Friday, May 29, 2009

Imagine...

coming through the gentle hills with snow capped mountains in the distance you stumble upon a crunchy gravel driveway.  You follow it past the box hedges and crab apple trees and arrive at this gorgeous  stone building which is set amongst 10 acres of manicured gardens. 

Originally a bakery which opened in 1875 the current owners have lovingly restored into the perfect rural retreat. 
As you enter the cottage you see the Belgium covered linen sofas and the warmth of the pot bellied stove welcomes you. Travertine cobblestones cover the floor leading into the kitchen. Upstairs the master suite provides the perfect sanctuary from which you hear the silence of the country side and enjoy far reaching views across the valley and vineyards to the mountain. 
Double french doors open from the kitchen onto the private courtyard where a wooden table provides the perfect spot to enjoy an alfresco lunch. Wandering around the enchanting French inspired gardens you feel relaxed and the constant motions of the outside world seem to disappear if only for a few days...magnifique! 


26 comments:

Jade Creative said...

Wow, this is what I call a place of pure luxury. An old stone house in the country with simply calm decor.
Have a great day!
Darlene

Emily said...

I love a house set in a beautiful landscape.

Boxwood Terrace said...

I thought for sure this was going to be a home in France! Such a charming, welcoming cottage. And thank you for the comment! Deborah

vicki archer said...

So lovely.....Happy weekend, xv.....

Heidi said...

It looks like a dream. Have a great weekend, Heidi

Blue Muse said...

That is my idea of heaven, right there! Gorgeous!
Happy weekend!
xo Isa

g. said...

So beautiful. Have a great weekend.

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Mimi said...

You've just described my dream home... Really. My dream home looks and sounds just like this, but in the the South of Italy. One day...Thanks for the incredible pics. Have a great weekend!

alice said...

So absolutely lovely!

viera said...

Piece of France here in Australia.Magical!
Have a great weekend , Amanda!
X
V

custardbydesign said...

www.wow.com

i just love it... wow wow wow

VictoriaArt said...

It is simply devine!
Enjoy your weekend!
Victoria

Bellamere Cottage said...

Isn't that beeee-u-ti-fullllllllll!

Blessings,
Spencer

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Millie said...

Oh Amanda, I'll never look at an old stone ruin in quite the same way again! MOTH will love this, as the Beechworth area is one of his faves. Very clever disguising the heating panel under that lovely old side table.
Millie ^_^

Gaia said...

Is it heaven?

Love blog! what a beautiful pics you' showed us!

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

I love that rustic garden and those hedges are amazing. I love places with charm like this!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Ahhhhhhh.............:D

annechovie said...

You just made me want to visit Australia even more, Amanda! Hope your week is a great one.
XX

Tricia Mitchell said...

This is a heavenly, heavenly place. At first I was excited because I thought it was a bed & breakfast but then upon closer examination I realized it is a private residence....so sad for me...not that I was planning a trip to Australia any time soon but a girl can dream.

Thanks so much for sharing this lovely place with us.

Tricia - Avolli

Renee Finberg said...

your'e not kidding !

what a special retreat.
x

kate said...

your photos posts are always so lovely, i am drawn right into them.
thanks for sharing
kate

Eileen said...

How absolutely lovely!

red ticking said...

love it. when can i move in?

mimi charmante said...

How incredibly gorgeous~ Thank you for sharing,
xo