After a long week at work, I rushed home, threw some clothes in a bag, picked my friends up and we hit the motorway... it's fair the say that The Lodge at FrancLee was the break that we all needed.
With every kilometre we travelled away from the city (250 of them to be exact), we felt our stress disappearing and the excitement growing. After about three and a half hours of driving - including a compulsory snack stop, of course - we hit Upper Allyn. A few winding roads later, two inquisitive cows crossing and one flooded causeway, we'd made it to our home for the weekend.
The Lodge at FrancLee is a slice of heaven, hidden away on a 220-acre property. Set at the base of a valley, the lodge is perfectly private and surrounded by all the beauty of nature you'll need.
Despite its cosy size and feel, the Lodge at FrancLee actually sleeps 10 with two bedrooms, each containing a queen bed (with incredible mattresses!), 3 large, wooden bunk beds, and an ensuite bathroom.
The best feature of the property, however, is the huge deck perfect for eating, drinking, watching the world go by, or having a bath under the stars. We spent hours sitting outside, fire roaring, drinking red wine and putting the world to rights, improved by the fact that there is no phone signal at the lodge.
If you do fancy exploring, the property is prime for adventures and includes lots of rolling hills, a cow paddock, and a river to laze around.
We loved our time at FrancLee and came back to Sydney relaxed, rejuvenated, and smelling of a log fire.