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Historic Lilac Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Lilac Cottage has a heritage classification. It was built in the mid 1860's, at the height of the gold rush days in Beechworth, by a Mr W.U.Grigg. In the old municipal rates book he is listed as a "contractor". The house has had many different tenants over the years. Between 1878 and 1883 Rocklyn House as it was then called, was run as a school "for the children of gentlemen" where Mrs. Annie Goodman taught French, German, drawing and watercolours.

Her classes were held after normal school hours to serve as enrichment to the state education programme. Advertisements for her boarding and day school for girls can be seen in the local Ovens and Murray Advertiser of that time now held at the Burke Museum.

The four main rooms of Lilac Cottage were built from the local honey coloured granite and as was the custom at the time, the kitchen was separate. Originally this was constructed of slabs and shingles. The present brick building dates from the end of the 19th century. Sourced photos indicate that it is at least the third kitchen.

The verandah between the two buildings is now tastefully enclosed providing a delightful sunny reading area.

Excellent new bathroom and laundry facilities add to the comforts of Lilac Cottage without detracting from the character of a bygone era and the very special ambience that one finds within its walls. There are 2 bathrooms - one with a claw-foot bath and the other with disabled toilet and walk-in shower

This charming house and garden offer privacy and an outlook onto the rock face of the gorge, while the front verandah is an idyllic place to take one's breakfast or quietly sip a glass of local wine in Beechworth's golden evening light.

The cottage accommodates a maximum of 4 persons and has 2 bedrooms, both with queen beds. Please note that there is a surcharge of $40 per stay for 2 persons using 2 bedrooms.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018


Beechworth House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Grill
  • winery tours


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Historic Lilac Cottage
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

beautiful granite cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Helen, for a lovely stay in your beautiful home, we thoroughly enjoyed our 5 night stay, fresh flowers , plenty of chopped wood for the fire, and the BEST shower ever!!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thankyou Debra, and delighted you all enjoyed your stay at Lilac Cottage. We like to think the historic charm of the granite cottage, coupled with modern conveniences allow for a lovely holiday. We look forward to you staying again when next visiting Beechworth.
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Charming Period Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 19th century cottage. We experienced quite cold weather and the cottage was very warm thanks to aircon and wood combustion fires. Excellent service from our hosts when having difficulties connecting to WIFI (our problem). Kitchen very well equipped and functional. Bed warm and comfortable.Tastefully furnished. Highly recommended. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thankyou Julie and Harry.Lilac Cottage offers a lovely cosy retreat on a cold winters day. We look forward to you staying with us again and enjoying all the comforts of Lilac Cottage and its history.
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Victoria, Australia

Superb! Enchanting Cottage

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic cottage! - It was just what two couples wanting a friends weekend to catch up required. We had decided to plan on eating at our get-a-way for the start & end of each day and was pleasantly surprised on the facilities available to achieve that. Our evenings were complimented with the warming atmosphere of the fireplaces, music selections and books. It was such an enchanting experience that we would certainly love to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thank you Debbie for being so appreciative of the charm of the cottage and the little touches we have added to help make your stay memorable. Do come and stay with us again.
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Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia

A Wonderful Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Lilac Cottage is a perfect getaway, in a great location with everything you need catered for. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thankyou Jason. We are delighted that you all had a very enjoyable stay at Lilac Cottage. We look forward to you staying with us again when you next visit Beechworth.
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Cape Woolamai, Victoria, Australia

Lilac Cottage was beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Lilac Cottage was a gorgeous place to stay, the French influence was delightful. The open fires, the decore and imagine our surprise to find a piano. We listened to French cafe music and played the piano each night. What a way to re- charge our batteries. No TV required on this get away ! Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thankyou Lyn and Nev, We are delighted you have had a very peaceful and relaxing holiday at Lilac Cottage. We like to think that it is a lovely hideaway. We look forward to you staying when you next visit Beechworth
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Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia

Beautifully maintained historic cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful old cottage , tastefully decorated and presented. We loved the sunny breakfast table area with a view over the garden to the gorge,the fire at night time, the beautiful sheets on the beds, the lovely autumn colours in the garden and the quiet and bird songs .

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thankyou Sue and Gordon. We like to think that Lilac Cottage has a charm all of its own, and offers a peaceful and tranquil stay. We look forward to you once again, enjoying another stay with us.
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Other Activities:

Historic township


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 2 guests. Property has 2 beds and can sleep a maximum 4 guests

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