Monday, August 30, 2010

The Guest Wing

Doing some research for self-contained accommodation near Ballarat in regional Victoria for a weekend in December, I stumbled across the delightful Camellia Cottage. Located a few minutes from the city in the little town of Buninyong, the cottage is c.1862 & is believed to have been built for Dr Casey, the grandfather of Lord Casey a former Governor General of Australia. Rosemary & Gavin Pike always wanted to run a B&B in their retirement, so designed & built a guest wing attached to their beautiful home. It offers boutique-style accommodation in comfortable & elegant surroundings.

View of the guest wing from the shady foxglove-lined verandah

Camellia Cottage gardens in the morning sun

The guest wing patio

Rose-covered bay window

The guest wing has a private entrance with off street parking

The breakfast table

A comfortable sitting room

The fully appointed kitchen

Liliums from Rosemary's beautiful garden

The cosy main bedroom

And stylish second bedroom

And roses from the garden

Fifi the resident much-loved Birman

Some of the gorgeous camellia's, which are at their best right now

I had the opportunity to speak with Rosemary yesterday & she was just a delight, so warm & welcoming. She & Gavin have created a stunning little retreat in a glorious region of Victoria - no chintz & dusty dried-flowers here thank goodness!!
All images: Camellia Cottage



  1. Oh my gosh Millie,

    I'm so excited right now I have a job to type properly! I know of this B&B...there was a feature of it in Country Style magazine January/February 2007. I have just spent 15 minutes hunting through all my magazines. It is simply devine. I drooled over the pictures for weeks. I know you will love it there Millie, if the pictures are anything to go by....and it was nice to see some different pictures of Camellia Cottage. Thanks for sharing. Have a great start to the week.
    Take care
    N.W. Coast Tasmania

    p.s. The photo's show Rosemary having exquisite taste, do you think????!!?

  2. now that is just my kind of house - have a fabulous stay.


  3. This looks like a very relaxing place to stay...would be perfect right now! Tracey xx

  4. Just a perfect place to stay. I love the garden - so pretty. ;-)

  5. Now that's lovely - pretty elegance without being busy, and so relaxing and sunny.

  6. that would be one of life's greatest indulgences is to have an attached guest cottage. I would love to do just what the Pikes have done but in Scotland. The operative word is 'love', not 'can'. Truly a gorgeous place down to the roses & fox glove; but you had me at the word, 'Buninyong'!! I hope MOTH is packing his bags for Paris?

    Big hug to you Millie xo

  7. Looks so beautiful and peaceful. Very charming.


  8. Oh Millie, Camellia Cottage looks so beautiful and you would not want to go home, after staying in the guest house. Love the sweet cat too.


  9. what a gorgeous place to stay, I think I would be VERY happy here!


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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