Re­treat to the lake side at Wil­lowlake

North East Tourist News - - Mansfield & District - By RHYLL McCORMACK

LIKE an oa­sis ris­ing out of the desert, Wil­lowlake is an ac­com­mo­da­tion and func­tion cen­tre set among lush gar­dens at Macs Cove.

Pur­chased by Anne-Ma­ree Boltong and her fam­ily back in 2006, the gor­geous cot­tages and weath­er­board re­treat im­me­di­ately stole her heart.

“We were look­ing for some­thing to buy, a busi­ness, and I drove into the drive and said – I don’t care about any­thing else, I love it,” Mrs Bolton said.

Boast­ing a large restau­rant with seat­ing for up to 80, com­plete with cathe­dral ceil­ings, open fire­place and coun­try charm, Wil­lowlake also has a state of the art com­mer­cial kitchen and full bar fa­cil­i­ties, along with an in­ti­mate din­ing room for smaller guest num­bers.

Out­side, set among the beau­ti­ful gar­dens and creep­ing wis­te­ria vines, are four ro­man­tic cot­tages – each boast­ing a charm­ing wood fire, dou­ble spa bath, queen bed and fu­ton couch, along with bar­be­cue and ba­sic kitchen fa­cil­i­ties.

Each cottage has views that are unique, whether it be look­ing across the vast ex­panse of Lake Eil­don, into the nearby state for­est or peep­ing out of the win­dows to the lush gar­den.

“It’s a charm­ing place to come and just re­lax,” Anne-Ma­ree said. “The at­mos­phere here is unique.” Wil­lowlake is able to host wed­dings, birthdays, end of year func­tions and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

They are also open for ac­com­mo­da­tion each night of the week, and are a gen­uine 4-Star rated prop­erty.

For more in­for­ma­tion you can go to their web­site at www.wil­, or give Anne-Ma­ree a call on 57773814.

OA­SIS: Wil­lowlake of­fers the best in coun­try charm, with its soar­ing cathe­dral ceil­ings, lush gar­den set­ting and state-of-the-art re­cep­tion ar­eas. Pic­tured is Anne-Ma­ree Bolton.

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