Southies - let me introduce you to your new favourite place!
Not only does this place have THE most gorgeous little cafe with a playground; it also has a small farm, gardens, lake and historic cottage, and is set amongst stunning surroundings.
The cafe focuses on community integration by employing all ability staff from their partnership with Wallara. Staff are trained in the industrial training kitchen based at Sages Cottage, and once students have successfully competed their training, they are employed to work at the cafe to improve their social skills. Staff are also trained in horticulture and work in the gorgeous gardens- which makes this lovely place even more special. Upon entry you will see a little stall selling hand-made products; all made by Wallara staff.
Now, lets talk about this cafe! It's a gorgeous old wooden barn, decked out with fairy lights and flowers on all tables indoors - and outside are little bar-style tables with umbrellas and heaters. Here you can sit and watch your little ones play in the playground, explore the bush surroundings and play with some of the toys/books provided. It is just perfect.
The menu itself is simple - but very tasty, and the coffee is delicious. The staff are just gorgeous and very attentive.
After you've had your meal, take a stroll around the lake or into the gardens. Visit the little farm and say hi to the chooks, bunnies and guinea pigs! You can also learn about the farm's history in the cottage, too.
The only down side is that it isn't open weekends, as the venue is used for wedding and events. This mamma almost wants to get married again just to have an event here - it is STUNNING.
Mamma's special mention:
Why not visit on a Wednesday and make a day of it by visiting the beautiful Mornington Main Street Market as well?
the nitty gritty
Monday - Thursday
10am - 2pm
Plenty of room for prams - changetable/toilet facilities
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85 Sages Rd, Baxter
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