Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Spring into Garden Time in the South-West
In today’s crazy world, when there’s so much to do and we’re always at the beck and call of our phones, tablets or computers, there’s a lot to be said for switching off and getting back to nature.
If you’re one of the thousands of Australians who live in an apartment, or a very small suburban block, and don’t have access to a beautiful garden, why not take a spring holiday in a garden to soothe your soul and revitalise your spirit?
Springtime is a beautiful time for gardens in the South-West and as we shake off the winter doldrums, it’s also a perfect time to book in for a garden retreat.
Imagine yourself playing croquet in the manicured gardens of this Yallingup abode.
Surrounded by natural bushland and spread out over seven acres, this secluded property comes complete with an olive and citrus grove, hedges, roses and lavender bushes.
It has a wisteria-covered pergola and fragrant blooms everywhere, and there’s a real sense of being away from it all.
Wildwood Grove is the perfect spot to recalibrate and work out your next move, as you enjoy a well-earnt drink in the garden with friends and family.
Eagle Bay in WA’s South-West has a certain sense of calm about it. You can feel it as soon as you get there.
Let that feeling keep washing over you as check in to Gooligumup, a property with a fantastic garden nestled by the sea.
You’re surrounded by nature here, nestled in a tree-filled valley, only a five minute stroll from the beach.
The gorgeous back yard features manicured lawns, local native shrubs, lots of greenery and trees everywhere.
Exhale and be at one with nature as you find sitting areas and wrought iron art throughout. Walk to the end of the garden and find a pathway leading straight to the beach.
Sometimes you need a bit of luxury with your garden — and Villa Francesca is it.
Nature lovers will enjoy this beautiful Margaret River property, with attention to detail in both the home and garden’s design.
The romance of Italy is highlighted here with fragrant bloom-covered pillars, elegant statues and outdoor dining areas sitting under pergolas just begging for a long Italian lunch.
You could lay a blanket down in the garden and wile the day away reading your favourite magazines or books.
And why wouldn’t you?
Hop into Kangaroo Lodge and let nature wrap its loving arms around you.
A stunning alfresco deck is one of the wonderful features of this house, surrounded by lush lawns and beautiful sprawling gardens.
Set in the Yallingup countryside, there are acres and acres of grounds to explore, perfect for switching off and getting back to what’s really important.
The property overlooks vineyards and is visited every morning and evening by a plethora of kangaroos.
You are truly surrounded by the beauty of nature here.
A sense of peace and space is part of the attraction here with the lush gardens, a stone’s throw from the beach and Meelup Ridge.
You’ll feel surrounded by green and ready to face the world again in no time.
Lunches and daytrips
If you love gardens, you can’t come “Down South” and not visit a couple of very special places.
The first is Caves House, a Yallingup institution that has acres of gardens and is a favourite spot for brides and garden lovers alike.
Enjoy a beer while you’re there as you explore the wonder that is ‘Caves’.
And if you fancy a decadent lunch, you can’t go past Aravina Estate.
Set on 180 acres, this beautifully presented winery is a down South fave for locals and visitors alike.
There are walls of pink and blue hydrangeas, manicured lawns, cascading waterfalls and a fern canopy to explore.
Then there’s the food…oh, and the wine.
To book your own springtime garden escape, contact Private Properties on (08) 9750 5444.
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