If you haven't already gauged this from the name of this quaint Bed and Breakfast, Old School B&B Mudgee is, well, near Mudgee - more specifically, in Burrundulla, just 5 minutes from Mudgee. Burrundulla's beautiful Cudgegong River, a nice stroll away from Old School B&B, is flanked by rich grazing and farming land. In addition to granting access to picturesque views of the surrounding hills and river flats, Old School B&B is neighbour to a vineyard - it's the perfect location to enjoy a glass of wine (or two or three!) without worrying about the drive back to your accommodation.
Simple - the grounds of Old School B&B was once home to the Burrundulla Public School. George Henry Cox, who inherited his father's grant at Burundulla in 1845, believed in free trade, abolition of state aid to religion and church schools, in addition to a firm stance on the benefits of public education - it is for these reasons that he had a model public school for his tenants' children. The buildings that made up Burrundulla Public School, built in the 1850s, are still used to this day, albeit for accommodation purposes rather than education! The old school bell is still functional and displayed proudly on the premises. If you're looking for a comfortable place to stay in a scenic location with a bit of history thrown into the mix, Old School B&B Mudgee will meet all your requirements.
This building, now an ensuite motel style room, used to be part of the Burrundulla Public School.
Pretty much anyone! Old School B&B can comfortably fit up to 7 people at any one time (3 doubles and 1 single in 3 separate bedrooms). With a self-contained cottage available (in addition to two ensuite rooms), it's the perfect place for a weekend getaway for couples. For families, children are more than welcome to play on the expansive lawns, which are beautifully maintained. These lawns are also open to dogs, with canine guests gaining three new (cute and super friendly) doggy friends during their visit - and yes, dogs are allowed to stay in the rooms with their owners too. Keep an eye out for the statues scattered around the gardens!
Eddy making friends with the 3 resident dogs at Old School B&B Mudgee.
Is there anyone on the premises of Old School B&B Mudgee should I need anything during my visit?
Yes - Paul and his wife live in an adjacent building, originally the old teachers' cottage, on the same property. Paul is a very welcoming host and is more than happy to give you a tour of the property, share information on local attractions and hidden gems that one will only be able to explore with insider knowledge! However, they will still give you plenty of privacy and respect your personal space.
There are three separate buildings on the same property - one is a self-contained cottage (complete with a kitchen and dining area), whereas the other two are smaller, more traditional motel style ensuite rooms. The rooms, especially the self-contained cottage, is spacious and comfortable - they are furnished with both aesthetic appearance and functionality in mind, with thought put into small details. For example, even their bedsheets are embroidered with 'The Old School House' - how fancy!
Eddy and I stayed in one of the ensuite motel style rooms (the bigger of the two - we'd initially booked the other but Paul recommended we stay in the bigger one (at no additional cost) when he realised I had a dog with me) - it was the perfect size for us. Eddy wanted to spend most his time outside in the gardens anyway!
Each building has all the essentials, with a few nice touches including wine glasses (they are located next to a vineyard after all!), a wide assortment of condiments, and even fresh milk! Upon arrival, Paul asked if I would like some crumpets for breakfast, an offer at which I jumped at - he was even kind enough to ask whether I preferred wholemeal or white. Eddy had a small bite of the crumpet as an after breakfast treat, coupled with his favourite peanut butter. Thanks again Paul, from the both of us!
What was your experience of Old School B&B Mudgee, and would you recommend it to others visiting the area?
Eddy and I had nothing but positive experiences here at Old School B&B Mudgee - it was great escaping the hustle and bustle of cities and towns, yet without being too far from everything. The 5-minute drive from Mudgee Town Centre to Old School B&B Mudgee was picturesque, taking you through the countryside. The hosts of Old School B&B added to the charm of the quaint cottages on the massive property, rich in history - it gives you a taste of the 1850s without sacrificing modern luxuries, such as the bathroom facilities! The fact that they're so dog-friendly (with resident dogs too no less) was just the cherry on top - Eddy and I will definitely recommend this place to all our readers, and would not hesitate to stay here again the next time we're in the area. Thanks again for having us!
Here's to discoveries of an awesome B&B, new friends, and most importantly, tummy rubs!