A weekend in Berry
A weekend escape to the country is like medicine for the soul. Amongst the chaos and business of life, it is important to take time out, connect with nature and have a few days of solitude and relaxation. My husband Nick and I love to travel but sometimes a weekend getaway is more achievable than a few weeks’ holiday and we like to schedule these in as much as we can. We decided to venture 2.5 hours south of our hometown in Sydney and visit the cute, country town of Berry. Staying in a beautiful, private, Scandinavian-designed cabin at Sojourn in Far Meadow (just a 7 minute drive from Berry), we enjoyed a weekend of relaxing by the log fire, exploring Berry, eating, bushwalking and connecting with nature. Here are some recommendations on where to stay, where to eat and what to do when visiting Berry NSW.
Where to stay
Sojourn Retreat at Far Meadow
We stumbled across Sojourn Retreat when researching for accommodation in Berry and were drawn to its Scandinavian-designed cabins and country-side location. Just a 7 minute drive from Berry town, Sojourn offers 2 cabins on a large private property in Far Meadow. The cabins are minimal and modern in design, featuring Scandinavian furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows with doors opening onto the timber deck that overlooks the lush, green country-side. As there are only two cabins, Sojourn is very private and peaceful which is great for a weekend escape from the business of life in the city.
Breakfast is included which consists of bacon and eggs that you cook for yourself, as well as orange juice and a loaf of local sour dough and condiments. As the South Coast has such a varied landscape (country-side and beaches), a trip to Berry is perfect in any season. Ours was a winter escape where we relaxed by the log fire in our cabin, however Sojourn is only a short drive to the beach so would be a great summer getaway too.
47 Bryces Road, Far Meadow NSW
T. 02 4448 5497
What to do
Visit The Famous Berry Donut Van
First things first, a trip to Berry isn’t complete without a visit to The Famous Berry Donut Van. Hot Cinnamon donuts are made fresh to order and are well worth the line up.
Explore Berry Town
When traveling to Berry, you can easily spend a good part of the day exploring the town. There are many cute boutique stores, cafes and restaurants. What I love about Berry is that it is such a trendy little town. The shop fitouts are beautifully designed, and there are many stylish boutiques where you can come across some good finds.
The Picnic Shed
The Picnic Shed is a beautiful, rustic store that sells homewares, trinkets, recipe books and other unique bits and pieces. Walk around the back of the store and say hi to the cute little bunny rabbits.
23 Prince Alfred Street, Berry NSW
Roots and Wings Design
Roots and Wings is home to an eclectic mix of well-sourced products of high quality with design and functionality in mind. Items include boutique and contemporary Australian clothing labels, accessories, homewares and lifestyle products. The shopfront is covered in lush green foliage and the store fitout is clean and minimal, showcasing items in a well-considered manner.
83 Queen Street, Berry NSW
A hike to Drawing Room Rocks
If you are the adventurous type, a walk to Drawing Room Rocks will be right up your alley. I must admit we were a bit deceived as the local who recommended the walk had us thinking it was more of a leisurely 20 minute stroll. The reality was it took us about 40 minutes, was uphill and quite treacherous at times. Totally worth it though, when you see the amazing views at the end. It’s just worth noting to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. We took a backpack with some donuts from The Famous Berry Donut Van which we enjoyed as we sat on the rocks and took in the incredible views.
Where to eat
Berry Sourdough Cafe
Berry Sourdough cafe is a rustic, artisan sourdough cafe and bakery serving breakfast and lunch in a beautiful, century old building. The outdoor deck surrounded by green garden hedges and foliage is a perfect spot to enjoy a daytime meal. The cafe is quite popular among locals and gets busy on the weekends, but the food is definitely worth the wait.
23 Prince Alfred Street, Berry NSW
T. 02 4464 1617
The Burrows of Berry
Housed behind the wooden barn doors of an old blacksmith shop lies the The Burrows of Berry, a vintage-inspired cafe with friendly, local vibes. The menu is rustic yet modern with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce. I couldn’t go past the French Toast with baked bananas, salted peanut butterscotch and praline which was delicious.
71 Queen Street (Princes Highway), Berry NSW
T. 0401 047 430
The Berry Tea Shop
The Berry Tea Shop is the perfect spot for morning or afternoon tea. Offering an extensive range of single origin teas and tea blends, The Berry Tea Shop sources organic loose-leaf teas from around the world. Tea is served in cute, eclectic china as are the homemade scones and cakes. Teas and teaware are available for purchase.
Shop 1/66 Albert Street, Berry NSW
T. 02 4464 1218
The Emporium Food Co.
The Emporium Food Co. is a cafe and deli that sources imported and local select gourmet products including oils, pastas, pates, chutneys, organic goods, gluten-free foods, smoked cold meats, gourmet sausages, vinegars, spices and more. Cheese lovers will appreciate the extensive cheese section including both imported and local products.
Because we had big days exploring the town and going on bush walks, we felt like having relaxing nights-in and ordered The Emporium Co’s home-made, ready-made meals which we heated in our kitchen and enjoyed with a bottle of wine. Take-home meals we recommend are the vegetarian lasagne, beef lasagne, ricotta and spinach cannelloni and beef and pork meatballs in tomato and basil sauce. We enjoyed these meals so much we ordered them both nights during our stay.
127b Queen Street, Berry NSW
T. 02 4464 1570