I'm a hobby writer, photographer, lover of history, nature and more. Along the way when I come across a 'gem' worth sharing and promoting, I will post for all to share. I hope you enjoy my 'finds' as much as I myself have done.
Published October 1st 2016
New Norcia Hotel is perfect for lovers of history and nature or simply those who want to escape to the country and get away from it all. It's a grand old building that will transport you back in time and to a world long gone. The hotel is packed with character and charm, even, dare I say, an ever so slightly faded sense of grandeur.
Situated under 2 hours drive north east of Perth, you will travel through gently rolling hills and along scenic country roads. The drive itself is a joy. On our August trip, we passed fields filled with dazzlingly golden canola, breathtakingly beautiful.
Evidence of our early pioneers is scattered throughout the drive, now mostly crumbling ruins, but a testament to those who first settled the area. Keep your eyes open, there are several opportunities to stop, brilliant for photography or history buffs
Rooms are simple but clean and well laid out. Comfortable beds and good quality linen ensure a good night's sleep. Bathroom facilities are shared; separate bathrooms for men and women. They are clean and adequate, with plenty of hot water and the night we stayed, not busy at all. For a 'real' break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, there are no TV's in the rooms. Each of the bedrooms are on the second storey and each has a set of small French doors opening onto a deep and wide balcony, absolutely perfect for socialising groups of family or friends. And, even better still, the price is extremely reasonable, making for a very affordable weekend break.
Downstairs is a pub and restaurant, a wide shaded veranda and breakfast room. The pub is true 'Country Aussie Style', warm and welcoming, down to earth and plain good value. We ordered the barramundi, salad and chips. The serving was generous, the quality top notch and the price brilliant value. It was, without a doubt, one of the best meals we've eaten out in a long time.
And of course, while staying at the hotel, take the time to explore the wonderful historic old buildings and surrounds. Still an active Monastic Town, you can take an organised tour, enjoy some of the famous New Norcia bread, or as we did, simply enjoy a leisurely walk. Soak up the atmosphere, admire the beautiful buildings and simply relish the peace and quiet and breathe in the fresh country air.