Sticky Rice Villas open March 2013

The latest Adelaide Hills Accommodation is set to open on 28th March 2013. Bookings and all information about the accommodation is now live at this link. There is an amazing introductory offer on for bookings from March 28-April 30th 2012. Only $300 per villa including full breakfast for 2 people. Now featured on the official South Australia. com website

The Balinese Villa Bathroom

Exclusive yet affordable they are an architectural inspiration of luxury holiday Villas often seen in places such as Bali, Thailand and Japan.

Purpose built for wow factor, every Villa offers a spacious 2 roomed 70m2 of indoor living area , a private walled 45m2 outdoor courtyard plus individual gardens in which to explore and relax.

Each Villa is individually styled and  architecturally designed for seamless indoor and outdoor living. Floor to ceiling glass surrounds each villa allowing views  and easy access to the private enclosed courtyards and landscaped gardens.

All Villas have the luxury of under floor heating and stunning Jag kitchens and are finished with inspiring designer furnishings.

Perfect for long self catering stays, or book for just one night.

If you also wish to do a cooking class with us then there are several great value packages available for cook and stay combinations.

If staying the weekend why not participate in one of the gourmet tours or engage one of our personal Chefs to cook you a romantic dinner or deliver a private cooking class in your Villa.

The brand new private villas are the ultimate convenience and luxury for overnight accommodation in the Adelaide Hills.  All our villas guarantee to evoke the senses, inspire the creative and deliver a 5 star experience. Which one will you choose?

If Balinese is your thing then the Bali Villa will more than impress with it’s feature stone bath with fountain wall spout, giant timber day bed, outdoor deck, Buddha water feature and ambient lit Bali Hut. Indoors your senses will be awakened by the warm reds and golds of Bali décor, the feel of natural wood and the warmth of the designer lighting.  Our Bali Villa bathroom has the feel of natural stone with the luxury of under floor heating, Balinese stone bath and overhead rain shower. Step out through the bedroom’s french doors to your own private garden or glide open the 3 metre floor to ceiling glass doors to your private walled sunny courtyard complete with Bali hut and fire pit. Like all our Villas ,the Bali Villa has a top of the range Jag kitchen and remote control block out blinds in the bedroom.

Set behind the Sticky Rice Cooking School at 96 Old Mt Barker Rd it is a short 15 min walk to Stirling village centre.

Exclusive yet affordable the Bali Villa is a design statement offering a spacious 2 roomed 70m2 of indoor living area , a private walled 45m2 outdoor courtyard and private bamboo and tropical planted gardens for you to relax in and explore. Floor to ceiling glass surrounds every angle of the villa allowing views  and easy indoor /outdoor living. Karma Villa has the luxury of under floor heating, reverse cyle ducted heating and cooling, integrated speaker system, ipod dock and a stunning Jag kitchen. Perfect for long self catering stays, or book for just one night. Packages are available if staying while you attend the Sticky Rice Cooking School. If staying the weekend why not participate in one of the gourmet tours or engage one of our personal Chefs to cook you a romantic dinner or deliver a private cooking class in your Villa.

Yoko Villa boasts Japanese Gardens, stunning Shoji screens, Japanese bath and two person luxury shower. In the courtyard, experience the impact of a vertical living garden wall while you recline and relax under the shade of the Japanese Maple.

Indoors you will be treated to modern Japanese styling with low slung sofas, traditional tatami mats, designer hanging lamps, natural wood and stone finishes and a striking top of the range Jag Kitchen. The Japanese bedroom boasts a king sized bed, shoji screen doors and floor to ceiling glass. French doors open out from the bedroom into the private gardens and remote control block out blinds cocoon you at the flick of a switch. In the bathroom imagine reclining in a deep Japanese bath tub looking out at the garden views or if you prefer, have fun and enjoy the dual overhead rain shower with someone you love. Like all our Villas ,the Japanese Villa has its own sunny north facing private walled courtyard with outdoor relaxed seating and fire pit.

