TBT: 5 Luxurious Lodges to Stay In
Embrace the rustic charm of an historic lodge, farm or homestead this winter
1. Winvian Farm
18 unique cottages make up this 113 acre property in Connecticut, United States, with each abode having its own distinct theme. There's a treehouse, a log cabin, a library, a stable and even an indoor 'campsite'. Guests are provided with bikes to explore the extensive family farm, which was converted into a luxury retreat by descendants of the property's second owners. Another highlight is the lodge's 'seed to table' dining concept, with the majority of vegetables grown on-site.
2. Lake Placid Lodge
Experience the charm of New York's Adirondack mountains with a visit to Lake Placid Lodge. This lake-front Arts and Crafts-style hotel was just a shingle and stone camp back in 1882. It was converted to a hotel in the 1940s and refurbished half a century later, then rebuilt by hand after a devastating 2005 fire. You can choose to stay in a private cabin, a treetop suite or a room overlooking the lake – with log-framed beds and lived-in luxury throughout.
3. Lilianfels Resort & Spa
The Blue Mountains has a host of luxury accommodation options, but if you're looking for old-world ambience, head to Lilianfels. The historic homestead, just 90 minutes from Sydney, was the original summer residence of the sixth Chief Justice of New South Wales. 85 lavish rooms have been decorated to reflect the building's Victorian origins, with Wedgwood wallpaper throughout. Indulge your inner foodie at one of the many in-house restaurants or bars, wander the beautifully manicured gardens or play with your pooch - the bring your own dog package includes a dog bed and bowl for your pampered pet.
4. Blanket Bay
For a getaway closer to home, head to Otago's Blanket Bay. The impressive property, just out of Glenorchy, is inspired by historic lodges that the owners (former Levi-Strauss president Tom Tusher and wife Pauline) have stayed in. Accommodation options include a beautiful stone chalet, the private owner's residence or luxuriously-decked out lodge rooms. A new private villa is due to open at the end of 2017. Cosy up by the fireplace and enjoy the alpine views or embrace your active side and head out fishing, hiking or horse riding.
5. Gibb's Farm
This award-winning sustainable farm was one of the first guesthouses in northern Tanzania. Originally a coffee farm, you can now experience its beauty with a stay in one of 17 guest cottages. It's a spot made for relaxing, with nine gardens – herb, floral and vegetable - to stroll through and over 200 bird species to snooze to. If you crave more excitement, you can visit nearby Lake Manyara National Park or Ngorongoro Crater to spot lions, elephants and more. You can also receive a traditional Maasai healing massage, meet East African artists from the artists-in-residence program or embrace farm life, helping to make bread, harvest vegetables or roast coffee.