Weekend Away

by Claire

Guy and I spent two nights away last weekend up near Mount Macedon. It was a fantastic break for both of us and I got to go see some GARDENS – my favourite things in the world.



We drove up on Thursday and spent some time in Woodend looking through the local antique stores and scouting potential dinner spots. I started the holiday with a croque monseiur because that’s what croque monseiurs are for – delicious holidays where enjoyment matters more than gut health.  We checked into Campaspe House at around 4.00 and were welcomed with champagne. The house and gardens are absolutely stunning although the rooms are in need of a revamp.
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After a rest we headed out for dinner at the Holgate Brewhouse where Guy won dinner with the venison, duck and bacon burger. To all my Melbourne friends, it is worth the two hour drive just to eat this.


We breakfasted early in Woodend and arrived just as they were opening the gates at Tieve Tara. This is such a beautiful garden with sweeping lawns, enormous trees, and a small lake. We wandered around for about an hour before having morning tea and heading back to the room for a rest.

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The Monet Bridge

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Later in the afternoon we drove to Blackwood to visit the Garden of St. Erth – I loved the permaculture veggie garden and the espaliered orchard. It was such a lovely afternoon that we had a little nap under one of the fig trees! 20141121_152438 20141121_153333 20141121_154845 20141121_155013 20141121_155142                                   20141121_161307


We went back up Mount Macedon for a stroll around Forest Glade Gardens before going home. This is an ENORMOUS garden with heaps of winding pathways. They have a beautiful open park area and a lovely Chinese garden. And so many statues. So. many. statues.

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