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Pirralilla Estate

Stylish self contained accommodation


South Australia 

For over 115 years Pirralilla Estate has been an exclusive destination of peacefulness, retreat and relaxation. 
Now we warmly welcome you to immerse yourself in her grandeur, legacy and serenity.
Surrounded by nature and beauty, you will not believe you are only 20 minutes from Adelaide's CBD

Pirralilla's History

Pirralilla was built in 1902 by Michael and Bessie Hawker. It was built as their summer residence, a place they could retreat to, away from the dry heat of their sprawling sheep stations in the mid north of the state. The Hawkers were known for their hospitality and entertained and socialised with other notable Adelaideans at Pirralilla. In their later years both Michael and Bessie spent most of their time at Pirralilla. 

In 1950 the property was sold to  The Sisters of St Joseph of the Scared Heart, the order founded by Saint Mary MacKillop. From this period until the early 1970's St Joseph's Aldgate was a boarding school for young girls training to become nuns.

On Sundays services were held for the public to attend and the order was silent. With the decline in the popularity of the Catholic Church the numbers of girls seeking to be nuns also declined. It was during this period that St Joseph's Aldgate became a conference and retreat centre. 

In 2009 George and Esme Savva fulfilled their dream of making a home for their large family in the Adelaide Hills and purchased Pirralilla.

Over the years they have renovated, restored, reinvigorated  and reinstated Pirralilla Estate with the joy and love she deserves and they welcome you to stay and experience her majesty.


Pirralilla Estate is located 20 mins from the Adelaide CBD and 40 mins from Adelaide Airport. The picturesque town of Hahndorf is less than 10minutes by car, Barossa Valley is an hours drive and Maclaren Vale a 45 minute drive away.

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