A testament to the resources of the colonists of the time who who came to Australia unknowing of the climate and isolation.
The 'little house' was built c.1865 by Edwin H. Mackereth who came to Australia, firstly, in search of gold. He planted vines in the 1880's, of which one remains and with his sons he supplied award winning wines to the town. Current vineyard was planted by Mt Avoca Winery.
Restoration of the original house or 'cottage' had star moments and since completion is enjoyed as a venue for weekend stays, occasional car rally and events including a stunning marquee wedding for 120 guests.
Accommodation includes two bedrooms, a new bathroom, and an open plan living room and dining area. The original kitchen, with no oven - includes microwave oven and electric hotplates. Outside are barbecues and an open-fire pit (fire restrictions apply). Sleeping around the fire pit can be arranged.
At its optimum in autumn and spring, sensational at night. Only two kilometres from High Street, Hedon Farm offers a country experience enhanced by an overnight stay in a cottage (with good hamper breakfast) which is steeped in local history.
All rates include breakfast hamper and cleaning Weekend rate - two to four guests $400 Per night - four guests $220 Per night - two guests $165 Weekend rate minimum stay - two nights Roll-away bed available for children
Mackereth's Hedon Farm
On five acres, the house is brick with post and rail supports, the structure of the roof is an amazing compilation of stripped trees with the original Lysaght iron roof in the 'Chinese hat' style and original skillion kitchen. There are more than 1000 vines which were planted 18 years ago and rear outlook is to the Pyrenees Ranges - amazing sunsets. The surrounds are open paddocks - often with cattle. There is also a brick-lined well (no water). The cottage is nicely distanced from the main house. Guests have the run of the cottage from Friday evening to Sunday morning. There is a wood fire heater in the living room with overhead fans in bedrooms, living room and casual bar. Guests can also bring their bikes to go on long rides, and there is a television with DVDs available plus cards if the weather is inclement.
Hedon Farm 'little house'/cottage
A cottage is normally pretty with cottage flowers and picket fence. Hedon Farm is a little brick and iron roof dwelling which housed a couple and their seven children from the 1860's. The kitchen has original ovens (not working), brick floor and skillion roof. There are electric hot plates and a microwave oven plus fridge. The living area is open with brick walls, quarry tile floor, original chimney and wood fire heater - open roof line. There is also a round dining table and chairs. The bathroom is lined with plaster board and has a large shower, vanity, toilet. Two bedrooms have timber floors, walls lined with plaster board and queen beds. The open plan breakfast and wine bar seats up to six and has exposed brick walls. All rooms have ceiling fans.
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