There are a number of unique places for an overnight stay in Sydney from coastal villages with sparkling white sand beaches to infamous haunted hotels that promise a dose of the supernatural. But did you know that just 45 minutes outside of Sydney is an Italian-inspired village that looks like it could’ve been transported straight from Tuscany or Puglia to the heart of the city? Cobblestone laneways, country gardens, and alfresco dining are all part of the package at Guestlands, an Italian-themed bed and breakfast, built to look exactly like a medieval Italian village. If you’re looking for a slice of La Dolce Vita, you’ll get the experience in spades here minus the long-haul flight to Italy.
Reminiscent of an ancient Tuscan village, the property comes with five beige and rose-coloured villas with their own private balconies, Tuscan-style gardens and a pool to cool off in. There’s also a chess garden with oversized pieces and a playing field and a lovely Trattoria (small Italian restaurant) where you can gather with close friends and family for a cosy meal. Start your day with an idyllic swim, enjoy a stroll along the gardens and enjoy food and music for a true and immersive experience of the European countryside. There is also, of course, tons of wine.
Guests also have the option to make their own pizzas, enjoy gelato nights and sip on wine at the Trattoria. There’s even a red Vespa at the venue, fire pits for cold nights and overhead hanging lights for all the Instagram-friendly vibes.
The gardens are a major highlight of the space as an ode to Italy’s many beautiful gardens with a quiet lake, sitting areas and flowers in abundance for quiet walks and a space to decompress.
Guestlands is the creation of owners Jenny and Peter Guest who have lived next door for over 25 years. The attention to detail and quality is striking with a number of sunny nooks to explore, each designed to capture the essence of Italy. Originally intended for family and friends, the spot is now open for public bookings and small wedding ceremonies and bridal photo shoots upon prior approval. You’ll find this picturesque spot in the semi-rural suburb of Arcadia, within 30kms of Sydney. Plan your next indulgent stay and book a spot here.
Read more about Guestlands here.