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The highly regarded reputation of the multi–award–winning Thorn Park Country House was founded on the consummate professionalism of owner–operators David Hay and Michael Speers. With world–class regional accommodation in combination with the fine cooking of David Hay and the front–of–house excellence of Michael Speers, Thorn Park Country House, since it opened in 1987, has been the destination of choice for all discerning travellers to the South Australian Clare Valley wine region. Cooking schools, art classes, featured wine dinners and guest chefs were just some of the regular special events that have added to the brilliance of their reputation. Thorn Park Country House has received every possible state and national tourism award and many coveted national and international awards.

After 21 years David and Michael were looking to run a smaller operation and, when the opportunity arose to sell the property to their neighbours, the Jesuits of Sevenhill Cellars, it seemed serendipitous. Thorn Park Country House is now used as a Jesuit spiritual retreat. In 2009 they opened their new venue, Thorn Park by the vines. This purpose built contemporary venue is located in a perfect Australian bushland and vineyard setting on the edge of Sevenhill, approximately 2 km from their previous location in the Clare Valley, South Australia.

David Hay and Michael Speers
Owners, chef and mine host