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Published October 9th 2016
You Won't Believe What Lies Behind This Old Door
Halfway between Canberra and Melbourne (other than Beechworth) there's not a lot of accommodation choices. We found ourselves facing this dilemma recently. Having visited Albury Wodonga several times and finding that Beechworth and Bright, generally only had 2-night stay accommodation, we felt a little stuck for choice - but Google was our friend and we came across the tiny town of Chiltern.
We sent an email message about Indigo Cottage and received a prompt reply saying it was available and they would love to have us stay. Sometimes the best adventures are those unplanned and we had no expectation of what the accommodation may be.
Chiltern is an adorable little town. Although it is very very small it somehow feels a little like you have stepped back in time right out of the pages of a wild, wild west story.
I must admit we actually drove right past the front of the Cottage in the first place and when we came back we thought "What on earth have we got ourselves into". It looked like we were staying in a disused Old Miners Shack. However, we had booked and paid, so inwards we ventured. Upon opening the front door, all of our fears were allayed as we found ourselves standing in what can only be described as an absolutely charming little cottage.
With a style that is reminiscent of a French bygone era mixed with English hospitality we were very delighted with this cottage. We later learnt that the front was historically listed and as such, could not be upgraded or changed greatly, hence the exterior.
Set up perfectly for 2 or 3 guests, with a double bed and a single bed, Indigo Suite went above and beyond what was required for a comfortable stay.
We helped ourselves to a small spot of liqueur that was left for us and later had a fresh cup of coffee from the coffee pod machine with some delicious fresh melting moment biscuits.
The cottage was well appointed and spotlessly clean and to make our stay even more pleasant, there were board games and a selection of movies and DVDs to watch, CDs were stacked up next to the music player and even the drawers next to the bed had some books if you really wanted something else to do.
As we had arrived reasonably early in the day and were looking for something to do, we took the drive to Beechworth, which surprisingly only took about 20 minutes.
It was a lovely afternoon, wandering through the small stores and having afternoon tea at the tea parlour. You might even enjoy visiting the famous Beechworth Bakery or looking for gold and jewellery at the shops. The children will love the old fashioned lolly shop.
Not often getting a break, we were most content to arrive back at our cottage and settle into the lovely arm chairs and spend some time reading and chatting.
Although the town is remarkably small, there were a few dinner options and the one which we went with was the local pub directly opposite the road from the front door.
On the night we were staying they had on a Thai chef who did first class Thai food at very reasonable prices and of course, being a pub, the drinks were all at bar prices.
Whilst the cottage was completely decked out for breakfast (if you brought your food with you), we decided the next morning to take a small stroll up the street to the bakery which opens early.
The staff here were as friendly as everywhere else and we tucked into croissants, that has been baked within the hour, with butter and jam for breakfast. Light fluffy and delicious, along with spinach quiches, which was kind of an interesting slant on an omelette - they were all delicious.
Hi, We just got back from a few days away at Beechworth. We went to Chiltern also and found a great cafe called Hub 62 which is at 62 Main Street Chiltern, It's located in the old Masonic Hall and has not only fab food but a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We'd go back just for that but there is also a couple of antique/vintage shops there in the town,a wonderful shop selling rodeo style jeans, bags and boots, probably one of the last red phones boxes in Australia and a little op shop,