Beechworth, December 2010 - the little lioness

Beechworth, December 2010

Our little getaway before Xmas, 3 days in the Beechworth area. Wine tasting, vanilla slices and enjoying the countryside was to be had :)

Beechworth Bakery
Vanilla Slice from the Beechworth Bakery

I’d bought Rish a gift voucher for two nights at Barnsley House in a package that included:

  • 2 night’s weekend accommodation (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun) in romantic Elizabeth Retreat, with King size spa, open fire, LCD TV
  • Bottle of local wine on arrival
  • Full breakfasts each morning
  • A two course dinner plus glass of wine each at Gigi’s restaurant one evening
  • Antipasto platter from Beechworth Pantry one evening to enjoy in the comfort of Barnsley House
  • 2 x 45 minute relaxation massages at nearby ‘Reflective Soles’


Some pictures of Barnsley House:
Barnsley house
Hallway

Barnsley house
Our very high bed :)

Barnsley house
Room detail

Barnsley house
Always gotta get a pic of the toiletries!

Barnsley house
Front garden

Barnsley house
In the sitting room

Barnsley house
Afternoon tea on arrival – home made carrot cake and fruit mince pies by Barry.

Barnsley house
House cat :)

Our first stop after afternoon tea was to Toni at Reflective Soles for a massage each :) Had some decent tension in my neck ;)

Beechworth Trip, 2010

Then back for dinner on our porch – an Antipasto Platter from Beechworth Pantry, a bottle of wine and then back in for a spa :)

Barnsley House
Antipasto

Barnsley House
Local Wine

And off for a good sleep!

Woke up the next day, and on the recommendation of another couple, decided to head up to Mount Beauty. Unfortunately the weather was against us (to the point of no visibility on the cliff face roads), so we hit the Milawa and Beechworth wineries instead.

First stop though – “lunch” in Myrtleford!

Myrtleford
Very very rich.

Myrtleford Vanilla Slice
Another vanilla slice for Rish.

Myrtleford
In honour of the Tobacco farmers. There used to be a giant stack painted to look like a cigarette, at least there was 6 years ago when I was in the area for a placement doing brain injury rehab. I wonder if it’s still about since the tobacco farms have shut down?

Rose Hill Wines
Rose Hill Estate Wines – came away with a bottle of Durif.

Milawa Cheeses
Tried a strong Blue Goat’s Cheese at the Milawa cheese factory. We were hoping we could try some of the breads, but unfortunately we couldn’t :(

Milawa Cheeses
Wood park wines – came away with a sparkling

Brown Brother's

Brown Brother's
Gorgeous roses at Brown Brother’s.

Next it was off the Brown Brothers, which we were a little skeptical of heading to a bigger winery, as maybe it would be less personal that the little ones, but we get a really chatting older man to walk us through our tastings, with stories to tell galore!

Brown Brother's

The Grand Tokay tickled our tastebuds, and being cellar-door only, we had to get a bottle ;)

Disappointingly, there was a breath testing cop just outside of Wangaratta, and they didn’t pull be over! :( I’d been so diligent in spitting in my designated driver role and all!

Designated Driver!

Stopped at a couple more places on the way home, and bought a fortified wine from Pennyweight wines. It awaits drinking ;)

Gigi's, Beechworth

Dinner that night was the included dinner at Gigi’s of Beechworth… we started with glass of the 2005 Pinot from the Indigo Vineyard, which we visited earlier that day.

I’d have to say that, overall, the meals appeared to be priced to be exclusive – ie they get people in as this is the only restaurant of that price range in Beechworth. Oh well. Another glass of wine helped me finish ;) They weren’t all bad, just overpriced and perhaps not as tasty as they looked.

Gigi's, Beechworth
The bread, however, was yum!

The waitress kept asking if we wanted our water glasses topped up. Honestly, it’s water, don’t interrupt our meal/conversation for a question that the response will be duh, of course. If we don’t want the water, we’ll not drink it. Silly.

Gigi's, Beechworth
Duck terrine

Gigi's, Beechworth

Gigi's, Beechworth

Gigi's, Beechworth

On the Sunday morning, we let Rish loose on the Beechworth Bakery once more, where he went another vanilla slice, and I had a rather awful soy latte. Yes, I used the feedback form. The Vanilla Slices got multiple smiley faces, and the coffee got a sad face complete with tear.

Beechworth Bakery

Then, to the Beechworth Courthouse, stood in the dock, in the cells, looked at the armour.

Beechworth Courthouse

Beechworth Courthouse

Time to start making our way home, via the Woolshed Falls:

Woolshed Falls

Woolshed Falls
meep don’t slip!

And a good feed in Chiltern (mum tells me we broke down in Chiltern when was little kid, stayed in the caravan park, ate at the pub, and caught the train back to Albury)

Lunch at the Chiltern Pub
The Ironbark Tavern

Lunch at the Chiltern Pub

Lunch at the Chiltern Pub
Fish and Chips $10

Lunch at the Chiltern Pub
Roast and Veg. $10

Soon enough it was back on the road to Canberra, listening to Australia losing some cricket. For something different!

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  1. January 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Oh my, best present ever! Massages and blue goat’s cheese and time alone for the two of you – heaven!

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