The greenery is enchanting. There is no other word for it. I was half expecting to see a nymph or an elf jump out into the dappled light cast from the sun setting behind the trees that framed the winding drive.
Welcome to Summerlees. Just 1.5 hours from Sydney it is the perfect location for a girls weekend, romantic getaway or a quick runaway to drink wine, read trashy magazines, take long walks, sit in front of the fire, do your nails, cook bacon and eggs or in my case, stay as a guest for a very special wedding (as seen in Hello May magazine http://hellomay.com.au/article/emma-stephen-summerlees-estate-cool-cake-topper-wedding-venue/).
As we continued down the drive, the captivating manor house peeked through to the right. Our weekend stay is in the cottage but it’s hard to look away from the two-storey homestead that Jane Austin herself may have been comfortable in.
A short distance from the manor house is the cottage. With a history extending back to 1822, the cottage has been lovingly restored beyond its former glory by Patty Mohtouris and her husband Roger Keyes.
If you are anything like me, and perhaps you are to be on this blog, you will fall in love with this cottage. It boasts three queen bedrooms (one with ensuite), a spacious main bathroom, kitchen facilities (with supplies) a comfortable lounge room and a working fireplace – essential for any weekend away.
There’s a croquet lawn and quoits, chickens providing eggs for their guests, calves and, not to be outdone, a peacock aptly named after the Australian Liberal politician of the 1980’s, Andrew.
So here’s what you need to know if you wish to stay here yourself. If you stay at Summerlees, you do so on an exclusive basis. The cottage holds 2-6 people and children are welcome.
Midweek (Monday – Thursday) stays are from $240 per night
Weekend (Friday- Sunday) stays are $950
Long Weekend: $1350
These prices are inclusive of GST, breakfast provisions, linens for the bathrooms and wood for the fireplace.
For bookings and enquiries head to http://www.summerlees.com.au/or telephone (+612) 4869 2550
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