Tuesday, 3 April 2012

from city to country

I spent most of last week in Melbourne for work and was fortunate to stay in the lovely Langham hotel in Southbank.

While the interior style of my room was a bit too traditional for my taste, there were so many little details about the hotel and the service which made it such a nice place to stay. Hello turndown service, slippers and bath robe!

Langham pool deck - unfortunately I was too busy to get to this.

The breakfast was ah-mazing. Easily the best I've ever come across. There was just so so much variety. And not just the usual suspects you'd expect like cereals, bacon and eggs, fruit salad etc.

Stand outs for me were the giant piece of fresh honeycomb hanging on a wooden rack, omelettes made to order, freshly cooked pancakes with all the trimmings (chocolate ganache, chocolate flakes, blueberry compote, smarties, fresh cream, maple syrup) and smoothies. Then there were glass stands (like you'd expect to see in an art gallery) filled with a bowl containing one type of fruit. I went crazy for the passion fruit one.

I'd definitely love to stay there again.

 Images via the Langham

Breakfast at the Langham - a nice start to a tough working day

It turned out to be an extremely busy week away from home, as my husband and I then spent Saturday and Sunday in South Australia’s Clare Valley, attending an event on Saturday night.
We stayed in a little B&B which was an old stone-walled stable converted to a one bedroom cottage. It was situated on a working farm with a vineyard, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to spend on the property to fully appreciate the surrounds.

On Sunday we went for a drive through historic Mintaro and stopped in the town of Auburn for coffee. Then I was ready to come home for a much needed nap.
We'll have to hit the Clare Valley wineries next time!
coffee shop exterior - Cygnets at Auburn

The cute interior of the coffee shop we popped into. Such a gorgeous French poster.

Coffe stop - in the town of Auburn


  1. Wow, these look amazing, lucky you!

    I love staying in nice hotels and being pampered :)

    1. Thanks for visiting audrey and addison Kirsteen!
      Michelle xx

  2. My brother's girlfriend works at The Langham and I knew it was nice, but not THAT nice - I might have to get her to sneak me in for the breakfast alone (hello pancakes)!

    1. Yes - you need to try and sneak in Natalie!


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