Our story

Alice & Andrew

Hughes Park is a large historic property and homestead which was built by Sir Walter Watson Hughes back in 1845, who was the co-founder of Adelaide University, and discovered/owned the Wallaroo/Moonta Mines. Since then Hughes Park has been a sheep farming property which is now in its sixth generation with Andrew Duncan running the farm with his wife Alice and 4 children Daisy, Millie, Sophia and Tom. Hughes Park was once the home of the Old Rose Gardens/Business run by Andrew’s Uncle, Walter Duncan (5thGeneration) which has now moved down the road to Sevenhill.

Hughes Park & Sir Walter’s Cottages

The property comprises two private self-contained Bed & Breakfasts – Hughes Park Cottage which opened in 2009 and Sir Walter’s cottage which opened in 2020. Both set amongst vineyards and majestic gums on a historic Clare Valley Estate.

The minute guests arrive they feel they have discovered their own secluded piece of Clare Valley countryside. Quiet and relaxing with wildlife at their door, however in a matter of minutes guests can be savouring the region’s wines in one of the Valley’s historic Cellar Doors or taking a relaxing ride along the well known Riesling Trail.  Click here for more information.

Events & Functions

The picturesque grounds of Hughes Park set in the Skilly Hills are now open to guests who desire a fairy-tale wedding or a unique event set against a peaceful, rural backdrop.  For more information click here.


Whether it be a family portrait session or your wedding day we have so many beautiful spots for you to choose from such as amongst the ancient gum trees, in the lush vineyards, perhaps in our garden or with the historic homestead as your backdrop, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination. Click here for more information.