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Romantic Getaways At Lindenderry Estate

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Australia

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A couple of weeks ago, Mr Paisley and I were lucky enough to be treated to a wonderfully indulgent and relaxing mid-week night away, at the lovely Lindenderry at Red Hill Boutique Hotel (just an hour from Melbourne and made particularly easy to reach with the new Peninsula Link freeway).

This was truly a “holiday at home” for us, however, as we actually live about 10 minutes down the road!

After a busy day at work, we bid adieu to the toddler and babysitter (thanks Mum!) and were soon turning down the tree-lined driveway of the hotel, admiring the winter vines as we drove.

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A chilled bottle of estate-grown sparkling wine was awaiting us in our very spacious and comfortable Garden Room. All rooms have been recently refurbished in what could only be described as country luxe – a gorgeous pink velvet footstool, large desk, plump sofa with coffee table and quality bedding being the highlights! Lovely Appelles Apothecary & Lab goodies in the bathroom and a wide selection of T2 teas completed the feeling of being very well cocooned.

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There are 40 guest rooms available in the hotel, which really makes it the perfect venue for a beautiful wedding weekend amongst the vines. I really like the intimacy of being able to “take over” an entire venue for a weekend of fun and frivolity with your nearest and dearest – no one need miss a minute of your special celebration. The hotel boasts several gorgeous lounges (all with open fires), a day spa, indoor swimming pool and stunning gardens so the opportunity to unwind and relax (in between the celebrating!) presents itself in many ways.

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The Hotel would equally present itself as a wonderful location for a weekend getaway with your soon-to-be-spouse, or an indulgent mini-trip for your best girlfriends/bridal party, to say “thank you”.

Sharon (the Events Manager) and team genuinely love weddings and love where they work, so it is evident that any bridal couple would be in the best of hands.

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We decided to order up an antipasto platter to enjoy with our wine, and the kitchen arranged it to be delivered to a nearby lounge with a beautiful roaring fire (the staff here are really keen for you to explore all of the areas of the hotel and nothing is too much trouble). Laden with brioche rolls (baked fresh at Lindenderry – yum!), cured meats, pickled vegetables, dips and a wonderful salmon terrine, I was most concerned that dinner was still ahead!

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Very few winery restaurants are open mid-week around this area, so it was a treat to be so well looked after at The Linden Tree on a Wednesday night. Our waiter Dan, was knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful with suggesting wines to match our food. Mr Paisley enjoyed a restorative spring onion soup for entrée, followed by a duck main (with accompanying Pinot Noir, of course!), whilst I enjoyed a delicious and perfectly cooked blue eye fillet. We both finished the evening with an indulgent Affogato – coffee, ice-cream and a night-cap in one!

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After a very pleasant sleep (probably a combination of supremely comfortable bed, a couple of vinos and the toddler at least 7.5 kms down the road), we had breakfast back in the Linden Tree Restaurant. A large buffet spread is on hand (every cooked item imaginable plus croissants, danishes, fruit etc) and the staff are attentive enough to send out that double espresso pronto, to really get the heart pumping first thing!

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Having breakfasted, we decided to do a quick walk around the beautifully maintained gardens… past the little orchard (wave to some cows) and down to the lake (hello, geese!) Although being late Winter, there were vibrant Camellias, Jonquils and Early Cheer bursting forth. It was around this time that I declared to Mr Paisley that I was definitely the lady of a grand house in a previous life. I could get used to this… We are already planning a return visit in the glory of Spring, to really appreciate the grounds (the Cellar Door does wood-fired pizzas on weekends, so there is always an incentive to eat and then walk off the deliciousness!)

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After a change in cast members (exit Mr Paisley, enter Grandma Paisley), we returned to the Hotel for a sumptuous High Tea. Andrew, the head of catering, was very obliging (another glass of that sparkling… no problem at all!) and again reiterated that every combination or permutation of catering can be arranged. We enjoyed gorgeous light and fluffy scones, savoury tartlets, handmade marshmallows, and mini fruit parfaits along with excellent tea. All in a luxury lounge with the fire going (yes, again) and the crazy, bitingly cold rain pouring outside.

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But alas, as the adage declares, all good things must come to an end. I think it’s fair to say that Mr Paisley’s comment that “it felt like we were away for three nights” sums up the experience at Lindenderry. You will truly be taken with the beauty and decadence of your experience and with the professionalism and kindness of the staff.

 Polka Dot Bride stayed at Lindenderry Estate as a guest of Lindenderry Estate for editorial consideration in accordance with our disclosure policy.

Images by Lindenderry At Red Hill

Lights, Camera, Action! – Top 5 Getaways to Famous Movie Locations

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Natasha of Holidays For Couples
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The glitz and glamour of Hollywood has attracted many a traveller, and the Holidays for Couples team can hardly blame them! There’s something about showbiz that’s oh-so-enticing – admit it, you’ve dreamed of being Holly Golightly or James Bond at least once in your life.

For a bit of a different take on the movie madness honeymoon or romantic getaway, why not visit the locations which brought your favourite films to life? Travel in the footsteps of your fave actors and actresses, making your own story with your sweetheart in these romantic and utterly luxe locations.

Here are our top 5 getaways to famous movie locations – get those cameras rolling!

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The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – New Zealand

It’s no secret that New Zealand has some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery – snow-capped mountains and rolling green hills, set against a clear blue sky, make it a must-stop on any traveller’s list. And Peter Jackson, director of all the Tolkien-based films, knew that his home country would be the perfect place to represent idyllic Middle Earth.

