DESPITE hopes a solution could be reached, Chardonnay Lodge has again ceased trading - this time for good.
The future of the embattled venue - billed as "The SE's premier accommodation, restaurant, wedding and conference venue" - has been up in the air for some months now, but this week its owners announced it was all too much.
CL at C Pty Ltd, which owned the business, issued a statement through chairman Noel Skinner advising of the closure on Monday.
"We would like to advise that as of today, Chardonnay Lodge has ceased trading," he said. "We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your business over the years."
This week's events wrap up a turbulent couple of months for the lodge.
On May 31 the Herald reported that "after 29 years as one of the region's leading accommodation destinations, the Coonawarra icon will close its doors tomorrow because of ongoing financial difficulties".
In the next week's paper (June 6) it was reported the lodge had a potential buyer who was in negotiations with its current owners.
Mr Skinner told the Herald at the time he believed good news was in sight.
"The situation is we're closed for the next two weeks," he said. "We're just doing a stock count now - the buyers are looking to take over in the next two weeks."
It was reported the potential buyers were a couple from Melbourne with experience in the hospitality trade.
Mr Skinner was very optimistic: "As far as suitability goes you couldn't hope for better."
But this week, due to "circumstances that are beyond our control" Mr Skinner was forced to close the lodge, with all forward bookings cancelled.