Two years ago friends took us to the little-known Ferguson Valley for a scenic drive and lunch and we vowed to return. So when we knew we had Scottish friends arriving in WA in the heat of January we decide to find a B & B in the Ferguson Valley and preferably one with a pool. We found Peppermint Lane Lodge and as there were 4 couples and 4 rooms available, we booked it. We arrived on Friday afternoon after lunch at Carlaminda Bistro to be greeted by Kim who showed us to our separate, luxurious, gorgeous rooms with kingsize bed, en suite bathroom, flat screen TV and balcony overlooking the rear lawn and the forest. After unloading our gear, admiring the artworks and fresh flowers in the rooms, we headed out to the pool area and enjoyed a cooling dip followed by drinks and nibblies as the sun set.
Breakfast in the main lodge comprised fresh and stewed local fruits, muesli and yoghurt, followed by a superb cooked full English breakfast, all with juice, tea and coffee. We spent all day Saturday touring the wineries and other attractions of the Ferguson Valley, including Gnomesville. Kim & Simon advised us well on where to visit. After another welcome dip in the pool we ate the most wonderful 5 course dinner prepared by Kim & Simon - again sourcing local produce where possible. The meal was inventive and full of different flavours and textures. We began with Mise en bouche and entrees on the rear decking of the lodge and moved into the dining room for the main course and dessert, returning outside for peppermint pastilla with coffee and liqueurs under the brilliant stars. Truly this place is a little piece of paradise and the hospitality offered by Kim & Simon is second to none and we wholeheartedly recommend it more than any other place we've stayed - including several picturesque places in Europe. Our little group decided before we left that a visit to Peppermint Lane Lodge is to become an annual event, but as we would like to experience the Ferguson Valley in the WA winter, it will have to be a twice-yearly visit. Our only problem will be who else to invite to join us as our Scottish visitors are unlikely to be here!