Once upon a time, in Tam­borine

Ro­man­tic fire­places and fairy­tale cot­tages, it’s Queens­land’s Nar­nia

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Sally Coates witch­es­fallscot­tages.com.au

SPI­RALLING up tree-lined streets to the top of Tam­borine Moun­tain, it’s easy to feel like you’re slowly en­ter­ing an al­ter­nate uni­verse.

This pas­sage­way to Queens­land’s own Nar­nia trans­ports you to the per­fect lit­tle town to recharge your bat­ter­ies and es­cape the real world.

Time on the moun­tain makes you feel like you could ad­just to a sim­pler, slower, more whole­some life.

Tam­borine is syn­ony­mous with romance, which is kind of strange con­sid­er­ing it looks like your grandma was in charge of dec­o­rat­ing ev­ery­thing.

There’s some­thing about the nostal­gic, old-timey build­ings and all-per­vad­ing cosi­ness that makes you want to cud­dle up with some­one. I think as Aussies liv­ing in year-round swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures we’re usu­ally too sweaty to cud­dle, so the crisp air and al­lure of a crack­ling fire­place casts a sweet spell over us.

Witches Falls Cot­tages has all the in­gre­di­ents for the ul­ti­mate lovers’ week­end away, which is why I took one of my best friends who has been with her boyfriend for seven years.

It may be a small town, but moun­taineers are still open- minded, with our live-in grounds man­ager Kelly not even bat­ting an eye when we turned up to­gether. It is 2018 af­ter all, and some­thing tells me Kelly and her hus­band Mark have seen sights far more scan­dalous than two girls room­ing to­gether.

I say that be­cause as Kelly leads us down the mys­ti­cal path to our cot­tage, she tells us most peo­ple don’t even no­tice her and Mark get­ting around, they’re too busy … you know. And de­spite be­ing on a strictly pla­tonic girls’ week­end, I can see why.

Our cot­tage looks like a fairy cabin in the woods, with a pointed roof and cov­er­ing of creep­ing vines.

In­side is more like a fairy palace. All in one warmly lit room is a raised four-poster cur­tained bed, a soft, comfy couch, small kitch­enette, two-seater ta­ble, out­side pa­tio and real fire­place. Mark had set it up so even a child could light it, but that didn’t stop us from feel­ing like Bear Grylls when we had it roar­ing later on.

The real jaw-drop­per here though is the bath­room. In a sep­a­rate room, it is one of the most In­sta­grammable bath­rooms I’ve ever seen, with an ex­tremely wel­com­ing spa bath (for two peo­ple, of course) and a green­ery wall.

The crisp white and vi­brant green cre­ates such a stun­ning ef­fect it re­ally is the type of bath­room you can just stand back and ad­mire. Which we did. I’m sure a reg­u­lar couple would al­ready be fill­ing the spa up and crack­ing the wine.

In­stead we tuck into the cheese bas­ket Kelly drops off, filled with lo­cal cheeses and ac­com­pa­nied by a bot­tle of wine of our choice. She warns us that Mark will be down to top up our wood bas­ket and in the morn­ing she will drop off our break­fast ham­per, so just in case things heat up, please close the cur­tains.

In the morn­ing, sure enough, a ham­per ar­rives with freshly baked bread, eggs, tomato, ba­con, Kran­sky sausages, mush­rooms and more for us to cook on the bar­be­cue out­side sur­rounded by more lush veg­e­ta­tion.

I’m not usu­ally a fan of do­ing things my­self, but it’s ac­tu­ally a re­ally nice touch, ex­tend­ing the un­in­ter­rupted alone time for cou­ples. For us it means we can drink cof­fee and scoff break­fast in our bathrobes.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

COSY RE­TREAT: Witches Falls Cot­tages at Tam­borine Moun­tain prom­ises a ro­man­tic stay­cay, even for friends.

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