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Published October 9th 2017
When life gets too much - just run away
Are you ready for a break from your normal routine, though commitments and budget constraints won't allow a week away travelling somewhere exotic? Personally, I love weekend escapes. There is no fuss involved with packing an overnight bag, nor are there hours of lost time sitting at the airport.
The Muppet and I recently enjoyed a weekend in the country which we found both relaxing and reinvigorating. More importantly, we both reloaded our Sleep Bank after two days of walks in fresh air along the undulating farmland of Crows Nest.
Crows Nest is a comfortable thirty minute drive along the New England Highway, north of Toowoomba, making it an easy drive from Brisbane. It used to be an old timber town and the regional centre for pig sales and much of the remaining township reflects this proud history.
The Studio B&B at Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove and Vineyard is well appointed and very comfortable. Despite the fact that we visited in Spring weather we lit a wood fire on both nights of our stay and relished the cosiness. A selection of fruit was awaiting us, the mandarins straight off the tree.
When I booked the accommodation online a few weeks beforehand there was an option to order a Platter for two on arrival. This additional cost was well worth the value as it allowed us to relax and enjoy our first night in. The bottle of Bunnyconnellen Chardonnay was an additional welcoming gift for booking via the website. See here.
We awoke early and enjoyed a brisk walk around the property admiring both the gardens and the wildlife - wallabies, echidnas and an abundance of birds that we are still Googling to identify. Our breakfast makings were hearty and I made a particular effort to thank the Bunnyconnellen chickens for their efforts.
On Saturdays and Sundays the Cellar Door is open for tastings, from 10 am till 3pm. There are several wines to sample as well as olives, which can be enjoyed on a verandah overlooking the valley. Bunnyconnellen Platters compliment the wine tasting and views, though you do need to book these in advance. My favourite? The Olive Tapenade is just delicious.
Another of the old farm buildings on the property has been converted into a gift shop and the proprietors have made a determined effort to stock mainly Australian products. Once again, the views from this site are wonderful, and you may well come away with unexpected purchases - as I did.
I must have been more world weary than I realised as I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through some of the books supplied in the cottage. Embarrassingly, I even copied a recipe from a book with the title Posh Eggs. Please don't tell my daughters as they will have me committed.