Where is it? Tucked away in the picturesque town of Stirling, in South Australia's Adelaide Hills, a 20-minute drive from Adelaide city centre. What's so special about it? Imagine a fairytale castle with baroque towers, majestic royal chambers, narrow corkscrew staircases and turrets. Each room emerged from the imagination of Adelaide architect and proprietor Ken Lehmann. Decorated with antiques, hand-painted friezes and works of art, the flamboyant interiors make for an ambience of fantasy and magic. Tell us more about the rooms. Live like a king or queen in the royal chambers; choose a room in the tower or in the dungeon. The Queen's Chambers (right) is an artistic one-bedroom suite with an adjoining lounge/dining room. The majestic four-poster bed is decorated with a magnificent set of carved heraldic lions and guests peer through rare stained-glass windows (circa 1880) onto a large open summer terrace. The King's Chambers is a roomy one-bedroom suite with a private hallway and a separate living/dining area overlooking picturesque English-style gardens. Furniture and fittings include a historic French canopy bed fit for a monarch, a grand ornamental fireplace, a restored antique German piano and floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows from Scotland. The Observatory Suite is compact but even more eccentric, with its sunken circular spa, leather Chesterfield armchairs, Georgian-oak dining table and ancient, whimsical spinning wheel. Hide at the top of a spiral staircase in the Tower Room, a creative setting with hill views and a life-sized Moreau bronze statue. Families will enjoy the medieval double-level Castle Chambers, with its flagstone spiral staircase, French tapestry, stone fireplace and dungeon dining room. What is there to do? When you're not pretending to be the king or queen of the castle you'll find the Adelaide Hills full of appealing towns filled with galleries, craft shops, restaurants and vineyards. A short scenic drive away are the German bakeries of Hahndorf, Australia's oldest German settlement. The region is also full of historic homes, picturesque cottages and farms. You could spend a few days wine-tasting in the Barossa or Clare valleys, South Australia's famous wine-producing areas. Adelaide's museums, galleries and theatres are also a short drive away. What's on the menu? Meals are prepared using premium South Australian seafood and fresh organic produce from nearby farms. The silver service, including butler, is impeccable and adds to the regal atmosphere. You can choose to dine in your suite or in the circular, candlelit dining room. There is also a wide choice of outstanding restaurants in the area, including the historic Bridgewater Mill and the award-laden Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant. What's the bottom line? Rooms start at A$645 (HK$3,750) a night. Thorngrove Manor Hotel, Stirling, Adelaide, South Australia; tel: 61 8 8339 6748. See the Small Luxury Hotels of the World website at www.slh.com .