The Manager’s suite has Zen like decadence and the romance of moody decor, a stand alone bath in an open plan bedroom and an indoor shower under the branches of ancient pine trees. Used by our prestigious guest chefs and our gourmet tours the managers suit has its own north facing sunny courtyard housing a top of the range BBQ and a Jag kitchen with 3.5m island bench and seating for 10. In the lounge, the sheer indulgence of  black leather sofas are complimented by sleek black and white décor. Huge spherical pendant lights create mood and drama and evoke a wow factor response. In the bedroom, flowing sheer curtains cocoon the stand alone bath with its dimmable over head pendant lighting and large format Italian tiles accentuate the size of the indoor / outdoor bathroom.

Like all our Villas, the Zen Villa has relaxed outdoor seating and fire pit, underfloor heating and remote control block out blinds.
Zen Villa has the additional convenience of a laundry with washer and dryer and is perfect for our longer stay guests.

Hotel of the week- Sticky Rice Villas

We’re on top of the list!  The Australian Travel and Indulgence has awarded us Hotel of the Week for our new luxury villas at Sticky Rice Cooking School. Check out pics of each villa here.

Reviews of 5 star Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Stirling, Adelaide Hills

We thought we would share the reviews and testimonials from recent customers who have stayed at our luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Stirling at the Sticky Rice Cooking School in the Adelaide hills. All customers to date have rated us 5 stars on Trip advisor.

Yoko Villa

Truly spectacular design and the promise of wine in the huge bathtub lured us into a state of ‘love at first sight’, and then after we sat down with the 3D glasses to watch a film after our phenomenal cooking class, we wanted to marry the place!
Cheese and wine in the fridge, plus breakfast supplies, a fluffy white kingsize bed, underfloor heating – all the good parts about hiding away in winter – we were in HEAVEN.
Be warned Sticky Rice – if I can’t get in contact with that architect – I am moving in here!

Stayed June 2013


Yoko Villa Garden

Light filled,private,quality mini house perfect escape from Adelaide when you don’t have the time to travel. As soon as I walked in the door of Yoko I felt calm and in the mood for bubbles! There is something magical for me about a beautifully executed building that makes you feel like you have a different life! After the degustation meal at nearby Maximillions we were ready to enjoy this fabulous accommodation -we lit the outdoor fire, hopped in the very deep bath to watch the flames, cracked the bubbles and the rest is history! We had such a restful time that we slept in too late and couldn’t cook up the lovely breakfast that was left for us as we had a babysitter waiting. Highly recommend you enjoy this, stop looking at your belle & vogue mags and go live for a night or more in the pages!!

Stayed July 2013


Bali Villa bathroom

The villa was certainly everything we wanted. Was beautifully appointed and had everything we needed. The walk through when we checked in made it easier to know how to work everything. The cooking school was fun, Yuki was energetic, fun and friendly. The food was beautiful. Overall a great experience.

Stayed July 2013


Bali Villa Kitchen

We stayed in the Bali Villa and joined in one of the many cooking courses available, both experiences were fabulous! The course was great fun and the Villa beautifully appointed.Every need was met, and our expectations exceeded.

Stayed July 2013


Bali Villa Garden

Despite four days of cold and rain once inside our Bali villa it was like we’d been transported to paradise. The villa is luxuriously appointed but feels warm and welcoming, not cold and sterile like some hotels can be. Although we could only enjoy the wrap around courtyard from the indoors due to the inclement weather, the floor to ceiling glass made it feel like an extension of the villa and added to the tranquitlity of the place. Being off the road behind the cooking school added to the quiteness and solitude of the place. The cooking class was fun; the bubbly, cheese and brekkie provisions ample. The peacefulness provided us with a welcome escape from a hectic year and a nice way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Claire has done a marvelous job with the decor and her congeniality only added to the peasantness of our stay. The rest of the staff were equally as engaging and all contributed to a wonderful short break. We’ll definitely be back to stay again. (Oh forgot to mention the king sized Tempur mattress. Best sleep I’ve ever had away from home.)

