It then embarked on perhaps its most unusual role, standing in as ‘Drover’s Run’ on the hit TV show, McLeod’s Daughters.
The set was closed off from the public for seven years of production and run like a working farm for the purposes of filming, complete with 100 cattle, 250 sheep, 15 horses, working dogs and a team of stockmen. Interior scenes were all filmed inside the house; outbuildings on the property were also used, including ‘Meg's cottage’ next to the main house.
It’s not widely known, but the show was going to be called Drover’s Run until Packer vetoed the name for the one it went to air with. A total of 224 episodes of McLeod’s Daughters were viewed in 41 countries.
The Ahrens family purchased the property in 2009, carefully converting the property to the five-star retreat you are enjoying today.
Kingsford is listed on the State Heritage Register and Register of the National Estate.
Kingsford Homestead enters another exciting chapter this summer, with new Guest Service Hosts John and Kathy O’Shea bringing a wealth of hosting experience to the exclusive property.
Owners Stefan and Leanne Ahrens are thrilled that John and Kathy have joined Kingsford Homestead after seven years managing luxury destinations in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
“Over the past few months, Steve and Jenni Underwood have done a fantastic job in the guest host role, but they are now enjoying semi-retirement and the opportunity to spend more time with their family,” Stefan and Leanne said. “We are very grateful to them for their wonderful hospitality and the genuine rapport they built with our guests.”
John and Kathy have previously assisted in setting up and operating guest services and experiences for several highly regarded luxury tourism destinations in Australia, including Bamurra Plains (NT), Sal Salis (WA) and Arkaba Station (SA).
After nine years in the Northern Territory they moved to the Barossa Valley earlier this year, to be closer to their son and his young family.
“We are very fortunate that John and Kathy have joined us at such an exciting time as we continue to develop our unique experiences and our luxury, all- inclusive food, wine and accommodation destination,” Stefan and Leanne said.
“With John and Kathy’s expertise we will be able to build on the international recognition Kingsford Homestead has already received for its luxurious, all-inclusive offering, including the tranquil bush bath which is a favourite pastimes at our secluded, riverside property on the edge of the Barossa.”
Adding to these unforgettable experiences, Kingsford Homestead has recently unveiled its swimming pool and outdoor lounge, with ongoing works taking place to transform the historic shearing shed into a distinctive function centre.
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