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Welcome to JDS on High, a tastefully renovated, fully self-contained accommodation with everything you require to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay and explore the spectacular regions of Ararat and the Grampians. This charming old world residence is centrally located close to the train station, main street, shopping, bars and cafes.

Originally built by James Donisthorpe Smith (JDS), circa 1872, for his wine and spirit business, this solid brick and stone building has stood the test of time. It is rich in character and includes ornate ceilings and timber over mantles, polished pine floors, 15 foot ceilings, decorative arch way and claw foot bath.

JDS on High has three bedrooms with two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with the essential cooking appliances. The lounge features a television, DVD and CD player, as well as a selection of DVD's, games and books. Outside there is a barbecue and outdoor setting.

Situated within easy walking distance of Barkly Street (the main shopping precinct) and only 400 metres from Ararat train station. JDS on High is the perfect location to enjoy the Ararat region and all it has to offer.

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Price & booking


Room capacity: 3

JDS features complimentary biscuits, chocolates, wine and juice on arrival. Gas and wood heating, fully air conditioned, three bedrooms. One bedroom with a queen bed, one bedroom with a double bed and the other has two single beds in a loft style bedroom. Other features include electric blankets, doonas and extra blankets. All linen and towels supplied. JDS sleeps up to six people.

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Cancellation and booking policy

Deposit: 50 per cent of tariff required upon booking. Balance required seven days prior to arrival. If booking is less than seven days before arrival then full payment is due.

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  • BBQ facilities
  • Car park
  • Cots available
  • Gardens in property
  • Open fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Pets not allowed
  • TV/lounge Area
  • Wood heater/Pot Belly