after 35 years
has been sold as a private residence
and closed in October 2020

a little history
Thorn Park
by the vines
uxury regional accommodation Clare Valley South Australia

Thorn Park by the Vines is an internationally acclaimed luxury boutique hotel in the Clare Valley wine region in South Australia, and just a two-hour drive from Adelaide.

 Located in a large contemporary country home, within a pristine private Australian bushland setting and vineyard setting. It is possible to have morning coffee and watch the kangaroos ambling amongst the vines. There are three large elegantly appointed rooms, all with en-suite facilities. Thorn Park by the vines can accommodate a maximum of six guests. The superbly appointed public areas are furnished with an eclectic collection of celebrated Australian artworks, antiques, and contemporary furnishings.

Owners David Hay and Michael Speers are ultimate mine hosts attending to every guest’s wish. David is respected as one of the country’s finest chefs. Dining at Thorn Park by the vines, is a unique experience, with wines matched from the Thorn Park by the vines extensive cellar.

Three superbly furnished suites to choose from

thorn park by the vines

has consistently
received the
highest accolades

Thorn Park by the Vines and owners David Hay and Michael Speers have consistently received the highest accolades both nationally and internationally.  Thirty years in the business of hospitality has not in any way dulled their professionalism. If anything, over the years, they have honed and perfected the experience they offer at Thorn Park by the Vines.

David Hay is respected as one of South Australia’s most accomplished chefs and dining at Thorn Park by the Vines is world class. Hay’s passion for local and seasonal, embellished with produce picked from their kitchen garden is just the start. Michael Speers consummate front of house service and wine matching from their extensive cellars is exemplary.

what our guests say
we have three brilliant properties


In addition to Thorn Park by the Vines we also have two other properties, Thorn Park in the City, located in inner city Adelaide, South Australia and Thorn Park on the Island, located on South Australia’s pristine Kangaroo Island.

Drinks on the deck at

Thorn Park
by the vines

Often led to making some charming new friends…Walker our very own kookaburra!


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private cooking classes

Love to cook and learn about food and cooking? David Hay’s one on one cooking classes are legendary and a great add on to your stay at Thorn Park by the Vines.

degustation dinners

Dining in, is a special event at Thorn Park by the Vines. It starts with a perfectly laid table then add superb seasonal cooking, consummate service and perfectly matched wines.

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