Romantic Mini Break Anyone?
Romantic Mini Break Anyone?

Romantic Mini Break Anyone?

Romanitic B&B, Tamworth Accomodation

As the weather becomes cooler I long to be curled up in front of a fireplace with a blanket, a glass of red wine and a good book. Living in the coast is ideal in summer but to really embrace my ideal winter Gourmet Getaway I need to fully immerse myself in the season.

Romantic B & B, Tamworth Accomodation

Mr GG and I decided that a romantic road trip was in order.  We wanted somewhere with quaint little Bed & Breakfasts, Vineyards, Luscious food and a lovely historic character.

Historic Tamworth

We decided on Tamworth. We all know that Tamworth is the home of country music, but I have never been a fan, so in the past we have only ever driven through. After a little bit of research I have found that there is a lot more to this town than just the country music festival.

Tamworth is ideally located for a mini break as it is situated halfway between Brisbane and Sydney on the New England Highway. Flights from each of the cities take just one hour.

Historic Tamworth Buildings

The town was settled in 1850 so there are many historic buildings which have been lovingly restored. The main street is tree lined and the old light post gives a reminder that Tamworth is also known as the “first city of lights,” being the first Australian city to use electric street lighting.

Banalasta Plantation, Tamworth Visitors Centre

Our first stop on the way to Tamworth was the Banalasta Plantation.  Banalasta is located about 20minutes outside of Tamworth. The property has 1800 hectares of beautiful vineyards, lavender farms and Eucalyptus plantations.  The produce from the plantation is available in the visitors centre in the form of the award winning Blickling Estate Wines, and the Banalasta skincare products which utilise the antibacterial properties of the Eucalyptus and the therapeutic properties of the lavender.

Banalasta Body ButterBanalasta Lavender Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banalasta Chest Rub

Banalasta Eucalyptus Oil

 

 

 

 

 

Mr GG and sampled and tested the gorgeous aromatic creams and rubs but our real interest was in the wines, particularly the Pinot Noir.  After a recent trip to Tasmania I had become hooked on this variety and I was interested to see if this region was able to produce a wine of equal quality.

Blickling Estate Wines TamworthNaturally we commence the wine tasting with the whites. Mr GG likes a wooded white and he found the Blickling wooded very much to his liking. The Rose was my pick, it was light, crisp and fruity, I can’t go past a good rose, I find this style of wine is perfect for taking on a picnic, or sharing with friends. Most people enjoy the lightness of a rose, even if they usually only drink white or red.Blickling Estate WinesWe continued through the reds and settled on a 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.  A full bodied, fruit driven wine that I felt would be perfect for the upcoming winter months, an ideal match to the comfort food that the season naturally brings.Blickling Estate Wines Tamworth-2Driving into Tamworth we are reminded that we are in the country. Rural produce store are many, the utes outnumber the cars and are shiny and new, the guys are trim and tanned, and the local uniform is boots, jeans and a button up RM Williams shirt.It is the change of scenery I was wanting.Mr GG and I take a walk down the main street of Tamworth and I fall in love with leafy tree lined street and cute period lamp posts.The Bell Tower, Tamworth St AndrewsWe stopped in at the Bell Tower. The building was formally St Andrews church but has been converted to a cafe gift shop. It is home to an eclectic range of gifts and quirky home furnishings.Tamworth Shopping, The Bell TowerThere are so many little rooms filled with everything from antique style small furnishings to cute cups and sauce.  The retro feel of the store is added to by a juke box which plays while customers dine.Tamworth Bell TowerI wandered into the bell tower and find a plaque which has the names of the men from Tamworth who were lost in the WWII. The Bell was a memorial to these men.St Andrews Church TamworthThere is still a rope leading to the bell itself, and the naughty girl in me desperately wanted to hear the bells chime. I was just considering finding a child I could encourage to pull the rope when Mr GG pointed out a sign saying “go one, pull the rope… you know you want to” That was all the encouragement I needed. The St Andrews Bells chimed once again.The Bell Tower TamworthEverything was so beautiful that I spent way too much time planning purchases and didn’t consider the time. By the time I wandered over to a table it was apparent we were too late for afternoon tea.T2, The Bell Tower TamworthI was relieved to discover that the Bell Tower is opened seven days and I would be able return to make a few more purchases and perhaps have a spot of morning tea.Lavanda Cottage B&B TamworthNext stop was Lavanda Cottages, (Review to Follow) our home for the night. As we entered the property I instantly relaxed, it was even more beautiful than the pictures I had seen.Lavanda Cottage B&B Tamworth-2Various species of lavender lined the drive way of the cutest restored cottage I have ever seen. Mr GG checked us in while I wandered around the grounds.The cottages are located on a one hectare property in Calga, five minutes drive from Tamworth town centre.Afternoon Tea at Lavanda Cottage B & B tamworthI needn’t have worried about going hungry; Karen from Lavenda B & B had prepared a plate of delicious homemade treats ready for our arrival. Mr GG made us both a cup of tea and we enjoyed our afternoon tea in the communal lounge.  Our neighbours were making use of the garden, and sharing a bottle of wine, so Mr GG and I took up a position on the lounge. We enjoyed our afternoon relaxing and reading as I had hoped we would. It was lovely to take advantage of the quiet tranquility.Lavanda Cottages B & B TamworthWith the darkness of the evening came the grumbling of my belly yet again. It was time to prepare for dinner.  Mr GG and I had our own private bathroom which had lovely finishing touches such as lavender soaps and hand cream from Banalasta.Lavanda B & B Tamworth-16I had made a booking at Monty’s Restaurant located on the site of the old Powerhouse. The restaurant is home to a three times Michelin Star chef who fell in love with a girl from Tamworth and moved from Europe to marry his love.I feel we may be in for a treat tonight… (review to follow).Montys Restaurant Tamworth, Powerhouse

So far Tamworth has been full of wonderful surprises.

Contacts for this story;

Lavanda Bed & Breakfast

104 Calala Lane Tamworth NSW 2340 

Ph: 02 6762 6026 Mobile: 04 8803 6561

www.lavanda.net.au

Banalasta Visitor’s Centre

Green Valley Road, Bendemeer, NSW 2355

Ph: 02 6762 6026 Mobile: 04 8803 6561

www.banalasta.com.au

The Old Bell Tower

152 Marius St

Tamworth NSW

Ph:. 02 6761 2785

www.theoldbelltower.net.au

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Comments

  1. wow that does look like a lovely getaway! ooh I have a soft spot for lavender scented things 🙂

  2. Ahh what a lovely and well deserved romantic getaway! 😀

  3. What a wonderful mini-break. And you got to ring the bells as well! I love getting away to the country towns of NSW. It’s always so interesting and relaxing and full of good produce including wine! xx

  4. Ohh what a lovely break away with Mr GG 🙂 I love going on weekend getaways with Mr Bao too ~ I’m planning on another soon because I just started work and yet I already want a break hehe

    Sorry for being a bit slow at reading your blog lately, work and settling into everything has just made things a little harder 😉

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