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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

WITH its in­cred­i­ble vis­tas across Cas­cade Bay to­wards Bird and Ele­phant Rocks and a com­bi­na­tion of thought­ful ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity, it’s hard to de­cide what’s the best fea­ture of For­rester Court’s Clifftop Cottage on the north­east coast of Nor­folk Is­land. Is it the per­sonal chef who drops in to pre­pare an ex­trav­a­gant three­course din­ner, then cleans up the kitchen and van­ishes into the night? Or per­haps the in-house mas­sage ar­ranged for guests by the five-star prop­erty’s owner, Ari­ane For­rester, af­ter a long day spent ex­plor­ing this glo­ri­ous sub­trop­i­cal is­land, just a twohour flight from Sydney? Lis­ten to waves crash­ing against the shore while sip­ping a glass of du­rif from nearby Two Chim­neys Wines (the is­land’s only vine­yard) on the ex­pan­sive ve­randa or, on wilder days, watch the chang­ing weather pat­terns through floor-to-ceil­ing glass doors fram­ing the open-plan kitchen and din­ing room. The cottage fea­tures two dou­ble en­suite gue­strooms and the use of a hire car and mo­bile phone is in­cluded in the tar­iff. From $650 a night for two; $750 a night for four. Quote Oz-Week­ender when book­ing for a 10 per cent dis­count. More: +6723 22838; for­rester­court.com.

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