This week we welcome the gorgeous Briar Stanley to The Design Files Guest Blog! Briar is a props buyer and stylist extraordinaire who also has a delightful blog Sunday Collector. This week Briar is taking us on a treasure hunting trip to Mudgee - and boy oh boy does she find us some gems! – Jenny x

Hello everyone, it’s so lovely to be here for the week. I usually share my expeditions through out Sydney on my blog Sunday Collector, but I thought I would go further afield for you. I recently packed my camera and notebook and travelled mid-west past the Blue Mountains to spend a few days treasure hunting in Mudgee. I have a few personal ties to the beautiful wine region – but I will touch on that tomorrow. Today, I want to focus on where I think you will all want to stay.

I was really pleased to be able to visit Trelawney Farm. Shiny and recently refurbished by a clever Sydney couple, the 1880’s five bedroom cottage is situated on a twenty-five acre property and is about 4km from town. Trelawney Farm is made up of two connected dwellings, The Coach House + Barn End Cottage, which combined sleeps up to 10 people. On entering the huge home, I couldn’t put my camera down.

I have always loved all-white homes, see another of my favourites here. I spotted loveliness every where I turned. I have a feeling the owners love a bit of treasure hunting too.

Even the queen approves.

The kids can hang out in their own little retreat.

I would spend a lot of time in here if this was my home.

Fancy a warm bath under the stars?

If you feel like being closer to the action. ie. in town, I have previously stayed at The Tannery – a lovely little homestead available for short stays. Or, if you prefer the idea of fresh towels and your bed made every morning, Cobb & Co will ensure a comfy stay. The clever people at de Russie are currently renovating an historical site to accommodate a luxury boutique hotel opening later this year – hence the photo of the construction site above, bottom right.

Mudgee is certainly going places.

- Briar x