The Goose – Bussleton

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A couple of years ago a few of us got caught in a torrential downpour walking on Busselton Jetty. We could have quite easily been on Brighton or Blackpool Pier that day, it was so wild and woolly. The Goose provided a warm, dry escape and HOT COFFEE! We made a note that it would be a grand place for lunch if we were in the area again.

IMG_9833The dining room is very inviting, though it would seem most people there would rather dine alfresco. Well, with a view overlooking the crystal clear waters of Geographe bay and the Jetty – why wouldn’t you? I do have to admit (and you may have noticed), that I am a bit of a sucker for a funky light fitting – and the Goose has it’s very own row boat light shade. But it’s not the only one in the South West – Arivina Winery does too!!IMG_9834

UntitledfcgMost of us ordered Fish n Chips ($29.50). It was WA fish, served with chunky chips and a garden salad. About 4 or more of the people on our table ordered it and they all really enjoyed their lunch. I had a “bloggers moment”, I choose something different (even though I quite fancied Fish n Chips), just so there was something else to photograph! Silly Me. Well, no – I actually really enjoyed the Thai Beef Salad ($28.50). It was sweet and nutty; the crunchy Asian veg was covered with a hot and sour dressing.IMG_9837

IMG_9836Exmouth Prawns, pistachio & coconut curry. My lovely cousin, Mrs L (the Gluten-free vego) enjoyed this very much!

UntitledggWe like the Goose a lot. The service was good and very unobtrusive. They were very accommodating given we were a group of 10 “walk-ins”. The dining room was fresh and modern, with a view to die for. My cousins loved The Goose so much that they returned again for lunch a few days later on the way back to Perth!Untitledbg

Lyons Den – Yallingup Private Holiday Home

I was trying to find the perfect holiday home in Western Australia’s South Western region. There were a lot of people to please. I had my English Cousins visiting us. There were 6 of them; children, parents and grandparents. Then there was the 3 of us and my parents too. Luckily there are a lot of BIG houses in the Margaret River wine region!! I spent hours searching on the internet. I happened upon the website www.stays.com.au , which was invaluable. IMG_9582

Lyons Den has 6 Bedrooms. A King with spa en-suite, a double with shower en-suite, two further doubles, a twin bedroom and the kids bedroom with two bunks and a trundle. There is also another bathroom with shower and bath. It can easily accommodate about 15 people and 2 or 3 familys comfortably. The chef’s kitchen was given the tick of approval by Chef. It had a double sized fridge/freezer, huge breakfast bar, great stove and Nesspresso machine (which was a god-send after a few late nights!).There is also a large dining table and sofas galore!IMG_9584

The kids were kept entertained. As well as lots of books and toys in the room there was a fabulous playground and sandpit. Also outside overlooking Geographe Bay was the tennis court and large entertaining patio with BBQ.IMG_9580

Lyons Den is a short drive south of Busselton, down Caves Road. It’s only about 5 minutes from Yallingup too. Whilst we were there, we discovered the beautiful and historic Caves House, which is a fantastic pub with a huge decked outdoor area and manicured gardens. Though the ocean at Yallingup might be a bit rough for swimming, there is an absolutely fantastic playground by the beach for the kids.IMG_0112IMG_0106IMG_0126IMG_0320

On the second day at LD, I thought I’d see what was behind the garage door. I’d assumed it was just an empty double garage – but I found bikes, tennis equipment, scooters, footballs and a TABLE TENNIS TABLE!! We were all very excited and had a boys vs girls tournament that night – I’m pleased to say the girls won!

Oh and the spa bath was a hit too!

Though this post is obviously not about food, it was part of a food and wine holiday and I thought I’d share our experience in case any of you are looking at having a holiday with extended family. I’d never booked private accommodation online and I found it a very easy experience; from booking online to  Alison promptly answering my questions. I would love to stay at Lyons Den again one day. There is something at Lyons Den for everyone. I think it would be a lovely cosy house in winter too, with the wood fire roaring! (no pun intended!).

South West WA mini break– Margaret River

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Last month we enjoyed a well-earned break to the south west of Western Australia. Unlike previous wine tasting trips to “Margs”, this mini-break was much more child-friendly. Luckily for us, and Little Chef, children are well catered for at most places. We found a great place called “Xscape at the Cape Fun Park” (on caves Rd) in between Dunsbourgh and Busselton. There was everything there from wacky putt golf, to a wooden maze, train rides, bouncy castle and a multi-level playground. They stocked a large selection of delicious, locally made Millers ice cream and for the parents there was the fantastic Yavaha coffee!! Their Chai latte is a favourite of mine.

We stayed in the hamlet of Peppermint Grove Beach. It’s halfway between Busselton and Bunbury, near Capel. Peppy has no shops or even a café, but that adds to its charm. It’s so sleepy and peaceful. We’d wake up with the sun and head straight to the beach, at the end of our street.

We loved the beach there. It was great for LC, very calm and the beautiful waters of Geographe Bay were crystal clear. Chef tried his luck at some beach fishing and caught some Flounder and Yellowtail. We saw dolphins and even had a visit from a friendly sting ray. A little bit of paradise!