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Manjimup Harmony Cherry Festival

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

It’s happening again this year on the weekend of the  7th, 8th and 9th December, when cherries will  festooning the streets of Manjimup along with wonderful local local food produce and celebrity chefs helping to cook it all!

Come down and enjoy the experience, as well as the country atmosphere and celebrations.  Visit http://www.cherryfestival.com.au/

for more information about the weekend.

Country Gardens and Spring

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Spring is everywhere

What a beautiful time of the year!  The trout are leaping, the birds are nesting and the gardens are blooming!! Try and make it down for spring in the southwest.  Country gardens  in the South west are opening their gates to welcome you in for a visit  on the first week of November, 2012.  Visit the Country Gardens official website www.countrygardensaustralia.com/gardens to find out more.

Ready for Trout fishing in Western Australia?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The trout season is open  and our trout lakes are ‘leaping and ‘jumping with Western Australia grown  trout!    Our Balbarrup   fly fishing trophy lake is well stocked with mature browns and rainbows that have been in the  natural environment for over 12 months and offer the fisherman a challenge!

Contact  Paul, if you are looking for a freshwater fishing weekend or just some time out in the country with a fishing rod in hand!!!

Fishing Australia at Clover Cottage

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

If you missed out on checking out the Fishing Australia tv episode featuring Clover Cottage and the trophy lake, you can download episode 3 on season 12 from iTunes Store.  Cost is $3.49.  The program was made in March 2012 on the hottest day of the year!!!

Famous Fishing Photos!!!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Check out these great fishermen and their catches!

New Canoes for Trout Season

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

It was an exciting day for Paul when he launched the new canoes for Clover Cottage . These WA  made canoes by Finn Kayaks  have replaced our previous Canadians.

For the enthusiastic fly fishermen, you now have the choice of hiring a twin hull dinghy to paddle on the fly fishing trophy lake.  The twin hulls provide efficiency and the ability to safely stand and move about without capsizing - making it perfect for fishing out onto the lake.

Fly fishing in the dinghy

Country Gardens 2012

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Gardens in the central South West of Western Australia will be open to visitors in 2012 as part of the Festival of Country Gardens

The dates for Spring 2012 are:

Prelude: Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October and

Main Festival: Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 November 2012.

Every garden is open each day of the Prelude and/or the Main Festival from 10 am to 5 pm.

Garden gates will be opened in picturesque country villages and the small towns for exploring what is behind the garden fence.

The locations are in the scenic, inland south west of Western Australia that includes Balingup, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Manjimup and Nannup.

In addition to gardens opening there will be morning walks and evening sundowners with a garden theme over the Festival days, so that visitors and local people can enjoy a garden-inspired holiday.

Be prepared for a visual feast in August by Nannup’s 4 day “The Power of Flowers” theme for the annual Flower and Garden Festival.  Visit the website for more information http://www.nannupgardens.org.au/index.html

Held from the 16th – 19th August the festival is packed with displays, floral art, crafts and practical tips on home gardening.

The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival is a fabulous 4 days of colour, inspiration,    friendship and song!    Can’t visit during the Festival? No problems.  For a couple of weeks either side of the Festival,  Nannup is ablaze with beautiful flowers.

Fishing Australia in the South West

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Fishing Australia 2012 features  the South West of Western Australia, including Clover Cottage Country Retreat and the surrounding area.   The new series premieres Saturday 18th August at 5-30pm on WIN, Imparja and NBN, with encore screening on GO the following day at 12 noon. For Perth viewers it will be featured on Channel 9

Clover Cottage will be a featured episode on Saturday 1st September. The episode was filmed in  March 2012.  Make sure you are ready to watch right after the football!!!

Country Life & School Holidays

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Scarlett  (11 yrs) from Perth “Clover Cottage was so so good  I had so much fun.  …….  How I wished I lived here.”

Hissan    (Perth)  ”I had so much fun here.. going fishing and playing with Floyd (Golden Retriever) and the animals… and I had the best 4 days. Thank you for the best holiday.”

Just love seeing our young visitors enjoying the simple things that country life gives without even trying… open space,  our quirky and very friendly farm animals, fishing, tennis, board games, canoeing (with a grown up)  and spending time together!

While  a young guest was booking out this morning with his family  after a 4 day stay with us, he said,  ” We are definitely coming back… Mum was sooooo relaxed!”

Truffle Kerfuffle a Super Success

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

What a food and wine experience the Truffle Kerfuffle Experience was this year! Well known visiting chefs, cooks and food growers cooked, talked and enjoyed the local fare and gourmet delights.

Saturday June 16th saw some 2500 people visit Fonty’s Pool for the second annual Truffle Kerfuffle – Southern Forest Food Festival. The weather was brilliant, the food and wine were amazing and the masterclasses and truffle hunts were very informative and entertaining.

Thank you to everybody who attended we trust that you will be back, with all of your friends on June 15th 2013 for our third annual festival. We wish to thank all of our sponsors and volunteers for their tremendous support and efforts during and leading up to the event.

Sophie Zalokar from Foragers, Anna Gere from Master Chef, Matthew Evans and Ross O’Meara from SBS  Gourmet Farmer and David Coomer from  the iconic Perth restaurants Star Anise and Pata Negra made the whole experience a top happening to complement to top quality food and wines on offer.

So ensure you book ahead for the 2013 Truffle experience and have the chance to taste, drink, indulge and experience what we have hidden down here in the Southern Forest of WA!

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Hear from our guests

What a fabulous getaway!  The cottage was everything you needed, the wildlife abundant and the greatest of all was that Grandad caught 10 good sized trout in 2  days, which was (in his words) ‘ the most fantastic 4 days ‘ that he could ever remember enjoy without Grandma with him!

David and Patricia Healey and “Grandad” Paddy