Stayed July 2013


Zen Villa

Everyone associated with the Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas showed an unusual desire to genuinely exceed the expectations of their guests. Claire was welcoming and cared that she shared in my surprise weekend for my wife’s birthday celebration, which included the surprise arrival of our children and their partners who stayed overnight in the Yoko and Bali Villas. One of the staff even made an emergency dash to the local wine store late on Friday evening to satisfy my daughter’s need for Baileys! The accommodation was excellent and spotlessly clean. My wife loved the Zen Villa, which is decadent and brooding but I was more impressed with the openness and the thoroughly modern Japanese styling of the Yoko Villa. The Zen Villa was great for entertaining our children and their partners with its impressive chefs kitchen and well-appointed communal lounge space.The local sourced breakfast provisions were generous, probably overly so, and the complimentary wine excellent.
We all loved the cooking school experience, which was warm and inviting and sitting down at long trestle tables to share food, wine and stories with other aspiring cooks made it a truly memorable birthday celebration. We loved this experience.

Stayed June 2013


Yoko Villa Japanese Tea House

We stayed here for our tenth anniversary last month. We were in the Yoko villa which is spacious and stylish. The bathroom is just gorgeous and the whole place is framed by timber and glass so you feel like you are sitting in the garden. Every detail has been thought of and Claire has dreamt up a wonderful hideaway. We didn’t leave our villa from check in to check out. We took food to cook together for dinner and enjoyed the fabulous new kitchen. We will definitely return to such a high quality villa not far from the city.

Stayed May 2013


Bali Villa Lounge and Giant Timber Day Bed

We stayed at the Sticky Rice Villas in the Bali Villa so we could also enjoy our cooking class experience (without having to drive back to Adelaide) which is held on the same property. Both the villa and the cooking class were fantastic and definitely worth the 30 minute trip from Adelaide to Stirling.

The Bali Villa is very spacious, has a warm feeling due probably to the north westerly facing full length windows which draws the Bali garden and sun into all the rooms. The gardens are very private and secure and it has an outside Balinese lounge to relax in. The room has all the modern facilities that work with the theme of the villa.

Claire took time out to show us around the rest of the villas and any of these would definitely be worth the stay.

The cooking class was a great way to learn some new skills while enjoying a wine and meeting people with similar interests .Great weekend away.

Stayed April 2013


Bali Villa Bedroom

From culinary celebration to sumptuous surroundings, the sticky rice villas and cooking school soothes the soul and satisfying the appetite. Nestled amidst the sprawling Adelaide hills it is surrounded by wineries and endless adventures. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome by the owners infectious personality. We had booked in for two relaxing nights in the Bali villa in conjunction with an Asian cooking class.
On entering the villas courtyard we are transported 2335 miles to a stunning recreation of a Balinese paradise. The authentic thatched hut is but one of many traditional Balinese pieces making this villa a visual banquet.
The blend of the traditional and the modern works in perfect harmony catering for all. With an emphasis on privacy and luxury this villa rates amongst the finest.
The first of many visits no doubt
selamat tinggal

Stayed April 2013,


Yoko Villa Bath

We were the first visitors to stay in the Bali “hut”. It was architecturally designed and beautifully decorated. It felt like we were on holidays in Bali! It was warm, light, modern, very comfortable & luxurious. The space connects beautifully with the outside & the kitchen is definitely set up for foodies. We were so grateful for Claire’s hospitality & attention to detail. Would thoroughly recommend a cooking class while you are there.

Stayed March 2013

Zen Courtyard
Zen Villa Courtyard
Zen Rainshower
Relaxed outdoors in Bali Villa

Your Private Chef at Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice Cooking School Launches New Private Chef Experiences

For a long time now we have had many requests from couples or small groups of 4 or 6 people who want to have a private class rather than join one of our public classes.

Well now we have launched our new Private Chef Lunch and Dinners which allow between 2 and 6 people to enjoy a 4 course menu, matching wines and a top professional chef exclusively for themselves.

