​​The Best Cottages and Holiday Rentals to Book in Adelaide

Port Adelaide Harbourside Home offers calming views over New Port marina
Port Adelaide Harbourside Home offers calming views over New Port marina | Courtesy of Port Adelaide Harbourside Home / Expedia
Photo of Nannette Holliday
3 November 2021

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, was once a city of churches. Today, it’s renowned for its arts festivals, leafy parks and pristine beaches. And let’s not forget the surrounding wine regions of Clare, Barossa, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills; or the Flinders Ranges hiking trails and Kangaroo Island with its food and nature reserves. To experience more, stay longer in heritage Adelaide cottages that are cute and cosy; or plump for comfortable, modern, luxurious apartments with exceptional views. For all the best Adelaide cottages your money can buy, check out our picks below – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Athelney Cottages, for cosy comfort

Blue front doors of Athelney Cottages
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These two quaint and charming French provincial-style cottages are centrally located, just a 10-minute stroll from the Adelaide CBD (Central Business District). That means easy access to all the major city attractions and events. But it’s peaceful here, and you’ll wake to morning birdsong. Linger over coffee under the tree canopies in your courtyard, exercise Fido in one of the nearby parks or catch a summer concert in the Botanic Gardens across the road. As well as being fur-friendly, Athelney Cottages give you free off-street parking, and there’s public transport running close by.

Seaview Penthouse, for easy access to Glenelg Beach

Seaview Penthouse living room
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Looking for a sea change? With sweeping ocean, beach, marina and town views, this two-couple or family-size apartment will soon have you developing that golden tan. Just across the road are the soft sands of Glenelg Beach to sprawl on; a few strides further and you can indulge your tastebuds and credit card at the jetty, where eating, drinking and shopping are the order of the day. Catch the tram into town for a day of fun exploring the city. Then chill back at the ranch by the rooftop pool, toasting sunset at the end of the day.

Barossa Chateau, for exquisite dining

Barossa Chateau facade and gardens
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At this stately Renaissance-styled establishment, an hour’s drive north of Adelaide in the Barossa Valley, everything’s coming up roses – more than 30,000 of the blooms, to be exact, covering 22 acres (9ha) with 5km (3mi) of sweet-smelling pathways. Inside, the chateau overflows with precious antiques and the grandest porcelain collection in Australia from the 18th and 19th centuries – the previous owner’s passion. Combine this with delectable local morsels – such as venison dumplings or cauliflower korma – at nearby Lyndoch Hill Restaurant, then bed down back at Barossa – the two-bedroom chateau is available for guests’ exclusive use.

Urban Rest Eastend, for cool comfort

Urban Rest Eastend living room
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Slap bang in the middle of busy, buzzy Adelaide, this selection of executive apartments enjoys a prime position, delivering views across all the city; inside are all the technology and conveniences you need. The decor is reliably urban-groovy, all low, white beds and rugs on Scandi-bare floors. You’ll be so pampered, relaxed and comfy from the moment you arrive you won’t want to go home. Whatever you wish to see or do, from shopping, fabulous festivals, history and art to cosy bars and quaint cafes, it’s all just outside your door, a short walk or easy public transport ride away.

Gordon Street Cottage, for stylishly pared-down interiors

Gordon Street Cottage living room
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Live the ultimate bay lifestyle and take daily beach strolls while staying at this late-19th-century cottage, oozing charm and character beachside at Glenelg. The look incorporates classic ornate fireplaces and polished timber floorboards, giving all-round comfort and warmth, in harmony with all the tech essentials. Picture windows overlook an entertainment oasis at the back. Just a few metres away are the Glenelg jetty and marina, as well as shops, cafes, bars and lively nightlife – expect to fill every minute of your stay here with fun.

Port Adelaide Harbourside Home, for glimpses of dolphins

Port Adelaide Harbourside Home living room
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Stretch out in this two-storey apartment with calming views of New Port marina. You’re five minutes from Semaphore Beach here, and 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide city. Soak up the peaceful marina and river outlook and soul-stirring sunsets from both upstairs and down across the mammoth balcony, lounge and master bedroom. Keep your eyes also peeled for the Port River dolphins frolicking in their playground. No need to traipse back to town, either, as the nearby shops and restaurants are just as tempting.

Mansions on Pulteney Aparthotel, for art deco heritage

Mansions on Pulteney Aparthotel facade
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This sophisticated, architecturally and historically significant 1912 Victorian building was given a tasteful new lease of life in 2006, and its distinctive gothic and art nouveau exterior is an Instagram favourite. Ideally positioned around the corner from the Art Gallery of South Australia between Rundle Mall and North Terrace, its heart beats to the rhythm of central Adelaide. This boutique guest house offers quality, stylish, contemporary accommodation, with each apartment configuration catering to your every need.

North Adelaide Heritage Group, for antique-laden surrounds

North Adelaide Heritage Group living room
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These superlative heritage-listed stone Adelaide cottages are perfectly positioned in the prestigious city precinct of North Adelaide. Choosing which one to stay in is your only dilemma. Each themed cottage is loaded with mod cons, but also adorned with rare Australian antiques. There’s a five-room penthouse suite, a champagne suite and a cottage set in a former chapel from 1879 to choose from, among others – or you can slide down the fire pole (yes, really) to the fire truck in the 1866 Fire Station Inn, converted from Adelaide’s first fire station.

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