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Media Release: Adelaide Hills Truffle Hunting Experience Now Available for Guests of Sequoia Lodge

A visit to a small local trufferie, Quercus Truffles, is now available to guests of Sequoia Lodge.

The new experience offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a three-course truffle dinner in the Sequoia Lodge with truffles they have hunted themselves from the Quercus Truffles farm.

Quercus Truffles, in the Piccadilly Valley, forms part of the rural vista guests enjoy from the floor to ceiling windows of their suites at the Lodge.

Visitors to the farm can join the excitement of the hunt with the truffle dogs. The dogs are well trained to find ripe truffles, however, there no guarantees which adds to the excitement of truffle hunting. Unearthing truffles is a highly rewarding experience. After the hunt, visitors return to the warm farmhouse and learn how to sort and clean the truffles, while enjoying a wine tasting and truffle hors d’oeuvre. Upon returning to the Lodge, guests hand their truffles to Sequoia Head Chef Matt Rodgers to prepare a three-course truffle dinner.

The experience is offered three times per week.


Sequoia Lodge

  • 14 suites carved into the escarpment on Mount Lofty House estate, overlooking the rolling Adelaide Hills
  • The 75sqm open-plan suites offer unrivalled 180° views of the patchwork Piccadilly Valley 
  • The suites, built with raw natural materials including Basket Range stone and Spotted Gum, have a sunken lounge and private balcony  
  • Intuitive technology automates a number of room functions such as a bedhead lift, rising TV, privacy glass, mood lighting, music and fireplace
  • Exquisite collection of artisanal pieces and amenities such as Nick Mount glass, Jam Factory ceramics, a Jurlique pillow mist menu, Hahndorf Soap and Kangaroo Island’s Organic bath salts. 
  • Each suite features an original oil painting by resident artist Stephen Trebilcock who is highly skilled at capturing unique native florals in incredible detail, colour and depth. His artworks appear over the property, including in the main house, transforming the 30-acre estate into a living art gallery
  • Light and luxurious, the bathrooms offer a spa-like retreat with an elevated stone bath thoughtfully positioned to make the most of the views
  • Sustainability thought out with thermal windows, thorough insulation and concrete walls and floors maintain a comfortable temperature all year round
  • Under the shadow of a looming Sequoia tree, the landscaping has created a native garden with pathways lined by tall fescue lawns, bottlebrush, banksia, grevillea, and African lillies. 
  • Sequoia guests have exclusive use of the lodge’s lounge which features multiple fireplaces and a panoramic sun deck
  • Within the lodge grounds, there are artesian spring-fed hot pools, an infinity pool and a wildlife enclosure. A tennis court and several walking trails can also be accessed from the adjacent estate grounds
  • Dining at Sequoia is an exclusive affair for lodge guests offering creative, contemporary Australian menus that reflect the changing seasons and draw inspiration from local suppliers
  • Guests can enjoy a leisurely breakfast, light lunch and two or three course dinner in the lodge lounge or in the privacy of their own suite. 
  • Guests also have access to the culinary experience at SA’s most acclaimed fine dining venue, multi award winning Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant and the newly opened Martha’s Kitchen. 
  • The Gatekeeper’s Day Spa cottage sits just outside Sequoia’s gate and offers guests a holistic menu of relaxing rituals, rejuvenating experiences and gentle beauty treatments.
  • The Sequoia experience is based on nature, connection and indulgence.  



Mount Lofty House was built in 1852 by prominent statesman Arthur Hardy as his summer house. Arthur Hardy is reminiscent of a South Australian Jay Gatsby; indeed his daughter Mabel described their lifestyle as ‘a kind of feudal splendour’. Their beautiful manor soon became the state’s premier address for lavish and infamous parties for Adelaide’s elite of the day. 

Today, this treasured state icon stands as a boutique hotel offering luxury escapes, a three hatted fine dining restaurant, indulgent day spa, conference retreats and breathtakingly beautiful weddings.

Sequoia Lodge is the most recent addition to the Estate, celebrating its first birthday in September 2022. A massive 170-year-old Sequoia tree is the centrepiece of Sequoia Lodge, planted by Arthur Hardy. The luxurious lodge is the story of the Mount Lofty region, its nature, and produce.  Every suite brings the outside in with local materials in earthy tones and uninterrupted views over the valley.

Mt Lofty Estate is proudly SA owned and operated. Mount Lofty House Estate was Voted #1 Hotel in Australia and the South Pacific in 2022 by Trip Advisor, and Best Luxury Hotel in Australia and the South Pacific in 2023 based on the feedback from the guests who stayed there. Sequoia Lodge was voted Trip Advisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award. 

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