We have a very fond family memory of sitting under the shade of fruiting apple trees to eat a gourmet country breakfast, prepared by Poppy herself. Actually, my children helped gather the eggs for our breakfast and Poppy cooked them for us - along with a summer fruit salad platter, freshly squeezed orange juice and warm home baked bread. We ate every last crumb and were sad to leave.
Outdoor Gourmet breakfast
We arrived the previous day to be warmly greeted by the resident ducks, dogs and cats, much to the children's delight. They then spent the afternoon exploring the property and jumping on the trampoline, while we sat in the orchard sipping tea, reading and nibbling Poppy's home made Anzac biscuits. Talk about relaxation - it was my idea of heaven.
Poppy's Cottage lies five minutes out of Armidale and is a perfect overnight stop off on the New England Highway, between Brisbane (five hours north) and Sydney. The cottage itself sits within the garden of the main homestead and is covered in climbing roses and wisteria vines.
The cosy two bedroom cottage was originally built by local gold miners in 1860 and is now a part of Poppy and Jake Abbott's 140 acre property. The cottage is filled with all manner of books and has an enchanted fairytale feeling, with a great view across the rolling fields.
Bed and Breakfast for two will set you back $150 per night, with a 10% discount offered for stays of seven nights or more. For dinner, you can order a candle lit, three course meal ($60 per head, plus a complimentary bottle of local wine) which would be a very romantic idea and a great way to finish the day, especially if you've hiked up the nearby extinct volcano (Arthur's Seat), or been swimming in Dangarsleigh Falls.
Gateway to heaven
Poppy's Cottage fulfilled our dreams of a wholesome country bed and breakfast and it was blissfully child friendly too. Poppy Abbott is a charming hostess and the children can't wait until we return someday.
PS. We're really looking forward to the after dinner port and chocolates too.