20th birthday weekend: Castle on the Hill, NSW

By C. Hawkins - 08:49

I turned 20 this past weekend and me and my partner celebrated by taking a road trip to New South Wales. More specifically the Mount Warning region :) We stayed at a BEAUTIFUL bed and breakfast known as Castle on the Hill where we participated in art classes, philosophical discussions, and fine dining by a fire underneath the stars. This B-and-B is in the most perfect location, overlooking Mt. Warning. It was very quiet, relaxing, and romantic! The hosts are incredible. You couldn't wish to spend the weekend with better people. When you leave you feel as though you've made life long friends. Castle on the Hill is run by artist/author Robert Pope and his wife Irene. The BandB only rents out two rooms so if you are looking for privacy this is the way to go. Its as if you have the whole castle to yourself. The hosts are very lax and the want you to feel at home and use the ENTIRE castle. In no way do you feel confined to your room.

The castle is made entirely out of real stone boulders. Its more naturally beautiful than pictures can
convey. High ceilings, open floor plans, and wide windows that give you a picturesque view of the mountains no matter what room you are in. The house is filled with the lovely art of Robert Pope. Those who are more arts inclined will especially enjoy the Castle. You engage in deep discussions with the hosts about life, experiences, art, and beliefs. Robert and Irene are very open minded and embrace all lifestyles. They have a very unique one of their own. That night Irene prepared some delicious nibbles, lit a fire and a few dozens candles...  and we all sat around a large table outdoors under the stars in deep discussions about some of the legends surround Mount Warning.

They departed and soon Irene returned with a delicious dinner which my partner and I enjoyed in privacy. They are really the perfect hosts. During dinner we were lucky enough to see a falling star!

After we finished our meals she collected the dishes and then returned with more wine, port, chocolates, and a fiery dessert! So much food that you leave feeling you have gotten MORE than your money's worth.

That morning we enjoyed a lovely hot and cold breakfast with the hosts and the other couple who was staying that weekend. We all discussed what are plans for the day were and the hosts were very helpful in giving their own opinions and suggestions of how to spend the day! Unfortunately Mt. Warning is closed to hikers. The storms have ravaged the paths and the whole thing is under construction. So no climbing the mountain! They don't expect it to be finished until the end of the year. Irene thinks it could even be some time after that due to the fact that it stills rains frequently and every time it does it causes damages.

I give this place a "9". Great location for a romantic getaway with your loved one.

** On a side note I received a lovely new Nikon from my partner for my bday these pictures were taken with that camera. I can definitely see the difference in image quality. I love it! Go book it!

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  1. Hello from another Yank in Oz. What is it about these Australian men who sweep us off our feet?

    I'd love to visit this Castle on the Hill. Next time we head south, I'll be sure to check it out.

    Happy Birthday!

    1. Australian men are the only true gentlemen, haha! Definitely worth a visit , one of my best birthday experiences to date. And thank you :)

  2. Happy Birthday!!! We are the same age :D ! Lovely pictures :)

  3. Happy Birthday :)
    I hope you enjoy the travel. The pictures are lovely :)
    Best wishes

  4. What a great place for a birthday weekend! I really love that last photo with the sky. Thank you for linking up with Belinda and I for Travel Tuesday! I hope you link up again next week.

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  5. Hello and hope you had a great birthday! Looks like a pretty place that you chose to celebrate. New follower from the Travel Tuesday Blog Hop. Now following on Bloglovin' and hope that you'll check out our new travel blog as well: