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GOURMET FOOD ONLINE
Stonebarn Luxury Retreat
Kelly Oversby
     


Set on a stunning 160 acre estate, between towering forests of ancient jarrah and karri, the Warren River and a burgeoning 2500 tree trufferie, you’ll discover one of WA’s newest luxury retreats.

A long term dream of Perth based couple Dion and Sharon Range, Stonebarn, near Pemberton, was designed in conjunction with Paris-based Australian architect Aviva Shpilman, to exemplify exclusive accommodation. 

While the beautiful surroundings are nature’s gift, the breathtaking building was painstakingly pieced together over four years by two full-time stonemasons and five carpenters using handpicked local stone and timber. 

And everywhere you look their attention to detail is evident. The extensive use of rich red jarrah gives Stonebarn’s interior a warmth and elegance that not only feels like a European ski resort, it compliments the building’s superior architectural elements and exceptional selection of international interior design choices.

All the furniture, art, antiques and interesting artefacts have been individually sourced from countries including Africa, Europe and Australia to create a harmonious ambiance that represents first–rate sophistication with an understated and relaxed style.

Each of the six luxuriously appointed suites are located on the second floor enabling guests to drink in the sweeping misty views from their own private balcony and watch as the sun casts a dappling patchwork effect of ever changing light over the scenic landscape.

The elegant interiors combine carefully chosen
soft furnishings with a heavenly four poster king sized bed
which is like sleeping in the clouds and the antique armchairs are the perfect spot to relax and unwind with that book you have been meaning to read forever!

And while it’s clear Stonebarn has been designed to escape the havoc of everyday life, I can’t live without modern conveniences and a morning flat white, so I rejoiced at the sight of the D’Longhi coffee machine and the iPod docking station.

I did however manage to wash away my cares in the old-fashioned claw-foot bath and was pleasantly surprised by the decadence of the French L’Occitane toiletries and the smoothness Pemberton’s rain water.

For the more adventurous among us there is the option to venture deep in to the forest for a private candle lit bush bath.  Surrounded by the decending mist that drifts through the trees at sunset and the harmonious chatter of guinea fowl and kookaburras, this experience is sure to create a lasting memory.
 
The indulgence continues with the option of a personal chef.

Manager and former Matilda Bay Restaurant sous chef Michael Comms, opens the dining room exclusively for guests to enjoy a two or three course culinary experience using fresh local produce.

Breakfast is an extravagant three course offering of Stonebarn’s unique layered treat of muesli, yoghurt, nuts and poached fruit topped with a strawberry sauce, followed by a sumptuous full cooked meal of sausages, bacon, eggs and mushrooms on toast, finished with a fruit platter to refresh the palate.

This is enough to keep guests going until evening, when they are invited back to savour the delicate flavours of inclusions such as pan fried chicken wrapped in prosciutto on a bean cassolet, gold band snapper with a saffron blanc, rack of lamb with a pine nut crust on roast pumpkin with a red wine jus followed by a mouthwatering dessert such as panacotta with seasonal fruits.

With an emphasis on highly personalised service, Stonebarn is a welcome inclusion to the WA tourism scene providing its guests with a truly bespoke experience.

For further information and booking details, see www.stonebarn.com.au

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We are giving two lucky www.vipfoodandwine.com.au website users the opportunity to WIN a luxury getaway at Stonebarn. Click here for competition details.

 


 
source: Cravings Magazine Volume 11
 
added: 13 September 2009
 
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