The moment I laid eyes on this quaint property I knew I had found my tranquil country retreat. Lavanda is a historic Victorian homestead set in the New England Region of NSW.
It is situated on a one hectare property in Tamworth, just five minutes drive from the town centre.
The name Lavanda comes from the Italian spelling of Lavender. The owner Karen wanted to create a relaxing tranquil retreat for guest, and given these are the therapeutic qualities of Lavender it seemed natural that this would be the name of their B & B.
Walking about the gardens I found the grounds to be even more picturesque than I had imagined from their brochures. Various species of lavender lined the drive way of the restored 1890’s cottage. Such a historic gem when you consider that Tamworth was first gazetted only 40 years prior to the cottage being erected. It is therefore one of Tamworth’s more original dwellings
The grounds are beautifully manicured in a charming formal meets cottage garden style. The formality and structure comes from the clipped box hedges, pots of cylindrically pruned plants, urns, statues and well designed “garden rooms.” In contrast the lavender, daisies gardenias, and roses all lend a lazy cottage garden feel.
The planting has been thoughtful and the flowers chosen are all either white or lavender. I am not one to use colour in abandon in my garden, so I have to admit the style and elegance of the grounds makes me feel instantly at home.
Inside the decor is French country style, very elegant and welcoming.
Lavenda Cottage can accommodate eight couples. Guests have a choice of either rooms in the main building, or a self contained cottage.
Our room had a lovely airy feel, and modern elegant décor. Each room has a set of French doors which led onto a deck with seating. There is a private courtyard area, and a picture perfect view of the gardens.
We had the middle room in the guest house and whilst all the rooms were occupied, we still found that the property was very private.
Each of the rooms had their own bathroom, and the lavender beauty products supplied were another example of the attention to detail we enjoyed during our stay.
Also included in the tariff is a delicious continental breakfast. During our visit we enjoyed homemade breads, jam and condiments and two varieties of homemade muesli.
Each person can help themselves to tea and coffee, orange juice and milk.
I chose a nice big bowl of organic local fruit salad, but decided to forgo the yoghurt on offer, and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea.
Mr GG is a toast and vegemite boy and tried the Spelt Bread with lashings of butter and vegemite… oh to have the metabolism of a boy 🙁
Breakfast is served in the communal dining room but guest are also welcome to adjourn to one of the leafy courtyard for a private breakfast if they so desire.
Another lovely touch is the welcoming afternoon tea delicacies. Upon arrival Karen serves a small high tea of handmade treats. We enjoyed a delicious shortbread cream biscuit each and a dark chocolate truffle. The shortbread was my favourite! The biscuit was truly buttery and crisp and the icing which sandwiched the halves together was a perfect sweet match. I will be coming back for the recipe as I expect the cravings will be relentless.
Lavanda Bed & Breakfast
104 Calala Lane Tamworth NSW 2340
Phone: 02 6762 6026 Mobile: 04 8803 6561