The olives alone made me fall in love with Bunnyconnellen, but the reason we keep going back is because this family truly knows what it takes to create a rustic yet sensuous experience.
Sonny and I took full advantage of the offer to stay in the Bunnyconnellen Bed and Breakfast for a night. We were there on the Saturday for a function and I was running a pasta class and lunch the next day. The whole experience was comforting and luxurious at the same time. The delightful studio room and well thought out breakfast spread ticked all my accommodation and food boxes.
First impressions are important, and Bunnyconnellen has this in spades.
Right from the moment you see it from the main road, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. The small gathering of rustic buildings looks quite at home surrounded by the harsh Queensland grazing hills, but is surprisingly unique in its setting amidst the olive grove.
The welcome mat is rolled out before you even arrive, as the olive tree lined driveway frames the setting and invites you in. We were greeted by operator and co-owner Kate Stewart-Moore, who is like a Bunnyconnellen olive herself, full of life and delightfully refreshing.
We arrived in the heat of a mid November afternoon, and upon entering the studio B&B were relieved to find the corrugated iron room cool and refreshing. A quick inspection of the room revealed a reasonable sized bathroom, complete with bath tub, a queen sized bed, comfy couch and cute little pot bellied fire place, essential for Toowoomba region winters.
Onsite is the Bunnyconnellen wine cellar and restaurant/café, affectionately know as The Shed, and a shop, run by Kate’s mother, and owner of Bunnyconnellen, Ann Stewart-Moore. Although the word ‘shop’ doesn’t do the small store much justice. Filled with silk scarves, natural soaps and exclusive pottery, this hidden boutique is a place to find that inimitable something. They actually get you in two places – there is another shop across from Emeraude in Hampton called That Shop at Hampton. So I am doomed.
I can’t resist at least one purchase whenever I’m there.
With nothing to do but enjoy the view of the beautiful old fig trees and olive grove, it truly is a place to sit back and relax. If doing nothing is not your cup of tea, there’s the giant Jenga or handy frizz bee, or the walking tracks of Crows Nest and Ravensbourne are only a short drive. Or you could always just eat your fill of the Bunnyconnellen olives. Once you try them, you’ll never want store bought again!
Full of great country service and charming scenery, Bunnyconnellen will surprise and delight you time and time again.