Friday, March 13, 2015

The Winery Barn, Berry NSW - Accommodation

 We're in luck. The Seven Mile Vineyard's Winery Barn is unoccupied this weekend so we make a hasty booking so I can do a weekend review while we're exploring the South Coast of New South Wales. It's just a few kilometres from Berry on Coolangatta Rd.
The old vineyard's working winery barn has been cleverly converted into a two-level holiday home with three bedrooms and all the comforts needed for a short or long stay.
 Rather than hide its previous life as the winery - The Barn showcases it in its design and architecture.
 Inside it's a stunning high-roof open space.
 ...with some original wine barrels creating a divide between the entrance and living spaces.
The floors are polished concrete with warming rugs.
 The lounge, and its wood-burning fire just ooze relaxation.
 Look at that view from the windows onto the duck pond!
 And a few vines have been left to ramble.
There is a lovely cottage garden surrounding the veranda providing much needed shade from the blistering heat during our stay.
An old horse trough has been converted into a goldfish habitat. A container of fish flakes are left out so guests can feed them.
The full size kitchen is filled with light. There's a great oven and stove and stainless steel modern appliances.
 plenty of kitchen utensils...
... and crockery.
There's even a dining table for six.
There are three large comfortable bedrooms - each with an en suite. One upstairs... 
and two downstairs..
We had very comfortable sleeps. And that country quiet certainly helps.
And if you feel like a luxurious bath there's a lovely deep soaking tub in the main bathroom.

Two geese waddle around the duck pond scratching for bugs and insects. To ensure they aren't tempted into the barn and disturb the guests....

 .... the owners have positioned plastic snakes near the two entrances. They look a little too life-like for me!

There's a terrific outdoor entertaining space with a BBQ and table - to enjoy your market produce and some herbs from the veggie garden.
 The Winery Barn is a south coast getaway must-try. Blissful.
A weekend won't be long enough.
Saucy Onion stayed as a guest of The Winery Barn


Friday, March 6, 2015

Greenacre Farm Cottage - Blue Mountains


80's Rock God Johnny Diesel is playing at the revamped Hydro Majestic in Medlow Baths so we're staying the weekend at the Blue Mountains' hottest new accommodation The Cottage at Greenacre Farm.

The cottage is a lovely jewel box of seclusion and relaxation - a perfect weekend getaway for a couple.

It has rustic rural charm with pops of colourful urban chic.

This wall installation was created by the owners from salvaged metal wine barrel hoops found on the property.

The gourmand kitchen has a bar fridge, stove, oven, coffee maker and - sharp knives!

Cottage garden flowers decorate the rooms.

The lounge has a wood-burning fireplace for those cold mountain nights and a sofa that converts to a double bed.

The bathroom retains original brick wall features with a glamorous tiled bath and shower.

Bathroom serenity.

The bedroom is a perfect escape - comfortable mattress, beautiful linens and soft lighting.

The Cottage at Greenacre Farm is that rare find - a cosy, country retreat without sacrificing any of the modern comforts of city life.

The gardens the cottage looks out onto are worth a visit on their own. And maybe a push on the swing?

 It was just for a short overnight stay but we felt we'd been away for a week. Greenacre is - as Zsa-Zsa Gabor would say ' the place to be'.  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Daylesford, Victoria - The White House

As soon as I saw this image for the White House in Daylesford I hastily made plans to incorporate a short diversion to Daylesford - just an hour and a half's drive north-west of Melbourne - into our trip. This is the Garden Room located in the garden of the main cottage. Completely self-contained with it's own bathroom and claw-foot bath/shower.

Beautiful hand-made linens compliment the oh-so comfortable bed.
Botanical field notes from a vintage textbook decorate the wall.
A floor fan and metal side table continue owner/designer Lynda Gardener's penchant for industrial and laboratory pieces.
Lynda has the meticulous eye of an experienced collector and vintage market regular.
Every corner is a visual feast, perfectly curated ...
....and calming.
I can honestly say I've never slept in a more relaxing room.
The back of the main cottage opens out onto a lovely weathered deck with table and deck chairs and a crusty, well-seasoned BBQ that has seen many family meals.
The lounge is a perfect space for gathering a family or group of friends for a Big Chill weekend.
Even though it's late December Daylesford can experience some cold snaps and the temperature drops to Zero during our stay. Perfect for building a fire while we watch the Test Cricket and graze on wood-smoked pizza from nearby Café Koukla
A quick run to the local service station to stock up on more firewood..
The lounge room is packed with so many interesting finds it is easy for the eye to wonder to past lives, past times.
A collection of old prints above the bureau.
I started my journalism career on a typewriter like this one. Now its a relic from the past that fits perfectly into another of Lynda's vignettes.
The kitchen and dining-room with seating for ten is designed for gourmands and weekend cooks alike. Great array of sharp knives, platters and crockery with a stove/oven, large fridge and a striking blackboard splash wall.
Further along the corridor is one of the White House's great rooms - the library- decorated with a wall of real books and a wall of bookcase wallpaper. Beaten old leather armchairs beckon you to come in and immerse yourself in another world.
But eventually you will have to tear yourself away so you can slip into a deep relaxing bath in the main bathroom.
The two large double bedrooms are located at the front of the house.
They are also incredibly dreamy spaces with French linens, voluptuous pillows...
You should just come to The White House to catch up on your sleep. That's what we did. Long deep sleeps that are hard to come by when you live in noisy inner city Sydney.
No garbage trucks. No jack-hammers. Sleep heaven.
With the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa nearby and 3 of regional Victoria's best restaurants  - including The Lake House located a short drive away, a stay in Daylesford and The White House (click here for prices)  is simply a must.