LOCATION: The Blackwood, Sassafras.
COMMENT: Living in Victoria you become accustomed to the cooler weather, in fact you embrace it. The best way to get through a Melbourne winter is actually to get out of the city and hide away somewhere charming and rustic but with all the creature comforts you need. I went on the hunt for the ideal getaway and found it at The Blackwood in Sassafras. My checklist included a fireplace, bathtub and a good couch, but I found a lot more than that at The Blackwood. Interior designer Justin Bishop has decked this place out to be the country retreat of your dreams. Not only does the huge bathtub have retractable shutters that allow a prime view of the big screen with Foxtel, but it also has heated tiles so when you eventually finish your wine and don the fluffy robe you’re about to live in, even your tootsies feel like they’re on break. There’s a Nespresso machine to make you feel better after all of the wine and a small kitchen to make some breakfast and think about what you might do for the day. The accommodation is quite literally in the middle of town, so you can venture out if you choose, however it’s also surrounded by beautiful big ol’ gum trees that mean you can pretend you’re miles from existence if you prefer that option. We’re back to the real world now, but we picked up one of Justin’s candles just so we can continue the dream a little longer.