Sticky Rice Cooking School now offers people the chance to plan a private session during the week when our public classes are not running. You can either stay with us in the villas and we will come to you or for more participation in the cooking, you can book to come for lunch or dinner at the cooking school and get a bit more involved. You are in charge of the menu choices as you will be offered a choice of 4 tempting appetizers, entrees, mains and desserts.

Whether you’re a ‘sit back and watch’ type or a ‘get in there and have a go’ type the 4 courses of restaurant quality fare matched with great wines will have the same effect on everyone- A very satisfied smile, a radiant glow and a full belly!

The cost of the Private Chef experience is $500 for 2 people minimum, $900 for 4 people and $1200 for 6 people. Discounts apply if you are staying in the villas and you have more than 2 people. Allow 2-2.5 hours duration.

Take a look at our Lunch and Dinner menu for this experience.

Appetiser Choice

Natural oyster with citrus soy and chilli radish

Thai Pork and Prawn dumpling with peanut lime soy dipping sauce- can be without prawns

Seared scallops with wasabi vinaigrette

Smoked salmon and daikon salad on a homemade black sesame rice cracker

Confit duck and sticky coconut sauce on betel leaves

Sweet caramelised pepper and coriander ground pork served on top of slice of pineapple

Entrée choice

Crispy salmon with paw paw and peanut salad with hot and sour lime dressing

Sautéed king prawns with zucchini flower salad with hot and sour dressing and garlic chips

Lemongrass Beef satay with Spicy peanut sauce

Seared duck breast and crispy apple salad with sweet citrus dressing

Vietnamese crispy pancakes with shrimps and pork or chicken served with rice paper sheet with fresh herbs

Pork belly and rice noodles with Vietnamese herbs in lettuce cups

Main choice of

Crispy barramundi with green paw paw salad and salted lotus chips

Thai green curry of chicken or prawns with apple eggplant

Mussman curry of Wagyu Beef

Spiced herbed rack of lamb served on Yuzu mash with teriyaki jus and garden salad

Kari kari chicken (crispy pan fried chicken thigh fillet marinated in Japanese rice wine and Mirin) served with sesame spring onion dressing and edamame rice

Desserts choice of

Death by chocolate with Raspberry coulis and vanilla bean ice-cream

Coconut custard cake served with mango coulis and vanilla bean ice-cream

Cherry soufflé cheese cake

Poached pears with candied ginger and turmeric syrup

Black Sticky rice with served with egg custard and sesame

5 Star accommodation reviews SA Weekender

We got a raving review in November with this article on our Luxury accommodation. Thanks SA Weekender.

10 Luxury Accomodation Escapes SA


10 South Australia luxury escapes and boutique experiences

  1. Kingsford Homestead, Gawler

    A remarkable Georgian-style manor built in 1856 by one of South Australia’s early settlers.
    It was built in stone thought to have travelled with the pioneer from Edinburgh and is today one of South Australia’s most remarkable stays.
    Full of original features, such as the Gothic-style cedar staircase and with a history linked to some of South Australia’s most prominent families, for seven years the Gawler beauty on the edge of the Barossa was exclusively used as Drover’s Run, the central location for the hugely successful TV series, McLeod’s Daughters.
    In 2009, it was purchased by the Ahrens family, who carefully restored it to a multi-award-winning five star retreat, now renowned for sumptuous dinners created from the best local produce by The Kingsford Kitchen, vivid sunsets accompanied by drinks and canapés, and elegant country hospitality.
    Hosting no more than 14 guests across seven tastefully decorated and unique suites, it’s a sublime spot from which to explore the glorious Barossa wine country.


    Kingsford Homestead

  2. The Louise, Barossa

    It’s no mean feat to be a destination unto yourself when situated in the stunning Barossa. But that’s exactly what The Louise has achieved. Partnered with onsite restaurant, the acclaimed Appellation, The Louise is a stay of extraordinary luxury, culinary excellence and more.

    The experience starts on arrival with the first sight of the impressive architectural exterior and continues with the attentive, friendly welcome and calm interiors.

