Overlooking the original Bathhouse and Mineral Springs Reserve, Peppers Springs Retreat and Spa is ideal for a short break or romantic escape.

Built in 1935, Peppers Springs Retreat and Spa is a beautifully restored boutique hotel, which combines its original art deco character with contemporary decor.

Accommodation includes a choice of 42 individually styled rooms (many with balconies) including luxury spa suites and new spa villas.

We stayed in a modern two bedroom Spa Villa, which was an expansive self contained space over two levels.

The upstairs living space was a highlight, with its earthy tonal colour schemes, a comfortable modern couch, a large flat screen television, and a wood fire, perfect for those chilly winter nights.

Downstairs was a self-contained kitchen, bathroom and large spa.

For those who long to experience the nostalgic and grand ambience of Italy, heritage-listed Villa Parma (located on the grounds) is the place to stay.

Built in 1864 by Italian immigrant Fabrizzio Crippa , this carefully restored Palazzo-style house is constructed similar to that of a traditional northern Italian farmhouse, nestled among European topiary gardens and scented bay trees.

A combination of rustic charm and sumptuous decor, the four bedroom Villa Parma has been refurbished with modern furnishing, marble cobblestone tiles and luxury kitchen appliances to complement the Italian-style and 19th century period of the property.

Convenience is an added bonus to Peppers Springs Retreat.

Just around the corner is the multi award winning Mineral Spa, and DECO restaurant, which is located within the hotel. With its timeless and refined elegance, DECO menus are inspired by the seasons and local produce including fruit and vegetables, which are grown on the owners nearby property.