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Prepare to live out your River Cottage fantasies

Written by
Emily Lloyd-Tait

There's no denying that the idea of living on a beautiful farm, being self sufficient and always having home preserves in the cupboard is a romantic one, which is exactly why you tune in to watch former chef Paul West's locavore adventures on River Cottage Australia. And now you can step into the River Cottage life for a weekend at Bannisters Pavilion at Mollymook Beach. The boutique hotel has launched an 'Experience Series' that includes a two-day gourmet mini-break with Paul West in late September.

No, it's not cheap (try $1,995 per couple/twin), but if you need to get away from inner city pressures and get back to nature, this is a ludicrously elegant and delicious way to do so. From Sunday September 25 to Monday September 26 guests will join West in a visit to a local oyster farm run by fifth-generation farmer Ben Ralston and participate in a native food experience with Indigenous elder Noel Butler. They've booked in a three-course dinner showcasing local produce with matched wines at the hotel where guests will be able to ask all the questions about rural and sustainable living they like. 

Not only do you get to step into the picturesque world of the River Cottage for two days, but the experience is also designed to highlight the incredible producers around the South Coast and Clyde River. The fact that you're doing so in a new boutique hotel by the beach with a rooftop bar and grill, cantilevered pool and sun deck only sweetens the deal. 

If you are the kind of person who travels for authentic local experiences and incredible food, this experience is set to tick all the boxes, plus poolside lounging and beach walks. Wins on all fronts.

from River Cottage Australia
Paul West
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 Want more mini-break ideas? Try one of our favourite short weekend getaways.

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