    Suites are generous, relaxed and luxurious, and the hotel affords private vineyard views.  And then there’s a host of activities for guests, including The Ultimate Legend of Seppeltsfield Tour which includes privileged access and tastings and Breakfast with the Kangaroos, a dawn picnic in a nearby conservation park. There are cooking classes, exclusive tastings and market tours.

    The Louise will also organise balloon flights, in-suite massages, romantic touches such as champagne and flowers, helicopter or limousine transfers and endless permutations of regional tours, tastings and opportunities to meet local winemakers.


    The Louise

  3. Ikara Safari Camp, Wilpena Pound

    The highest point in the ancient Flinders Ranges, and arguably its most spectacular, the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound is a majestic, evocative location that’s unique in the Australian outback. To stay a while is to appreciate its magnificent presence and Ikara Safari Camp is the box seat. While much of the region’s accommodation is on the rim of the national park, Ikara Safari Camp lies within it.

    This award-winning operation is glamping the way it should be: 15 high quality spacious and powered safari tents are fronted by their own private verandahs, an inviting spot to enjoy a South Australian wine while watching the afternoon light play on the surrounding bush and rock formations.  Inside, the accommodation is plush, with king size beds, beautiful furnishings, ensuite bathrooms, luxury amenities, ceiling fans, mini-bar, and air-conditioning.

    There’s a communal tent where hot breakfast is served each morning and which contains a plush lounging area for socialising with other guests. And as part of the Wilpena Pound Resort, there’s access to a restaurant, café and swimming pool.


    Ikara Safari Camp

  4. Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas, Adelaide Hills

    Claire Fuller’s hugely successful cooking school at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills is testimony to how pursuing your passion can lead to something great.

    Fuller set out to create a school that was lively, inspiring, fun and fulfilling in an environment with soul.

    Her 1940s building full of antiques and personal touches sets the scene for learning to cook food that comes with stories.

    A roster of incredible chefs lead students through the history and significance of ingredients and the eating customs of the cuisines created, from countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Nepal.

    So when guests finally get to dine on their dishes, there’s real connection.

    That sense of connection and Fuller’s magic touch extends into the Sticky Rice Villas, which began garnering awards virtually as soon as they opened in 2013.

    The three luxurious B&B villas, inspired by exclusive holiday offerings in Bali, Japan and Thailand, have a sense of clean calm with elegant accents that, like the dishes created in the kitchen, conjure a sense of the exotic.


    Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas


  5. Snellings View, Kangaroo Island

    Floating above one of Kangaroo Island’s prettiest beaches, Snellings View is perfection in beach house chic, from the natural materials and tones used throughout, to the effortless functionality it affords via thoughtfully laid out and spacious rooms, luxury bedding and Miele appliances.

    The exemplary quality of the accommodation is the result of two friends who set out to create the very best holiday home for their own large families.

    To that end, there are two wings to the property that can either be used for one big group, or two separate bookings.

    High on their list of necessary functions were plenty of natural light, spots for individuals to get away from the group, and of course, roomy areas for congregating and socialising.

    The view, sea breezes, access to the beach and places to laze the day away were top of the inventory.

    The result is indeed, the perfect beach house (or two) in an unspoiled and spectacular location.


    Snellings View

  6. Anlaby Station, Hamilton

    The oldest merino stud in Australia with a history closely aligned with regional settlement and chronicled by famous author Geoffrey Dutton who grew up there, gracious Anlaby lay in decline for decades.

    Then two Sydneysiders fell in love with it and painstakingly restored the homestead and its gardens and outhouses, using old historic photos and other records to be as faithful as possible to its original magnificence.

    Close to both the Barossa and Clare Valley, Anlaby is a popular wedding venue, and visitors can stay in the manor house, once the manager and accounts office of the station, now converted into self contained bed and breakfast accommodation with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and downstairs sitting room.

    There are also regular tours through the historically listed gardens and home that include lunch or morning/afternoon tea and very occasionally, the Quadrangle Series – events that combine classical music, superb cuisine and a happy gathering in the gardens.


