Just last week I was lucky enough to get a late booking for Foragers in Pemberton. I jumped at the chance of a weekend away and was even more excited to hear there was no reception available. We stayed in one of the luxury eco-chalets which had the best wood fire ever and a slight Scandinavian feel. Sitting on the balcony for breakfast (sourdough bread, homemade jam and hand-churned butter from the field kitchen) and a cup of coffee, we were able to admire the tall trees swaying in the breeze, the kookaburras laughing in the distance and a blue wren dancing around the railings. It was almost like a dream.
It has just started to become warmer, with days hovering around 23 degrees, so the wildflowers have come into flower and are looking incredible. The grounds are filled with animals, fruit trees and herbs flowing out of their containers. I was amazed to see an avocado tree just outside our chalet.
There is a fantastic bush walk just around the outside of the property. I was amazed to see all the different types of fungus growing on the trees and enjoyed seeing kangaroos bounding in the distance. It felt like we were well away from the hustle of our normal lives. Sunday morning we packed our breakfast and drove up the road to Big Brook Dam where we sat on the edge while it lightly rained and watched two people fish. It was glorious.
We booked two seats at the long table dinner on the Saturday night and were treated to an amazing culinary experience of a seven-course dinner made with local and seasonal produce. The buckwheat pasta rags was the highlight of my night followed closely by the sensational dessert. Sophie, the chef, even changed up the pork to mushroom for me so I could enjoy the entire meal. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it all tasted, so please go and try it for yourself. Don’t forget to bring a few bottles of wine to last the night!