It is rare to find an authentic Australian colonial settlement except as a preserved tourist attraction. Yet in the mid north of South Australia, on the fringe of the delightful and renowned wine district of the Clare Valley, is Mintaro, a tiny settlement of a mere eighty people, virtually unchanged architecturally for a century and still a rural community centre.

First settled in the 1850s as a resting place for bullock and mule teams travelling to and from the copper mines of Burra, Mintaro offers the chance to return to a quieter and more leisurely style of living.

On the edge of the town common is Mintaro Mews. The main building was constructed as a grain store from slate mined near Mintaro.

Behind the old grain store is the original blacksmith shop, later becoming stables and now part of the accomodation of the Mews.

In 1981, the Mews was acquired and converted from the grain store into accommodation and restaurant, combining the quaint and simple quality of colonial days with the comfort and convenience of modern living. Mintaro Mews has a warmth and charm that is impossible to resist. Once you have experienced the tranquility of the countryside, the wines of the Clare Valley and the hospitality of Mintaro and the Mews, you will be back time after time.