Nestled within the multitude of vineyards in the Hunter Valley, only a couple of hours out of Sydney is a hidden gem. Thistle Hill Guesthouse is a beautiful retreat that is lovingly designed and styled in the style of a quintessential country cottage. The delightful owners Carol and Peter have a sharp eye for detail and style and their own charm and homely warmth translates into their styling.
The Interior Styling
The rooms are decorated with white rattan furniture, neutral deep pile rugs, beds which look like they are straight out of a The White Company Catalogue; with crisp linen, white bed covers and immaculately coordinated cushions. All set off against soft, fresh green walls and styled using antique, rustic accessories and freshly picked white roses in pewter mugs.
No stone is left unturned in the gardens and everywhere you look is another stunning vignette or cluster of beautiful objects. My favourties have to be the incredible explosion of white roses that line the front path to the house, a pair of old white iron recliners by the edge of the lake, a wine barrel, out door wall clock and console combination and a courtyard with wrought iron gates. Even the smokey grey cat completes the scheme.
If you manage to find the Hunter’s biggest secret and then wrestle your way through the white roses, you won’t be disappointed, least of all by the breaky. The bench mark has been set for Australian Country styling but shhhh, Mum’s the word.
Source: Photographs by Natalia Higgins