Journalists are often reaching out and asking for tips from Scandinavians on how to not only survive in winter but thrive. Indeed, I even included some tips in my Njuta book*. But there gets to a stage when you notice a small crack in the veneer of even the most hardy Vikings. And with several months of winter left to go, that’s around now! So, forgive me while I dream of far away places in sunnier climes today! 

I’m taking us on a journey to Dunmore Farm – a charming rustic retreat on a 150-acre working farm nestled away in the heart of North east Victoria, Australia. Dunmore cottage was built in 1860 using red gum sourced on site – making it one of the oldest houses in the district! Owners Angus and Bec Macdougall, saw it’s potential as a peaceful getaway and carried out a considered year-long restoration to seamlessly blend old world charm with modern amenities. 

I could quite happily spend a week or two here luxuriating in a hot bath, cosying up by the fire or simply relaxing and looking out over the fields (word has it that there is some fresh seasonal produce to be sourced from growers all around the region if you love cooking!). Ready to dream? 

Sign me up! 

Could you imagine relaxing here for a few days too? 

I love the room with the bunkbed – it wouldn’t look out of place in Sweden! I wonder if it is Scandi inspired? Is there anything that stood out to you? 

I have shared SO many wonderful stays and home tours in Australia over the years. You can check them all out here. one day, I might even make it there in person. Here’s hoping! 
This afternoon we’re off to Odense, Denmark to do some research for a city guide I’m writing for a magazine – I’ve never been before so very excited! If you’d like to follow along virtually, I’ll be sharing snippets on my instagram stories

Thank you for stopping by (I’ve so enjoyed reading your comments and mails!), have a fabulous weekend! 

Niki

Photography Nick Skinner, shared with kind permission from Dunmore Farm. 

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