Friday, April 29, 2011

Links House

Located in Bowral in the Southern Highlands, Links House is ideal for a weekend getaway or midweek escape from both Sydney and Canberra. Take the pressure off and escape to glorious Bowral during Autumn. Enjoy an array of unique shops, wineries, gardens & galleries.

Built in 1928 as a country guesthouse Links House retains all the charm of that era while featuring modern facilities that ensure a relaxing stay. From the beautiful rose garden and secluded courtyards to the spacious comfort of the sitting rooms, the accommodation at Links House offers a relaxed and welcoming environment for every visitor.

Links House is perfect for your wedding and offers you something different to the larger venues - a more intimate environment and the opportunity of the exclusive use of the hotel. They have a choice of beautiful surroundings for your ceremony, the romantic Links Suite and accommodation for the main party. 

Whatever you decide Links House will work closely with you to make the organisation of such a special event that much more enjoyable. Choose the style of your event and the team will match the food and wine from Links House restaurant for a truly memorable occasion. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fountaindale Grand Manor

Fountaindale Grand Manor has been a Southern Highlands icon since the 1920's when the impressive building was built atop a hill in 1924, one of the most luxurious hotels of its time. From its elevated position, it commands breathtaking views of the valleys below, all the way to the ocean.

Fountaindale Grand Manor has been lovingly maintained and retains its period charm, providing you with just the right mix of past and present. The 14 acres of landscaped gardens are the perfect setting for your wedding or romantic picnic and provide a distraction free environment for your next conference.

Take your vows on the beautifully manicured lawn, or in the Grand Ballroom. The stained glass windows and polished floor boards of the ballroom are reminiscent of its chapel days. So versatile a venue, Fountaindale Grand Manor book both options for you to accommodate the weather. They understand the importance of making your day as perfect as possible, and truly memorable. The staff are professional, the cuisine is delectable, the venue is an impeccable choice.

Fountaindale Grand Manor offer a wide range of cuisine for all your reception needs and will tailor the menu to suit the wishes of the bride and groom, and the Grand Dining Room can accommodate up to 150 guests. The Ballroom is available for dancing, and best of all, the Manor can accommodate your guests for the night or the weekend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Macarthur Grange Country Club


Allow yourself to be swept away to an enchanted place where yourself and your guests can enjoy magical night and dance the evening away. Macarthur Grange Country Club’s picturesque Gazebo and Red Carpet service will provide the perfect backdrop for your garden ceremony. 

The exquisitely appointed Function Centre, is surrounded by verandas boasting views of the Varroville Valley, before you begin your romantic wedding reception in the fabulous function room. Allow the experienced staff, assist you with all the details, to ensure that your special day is truly filled with treasured memories. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Burrawang Easter Market 23rd April 2011

Burrawang Easter Markets features local producers and crafts people with over 130 stalls with items for sale as diverse as fire tongs, leather waistcoats, treasure boxes and embroidered cushions. A range of entertainment is provided including an animal farm and other children's activities. A variety of hot food stalls will also be available. There is something for everybody. 

Time: From 9am until 3pm
Where: Hoddle & Crown Streets, Burrawang
For more information phone 4886 4216

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Autumn Leaf Candles by Weddingstar

These two miniature autumn leaf candles are a great idea for a wedding favor or simply to add to your table decorations for an autumn themed wedding reception.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Camden Valley Inn

Imagine your beautiful country wedding, set amid beautiful gardens, with the stunning Razorback Mountains in the background. If your dream is an intimate affair or a lavish celebration, Camden Valley Inn is the perfect venue for you to create your special day the way you have always dreamt of. 

Camden Valley Inn can arrange every detail for you, from your ceremony in our award winning gardens to your reception in our elegant garden pavilion, and even your wedding night accommodation in our luxury bridal suite. Whether you’d like horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars or maybe a flower-strewn walkway, every element is intricately attended to. Camden Valley Inn know how important your wedding day is to you, they go to every length to make sure it’s personal, memorable and utterly romantic.

Camden Valley Inn offer luxury hotel accommodation and lodging and special wedding packages, so you can celebrate all weekend, or even longer. Guests can arrive the night before, as you leisurely prepare for your wedding and reception the next day. Then meet up for an informal breakfast or lunch the day after, opening your gifts and thanking friends and family before everyone has to head home.

Camden Valley Inn have a few spaces that would be perfect for you:

The Loft
A separate cottage nestled in the picturesque gardens, The Loft is rustic, elegant and the perfect venue for smaller weddings. Situated in the idyllic gardens The Loft is a stand alone venue. Able to seat 50 guests or 90 standing, hire of The Loft entitles the party to exclusive use of the surrounding Loft Garden for a refreshing break out area.

