15 Reasons Why Highlanders Are Lovin’ Links House
Why the regeneration of this stunning heritage hotel in Burradoo has got us locals excited (and heading off for cocktails!)
Built in 1928, Links House is a gorgeous boutique hotel tucked away in a quiet enclave of Burradoo, facing north overlooking the greens and fairways of Bowral Golf Course and beautiful gardens that absolutely sing in spring.
Purpose built as a hotel nearly 100 years ago, many locals have heard of it but just assume it’s for out-for-towners or have been when they were younger, but haven’t stepped inside since.
Well, you gotta know that since owner Joanna Pfahl took over the reins, there has been a whole lot of changes, updates, rejigs and an injection of fabulousness that is creating a buzz among us locals. And welcome back, we say!
This stunning heritage hotel is wowing us Highlanders with super-lovely cosy spaces, beautiful gardens, fab food, local produce and experiences that are both amazing and accessible.
Here’s 15 reasons why locals are lovin’ Links House right now.
1 // Long lunches in the garden with friends
When you have a whole lotta beautiful outdoor space blossoming with blooms and greenery in the spring, it seems a waste to stay inside, right? As part of a collab with local floral artist, Ali Kennon of Alison Kennon Botanical Design, Links House can create a truly spectacular setting for a fab long lunch with the girls! Delicious food, stunning table design, giggles with the girls and bubbles – what’s not to love? Oh, and it’s an awesome option for a hen’s celebration too!
Photo // Abbie Melle
2 // Christmas in July with all the trimmings
A crackling open fireplace, the spicy scent of mulled wine (we were there when they were making it and it smelt amayyyyzing!) and a traditional menu with all the trimmings – soup, turkey, tasty roast veggies, freshly baked bread, and our favourite, pudding! – Links House is nailing the whole Christmas in July experience. Only a couple of weeks left and they’re booking out quickly so jingle those bells, people!
3 // Cosy spaces for catch-ups
The Sitting Room at Links House is soooo inviting. Curl up on a snuggly couch in front of the open fire and chat with your friends – it’s just like being at home but without worrying about having to clean up afterwards! Local book clubbers and knitting groups gather here for a knit and a natter, and girlfriends catch up for a coffee in this beautifully, relaxing space. Coffee, tea (try something from The Mindful Tea collection created by Highlander, Lauren of Mantra Blends) and an amazing array of homemade treats and delights is available from 8am. You had us at Persian Love Cake (and not cleaning up afterwards).
4 // Fine dining at Ethos Restaurant
Renowned local chef, Jason Hughes is Executive Chef of Ethos, the stunning and intimate restaurant at Links House. Jason sources local, ethical and seasonal ingredients to create a high-end experience on the plate that combines perfectly with the friendly service to create a relaxed and comfy vibe.
“This place has a great energy. I love the environment and working on menu concepts that suit the uniqueness of Links House,” Jason says.
“What works here wouldn’t work at other places. We embrace that and have a bit of fun with it.”
Photo // Abbie Melle
5 // Friday (or any night!) cocktails
If you feel like a quiet drink or three at the end of a busy week or day, locals can head on into Links House for a delish cocktail. The delightful Ben behind the bar will shake or stir whatever refreshment you require, from Martini’s to Mai Tai’s and everything in between. Wine, champers and fresh brewski’s are also available. Oh, and (note to self) they’re licenced from 10am....just in case you fancy a Bloody Mary after a particularly big celebration.
6 // Supporting local creatives
Jo is passionate about supporting local creatives and has asked some super stylish and talented Highlanders to oversee the freshening up of the accommodation rooms. Liz of Piece by Piece Home, artist Justine Slough, and Dana from Bowral’s Three Wise Monkeys are creating beautiful interior spaces.
“I wanted to create rooms that surprise and delight,” Jo says.
“Each room has a strong character and feel to it. I love that the rooms have been created by locals to give it an eclectic but stylish Highlands finish.”
7 // Recovery parties
Yep, it’s a thing! And Links House is all over it. Think buffets of bacon and eggs, fresh frittatas and baked deliciousness served with a side of Bloody Mary or bubbles!
