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They say it's the little things that make the big difference in life and the owners of Melawondi Spring Retreat, Tanya and Tony, know this without a doubt. Their attention to detail caused me to stop in my tracks at their beautiful retreat and take note of just what was on offer here.
Melawondi Spring Retreat derived its name from an Aboriginal dialect which means "lonely place." There's also a spring-fed dam on the property, hence "Spring" was added to the name. Melawondi Spring Retreat is located about 15 minutes from the Bruce Hwy towards Imbil so watch for Melawondi Road on the right.
Driving up the windy, uneven driveway (don't bring your lowered sports car) the cool ambience and birdsong greet you, along with the dazzling twinkle of sunlight on the dam. Ahhh! Feel the serenity.
It's not everyday that you come and stay overnight in a luxurious first class cabin. As I walked inside I opened the fridge and was delighted to find a platter of fresh fruit, locally made cheese and crackers accompanied by a chilled bottle of bubbly. I have to say, I gobbled the little block of cheese in record time – it was that tasty - Kenilworth garlic peppercorn.Yum. Oh, I didn't mention the "welcome note" - what a lovely, thoughtful extra.
It's perfectly furnished with everything you need, dishwasher, coffee percolator and espresso, a choice of cereals tucked away in the cupboard, a spa to relax in, dressing gowns to wear, an ethanol fireplace for those chilly winter nights, a large comfy bed, a range of DVD's to watch. But again, it was the little things that stood out here, the home made touches that created such a lovely personal experience.
And that's what you walk away with - the memory of being thoughtfully cared and catered for.
Like the lovely day bed on the verandah that was wonderful to relax on in the late afternoon whilst catching the last of the sun's rays.
There's nothing quite like home-made, yummy food. The eggs were free range, the orange juice freshly squeezed, the yoghurt was made locally (Kenilworth), a little portion of home made feijoa jam by local Belli Park producers, Hinterland Feijoas. The bread was freshly baked and yet another platter of fruit appeared. It doesn't get any better than this.
Oh, but I didn't tell you about the banana bread. Neatly placed on the kitchen bench lay two slices of Tanya's home made banana bread, from a recipe she has obviously perfected. I could have eaten a whole loaf.
I recommend staying at least two nights at this elegant retreat as there are a few walking tracks around and you can explore the area further if you wish. But if you just want to lay around and take in the peaceful setting, that's great too.
Bring some food along to cook if you wish, or allow Tanya to cook dinner or supply you with a BBQ box as there's a BBQ on the deck too. Your choice! And it's great to have those choices when you go away like this - to a luxury home away from home.
That looks fantastic. Isn't it always the small things that make a place terrific? I love the details - the notes, the local-made nibblies, the spectacular natural views. So relaxing! You just need a maseusse and the package is definitely complete :)