A taste of Scotland in the Southern Highlands.
While not quite Scotland, the Southern Highlands region of NSW shares some of the same physical traits. Rolling green hills, cool climate and cute villages: tick, tick and tick. It seems fitting then, to theme your Southern Highlands country estate in homage to the motherland. Welcome to The Loch, a paddock-to-plate guest accommodation and farm gate just an hour and a half from Sydney.
Located 6km from the historic village of Berrima on a sprawling acreage, The Loch is an architectural conversion of the property’s original stables. The lovechild of Sydney catering powerhouse Brigid Kennedy and her partner Kevin Nott, The Loch combines bespoke guest accommodation with a Sunday farmer’s market and restored antique furniture store.
A mezzanine level is built atop the stables to form the guest accommodation in a luxurious blend of lavish Victorian and chic industrial decorating schemes. There are four Scottish-inspired guest suites – Aberdeen, Arran, Argyle and Ayr – each tastefully appointed in antique furniture and luxury linen, while heavy drapes frame the picturesque rolling countryside beyond; sophisticated country style at its best.
Although the conversion of the stables is only a few years old, the charm of yesteryear is woven tastefully into each room, and no two rooms are the same. The ensuites are modern and spacious, with unique features like stand alone bathtubs or reclaimed brass sinks.
Rooms can be rented individually for a romantic weekend, or the entire premise can be booked for larger groups and families.
The shared communal area upstairs is the perfect place to unwind or cook up a feast with locally sourced produce, meat grazed in The Loch’s paddocks and herbs picked fresh from the garden. Sink into deep sofas with a good book in front of the fireplace, or enjoy the delight that is the chef-designed, country style kitchen. Serve up at the enormous dining table, or pull up a stool for a more casual wine and charcuterie board around the beautiful wooden kitchen island bench.
And if you stay on a Saturday, you’ll awake to quite the treat the next morning. Kennedy’s popular Sunday farmer’s market overflows with seasonal produce grown on site, bunches of fresh flowers, cuts of farm-grown beef and lamb plus chef Kennedy’s pre-cooked, take-home meals and delectable condiments. Or, for something less edible, wander into the old stables to peruse and purchase the restored antiques of Kevin Nott.
Guaranteed to delight foodies and anyone seeking a wholesome respite in the country, The Loch is the perfect weekender from Sydney or Canberra. And with plenty to offer beyond its poplar-lined driveway in the Southern Highlands region, you’ll be as busy or as free and easy as you choose.