Our family group which consisted of my husband, 2 daughters (age 13 and 5) my parents and my aunt and uncle stayed at Tree Elle for a little break in January 2009. Tree Elle is in Bow Bridge, between Denmark and Walpole. I'd booked the "Barnhouse" which has 4 bed rooms on the property website. We arrived and as we walked into the house, there was lovely music playing, the aroma of baking bread, beautiful sunshine through the open glass doors and view of the most gorgeous garden outside and Irwin Inlet beyond. What a welcome! As we wondered around the lovely garden, we found Elle who managed the property together with her sister Trina (Hence the name) who showed us around and asked us to help ourselves to the vegetables and herbs in the garden to complement our meals- there were many types of lettuces, beetroot, zucchini, spring onions, basil. parsley, coriander, string beans, sugar peas, tomatoes, rhubarb, silverbeet.....the list goes on. The garden's absolutely magnificent! There is a Coffee Co op in a little enclosed garden area where one can get freshly ground coffee from a machine for $3, tea is free. There are biscuits which you can purchase. Honour system operates here, ie put money in envelope provided.
Now to the house. The living areas are so spacious,and beautifully furnished, the kitchen is huge and better equip than most homes! Besides the usual (stove/oven/microwave) there's a mixer, bread maker, blender, bamix, coffee plunger and lots, and I mean lots of crockery, baking tins, glassware. This is the most well equip kitchen in a holiday home I'd ever seen! The pantry had cereal, muesli, bread mix, flours,salt, sugar, custard powder, vegemite, condiments, spices fresh eggs in the fridge etc etc.
After checking out the kitchen, we went back out to the garden working out what we could cook and "harvesting" as we went along. My 13 year old daughter was so inspired by the garden that she planned and prepared a 3 course dinner for the family using mainly the ingredients she could get from the garden! Apart from that, there was a croquet set which got some use although the boys had to dodge the sprinkers while playing! There were also numerous board games available, a library of books for one to browse through, even cook books!
Our 5 year old had a good time cuddling guinea pigs and chasing chooks around. We had such a lovely time we would have been quite happy not venturing out had we stayed longer. The main wineries area of Denmark are 20 minutes drive eastward and Tree Top walk 10 minutes drive westward. The Nornalup Teahouse Restarant is 5 minutes away and do reasonable meals, has a kids menu and an impressive wine list. The markup is modest even on their museum wines.
A great place for a family (or couples) to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to chill and relax, enjoy the view of gthe garden and inlet, and have the kids occupying themselves safely running around outside in the garden. Or cook up a storm!
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