A PLACE TO STAY
Visit a Milawa Country House.
TAKING a stroll on the manicured lawns in the foreground of Lindenwarrah at Milawa, it’s easy to understand why a couple has chosen to be married on Saturday under the shade of a majestic elm.
It’s soft underfoot and a gentle breeze cools the space on a warm autumn afternoon where guests will gather by the young orange trees, which are already being harvested to produce marmalade for breakfast served in the boutique style country hotel’s restaurant, “Merlot”.
Later there may be dancing in the courtyard or champagne sipped by the rows of grapevines within just a few steps of the restaurant, where ripe merlot fruit hang ready to be picked, before guests retire to one of the 40 thoughtfully appointed rooms.
While the property will celebrate its 15th birthday this year, general manager, Bente Tullberg (pictured), said even regular guests and those who choose Lindenwarrah for an overnight stay when travelling between Sydney and Melbourne, can be overwhelmed by the quiet beauty and sense of serenity, which is framed through floor to ceiling windows in each room, as well as in guest lounges.
“They don’t expect it – and a lot of people simply enjoy it from the comfort of the beautiful armchairs, even in winter while sitting in front of the fire with a glass of wine,” she said.
“They relax because it feels more like a home than a hotel, surrounded by artwork which was individually selected and purchased for this property when it was first built, including the handmade tapestries and Moroccan doors. A lot of thought has gone into it.”
Ms Tullberg said locals as well as guests also appreciate that the quiet oasis has its own gourmet restaurant with a menu showcasing the finest, locally sourced ingredients, which may feature pepita crumbed Milawa quail or Milawa honey and cardamom glazed duck breast.
But she said perennially popular dishes such as the Black Angus scotch fillet may be there for some time to come.
“We can’t take our pork belly off the menu – people want it all year round,” she said.
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“They relax because it feels more like a home than a hotel, surrounded by artwork which was individually selected and purchased for this property when it was first built.”