The Tops Organic Retreat Barrington Tops
A World Hertitage Listed National Park

November 2012

Discounts before and after Christmas & the New Year

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in this issue
Master Chef competition winners have a ball
The Ladybug s-pod moves along
Thanks to our guests
Welcome to The Tops Organic Retreat spring newsletter.

With longer days and warmer weather the swimming pool and tennis court are much in demand, although there are still some chilly evenings when the log fires can be lit for a bit of extra warmth.
Master Chef competition winners have a ball

Master chef comp winners

Tony and Christine who won a $10,000 competition through Master Chef enjoyed all that The Tops had to offer over 5 days in October. Sharini's Sri Lankan curries are always a hit, they had a tour over the property and Tony was great on the tennis court. As a tennis coach he was delighted to provide some pointers for John and Sharini's young daughter Jasmine.   


Here Tony and Christine are 'picking their dinner' in the organic garden.


Sharini's organic chicken curry

1 onion finely chopped, 2 cloves of garlic chopped, pieces of ginger chopped, sprig of curry leaves, pandan leaf and lemon grass. 

Spices: Sri Lankan curry powder (cumin, coriander, fennel powder)  

2-3 cardamom pods, cinnamon sick,
turmeric 1-2 tsp, chilli powder to taste, plus extra fresh chilli,  

1 chopped tomato and thin and thick coconut milk

1.5kg organic chicken pieces.


Gently sauté the first 6 ingredients, add the spices and cook for approximately 5 minutes and add chopped tomato and cook until a paste consistency. Then mix in the chicken pieces and cook slowly with thin coconut milk.

Add the thick coconut milk and check for seasoning, cook for a few minutes longer.

Serve with steamed rice and accompaniments


The Ladybug s-pod moves along 

The sustainable pods or the house that feeds you is being developed by architect Chris Haughton of 'The Shed' and built by local craftsmen. These state of the art dwellings are for sale either off the plan, or when built.

Ladybug house: Inside looking out

Ladybug drawing Be ahead of the pack and own one and let the retreat manage it when you are not around.  It comes with a bank guarantee of 10% for 2 years.  


The pods will have the most amazing views over the valleys and be totally sustainable. What an exciting project!  



Thanks to our guests for writing, and to Trip Advisor for displaying these great comments.

A breath of fresh air 
Just had the pleasure of a 5 day stay here and it was just wonderful. The lodges are comfy and some are self catering. But who needs that when the food in the retreat's own restaurant is so good. And, being totally organic, also good for you. There are lots of great walks on the property and also up the road at Barrington Tops. The couple that run the Retreat made our stay even more special with their friendliness and desire to help. Be warned if you go, that there is no mobile reception. You'll just have to relax and enjoy yourself.

Perfect for a family farm-stay
We had 5 nights at the Tops. We loved it and now that we are home, we mi3 girl friendsss it. Very relaxing place. Hosts John and Sharini were very friendly and happy to help in any way. We self catered for the kids and we adults enjoyed the delicious dinners in the restaurant. Accommodation was clean and comfortable. All the animals were great - the kids loved collecting the eggs for their breakfasts. The canoes on the lake were a big hit also. We adults enjoyed the downtime - plenty of time to read, eat, relax and chill out and enjoy a glass or two of organic wine. Bliss!

So take advantage of our 'special mid-week offers' and and come and try for yourself!






A gift for Christmas

Spending time in a relaxed and natural environment where nature is at its best is always a great gift to receive.

Why not organise a voucher for that special person?

Book any 3 nights Sunday to Thursday and get a 20% discount until 20 December and receive a complimentary bottle of organic bubblie or Shiraz or Cab-sav from award winning Rosnay organic vineyard. 

Send a personalised gift voucher to someone for that special occasion. 

Send to a friend.

Next month

Christmas will be upon us with all the festive treats




Purchase the first Ladybug Sustainable-Pod
by Chris Haughton

with a 10% bank guarantee for 2 years

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