Tucked away in a small town, 90 minutes south of Sydney is a secret south coast gem.
Built in 1893 by local doctor, Doctor A.W. Bateman, this 19th century house has been beautifully restored back to its former glory by owners Jim and Deborah McCallum.
The manor sits on a small grassy knoll in the quiet farm like settings of Albion Park. Built by Dr Bateman as both a residency for his family and as surgery practice for his local patients, Bateman was the first physician based in the area, making his surgery an important addition to the community at the time.
It’s the perfect setting for high tea with the girls, weddings, birthdays, or a quick romantic getaway out of the city.
The manor sits on a tranquil three acres of gorgeous well-manicured heritage gardens with a vintage English gazebo providing an ideal spot for kicking back with a good book and herbal tea, a hit of tennis or a swim in the 12x6m pool (which is unheated).
Inside, the thirteen-foot high ceilings, traditional chandeliers and ornate joinery is reminiscent of a French Chateau. The setting is peaceful, the food is exquisite and the overall feeling provides the perfect restorative getaway, without having to travel too far from Sydney.
There are two suites inside, which fit a maximum two people in each room and share a bathroom between the two rooms. There is also a queen room with its own bathroom. Outside the once surgery used by Dr Bateman has been converted into a beautiful self-contained cottage and spa; which makes the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
Food served at the manor is gastronomic and five-star, with one of the owners Deborah McCallum being a chef; who trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. And the menu caters for all dietary requirements; in a good way. If you are vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, you won’t miss out on great food. Deborah and her staff provide fabulous food driven with passion and love for all things taste.
Between Deborah, her husband Jim McCallum and their multi talented background in music, entertainment, interior design and all things antique, Ravensthorpe is a stunning complimentary fusion of affordable luxury. With a mid-week stay in the private cottage and spa starting at around $189, which includes a continental breakfast featuring their house made muesli, pastries & preserves, juices & espresso (there is also an option for a cooked breakfast which is $22pp).
For a dinner bed & breakfast package; which includes a fabulous two course dinner you are looking at a package starting from $169 a night pp in the cottage.
Raventhorpe does get booked out for weddings throughout the year, hosting anywhere between fifty to sixty a year – so if you’re looking to stay, book in advance, or if you can getaway during the week, then a mid-week stay might be best. You’re pretty much guaranteed the place to yourself then. Click here for more details.