Episode 35: Beautiful accommodation
This week on Postcards, it's our 'Beautiful Accommodation' special which sees the team unearth some of the best places to stay in Victoria. Brodie Harper travels to beautiful Bright where she discovers three gorgeous properties that have taken Bright and beyond by storm – Bright Bliss, Next to Bliss and Bliss Terrace House. Each house is luxuriously fitted out and situated right in the heart of town. Shane Crawford ventures to Glenlyon where he gets stuck into a Loddon Burger at the Glenlyon General Store, before checking out Tarrangower, a self-contained hilltop retreat on 77 acres in Guildford. Glen Moriarty goes for a drive along the Great Ocean Road and stops at Port Campbell National Park where he admires the magnificent limestone rock stacks that are the 12 Apostles, as well as stunning views of the coastline. He then settles in for the night at Pebble Point Accommodation, an exclusive bush retreat comprising five spacious luxury tents each with their own king size bed and ensuite. Finally, Rebecca Judd explores Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm in Birregurra where she meets the famous Polwarth Sheep in the historic gardens, checks out the accommodation options on offer and tucks into a Cornish pasty in the Courtyard Kiosk. She also tours the original Tarndwarncoort Homestead and tries her hand at spinning wool in the wool and craft shop.
Bright Bliss, Next to Bliss and Bliss Terrace House
'Bright Bliss' is new self-contained guest accommodation that sits above the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail in Bright, which is about a three and a half hour drive from Melbourne. This beautiful accommodation is surrounded by trees, with views of the mountains in the distance and is only 250 metres from the centre of Bright. Opened in December 2011, Bright Bliss still has that squeaky clean new feel about it as well as luxurious furnishings and exquisite décor. Quality linens have been selected for the two bedrooms and there is a freestanding spa bath in the spacious tiled bathroom.
The popularity of Bright Bliss has led to the creation of 'Next to Bliss', which is indeed right next door. With its open plan layout and designer touches, guests say they feel like they're living in the pages of a decorator magazine. Next to Bliss also has two bedrooms, a beautiful bathroom and a sleek kitchen. In addition to Bright Bliss and Next to Bliss, there is also 'Bliss Terrace House'. Bliss Terrace House is right in the heart of Bright, next to a children's playground and close to all of Bright's best cafes, galleries and restaurants. Inside you'll find the same decorator touches and stylish finishes as the other two Bliss houses, as well as two beautiful bedrooms and a gorgeous gourmet kitchen.
1A Blue Wren Close, Bright
Ph 0407 614 232
Next to Bliss
2A Blue Wren Close, Bright
Ph 0407 614 232
Bliss Terrace House
16 Riverside Avenue, Bright
Ph 0407 614 232
Bright Bliss Interiors
Glenlyon General Store and Tarrangower
Surrounded by elms and perched on the corner of a country lane, the Glenlyon General Store has been serving locals since the 1860 gold rush. It is situated between Daylesford and Castlemaine, just under ninety minutes from Melbourne. It's a warm and welcoming place with open fires, cosy couches, top local produce and good food to eat in or take away. And you simply can't leave before trying the epic Loddon burger which packs in local beef, bacon, an egg, chutney and home-made mayo.
If you're looking for somewhere to stay in the area, look no further than Tarrangower, a self-contained hilltop retreat on 77 acres in Guildford, which is just 20 minutes away from Glenlyon. Inside, there's everything you need for a comfortable stay, including an inviting open fire, three bedrooms, and the master bedroom has a spa in the ensuite. There's also an outdoor spa, swimming pool and trampoline, all of which should keep everyone happy. Cook your goodies from Glenlyon in the gourmet kitchen or pack up a picnic and enjoy the property's peaceful valleys and serene surrounds.
Glenlyon General Store
63 Barkly Street, Glenlyon
Ph 03 5348 7922
134 Kidman Road, Guildford
The 12 Apostles and Pebble Point Accommodation
The breathtaking scenery along Victoria's Great Ocean Road is truly spectacular, and the 12 Apostles is one spot along this 243 kilometre stretch of coastline that is definitely worth checking out. The drive from Melbourne to the 12 Apostles takes around 3 hours if you take the inland route via Colac, or 4 hours if you take the more scenic route along the Great Ocean Road. Any trip to the 12 Apostles involves visiting Port Campbell National Park. Entry to the National Park is free and the kiosk is a great spot to grab a bite to eat or a coffee before taking the short stroll out to the coastline to view the magnificent limestone rock stacks.
If you're looking for accommodation in the area and can't decide between camping and staying somewhere a bit more luxurious, then Pebble Point accommodation will suit you perfectly as it provides the best of both worlds. Pebble Point is an exclusive bush retreat that consists of five spacious luxury tents nestled close to the cliff tops, offering an environmentally friendly opportunity to experience this very special part of the world. Inside the tents you'll find king size beds with natural latex mattresses, linen, towels, spacious ensuite bathrooms and BBQs outside. The retreat was designed using sustainable building materials to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding environment, so you're able to enjoy all of the mod cons in an environmentally friendly space.
Port Campbell National Park
Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell
Ph 03 5558 6333
Pebble Point Accommodation
20 Old Coach Road, Princetown
Ph 03 5243 3579
Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm, Birregurra
Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm is located in Birregurra which is about a ninety minute drive south west of the CBD. Not only is Tarndie a working sheep farm, but it also acts as a tourist destination where visitors can meet the Polwarth Sheep in the garden, visit the Woolshop, and even stay the night! Guests have two accommodation options – the two bedroom Farmer's Cottage which offers couples or families the chance to self-cater, or the Tarndwarncoort Homestead, set on three acres, which sleeps up to 14 people. With eight bedrooms, shared bathrooms and five living spaces, it is the perfect property for adult groups of family and friends, special occasions and creative retreats.
Tarndwarncoort was originally settled by Emma and Alexander Dennis who left their shrinking family farm in Cornwall, England in 1839. They landed with 615 Merino sheep that same year at Point Henry in Geelong, later settling at Tarndie. From there, a dynasty of innovative farming was created over the six generation period that the Dennis family have owned it.
Visitors are able to tour the original homestead and the historic gardens along with learning the family's background in the apple store. The wool and craft shop sells fleece from Polwarth sheep, ready to knit or spin, in every conceivable shade. On weekends the Courtyard Kiosk serves up locally roasted espresso coffee and a selection of slices, but you can't visit the kiosk without trying a Cornish pasty, which are in keeping with the owners' Cornwall origins. The Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
Tarndie Heritage Sheep Farm
37 Roseneath Road, Warncoort
Ph 03 5233 6241
Victorian Children's Week
Children's Week begins next Saturday, so be sure to look out for events your local council has organised to celebrate childhood and showcase children's achievements.
Where: Various venues across Victoria
When: 19–27 October, 2013
Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival
This year's Wangaratta Jazz and Blues festival is on from 1 – 4 November, so now is the time to plan your weekend away.
Where: Various Wangaratta venues
When: 1–4 November, 2013
'The Elegance of Embroidery' Exhibition
'The Elegance of Embroidery' exhibition is on in Mornington next weekend, so head down the peninsula to admire and purchase some beautiful and varied items.
Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington
When: 19–20 October, 2013