The Best Hotels to Book in Clare, South Australia

There's only one place for golfers to stay in Clare, and that's the Clare Country Club, with its own 18-hole course
There's only one place for golfers to stay in Clare, and that's the Clare Country Club, with its own 18-hole course | © Clare Country Club /
Photo of Cassie Wilkins
11 November 2021

Breathe in the fresh country air and sip the best riesling in Australia in the tiny town of Clare, less than two hours’ drive from Adelaide. For somewhere to stay, hotels in Clare don’t come any better than these top accommodation options, from a rose-covered cottage to a vintage motel where you can pet an alpaca and take a dip in a saltwater swimming pool.

Brice Hill Country Lodge, for a luxurious couples getaway

Outdoor pool with two shaded loungers by a flower-filled garden and lawn at Brice Hill Country Lodge
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Inspired by the rolling hills of the region, this hotel in Clare has 2ha (6 acres) of its own beautiful gardens and lush vineyards. Here, you’ll find four self-contained units perfectly equipped for a romantic rural minibreak. Start off the day with a Nespresso coffee in your private kitchen and finish it by relaxing in the pool with a nice bottle of local riesling. Alternatively, cosy up in your suite – each one boasts a spa bath and wood-burning stove.

Clare Valley Heritage Retreat, for unusual surroundings

Six small steps up to the tree-fringed exterior of the stone-built Clare Valley Heritage Retreat
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If you’re looking for somewhere special for a weekend away, you can’t do much better than this heritage-listed converted 1850s church. With its central location and warm welcome, it’s one of the best B&Bs in Clare Valley. Step inside and you’ll find a homely interior, complete with a wood fire and timber mezzanine bedroom with a skylight, overlooking the cosy living space.

Riesling Trail and Clare Valley Cottages, for cosy rural charm

Garden with green plants, a lawn and small steps to the entrance of Riesling Trail and Clare Valley Cottages
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Sitting pretty in bushland just out of town, these five one-bedroom stone cottages are perfectly located for visiting all the attractions 0f the region. Expect gorgeous gardens, two-person spa baths and barbecue grills, as well as board games and TVs to keep you entertained by the fire on chilly nights. The cottages can be rented out individually for an intimate country escape, or together for a fun group getaway.

Discovery Parks Clare, for a family-friendly holiday

Outdoor pool with handrails, plus four shaded loungers and a bench at Discovery Parks Clare
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Perfect for the whole family, including your four-legged friend, Clare Holiday and Caravan Park has a wide array of accommodation options, including powered and bush camping sites and cute multi-bedroom cabins with private patios offering stellar sunset views over the hills. The bouncing pillow, pool and playground are ideal for entertaining the youngsters (and the young at heart), while the location is great for exploring the Clare Valley.

The Mill Apartments, for an intimate, independent stay

Double bed in white-painted room with glass doors to a private balcony by tall trees at the Mill Apartments
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Looking for a spot by the river? These six self-contained apartments offer views over the water, and are fully kitted out with everything you need, from a fully stocked kitchen (breakfast provisions included) to a private balcony and free off-road parking. Expect luxurious bathrooms with rain shower and bathtub, plus a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival. Your friendly hosts will help you plan the perfect sightseeing trip around the Clare Valley.

Clarevale Cottage Bed and Breakfast, for a quirky retreat

Two wooden stools by a wooden chair in a shaded garden at Clarevale Cottage Bed and Breakfast
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This quaint, beautiful cottage is not only steeped in local wine history – it’s also a cute and quirky home base from which to explore the gorgeous Clare Valley. Inside, the light-filled B&B has a down-to-earth vibe, with vibrant plants and a verdant garden that spills onto the veranda. There’s also a stocked pantry, with chocolate, wine, cheese and biscuits, coffee, milk, fruit, bread and home-made jam. Dig in.

Clare Valley Motel, for delightful surroundings

Loungers and chairs by an outdoor pool with forest views at Clare Valley Motel
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Don’t let the name deceive you – Clare Valley Motel is so much more than your typical motel. This iconic accommodation is perched on 6ha (16 acres), complete with walking trails criss-crossing the bushland and three friendly alpacas. Rooms are suitable for singles, couples and families, and there’s a wine lounge, a salt water swimming pool and a communal fire pit for toasting marshmallows under the stars. Clare Valley Motel even has Tesla EV chargers and a helipad – not something you’ll find at every hotel in Clare.

Clare Country Club, for golf fans

Two loungers and tall trees by an outdoor pool with handrail at Clare Country Club
There's only one place for golfers to stay in Clare, and that's the Clare Country Club, with its own 18-hole course | © Clare Country Club /

Golfers, listen up. There’s only one place you’ll want to stay when visiting Clare, and it’s this country resort with its own 18-hole golf course. If teeing off isn’t your jam, there’s also a pool, tennis courts and gym to get your sweat on, plus a plush spa for a relaxing treatment afterwards. Dine on-site at the restaurant, which serves Clare Valley wines alongside a seasonally inspired, locally sourced menu. Book the room with a private balcony overlooking nearby Lake Inchiquin – because the best Clare hotels come with the best Clare views.

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