Although Middle Earth is dotted throughout the country, one standout feature is Hobbiton itself – the home of Bilbo and Frodo. Visit Matamata to catch a glimpse of this film location. Take a guided tour, feel as tall as Gandalf as you pose outside a Hobbit-hole, and finish the day off with a pint at the Green Dragon Inn. By the way, if you want to eat like a Hobbit on your visit (elevenses, anyone?), New Zealand is home to tantalising cuisine no matter where you travel.

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Mamma Mia – Greece

Based on the much-loved musical, this iconic film starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth was gifted with one of the most stunning backdrops in any film we’ve seen recently. The Greek Islands are famed for their turquoise waters, sandy beaches, jagged cliffs and traditional white houses dotted across the skyline, and this location had us completely enthralled while we grooved along to those ABBA hits!

Skiathos and Skopelos are two islands that feature prominently in the film if you want a completely authentic Mamma Mia experience, but with over 2000 islands to choose from on your Greek adventures, you’re pretty much spoiled for choice. Get ready to lose yourself in island time, and enjoy the ancient romance that the Greek Islands have to offer.

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James Bond – Monaco

He’s our favourite spy and as smooth as they come – James Bond, originally surfacing on the pages of Ian Fleming’s famous novels (adored by President JFK!), quickly made his way to the big screen. If his adventures weren’t addictive enough in print, the filmmakers had an added advantage in the locations they got to shoot in. Monaco makes our list because it’s just as glamorous as 007 himself.

This tiny principality doesn’t skimp on luxury – from accommodation to the famous Casino Monte Carlo, you’ll be in for the honeymoon or romantic getaway of your dreams if you choose to follow in Mr Bond’s footsteps. Monaco has featured prominently in quite a few of the James Bond films, so if you want to check out a couple before packing your bags we absolutely recommend Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye.

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Harry Potter – England

As if we couldn’t love The Boy Who Lived enough (though we also entertain very strong emotions for our beloved Hermione Granger), he calls the ever-fantastic England home. Anglophiles, if you don’t make a Harry Potter experience part of your trip to England, that’ll be ten points from Gryffindor.

You’ll find the Warner Brothers Studios just northwest of London, where the majority of the Harry Potter franchise was filmed. Take a tour and pretend you’re in the wizarding world – sit at the Great Hall’s long dining tables, try on the Sorting Hat, and wander around the castle (watch out for Peeves!).

If you find yourself at King’s Cross Station, do yourself a favour and check out Platform 9¾. Want to see the real-life Hogwarts? Stop off at Northumberland’s Alnwick Castle – the castle’s imposing exterior was used in the first two films, and the stunning gardens featured in Harry’s first Quidditch lesson.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – the USA

Oh, Holly, don’t we just love you. Make like Audrey Hepburn and George Hepburn with a trip to bustling New York – even if you and your loved one only spend a day or two in this romantic urban hotspot, a taste of the good life is almost certainly a must-do. Another must-do? Visiting the famous Tiffany’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue – Holly chose to eat her breakfast outside these store windows, and gazing upon these shimmering jewels set in classic designs is sure to make your heart sing.

As much as we hate to leave our jewels behind, take a look at some of the other New York destinations seen throughout the film. Central Park and the Empire State Building both make cameos, and are both regularly visited by tourists and locals alike. Many other movies also called the streets of New York home, so any movie-buff couple would be crazy to give this destination a miss.

It’s time to indulge in that movie-star feel – whatever location you choose, we think checking out where your favourite characters (and their film-star counterparts) roamed is a perfect way to while the hours away on your honeymoon or romantic getaway!

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Ms Gingham says: 5 more to add to the bucket list!!

Looking for the ultimate honeymoon or holiday inspiration? Holidays for Couples is full of romantic ideas for a getaway (or two). Check us out online, or say hello on Facebook!

Whitsundays Weddings: Daydream Island

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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For the last of our stops on our Whitsundays Weddings trip, we headed to the beautiful Daydream Island. Whilst I had visited the island before on a day trip, my experience had been limited to sunbaking near the bronzed mermaid statues, patting a stingray in the large outdoor aquarium, and enjoying happy hour at the swim up bar. Daydream however had so much more to offer so I was excited to explore!

We were taken to view the Daydream Island Rejuvenation Spa which offers naturopathy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, and beauty therapies. With 16 treatment rooms, there are Vichy showers and thermal tables, hydrotherapy tubs and steam effusion showers, all of which look gloriously luxurious and relaxing.

The spa would be perfect to host a pre-wedding pamper party with your bridesmaids. From getting your skin glowing to making sure your tootsies are prettified, the Rejuvenation Spa has an endless list of pampering services.

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After our tour through the Rejuvenation Spa, we were taken by stretch buggy (complete with wedding ribbon) to view a couple of outdoor ceremony locations as well as my favourite, the Endeavour Wedding Chapel. Floor to ceiling glass is all that lies between your nuptials and the backdrop of the Whitsunday Passage. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s cleverly designed with inbuilt webcam technology for those who may not be able to witness your vows firsthand.

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Post-ceremony you’ll be spoilt for choice with multiple backdrops for photographs located around the island. Having your ceremony and reception in the same location certainly does work well on Daydream Island – I don’t think any guests will mind you taking off for a couple of hours in a setting like this!

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Our group continued our tour bypassing some friendly wallabies (okay, perhaps we were a little distracted by their cuteness) before heading to view some of the wedding reception venues on offer. Again, there are multiple outdoor locations (including the South End Cinema), a couple of open-air covered venues (such as the Sunlovers Terrace), and two indoor reception rooms (aptly named after their surrounds). That night we dined on the Spa Balcony – another of the open-air venues – as we watched the sunset. Bliss.

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And after the festivities have died down, and it’s honeymoon time, why not revisit the Rejuvenation Spa for a couple’s treatment in their dual spa baths or treatment rooms? I know I would!

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