shepherd was behind the interiors of the hotel.

A local connection

Last year saw the launch of this adults-only luxury lodge in the highlands of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The sanctuary is part of the Mount Lofty Estate and is named after three giant California redwood trees planted by the original owner, Arthur Hardy, which still stand on this land.

The lodge’s 14 luxurious and sustainably designed suites offer views of the Piccadilly Valley, known for its vineyards.

Shared areas within the lodge include hot spring-fed stone pools, an infinity pool, a spa, and a campfire amphitheater. Sequoia guests can dine at Three Hats Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant.

The lodge’s experienced hosts guide guests through activities that introduce them to food and wine, wellness, nature and the history of the area, adding to the lodge’s sense of place.

A quiet retreat

The hotel’s Panoramic Suites stand out for their design features, including sunken living rooms with stone fireplaces, king-size beds with moonlit windows, balconies with daybeds, hidden TVs, freestanding bathtubs raised ceilings, window switches and heated floors.

Each suite is also decorated with an original oil painting by resident artist Stephen Trebilcock known for focusing on local native flowers.

Local vendors, craftsmen and artisans have helped decorate these suites, designed to provide an oasis of tranquility with a soothing color palette of wood and stone.

Each space features handcrafted pieces and amenities from brands such as Nick Mount glass, JamFactory ceramics, Jurlique products, Hahndorf soap, and OrganiQ bath salts.


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Rozella J. Cook