April 23, 2009

Cape Lodge – Margaret River, Australia

A friend of mine might be traveling with her husband down to Perth Australia while he is there for work. She was asking about any must sees in the area. I was immediately reminded of an absolutely gorgeous little hotel down in Margaret River, the wine country of south western Oz. Cape Lodge, it’s listed as one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world.

Of course there is wine, grapes, vineyards, and more wine. The rugged coastline and beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean are only a short drive away. But before heading to the beach lunches and wine tastings can be had at many of the great wine estates of Australia which are all a short drive away.

There are only 22 rooms, and a communal dining room where dinner is served in a ‘Sunday night family dinner style’. I love that. Such a great way to make new friends! When we were there everyone gathered around one large farm table and ate together, strangers included! There is a gourmet cooking school offered through Cape Lodge’s kitchen. That of course would be a difficult activity choice, to stay inside, while the weather outside is always sunny, Mediterranean like.

The interiors are neat and modern, but welcoming and comfortable. I’m always describing spaces as ‘comfortable’, but that is my number one requirement, I never want to be in rooms that feel overly styled or too precious in their decor. What a lovely place, I’d like to return!



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