I live in Queensland, do a lot of travelling with my husband and family and enjoy writing in my spare time. Jac.
Published May 13th 2013
A scenic drive to the township of Warwick and a short walk from the centre of town is the beautiful old country manor, Abbey of the Roses, heritage bed and breakfast and wedding reception venue. This beautiful heritage building was once the convent for the Sisters of Mercy and has all the atmosphere and grandeur of an old English castle. The foundation stone was laid in 1891 and completed in 1893 from Freestone.
Our Sunday outing was to include a delicious morning tea, with hot scones, jam and cream, including hot tea or coffee, at a lovely table setting in one of the beautiful old dining rooms. Following this, we were taken on a tour of the downstairs floor of the abbey, with a living space of 1486 square metres including Library, the Chapel with beautiful stained glass, ornate reception rooms amongst which are a myriad of antiques, all this and more with a very informative and entertaining talk by the owner, on the history and restoration of the abbey. Even a ghost story thrown in!
After the conclusion of the tour, we were encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the grounds, here you'll come across more of the historic sites of the abbey, the statues and of course, the Abbeys' namesake, the lovely rose gardens. Rain or shine, it's certainly a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. The Abbey also has, as well as its bed and breakfast, a "Murder Mystery Masquerade Evening" and "Christmas in July" of which I am yet to experience. Hopefully, one day. Once your tour of the Abbey concludes, why head home, because there are plenty of other historical sites to see around Warwick and district.