Weekender: Berry, NSW
As much as I feel the the constant yearn of overseas adventures tugging at my wanderlust filled heartstrings, I'm equally drawn to a sneaky local weekend getaway.
Those much needed minibreaks to escape the grind, which revive the soul and give you the much needed reset to tackle the world all over again.
Being Sydney based, I like to keep our weekend escape commute to a reasonable time, and when the opportunity arose to visit the beautiful town of Berry once again, I was 50 shades of YES.
An easy 2 hour drive, Berry offers the perfect mix of quaint country town, with its lush farm land fringed to the east by incredible surf beaches and nearby Gerringong and Gerroa - it really doesn’t get any better as an easy destination for pure escapism. For interior lovers and foodies alike, there’s plenty on offer for a few full days of distractions.
If school term has already done your head in, why not clear an upcoming weekend and head down? Here’s my top tips for a perfect Berry weekend.
What to eat?
A trip to Berry is of course not complete without a drop in to the Famous Berry Donut Van! You’ll smell it before you see it - piping hot cinammanny delights (by the dozen) await you! If the lure of surge sweet donuts is a little too much for you to kick off with, then how about you head a little further along the main street (Queen St) to the Berry Sourdough Bakery. I mean really, if you didn’t eat a pie on a country town stopover… did it ever really happen? This place is abuzz with pastry clad delights, and you’d be a serious dodo to miss out on their beef burgundy pie… I ate mine for breakfast (and followed that down with the donuts - yikes). Breakfast on day two was more than satisfied at Salmon & Co - a super cute cafe which was our pick of the coffee stops in town as well as boasting a very contemporary brunch menu which made decision making incredibly tough. The interiors were cosy and given a vintage feel thanks to all the thoughtfully sourced second-hand pieces which were dotted throughout the venue. We would 100% return here for breakfast and beyond! Our multiple indulgent breakfasts aside, we were not organised enough to get our booking butts into gear for SOUTH on Albany - given that it was completely booked out across an entire weekend is fairly good indication that this place is vibe-central for seasonal, local fare. SOUTH on Albany is a casually elegant restaurant located on the main drag of Berry town, awaiting your gastronomic critique for both lunch and dinner.
Where to Stay?
Though Berry's location is so close to the coast, we were lured in by the thought of a proper country experience, which we could punctuate with beach trips along the way to nearby Gerroa. We’re spoiled enough to live right by some of the greatest beaches in the country (well, we think so!)… so the thought of being amongst the serenity of fields, wide open spaces and possibly a few little animals for good measure - was something we had to indulge. Bundara Farm was precisely the farm stay experience we were longing for - I mean, tell me one hotel which will proffer up oven-hot brownies on arrival from the owner!
Though Bundara Farm is a substantially sized location and able to accommodate groups of up to 30, it is possible to be booked in separate configurations, as we stayed in one of the two bedroom cottages on site. With views overlooking the paddock (complete with a pair of miniature cows no less, Komet and Teddy, cuter than your average Labrador), Bellevue Cottage was everything we could have wanted for our little family getaway - with the added bonus of being pet friendly. The main house is close yet far enough away, and after taking a sneaky tour I’d suggest any upcoming extended family getaways, girls weekends or retreats would find this venue and location absolutely bang on - beautifully styled and generously proportioned.
Where to shop?
Berry has become a hive for flourishing interiors boutiques, and some of our absolute faves can be found within a few minutes walk of one another. The not-to-be-missed jewel in the AMEX busting crown has to be Amara Home - you could visit just to adore the beautiful ivy clad exterior alone. Filled to the brim with global treasures, an incredibly array of high quality soft furnishings as well as an outstanding selection of designer fashions, jewellery and accessories - Amara has their range NAILED as i literally could have lifted the whole store and taken it home with me. One street and a couple of blocks back (you won’t even notice the few hundred steps as you’re busy chowing down on your donuts), Few and Far Home have also recently opened up in Berry from their previous location in Huskisson. A generously sized store, Few & Far is an absolute Pandora’s Box of goodies, from bedding to tabletop, to hardware and books - it’s an incredible place to pick up a little something for your home and is also an excellent place to source gifts.