The Conservatory is an elegant space with floor to ceiling glass which opens onto the terrace overlooking the gardens, bathed in natural light. The space is ideal for weddings of up to 70 seated or 130 standing.

The Garden Pavilion
The newest venue at Camden Valley Inn, the Garden Pavilion is an elegant and modern venue. The  Garden Pavilion brings the garden inside with an entire clear wall, and white silk draping on the walls and roof. Able to seat up to 150 seated or 200 standing, the Garden Pavilion is the perfect and unique venue for your wedding.

The Gardens
Camden Valley Inn prides itself in several very special secluded garden spaces, which are perfect for a garden cocktail reception or intimate banquet.

The Tudor Room
Designed in old English Tudor style with a warm fire, couches and an outdoor patio. The Tudor room can seat 40 or 60 standing. Perfect for a samll and intimate wedding reception.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter At Centennial

The Easter long weekend in Bowral this year will be spectacular! Late April is the perfect time to see Centennial Vineyards beautiful trees and vines in their full Autumn splendour.

Cellar Door is open 10am to 5pm every day across the weekend. The restaurant is open for lunch every day except Good Friday, (please call 02 4861 8701 to make a reservation).

Taste Centennial Vineyards newly-released wines:
2010 Woodside Tempranillo – juicy, rounded and smooth, with aromas of sour cherry, red confectionary and spice.
2009 Reserve Barbera – lovely dark berry fruit, cherry, chocolate, prune and earth.
2010 Bong Bong Late Harves – fresh floral aromas with lime and lemon.
2010 Reserve Pinot Noir – soft spicy notes, cherry, raspberry and red currant.

They also have a sparkling Pinot Chardonnay to taste, rated Best Sparkling at the 2010 NSW Wine Awards.

If you'd like some advice on where to stay, where to eat, what to do over the long weekend (or any time) call Melinda or Ken on 02 4861 8709.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feast @ McVitty Restaurant

Come and enjoy superb food, wine and views of the rolling Southern Highlands landscape that you will not find anywhere else. From its elevated position on the beautiful McVitty Grove vineyard and olive grove property, Feast @ McVitty offers magnificent views as far as the distant Blue Mountains.

Feast @ McVitty is fully licenced restaurant, specialising in McVitty and other local wines together with an eclectic wine list from all over. With dishes emphasising fresh produce and international influences from Asia to Africa, there is a dining delight to suit all tastes. 

Tapas include:
Thai Chicken & coriander balls with plum sauce $12
Beer battered flathead fillets with fries & aioli $14
Butterflied quail, seared with soy & ginger served with rice $16
Visit McVitty

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Peppers Manor House

Set amidst the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands, the exclusive Peppers Manor House exudes romantic country charm making it the ideal wedding venue. Conveniently located just an hour and a half from Sydney and less than two hours from Canberra, Peppers Manor House can cater for intimate weddings of five to a traditional grand wedding with 140 guests and offer ceremony and reception areas perfect for every style.

Peppers Manor House immaculately groomed gardens set against the picturesque scenes of the Mount Broughton Golf & Country Club offer a spectacular setting for a wedding ceremony while the Outdoor Gazebo provides a romantic and old world atmosphere.

Peppers Manor House range of recently refurbished reception areas include our cosy and intimate Music Room, which boasts a contrasting colour theme of striped aqua and cream carpet complemented by soft silver striped wallpaper giving the room a feeling of luxury. The Taittinger Lodge is covered in striking cream and gold wallpaper with natural and two-tone grey soft furnishings intertwined. Three private banquet rooms are also available, each exuding their own individual style. And finally, Katers restaurant, offering views of the stunning gardens features luxe finishings including modern pleated table lamps and newly re-upholstered chairs.

At Peppers Manor House they place importance on the dining experience at every wedding combining gourmet cuisine with the ambience of our charming Australian manor. Let the chef at Katers restaurant, awarded a Chef’s Hat in 2009 and 2010 at the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide Awards, provide you and your guests with international styled cuisine utilising the freshest produce of the Southern Highlands region.

Peppers Manor House accommodation includes 41 rooms available for you and your guests and you also have the option of booking the entire retreat for your exclusive use.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Belgenny Farm


Belgenny Farm has held a number of weddings over the years and each one has been individual and unique. They can cater to your needs, offering you and your guests an amazing experience and truly a day to remember. 

Belgenny Farm welcome you and your family to view the function room, and, depending on guest numbers, a marquee can be set up for you. There are a number of other areas on the Farm that are suitable settings for a wedding including the secluded cottage garden, which is ideal for a romantic outdoor wedding ceremony. 

