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

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12 comments:

  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
    Janine
    XXOO
    N.W. Coast Tasmania

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

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

    Katie

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

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

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

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  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

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  7. Looks so beautiful and peaceful. Very charming.

    xo

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  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.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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

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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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