By Freya Ensbey.
Most of us can picture the leading lady in our lives when the annual celebration of Mother’s Day rolls around. She may be our Mother, a Grandmother, an Aunty, the mother of your children or it may even be you reading this who is the matriarch of your family.
Why not take time this year to truly spoil whoever this
person may be with a weekend away, no cleaning, no cooking, no having to run
errands, just simple relaxation and some quiet time to gather her thoughts and
recharge for the year ahead. We have chosen a handful of our country’s top Bed
and Breakfast spots to visit to give Mum the break she deserves.
For the nature lovers, Paperbark Bed & Breakfast located in Brisbane’s Chapel Hill, is the perfect escape from the daily grind of the city. Expect to find self-contained luxury rooms, which are all air conditioned and styled with modern furnishings, a kitchenette and en suite bathrooms. For those who choose, a continental or fully cooked breakfast is available to fuel you up for a day of activities. Paperbark is an easy 5 minutes’ walk from Mt Coot-tha forest which offers an extensive network of designated tracks and trails, ideal for packing a picnic or taking a bike ride through, while the animal lovers may opt to visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is just 7km away.
Perched above the breathtaking Mt Dandenong Ranges of the Yarra Valley is where you will find Observatory Cottages Mt Dandenong. Treat Mum and Dad to a romantic escape, with the choice of several cottage options all including a double in-room spa, queen size four poster bed and log fire, with two-night stay weekend accommodation options like the ‘Paradise Package’, which includes full breakfast provisions with sparkling wine and chocolates, a BBQ pack and an antipasto cheese platter. Arriving here feels as though you are further than 45 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, boasting stunning views of Port Phillip Bay, Mum will feel on top of the world here surrounded by greenery and twinkling evening stars.
Ruby’s Cottage | SA
For a cosy cottage with a truly homely feel, make a reservation at Ruby’s Cottage in Penola. Situated on the edge of the Coonawarra Wine Region, Ruby’s Cottage offers comfort with their newly refurbished fit out, yet has managed to keep their historic charm. Mum may plunge into the double spa, or kick her feet up on the couch and read a book as she relishes in the crackling of the electric wood fire. As the evening rolls around, she may choose to take to the pergola area and enjoy a glass of resident Coonawarra wine. Pets are even welcome upon application, so Mum can bring along her favourite furry friend to keep her company.
Arthur River Spa Cottage | TAS
Ok, so we understand that sometimes the whole family wants to join along for the ride and Mum is more than happy with that, on the condition that she will receive breakfast in bed come Sunday, May 13. So, for a great family getaway which offers plenty of space for everyone to enjoy, discover the Arthur River Spa Cottage in Tasmania’s North West, perched along Arthur River. This waterfront cottage sleeps up to 10 people in the three bedrooms, with the master suite (obviously reserved for Mum) boasting a two-person spa bath, king sized bed and en suite. The open plan kitchen, dining and lounge makes the most of the sprawling views beyond with large front windows, while the outdoor deck has been fitted with its own potbelly fireplace, sound system and BBQ.
Just metres from the Albany Highway and within walking distance to the centre of town is Kojonup Bed & Breakfast, residing along Newstead Road. The adventurous may opt to explore the area and follow the Historical Walk Trail, which takes visitors through the many significant places that make up Kojonup's intriguing history and heritage. The Military Barracks, heritage harness display, St Mary's Church, the Old School, the Railway Station and the Old Post Office are among the fifty-two sites mapped out on the walk. After a long day exploring the area, Mum can cosy up next to the wood fireplace in her cottage.If you have been left inspired to really embrace the celebration of Mother’s Day this year, why not also give Mum the gift that keeps on giving with Hayley McKee’s unique new cookbook hand selected for the home baker, Sticky Fingers, which will have her whipping up sweets left right and centre for the year to come.