Spring is on its way and many guests are making their way to self-contained Blossom Cottage or our stunning, spacious Vintage Room for peace, quiet and magical scenery. We are located in a perfect spot for guests who want to base themselves in Rotorua for four or more nights. We are also central to many major cities, close to lakes and beaches and less than an hour's drive to Peter Jackson's Hobbiton in Matamata, which is great, as you can make a day trip and then come back home to the comfort of Blossom Cottage or The Vintage Room in the evening. I want to tell you about a very special café/restaurant in Matamata called Workmans, which is open from 7.30 am until late. It is the perfect venue for a meal before or following your tour at Hobbiton. Workmans is run by Syd, an inspirational man, who clearly loves what he does and ensures that you are treated like a king or queen. The meals are delicious, the decor quirky and homely and the staff friendly and attentive. Syd is the perfect host who will walk you to the door at the end of your meal and wave goodbye. This place ticks all the boxes and is well worth a visit.
If you have aches and pains or are in the mood for a soothing Scandinavian sauna, relaxing soak in a spacious hot tub or would like to have a massage offered by René, your on-site massage therapist, then Blossom Cottage or The Vintage Room are the place to be. Book with René prior to your arrival or anytime during your stay. His massages are affordable and to top it all off, you don't have to travel all the way to Rotorua; you can lie back and enjoy one of the many massages in the comfort of your own accommodation!
Here's a recipe that is delicious and can be made ahead of time called Salmon Parcels: Place a piece of silver foil on the bench and then lay a piece of baking paper on the foil. Put a piece of salmon fillet on the baking paper. (Don't forget to remove the bones). Add some thinly sliced lemon, 2 anchovies, a tbsp of tomato pesto, some olives or capers, salt, pepper and a tsp of olive oil on the salmon. Fold up the foil and bake the parcel in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. Open to check if it's to your liking and bake a little longer, if needed. Serve with mashed potatoes, green beans and a cold NZ Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious!
Until next time!