“Margaret River, just 300 km (186 miles) south of Perth, is rich in special places where the visitor may relax and unwind. One of the loveliest is approached through old iron gates, along a winding riverside path that leads to a secluded glen, where sunlight filters through tall trees – truly an enchanted forest… the setting for a grand banquet prepared and presented by the award winning chefs of last years Tasting Australia contest.” – Alan Hill, Vogue Entertaining & Travel (Australia)
Set exclusively within 10 acres of private Margaret River water frontage, this forested retreat was the site of a private dinner for a small group of us from the ship, hosted by owners Fee Menzies and Michael Whyte, an engaging leader in the Margaret River wine industry. A proud recipient of the Jaguar Award for Excellence in Travel, La Forêt Enchantée is the private home of our hosts and was established in 1995 as a venue for romantic engagements, intimate weddings and private functions.
“Classical statuary, fountains and urns accentuate a passion for the Renaissance, incorporating sweeping terraces and Italianate balustrade. From beautiful marble bathrooms and granite kitchens through to fairytale turrets and wide verandahs stretching out into open sky decks, the privacy of the forest seems endless, destined to immerse the spirit…. in absolute peace and tranquility.” — http://laforetenchantee.com.au
Our dinner was cooked by a local chef using all local ingredients. Host Michael Whyte served special wines from his cellar that made excellent pairings with each course. We all agreed that the evening was a magnificent introduction to Australian food, cooking, wine and hospitality – everything came together seamlessly to make a truly memorable evening for our small group from our ship.