The last time I went to visit mon ami français Marie who lives by the river in Maylands, one of Perth's oldest suburbs, she suggested we have lunch at the Riverside Woodbridge Cafe in Guildford, it was a Wednesday I recall, of course that was the day it was closed! Returning yesterday was well worth the effort.. it was a warm day making the cool breezes from the Swan River most welcome. Directly across the river the vineyards of the RiverBank Estate Winery..
The cafe/restaurant is part of the historic Woodbridge House estate, built on land originally owned by James Stirling later bought by Charles Harper who built this grand old home in 1885, I bet those big wide verandahs looking out to the river were a godsend in the summer heat back then. Over the past 130 years the house has had many uses, a boarding school for boys and an old age home for woman being just two. Saved from demolition by the government in the 1960's the National Trust opened Woodbridge House to the public in 1970 and it is now a popular tourist destination. I'm sure you know what's coming next.. I'll have to go back and check it out :) Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe..