After a long flight from Boston, I was warmly greeted by hosts John and Cynthia Hayes at Amamoor Lodge in the beautiful Mary Valley, QLD. The setting is scenic bush and the air is constantly punctuated by the rich calls of native bird life. I stayed in the B&B in a renovated timber lined room (with ensuite) that was original to the house and from the days of the Cobb & Co Coaches (John has a replica coach that is in use regularly). There are also lovely adjacent new motel style units for those not requiring meals. Do yourself a favor and stay in the B&B. Cynthia and John's cooking is absolutely out of this world - authentically Australian with international appeal with only the freshest ingredients. A group of Japanese guests were so impressed that they photographed every meal! It is beyond relaxing to sit by the open fire in a rocking chair at the end of the day, out near John's shed, with a glass of wine in hand, while John prepares a starter for the evening meal. John cooked the best steak I've eaten in years over that fire. The property was pristine clean and my bed may well have been the most comfortable that I've ever slept in. I stayed for 3 nights but wished it could have been a lot longer. My accommodation was arranged by Olympian Alex Watson's "Equathon" horse riding tours. Equathon are repeat customers at Amamoor Lodge for a reason!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'Taste the Aussie Bush Experience.' Nestled on 50 acres in the picturesque Mary Valley, Amamoor Lodge is the ideal adult retreat where the only noise you hear is the birds. Enjoy a swim in the pool and relax in the spa or take a nature walk through the rainforest to the waterhole. Look for the native wildlife and abundant bird life. Check out the Cobb & Co coach, explore the memorabilia shed and reminisce about yesteryear. ... more less
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