FREE SHIPPING for all orders over $129 + AFTER PAY: buy now, pay later!

Mount Macedon in Lockdown

Mount Macedon in Lockdown

October 09, 2020

WRITTEN BY SASSIND CO-FOUNDER: Tamara Ryan
When Melbourne's second lockdown was announced with tough new measures in early July, our little family was in the very fortunate position to be having a mini break at Sassind Guesthouse at Mount Macedon. We decided to stay. New restrictions meant that we could not rent the house out to anyone for the foreseeable future, so the decision was easy. The commute to our warehouse is manageable, the house is fully equipped for a long stay, and of course the stunning landscape of Mount Macedon and our expansive gardens were a draw card too. Not a day has gone by that I haven't felt incredibly grateful to have had this option, and I vowed early on to appreciate our surroundings and what the area has to offer. I walk every day rain, hail or shine, and have discovered some amazing tracks right on our doorstep.

 

 

I'm so looking forward to being able to welcome guests again at our beautiful property. We really do have something special up here, and I cannot wait to share it. Here're some gems I have discovered / re-discovered since living here:

Mt Towrong Winery

Also home to award-winning Mountain Gin, these guys have their cellar door experience down to a fine art. Open only on the weekend, they offer tastings at the bar but also offer sit down service with a simple menu focussed on local produce. It's a stunning setting, and a lovely spot to have a casual bite to eat and a little tipple if you fancy. It's a 4-minute drive from the Guesthouse.

 

(Image Source: Mount Towrong's Website)

 

Mount Macedon Trading Post

A one-stop shop for delicious take home meals, local produce, cakes and slices, and giftware. They adapted to the ever-changing restrictions to hospitality with ease, and their take home meals were on high rotation during our stay. Our favourites include:  Thai Green Curry, Beef Bourguignon, Vegetable Lasagne, and Sticky Date Pudding (if you don't mind!).

 

  

Kuze

This restaurant honestly rivals any Japanese meal I have ever experienced in the big smoke.  Since the first lockdown at the end of March, they have stuck exclusively to take home meals on a click and collect basis. Their full menu is available online, and they have a limited amount of time slots each evening in which you can pick up your meals. Highlights include: Tempura Oysters,  Sashimi & Sushi Moriawase, Tori Namban, and their Soft Shell Crab Bao. The four of us can eat like Kings for under $150. We may never need to eat out again!

 

(Image source: Kuze's Instagram)

  

Ida Red

Hands down the best pizza we've ever eaten, and consistently so. In addition to pizza they also offer some small side dishes as accompaniments. Hot tip - do not go past the saganaki. They too have stuck to take away only on a click or phone and collect basis.

 

(Image source: Eve Wilson for The Design Files,  Ida Red's Instagram)

 

Wooden Farmers Market

This gem is held on the first Saturday of each month and plays host to the best produce the Macedon Ranges have to offer. Think fresh fruit and vegetables, farmhouse cheeses and butter, gin, wine, grass fed beef + lamb, seedlings, and endless preserves and oils. It has a wonderful festive atmosphere, the stallholders are all very informative about their wares, and was the highlight of my month during 3 months of lockdown. 

                                                                  

The story behind the guesthouse

Needless to say, we have been very fortunate to experience the lockdown here in Mount Macedon, and in The Sassind Guesthouse. If this piqued your interest then take a look at our previous blog below.

Read the post here.

 

 



Also in The Lounge

Bathurst in Lockdown
Bathurst in Lockdown

October 16, 2020

Francesca is a small business owner and Mum to our Social Media Strategist in Sydney, Alex! She is a yoga lover, avid reader and calls Bathurst home. This is her neighbourhood travel story.

Read More

Behind the Scenes of SS'20
Behind the Scenes of SS'20

September 30, 2020

Continuing on from my July BLOG post about how we've navigated the rocky road that has been 2020, I'd like to share with you how the Sassind Team pulled together to create our Spring / Summer 2020 collections.

Read More

Sydney in Lockdown
Sydney in Lockdown

September 24, 2020

Alex is Sassind's social media strategist living in Sydney, most often found with a coffee in one had and an iPhone in the other. This is her story of lockdown life in Sydney.

Read More