In April, my boyfriend and I escaped the city for a quiet farm stay in Berrima, in the Southern Highlands. This quaint town is situated about 2 hours south from Sydney.
We spent the weekend eating well at cafes in bookstores and restaurants in converted cottages; exploring little boutiques and a historic mansion; and getting lost in a maze and admiring beautiful gardens. The town reminded me of Stars Hollows in Gilmore Girls. It was sleepy, quiet, peaceful and just beautiful in autumn with gold, red and amber trees.
Here is an itinerary of what we did:
Saturday morning – had a late breakfast, strolled around Berrima and explored the shops and historical buildings.
Saturday lunch – we drove to the Book Barn which has a restaurant amongst the books. But it was packed so we found a seat at the adjacent winery. We sat outside at first but when the rain started pelting down, were moved inside near a roaring fire. I managed to find a delicious Sri Lankan vegetable curry while my boyfriend enjoyed crab linguine.
Saturday evening – a very fancy and delicious treat of dinner at Eschallot. Great service, lovely little cottage with different rooms to dine in and delicious food.
Sunday morning – we stayed at a bed-and-breakfast called The Loch (which I will talk about in my next post) so we woke up a little late, enjoyed the cooked breakfast that the owner had whipped up and checked out a midday. We drove around one last time and picked up presents (like jams and sauces and pastas) for loved ones before heading through tree lined streets onto the highway back to Sydney.
Have you been to Berrima? What did you do?