Tucked away in the hinterland west of the Gold Coast and Brisbane is a quaint little village by the name of Rosewood. Although the village is full of yesteryear charm it was our stay at the nearby Gypsy Cottage that had me excited. I had seen the most gorgeous images of the cottage, and I knew we were in for a beautiful, romantic getaway.
I’m sure the moment we left the sealed road I breathed an audible, relaxed sigh. I was already in love with the cottage and its location. Sometimes you just need wide open spaces, rolling green hills and that “back to the country” feeling to truly relax and unwind fully.
As it turned out we were only on a dirt road for 200 metres before we reached the picture perfect cottage. The sight of the cottage was enough to signal the end of a hectic week for me, and a chance to slow down and smell the roses… Ah, yep… to literally stop and smell all the beautiful flowers in the garden.
Just stepping onto the front porch made us feel at home. It had been decorated to be immediately inviting. The white wood chairs held an array of cushions and warm floral blankets. The verandah would be the perfect position to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset later in the day. The attention to detail was amazing. Little pot plants and water tins decorated the space, and gave us a hint of what we could expect inside.
Taking a step inside the cottage I could have almost squealed! The Gypsy Cottage was absolutely adorable. Decorated in a style that would be best described as French shabby chic the entire cottage was beautiful. Every detail, in every corner had been considered and decorated with impeccable taste and love. Restored pieces of furniture had been matched with soft furnishing fabrics from Laura Ashley in a style that looked as though they came straight from Rachel Ashwell.
Although the Gypsy Cottage is less than a year old it has a presence and style of an old style country cottage. Details such as 20cm wide, ornate cornicing around the walls, floral plasterwork on the ceiling and a gorgeous chandelier in the centre of the living room gave the cottage immediate charm. The sofa was decorated with an array of pretty cushions, and the gorgeous white French fireplace stood invitingly nearby.
In the kitchen we found a fully stocked pantry, it included far more than simply incidentals. On the bench stood a Cappuccino machine, Vittoria coffee, and a gorgeous tea pot with a charming country style knitted tea cosy. The fridge held all the makings of a delicious farmhouse breakfast, lovely rashers of bacon, fresh eggs, sauces, butter and bread. Everything for our stay had been supplied in abundance.
On the farmhouse kitchen table was perhaps the best surprise of all. A delicious homemade Carrot and Ginger cake was sitting on a pretty glass platter and had been awaiting our arrival. Alongside the cake was a jug of salted caramel glaze and in the fridge we found freshly whipped cream. A lovely note from Nicole welcomed us to The Gypsy Cottage and invited us to enjoy our afternoon tea.
The cake was so delicious I had to ask Nicole Michelle Kanofski if she would share her recipe. By now I had opened some of the kitchen drawers and cupboards, everywhere I looked there were more beautiful items and little surprises.
Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than this floral lined cutlery drawer. I absolutely adored the Kate Spade cutlery and the beautiful knives from Laguiole! Now I need to find out where to buy them for my own kitchen! I don’t think I can live my life without these pretty little touches in my kitchen.
The pretty touches continued through the kitchen, even the canisters were tied with striped ribbons and had chic blackboard style labels. I had to take a picture of these beautiful tea towels because I couldn’t bring myself to use them! They were much too pretty to dry dishes.
I was admiring the kitchen when I noticed another welcoming sight! A bottle of red wine was crying out to me! Well almost… it had a tag saying “drink me!” How absolutely lovely… I don’t think I have ever felt so welcomed, cosy or “at home” in any accommodation.
I poured myself a glass of wine and wandered into the bedroom. A white lace canopy hung gracefully over the beautifully restore four poster bed. The linen was exquisite! I just melted into the sumptuous floral duvet and admired the gorgeous French linen. Intricate embroidery and cutwork sheets dressed this elegant bed. I counted 12 pillows all beautifully ruffled and lacy as I lay my head down. The room was luring me into a romantic bliss.
At the end of the bed I could see a dresser which had been adorned with freshly cut flowers from the garden. There was a chance I may never be able to bring myself to leave this cottage. Outside the pink pin stripe curtains I could hear the sound of the birds singing and nothing else. The heavy fabric curtains matched the whimsical floral prints duvet beautifully.
I loved the light lilac paneled walls, the whole room came together like a French country dream. The bedroom doors which were hung as double opening doors with open fretwork above that added to the romantic feel of the cottage. Another lovely decorating touch included a whimsical pair of crochet ladies gloves. It was all of these little details that painted the perfect picture.
Through another set of doors I found the ensuite which featured a freestanding, clawfoot bath. It was yet another touch of elegance. A deep luxurious bath is a must for any romantic getaway. Naturally I added some bubbles and lit the candle which had been placed over the bath in the most inviting manner.
I slid into the water with a glass of wine and simply soaked. Melting into the bubbles I closed my eyes and enjoyed the quiet. I had found my happy place. I felt so sublimely lazy, so totally cosy in the relaxed ambiance of the candles glow.
The tranquility and peacefulness of the location was perfect for a romantic getaway. There was nothing I needed to do, except watch the sunset over the hills. How lovely is life, when you can get away from the rush, concentrate on each other and enjoy some seclusion…
Gourmet Getaways would like to thank The Gypsy Cottage for the opportunity to experience the gorgeous property. The opinions contained in this review are written without bias and in accordance with Gourmet Getaways’ disclosure policy.
The Gypsy Cottage Bed & Breakfast
7 Greet Road, The Bluff,
Rosewood, Qld, 4340