CONFERENCE | MEETING | FUNCTION | ACTIVITY | WELLNESS
Located in picturesque Piccadilly, Woodhouse specialises in creating memorable experiences of all kinds and the brand new architecturally designed ‘SEEONEE’ is certainly no exception. While only a short 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide CBD, you’ll feel a million miles from the city hustle.
Two separate spacious, light-filled rooms with communal kitchen and gathering area opening out onto 54 hectares of undulating, gumtree studded countryside, guaranteed to lift spirits, open minds and better prepare you and your guests for the day ahead.
Each room features:
The uniqueness of the property means we have more than just state-of-the art facilities available for hire for those thinking a little outside the box…
With so many awesome activities at your fingertips right here on site, you can easily add in your own "self-guided" adventures, but our wonderful Facilitators are also available to run outcome based team building activities or, by popular demand, a selection of programs that are run as part of our School Holidays UNPLUGGED - modified for adults!
It's not your average conference venue... but where's the fun in planning an average conference?
Over the past 5 years, Woodhouse has emerged as an iconic tourism attraction in the Adelaide Hills. With this explosion of visitor numbers and renewed interest in the site, catering for visitor needs and safety has been paramount.
Through consistent communication with the Adelaide Hills Council, a solution had to be realised in order for our guests to be safe and allow us to trade throughout our busiest period. 2020 became formative for the site, off the back of the worst fire season experienced in Australia’s history including the devastating fires that ravaged the hills.
Numerous feasibility studies were conducted which included a single purpose refuge (unable to function for any other purpose), many different construct models, and in lieu of building, transport evacuation on site at all times. None of these options ideal, nor did they fit with our low footprint sustainable ethos in design or practice.
The site required a multi-purpose building that would not only serve as a beacon of safety for bushfire attack, but also be able to be a multipurpose venue, serving our guests needs.
Woodhouse appointed MDLR, a South Australian company, deeply rooted in state based tourism products, building bespoke accommodation and conference facilities, in late 2019.
Function centres don’t come cheap, especially bushfire rated ones! Initial quoting for the build came in above budget, however all of our brief notes had been achieved. Bravely, we forged ahead with development approvals, regardless of budget with a view to apply for grant funding.
Through PIRSA’s Regional Growth Fund, Woodhouse applied for dollar for dollar matching. Our grant application focused on the strong argument of safety, backed up by our flourishing visitation numbers and standing within the region. Letters of support were garnered from federal and local MP’s, South Australian Tourism Commission, Regional Development Australia, Adelaide Hills Council and even our competitors in school camps gave their support and in mid-2020, our successful application meant that the shovel ready project could commence.
The build was true to our grant application in regard to the economic impact statement, utilising only South Australian companies throughout, providing around 40 FTE positions through the build process and generating in excess of $2M in economic activity. The final product accommodates over 200 people in a refuge sense and allows independent access to toilet and shower facilities, activating another viable camping area in an adjacent field.