• A Berry Nice Weekend Away.


    Posted on 30th March, by Dana Tomić Hughes in architecture, personal, photography, travel. 10 Comments

     

    I know, I know – this post has a totally lame title but I’m not making any apologies for my silly sense of humour. Having said that, there are no prizes for guessing where I spent my weekend, especially for the local readers.

    Husband and I have a little tradition {does three years qualify as a “tradition”} of weekends away for our wedding anniversary. This year we headed to Far Meadow, just outside of Berry, a gorgeous little country town near the South Coast of NSW. We were lucky enough to stay at Sojourn, in one of the two beautiful studio cabins situated in a lush green meadow on the edge of a mature forrest of spotted gums. Sojourn is an old English word meaning ‘to dwell for a time in a place’ – a very fitting name for this peaceful country getaway.

    Ahh, the serenity.

     

     

    The cabins were cleverly designed by the Sydney based Studio Internationale and provide a contemporary city-slick aesthetic in an idyllic country setting. Accommodation is almost entirely open plan – there’s only one door to the generous bathroom, with a bedroom containing a queen bed, writing desk & daybed, a fully equipped kitchen, and living/ dining area that opens onto the deck with spectacular views of the forrest beyond. Extra points scored for {original} Artek furniture throughout. Nice.

     

     

    Breakfast food is supplied including fresh sourdough from a local bakery, free range eggs and good old bacon, selection of cereals, locally produced marmalade and honey, coffee and tea.

     

     

    Apart from the nearby town of Berry, Sojourn is located in close vicinity to six wineries and Seven Mile Beach at Shoalheaven Heads. Although I promise you that you’ll be pretty content just sitting in your deck chair in the shade of one of the gorgeous trees with a great book. Or if reading feels too stressful and over-exerting, you could simply stare at the beautiful forrest or the rolling hills beyond, and enjoy your cool drink of choice {in our case wine – duh!}

    Speaking of wine, we came upon the best little bottle shop on the main street in Berry called… wait for it… Berry Bottle Shop. I know, crazy stuff. But seriously, this little shop is absolutely brilliant with the best selection of wines you can imagine. My favourite part is that the owner, Justin Lill, has tried every single wine he stocks, and each one is given a detailed description. The reviews are not only helpful but also really entertaining – they remove the guesswork out of buying wine for all non-experts such as myself.

     

     

    As for the photos, most of them were taken by Husband – apart from the collage above I took with my iPhone, and a few little dodgy ones mixed in with Husband’s excellent handy work. I think that his photography is improving with each shoot. Do you think so too, or am I just too biased to be objective? I reckon he’s a pretty talented kid…

    x dana





  • 10 Responses to “A Berry Nice Weekend Away.”

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    2. Ben pyke says:

      Husband is very talented indeed, however I feel his talent is being held back by poor equipment.
      A master craftsman is only as good as his tools
      perhaps it’s time for an upgrade ( camera not husband)

    3. wow…wow,wow,wow. I love this so much! I am so glad you all had such a great time! It looks absolutely amazing and I love your cute coral toes peeking out! :) I think your hubby IS quite talented and I love the photographs!
      xo
      Melis

    4. Mandi Ng says:

      You and your hubby are both very talented! This blog is like an enticement of a very secluded (yet not too far from city-slick necessities), relaxing weekend! I want to go now. I’m sold, now need to convince my hubby :P

      xx
      Mandi

    5. yellowtrace says:

      Ben, sounds like Husband has slipped you a $50 to say that! And fair enough.
      And thank you for your comments M&M. So sweet…. Get it? Sweet… M&Ms…? *boom boom*
      Ok, I’ll shut up now…
      x dana

    6. FL00DY says:

      Berry has been one of my favourite little places since I was a little kid, stopping off for fish and chips after camping trips further down south was a family tradition.

      I’m guessing the sourdough is from the Berry Sourdough bakery and cafe on Prince Alfred St, very nice place for lunch.

      Agree with everyone, photos are brilliant. Speaking of equipment, what was used?

    7. Peggy says:

      Dana, after reading your article on SoJourn, my husband and I quickly booked for a 2-night stay at the cabin all the way from Hong Kong (a short side trip from our visit in Sydney). What a great recommendation. We absolutely loved everything about this sweet small town. There’s this nice cafe in the main street where they have awesome chai tea latte. I think it’s called Epicure, near PostHouse. Suggested by a local, we drove back to Sydney through the scenic drive along Kangaroo Valley. It’s a must for everyone who goes there. Awesome drive. Thank you very much!

    8. Margie says:

      Just beautiful – a very favourite spot of mine, and one that has been created by an incredible design duo at studio internationale.
      The landscape has been captured to perfection, as has the sense of place that this farm exudes… morning mist, amazing sunsets, appetising food, delectable wine, and a very special dwelling make this a perfect escape for a wedding anniversary…
      Lovely.

    9. Peter says:

      Lovely photos… really love the colour rendering.

      What iphone apps do you use for your photos?

      Also does Husband take photos professionally – I am a director of a small architectural practice and we are looking to photograph some of our works, I would be interested in having a chat.



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