COUN­TRY ES­CAPES

Country Style - - WINTER WEEKENDS -

AMBERESQUE B&B, Ruther­glen, Vic­to­ria Lo­cated on the main street, this el­e­gantly re­stored bank build­ing com­bines charm and mod­ern con­ve­nience. (02) 6032 7000; amberesque.com.au

DUCKMALOI FARM, Oberon, NSW Ideally lo­cated be­tween Jenolan Caves and the NSW Blue Moun­tains, this bush prop­erty in­cludes self-con­tained cot­tages and a farm­house that can sleep up to 10 peo­ple. duck­maloi­farm.com.au

FRENCH­MAN’S RIVER, Cygnet, Tas­ma­nia Choose be­tween two self-cater­ing cot­tages on this ver­dant cat­tle farm. The Writer’s House (pic­tured be­low) is ideal for cou­ples, while the two-bedroom Helms­man’s House looks out over pad­docks to Cygnet Bay. 0466 790 142; french­man­sriver.com.au

GOLTON IN THE GAP, Grampians, Vic­to­ria This re­cently built three-bedroom prop­erty in Halls Gap sleeps up to eight peo­ple, with views of Mount Wil­liam and the Won­der­land Range. 0408 957 832; goltoninthe­gap.com.au

HILLVIEW COT­TAGES, Booie Range, Queens­land Choose be­tween a con­verted dairy, his­toric church or former work­ers cot­tage on this 23-hectare farm in the South Burnett re­gion. 0447 747 816; hillview­cot­tages.com.au

KAN­GA­ROOS IN THE TOP PAD­DOCK, Grampians, Vic­to­ria Bor­der­ing the Grampians Na­tional Park, this se­cluded self-con­tained cot­tage (fea­tur­ing rammed-earth walls) sleeps four. 0427 665 089; kan­ga­roosinthetop­pad­dock.com

OAK HILL, Wood­end, Vic­to­ria A per­fect base to ex­plore the Mace­don Ranges, this pretty B&B has lovely gar­dens and the choice of a king or queen room. 0418 173 023; oakhill­wood­end.com.au

RUS­TIC SPIRIT, Blue Moun­tains, NSW Once voted one of the NSW Blue Moun­tains’ most ro­man­tic get­aways, this wood­land prop­erty, lo­cated in Kur­ra­jong Heights, has a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions. (02) 4567 7170; rus­tic­spirit.com.au

The cosy Writer’s House — near Cygnet, Tas­ma­nia — is some­times dusted with snow in win­ter.

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