“We can cater for up to 120 people across the different spaces on the property, both inside and outside,” says Jo.
“We’ve done a number of recovery parties here after weddings. People love catching up with guests they met the night before in a relaxed environment in the garden, by the fire, in the courtyard or on a picnic rug. They’re always fun!”
8 // Fur-baby friendly
You guys know we love our fur-babies, so we doubly love that Links House is pet-friendly. That means your doggo is more than welcome to come along while you grab a coffee with a friend in the garden, or hang out with the kids in the courtyard, or picnic on the front lawn. And be sure to say hi to Herbie, Links House resident doggo. You’ll find him on the front step sleeping in the sun!
9 // More special event dinners on the horizon
After the success of the recent Après Ski dinner at Links, there are more special event dinners coming up. And we are lovin’ the sound of these ones. Plans are afoot for a Gin Night where Jason will be creating delicious menus to match an array of just as delicious gins. There are also plans for a Rum Night – yohoho!
10 // Low stress light lunches
One of the best things about catching up with friends for lunch at Links House is the complete lack of stress. It’s out of town, so no battling traffic. There’s plenty of parking, so no fighting for parking spots. There’s stacks of space for the kids or puppers to run around without worrying if they’re going to up-end a table or chair....it’s just all so easy at Links. The café offers up a selection of light meals which you can choose to have in the garden, in the sitting room, in the sunshine by the window overlooking the golf course, or wherever, really!
11 // Kids welcome
Jo has kids herself and you’ll quite often find them making themselves a hot chocolate, playing outside, helping out with jobs around the hotel, or settled in with a book by the fire. We love that kids are welcomed with open arms and parents are encouraged to totally relax. They can play with the giant Jenga Set in the garden, board games in the sitting room, have snuggles with Herbie the dog or play a game of tip on the front lawn. Oh, and there is always plenty of hot chocolate for kids at Links!
12 // Get bendy at yoga
Christobel from Wholebeing Yoga runs hour long classes twice a week – Mondays and Saturdays - at Links House. She also offers private and double yoga sessions and is very kid-friendly - great for a mother/daughter session, or a small group of tweens! If you're interested in private sessions and bookings, call her on 0400 058 997 to chat more about options.
Christobel focuses on mindfulness and flow, exactly what we need in this crazy world at the moment, right? Grab a friend, take time out for some zen action and follow it up with a cup of Mantra Blend tea in the Sitting Room. What a relaxing morning....
13 // High Tea
Speaking of tea, you can have it high (or low) at Links House.
“Absolutely we do high tea,” says Jo.
“We can do a traditional afternoon tea in the garden, or a relaxed morning tea in the sitting room. Just make sure you call us first so we can prepare something delicious for you. We have a minimum number too, so get in touch.”
Photo // Abbie Melle
14 // So many options for private events
We’ve already touched on recovery parties and hen’s celebrations, but Links House caters for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, conferences and more, with loads of options available for both indoors and outdoors.
“Our private dining room – we call the room Sybil – can seat up to 30 people, and it has a gorgeous outdoor area running off it,” Jo says.
“We’re in the middle of giving this event space a makeover. We’ll be using beautiful dark plum colours and bespoke furniture to recreate the look and feel of a traditional whiskey room at a hunting lodge.”
Photo // Abbie Melle
15 // There’s loads in the pipeline!!
We’re so excited about some of the fun events Jo has got planned for the future. While everything is a bit of a moving feast at the moment thanks to COVID, there are plans for Murder Mystery Nights – fun! Links House is the perfect location for that! – as well as an outdoor cinema on the front lawn in the warmer months, the Gin and Rum Nights we mentioned earlier, and loads more.
Be sure to stay in the loop to keep up to date with what this fab team are doing to re-energise this amazing place in the Southern Highlands.
Links House is a stunning boutique hotel in Bowral with a warm and friendly energy, bound to make anyone who steps over the threshold (and Herbie the dog) feel at home. Beautiful gardens, relaxed spaces, delicious food and gorgeous country hospitality creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for Highlanders and visitors.