LUXURY travel collection Baillie Lodges last month announced the acquisition of South Australia’s The Louise, an upmarket 15-suite luxury lodge in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The deal was described as a “natural fit” within the Baillie Lodges Australian portfolio, which includes Lord Howe Island’s Capella Lodge, Longitude 131 at Ayers Rock, Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree Forest and the flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island which is currently undergoing a rebuild after being destroyed during the early 2020 bushfires.
The Louise deal continues Baillie’s expansion push, which follows a significant injection of equity capital by US private investment group KSL a few years ago. Since then the portfolio has also seen international growth, with the acquisition of New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge as well as Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Canada’s Vancouver Island.
The Louise is a fascinating example of luxury hospitality development, having been created by owners Jim and Helen Carreker as a makeover of an existing country motel with a vision to showcase the Barossa’s most exceptional food and wine experiences.
Baillie Lodges co-founder James Baillie said after a long association with the Carrekers through the Luxury Lodges of Australia group, “we have always considered that a marriage of The Louise’s culinary excellence with our growing portfolio of luxury lodges would be an ideal match”.