Jacaranda Trees line the streets of Grafton, NSW


Thursday, June 28, 2018

THE BEST BIRTHDAY WEEKEND EVER

Last weekend my daughter and SIL gave us a weekend away for my birthday. We flew to Sydney where they picked us up at the airport and drove us to Bowral in the Southern Highlands just south of Sydney. They had booked us into the Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa. It was a beautiful 'old world' hotel.
In 1910 the country house was part of a top cattle breeding stud owned by Anthony Horden. It changed hands a few times and was converted into a hotel in 1983. Now it is owned by the consortium,  Yufan Australia. The buildings and gardens have been renovated and it is now a 5 star hotel. The rooms, service and food were excellent.

The entrance to the hotel.

Part of the hotel from the gardens.

When we arrived it was off to the Spa for a massage. It was a special building in the grounds which had the spa, massage rooms and a huge gymnasium.

Walking back to the hotel in the evening was very pretty with many of the bare trees lit up. Then David drove us to a nice Italian Restaurant in town for dinner.

Back at the hotel we relaxed in one of the many lounges in front of the fire.

 The next morning we had breakfast here in the Orangerie Restaurant and then we went exploring the huge gardens.

First we had a peek into the French Pool House.

It was very warm inside but still not enough for me anyway I didn't take swimming costumes or togs as we say in Queensland.

 The gardens


 Carol reminded me that the gardens looked so much better in Spring rather than now in winter. The Wisteria was having a winter nap.

This lovely fountain, just outside our window, came from a park in Paris.

After the stroll through the gardens Carol and David took us for a drive around the district (next post).

24 comments:

  1. I can't think of a better birthday present. Sitting in front of a log fire in the winter surrounded by all that luxury sounds delicious.

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  2. Wowee, that all looks very luxurious. Glad you had such a good birthday.

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  3. What a wonderful gift and happy belated birthday to you! It's a beautiful hotel and grounds even in the winter. I can imagine how lovely it looks in spring and summer.

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  4. What a sweet surprise for your birthday!

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  5. What kind daughters you have. It is not something I would ever initiate for myself, but I think like you, I would love it if it was done for me. Actually, similar was done for my 40th with a nice stay in Daylesford, just not quite so luxurious.

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  6. Hello, Happy Birthday Diane! What a nice surprise and present. The hotel is beautiful. Pretty pool and gardens. I like the bird too. Wonderful photos. ENjoy your day!

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  7. I love the napping wisteria, and the trees are beautiful even bare... I rarely see bare trees and this is a treat, I love it with all the sunshine on it... as long as I have sunshine, I am happy. it is a beautiful place and a wonderful gift. happy belated birthday

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  8. What a nice gift for your birthday. Happy birthday!

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  9. Wow---that was an awesome birthday for you!!!!!! Your girls are SO good to you all.... That is so special... NOW that you've seen it, you need to plan a trip back in Spring....

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. The perfect birthday present and great photos for the memories. Hope all is well, t'other Diane

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  11. wow a great place you live in a beautiful country

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  12. So nice to have a treat weekend all planned for you - a really special time.

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  13. A lovely place for a retreat in a lovely area.

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  14. Diane, you have such a wonderful eye for photographs. That second one,looking up the hill, the light and all the lines of the the trees and shadow -- what a mood it portrays. Pretty nice birthday all around.

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  15. What a marvelous birthday present. You have a very special daughter and son-in-law to arrange this for you. Your photos are gorgeous.

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  16. What a fabulous birthday treat, looks like such a pretty spot! Oh la, all those gorgeous arched windows in the spa and pool are too wonderful. I can just imagine how many photos you took Diane ☺

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  17. Fantastic spot. Happy birthday Diane.

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  18. I would not be packing my togs for a trip to the southern highlands in winter either brrr it is a bit chilly at the moment. But winter has its own cosy delights especially in a nice place like that.

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  19. Belated very happy birthday, Diane, and what a wonderful surprise birthday treat from your family members. Thanks for sharing your celebration with us and I assume the Italian dinner was wonderful too!

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  20. What a nice BD Gift (and happy belated)..... that's a beautiful hotel and the spa really sounds good! Isn't it wonderful to enjoy traveling with your grownup kids! We had a great time with our youngests when they took us to a mountain lodge in Colorado.

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  21. A belated Happy Birthday Diane and a fantastic and thoughtful birthday gift from your family. The pool looks amazing and I enjoyed all your photos. Even with the garden taking its winter nap, it looks delightful. Thanks for the share and have a great weekend :)

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  22. Happy birthday - and aren't you lucky to get such a lovely treat.

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  23. What a wonderful treat for your birthday, Diane! The spa and hotel looked so sumptuous!

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