Belgenny Farm also lends itself to beautiful wedding photography, with the peaceful gardens, a rural landscape and historic farm buildings as your backdrop - all this makes Belgenny Farm a superb location. Arrangements can also be made for the farm’s much loved Clydesdale horses to be available for a unique photo opportunity.

The catering is provided by our in-house catering company, specialising in contemporary Australian cuisine with Asian and European influences. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Looks Natural… Wedding Make-Up & Beauty Specialist

Looks Natural provide a complete range of make-up and beauty services, and can help you design the ultimate look for your wedding or other special occasion. 

Donna Adamson owner of Looks Natural believes that having a skincare regime is not only a good start to your bridal beauty preparations, it's also a lifetime investment for the health of your skin. To help you unlock the secrets for beautiful skin, Looks Natural offers Pelactiv professional skin treatments. From your very first treatment you will notice visibly healthier skin and your skin will be at an optimum in time for your wedding day. 

Looks Natural also offers Slimlight 6.9 body reshaping and cellulite reduction treatments, perfect to get you in shape for your special day.

Treat yourself to a facial, have your eyebrows professionally shaped, remove any unwanted facial or body hair, try a lash perm and tint to curl and enhance your eyelashes, enjoy the benefits of a full body scrub followed by a relaxing massage or ensure your nails are looking their very best with regular manicures and pedicures. All of these beauty treatments can be experienced in the tranquility of the salon, where you will be given personalised service in a friendly, relaxed and comfortable environment.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Burnham Grove

Experience the best at this unique heritage wedding reception venue, Burnham Grove

Less than one hour's drive from Sydney, Wollongong, and the Southern Highlands, and just minutes from the centre of Camden, experience the best at this heritage wedding reception venue.  

You will fall in love with the completely private setting the moment you drive through the wrought iron gates and up the rose-lined driveway, but the affair will only deepen as you discover the acres of architect-designed gardens, fountains, ponds, and of course, the magnificent citrus orchard, that all make Burnham Grove the perfect venue for your garden wedding. 

Burnham Grove truly creates its reputation as a premium outdoor wedding venue with a opulent silk-lined 'Grand Marquee', complete with stunning chandeliers and catering comfortably for up to 120 people.

Guests Up to 120 | Rooms: Grand Marquee | Cuisine: Modern Australian 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Briars Country Lodge


Briars Country Lodge & Historic Inn is the perfect venue to host the most important day of your life – your wedding day. Set on 15 acres, the Georgian Inn (Circa 1845) and Country Lodge with garden conservatory and lakeside gazebo presents a beautiful setting for your ceremony and reception. Tranquil gardens, resort facilities and country charm all combine to make the Briars a superb venue.

Briars Country Lodge wedding packages come complete or can be tailored to suit your wishes, should you desire a cocktail party, intimate gathering or the more formal occasion with all the trimmings. Not forgetting those dearest to you, there are fully appointed suites offering 4 star accommodation with lake views.

Located just 5 minutes from the townships of Bowral and Moss Vale and a short drive to the historic village of Berrima, the Briars Country Lodge is a perfect base to explore the picturesque Southern Highlands.

Guests Up to 180 | Rooms 31 | Cuisine Modern Australian 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral

The Southern Highlands best kept secret, Gibraltar Hotel Bowral is something really special, a place you want to be part of, a place you want to linger a little longer at. Sure, it's a hotel and a luxury one at that; but it's got a few other strings to it's bow that make it a really great place at which to stay, visit, play, relax, get pampered or enjoy a drink.

There's the 18 hole golf course (regarded as one of the better in the region); the Lifestyle Centre with a gym and indoor heated pool. There's a restaurant, Gibraltar Grill, a high end grill where Chef Jonas Ottosson cooks your steak to perfection. There's also a bar, a really nice relaxed warm and inviting bar called Harvey's, named in honour of Geoff Harvey who is sometimes to be seen tinkering the ivories of the bar's baby grand. And for your head and body - well, there's the hair salon and day spa run by Glenn O'Reilly, one of Australia's leading hairstylists. 

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral's Gibraltar Grill is open for dinner Thursday to Saturday and Sunday lunch. Think Manhattan, think SOHO, the Garment District and TriBeCa. Think Tribeca Grill and you are well on your way to imagining what Chef Jonas Ottosson has created right here in the Highlands with the new Gibraltar Grill. Jonas has returned to the Highlands to create a new landmark grill restaurant featuring prime cuts of meat cooked to perfection. He wants us to enjoy steaks as they should be cooked and he achieves that in spades.

Visit Gibraltar Hotel Bowral