    Anlaby Station

  7. Robe Lifestyle

    It really is possible for a region to have something for everybody. The Limestone Coast proves it.

    Find extraordinary food and wine, jaw dropping coastal vistas and cerulean waters melding with creamy beaches, fun festivals, a massive array of activities and for the dinosaur nut in the family, amazing fossil sites, lava caves and even volcanic craters.

    Within all that is the picture-perfect coastal resort and fishing village of Robe, full of historic buildings, boutique and artisan shopping, gourmet eating and drinking  with seafood a highlight and a seascape backdrop that’s show stopping any time of the year.

    Robe Lifestyle Properties is a booking portal for a range of superior self-contained beachfront and hinterland accommodation in the area. Robe Lifestyle Properties works in a way that “matches people to properties”. So visitors provide Robe Lifestyle Properties with their holiday criteria and they find just the right place, whether the emphasis is on gourmet kitchen, bedroom with a view to wake up to, luxurious bathroom, romance, family holiday or budget.


    Robe Lifestyle

  8. Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island

    There are few properties in the Southern Hemisphere as legendary as Southern Ocean Lodge. The king of all luxury lodges in Australia, visitors travel from all around the world to ensconce in its very particular brand of luxury.

    Its award-winning design seems to hover on top of a private, dramatic cliff top, oriented to maximise views of the wild Southern Ocean and unique Kangaroo Island landscape.

    The dining experience rivals the views for wow factor, with the famously skilled kitchen producing gastronomic brilliance from the finest of Kangaroo Island’s remarkable bounty of artisan crops, dairy, meat, seafood, honey, eggs and home cooked ingredients.

    The daily changing menu is a love letter to Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s diversity of produce, accompanied by wonderful South Australian wines.

    The icing, and candles, and sparklers on this very beautiful cake are the world class spa, sublime lodgings and a dedicated staff ready with a suite of scintillating Kangaroo Island itineraries tailored to the interested of guests.


    Southern Ocean Lodge

  9. Arkaba Station, Wild Bush Luxury, Flinders Ranges

    Wild Bush Luxury is a collection of outstanding properties in unique places offering out-of-the-ordinary interactions with the natural environment, mindful of conservation principles coupled with gorgeous accommodation and gourmet dining.

    Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Station embraces the jagged magnificence of the Flinders Ranges, affording guests intimacy with the secret unspoiled corners and peerless vastness as well as a stunning oasis of comfort in which to rest and relax.

    Each of the five bedrooms in the historic homestead has its own ensuite bathroom and opens onto a verandah with views of the surrounding ranges. Unique decor with a decidedly Australian rustic twist surrounds the best quality mattresses, manchester and fittings.

    Wild Bush Luxury also offers the life-changing Arkaba Walk, a four-day expedition on foot across the property exploring the undulations and awe-inspiring dioramas of the Flinders Ranges, camping under the stars in permanent campsites with amenities.


    Arkaba Station

  10. Thorngrove Manor Hotel, Adelaide Hills

    It’s hard to believe Thorngrove Manor was built in the mid-1980s.

    Maybe that’s because many a detail of its flamboyant folly-style design is sourced from old European, English and South Australian properties, with a nod to its surroundings in the Adelaide Hills, where Europeans settled and created slices of life back home.

    Handpicked and fervently sought grand staircases, stained glass windows, hand quarried stone and Gothic furniture create an idiosyncratic haven of fantasy.

    Folly-like it may look, but every piece of award-winning Thorngrove Manor Hotel works, with modern amenities in abundance ensuring a supremely comfortable stay.

    Its arts and crafts meets Bavarian castle uniqueness makes Thorngrove Manor Hotel popular with bridal parties, but lovers of one-of-a-kind inns come to relish its magnificence. There are five guestrooms over four floors, plus a guests-only restaurant cooking with organic produce and herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the property’s gardens – all served on hallmarked antique silver with fine Irish linen.

    The property is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group.


    Thorngrove Manor Hotel