David discovers a charming b&b nestled in the country … but you may wish to stay for the pure fact you get to drive the car of your dreams!
Goulburn, Australia's first inland city, has beautiful parks, heritage buildings and offers all the fine things of great Australian country towns.
Gos Cory and Liz Knight bought a large family home there and converted it into Bentley Lodge, a guesthouse with six en-suite guestrooms, pool, hot tub, sauna and tennis court. Up to 12 guests can stay year round in air-conditioned or centrally heated rooms, overlooking hectares of beautiful gardens of roses, camellias and Goulburn's specialty, the fragrant lilac.
Bentley Lodge has all modern amenities, but has maintained the feeling of a country house, complete with hearty breakfast and delicious three course country-style dinner served in the informal and formal dining rooms. There is also a sunny conservatory and living room with open fire place.
While Bentley Lodge is a charming place to get a taste of country life, some people stay there for another reason … to drive a car of their dreams for five or six hours.
Gos and Liz have put together a "Drive Your Dream" package giving the opportunity to drive one of three of traditional sports cars. This package is the perfect blend of two people's passions Gos's for cars and Liz's for entertaining and it is proving to be popular with those looking for a weekend with a difference.
The 1947 MG TC Roadster is well-loved by enthusiasts. Take the top down and cruise through the streets of Goulburn and enjoy a picnic with a view or lunch at a restaurant.
Maybe the white 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL is your fantasy. It is a fast two-seater offering maximum luxury and excellent road-holding. This stylish car has a V8 engine and is as attractive today as it was in 1972.
Hard to resist is the bright red exhilarating 1960s Lotus 7 Twin Cam SS Replica. It was a head-turner in the '60s, and still gets looks as it tours through the countryside around Goulburn.
Other cars in Gos and Liz's collection are a coach-built 1949 Bentley, a 1969 E-type Jaguar, Honda NSX, 1954 MG TF, a 1970 Lotus Europa, a 1959 Buckle and a 1792 Bowin. These are for admiring only, but Gos loves to show them to enthusiasts.
There are some conditions, such as proof of a good driving record and credit history and drivers must be 25 years or older. Gos provides personal instruction, familiarisation and background of the car you will be driving. Your tour winds along roads with picnic spot destinations or a restaurant where lunch will be provided.
Goulburn, two hours south-west of Sydney.
The Bentley Lodge "Drive Your Dream" package starts at $385 per couple per night. All meals and use of a car for six hours are included. You will need a good driving record and credit history and an insurance excess deposit of $1000.
Singles: $93 per night and doubles: $133 per night.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Bentley Lodge Goulburn
102 Clyde Street, Goulburn 2580
Ph: (02) 4822 5135
Fax: (02) 4822 5136www.bentleylodge.com