The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia - MICHELLE ROWE SU­SAN KUROSAWA

A WEEK­END at Bells at Kill­care on the NSWcen­tral coast is the per­fect an­ti­dote to stress­ful city life. En­sconced with a good novel on my su­per­plump bed and warmed by a wood fire, I won­der whether life can get much bet­ter than this. Hours later I find out. Din­ner at Man­fredi at Bells, just steps from my beach-chic villa, is pa­pardelle with wild hare ragu; roast suck­ling pig with brus­sels sprouts and lonza, mus­tard fruit and sage sauce, then warm lemon sponge with clot­ted cream and can­died lemon. Bells, I de­cide, is the height of good taste in ev­ery pos­si­ble re­spect. More: bell­satkill­ ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Down­ton Abbey: By now you will be ad­dicted to the best cos­tume drama to come out of Bri­tain for years, but it’s not too late to tune in and catch up with the up­stairs-down­stairs go­ing­son and Maggie Smith’s fab­u­lous sneers; if headed to Hamp­shire, pop into High­clere Cas­tle, where the se­ries was filmed. Sun­day, 8.30pm, Seven. Beeny’s Restora­tion Night­mare: It’s the last episode of this three-parter. Will prop­erty dy­namo Sarah Beeny ever fin­ish restor­ing her 32-bed­room Rise Hall in York­shire? No spoiler to say yes, as the stately pile is now an ex­clu­sive events cen­tre. Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style.

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