Today we are serving afternoon tea in the Woodland Room, a great favourite with our guests, set in the sylvan landscape  of Dragonswood, once dubbed a global treasure due its fairytale beauty. Charming brooks with bright, clear water, home to kingfishers and dragonflies meander through mossy glades pierced by sunlight and in spring, the glades are awash with bluebells and wild flowers of every type. The musical call of the rare Greater Blue Dragonfrog echoes through the trees and birdsong is everywhere. The Woodland Room is a masterpiece of rustic comfort and was created by Master Carpenter Alice and her team. The use of reclaimed wood and seaglass from the nearby Dragon's Cove, the beautiful carvings and delightful verandah with its graceful 'blossom tree' pillars give an otherworldly feel. Guests often  say they leave the Woodland Room with a feeling of spiritual as well as physical refreshment. 

On the menu this afternoon is Wild Alpine Strawberry Flavoured Mascarpone-Filled  Madagascan Vanilla Three Layer Cake with Sherried Berries and sugar blossom and sugar diamond decoration. 

The coffee is a rich,  fascinating Papua New Guinea Namugo, the tea a robust 1010 Ceylon Black Highlands BOP. 

The table linen is a handwoven, handspun palest jade cotton tablecloth and matching napery  embroidered with leaf motifs in shades of green. The flower is a 'Dragonsheart' paeony from our Estate flower gardens in a dull silver branch shaped bud vase created by Master Blacksmith Sven  and his apprentices. 

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