Welcome to Ballara Retreat, situated just 2 1/2 hours from Adelaide, South Australia, in the small town of Warooka on Southern Yorke Peninsula.
A beautiful old stone home built in the early 1900s, Ballara can accommodate up to 6 adults in 3 rooms, with shared bathroom.
The house sits on 4 town blocks, surrounded by art-inspired gardens and the huge, lawned 'Mrs Baker's Backyard'. A large outdoor entertaining area has wonderful views across rural countryside down to the ocean only 5km away.
A brief history of Ballara...
Ballara is the 100-year-old family home built for William and Emilia (Millie) Baker & their five children. Built in 1910, it is understood Millie would not come to Warooka until the house was finished and furnished! Wise woman!
William Baker came to Warooka as a young boy in 1884 with his mother, sister and 2 brothers, after the sudden death of his father.
In the early 1900s, Will and his brother Alf became storekeepers, trading as Baker Bros. and running 2 stores in Warooka. Will, Alf and younger brother, Tom, also went on to become farmers.
William met Millie when she came from Ballarat to visit her sister who lived at Warooka. Millie named her new home 'Ballara' in memory of her home town.
A feature of the house is its ornate ceilings, and story has it that visitors came from afar especially to view them.
William ran a wheat agency from an office on the front verandah and was also a contact for World War 1 recruitment.
In 1927, William sadly died at only 50 years of age, leaving Millie on her own with their 5 children Doreen, Dulcie, William jr. (Bill), Ron, and Betsy.
Millie died in 1965 and Ron continued living at Ballara until his death in 1988.
Having never married and with no children of his own, Ron left the house and contents to his 10 nieces and nephews.
After the family furniture was divided, Bill bought the house and placed it in the names of his three daughters.
Carli and Penny were both able to enjoy some time living in the family home. Ballara still remains in the Baker family and is currently being cared for by Bill’s youngest daughter, Steph.
Guests have exclusive access to the entire property - this really is your 'home away from home'!
As often as possible, your hosts Steph and/or Holly will be there to greet you on arrival to show you around and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Otherwise, a key will be left for you in a suitable spot to be determined before your arrival for you to let yourself in at your leisure. You can even request one or the other if you like!
There are extensive instructions and more information for your convenience available in folders on the kitchen counter.
Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.
Free parking on premises
Laptop friendly workspace
Checking In & Out
Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 12pm
This Property Standard Rate is $250 AUD per night
Extra people $50 AUD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $100
Security Deposit $150
Weekly Discount: 10%
Monthly Discount: 20%