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Mrs. Simpson at Norala Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property


THE COTTAGE: This one of a kind private holiday cottage furnished with special things like our European antiques to enjoy a special ambience. Open fireplace, books, CDs, TV/DVDs, complete cooking facilities incl. BBQ, spacious timber deck, a hot bath and ensuite; all these we trust will make your stay unforgettable!

HORTICULTURAL: Norala Garden is a BRIGHT OPEN GARDEN icon and was highly recommended on 3AW Big Backyard in 2014. Garden lovers will delight in the splendid renowned garden, established by Norma McGown and Alma Stanhope in the 1960s. Their landscaping story is local lore and the garden is a testament to their love of beautiful European landscaping with extensive English-style dry stone walling and terracing.

LOCATION-LOCATION-LOCATION: At 77 Gavan St, you have Bright's center at your doorstep, and can try award-winning restaurants like Simone's (98 Gavan St) or Tanis (100 Gavan St) without having to drive!

FLY FISHING: Personally crafted maps with up to date information about fishing hot spots and fly-patterns are provided. A sure-fire way, to catch a local, naturally spawned trout!

PEDALLING: A healthy and refreshing way to tour the region. This means you can sample the local wines and the region's best produce in style.

HOME GODDESS/KITCHEN KING: Hate having to buy the good oils and spices for dressing your meals on your weekend away? Our kitchen supply of olive oils will complete your gourmet meals, the oils you choose for cooking we leave up to you!

LUXURY COMFORTS: You can enjoy the creature comforts of an open fireplace with wood supplied. It will keep the cottage extra warm during those cool High Country nights.

The Cottage

Mrs. Simpson is a newly renovated cottage, and has been furnished with luxury linens from the USA, toiletries from NZ and a mixture of modern and antique European furniture.

Mrs. Simpson backs onto the Ovens River and is in the heart of Bright village.

The cottage is equipped with 2 bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of 4 guests:

- 1st Bedroom with queen bed and attached private ensuite and toilet

- 2nd Bedroom with king bed (can be made into 2 singles upon request for longer stays)

- Bathroom with bath, shower and separate toilet

- Spacious, modern living area with sofa, comfy chairs, TV/DVD, Bluetooth Sound System and CD player with CDs

- Real fireplace (wood provided)

- Open plan kitchen with all the modern trappings (oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer).Vinegars, fine oils and spices provided to dress up your salad.

- Laundry with washing machine, dryer and plenty of hooks to hang up your waders or raincoats

- Large verandahs and timber decking with comfortable chairs and tables for dining or afternoon drinks

The boring bits

PETS on arrangement.

PRICING and availability is always at the discretion of the owners. Please note as Stayz has substantially increased pricing (by 400%) in recent months, all bookings, originated through Stayz only, will incur a 10% fee to cover Stayz' fees.

Upon booking we require a $300 deposit. Complete payment and bond are due 2 weeks before arrival.

Cancellation - we fully refund a booking if cancellation is made 2 weeks prior to arrival. Between 2 weeks and arrival we will retain the deposit.

Due to heritage status of Norala Garden STRICTLY NO PARTIES

Mrs Simpson at Norala Garden is Non Smoking.

Unfortunately won't accept families with children under 8, and children have to be supervised by an adult along the creek at all times. This is because Norala Garden has direct and unfenced access to Baker's Gully, which is a seasonal creek that can flow strongly at times, and contains a few deeper pools.

More Details

Mike van de Graaf
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, dutch
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018


Bright Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • skiing


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Mrs. Simpson at Norala Garden
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia


  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful 4 nights at this property and even though we had pretty much non stop rain for the duration we still managed to enjoy!

The cottage had all the amenities for a comfortable stay and the gardens and yard are just amazing. Can just imagine what a spectacle it would be in spring and Autumn. The river and walks just outside of the back gate were a great edition to enhance our stay.

We also spent days exploring the surrounding towns of Beechworth and the gourmet region of Milawa.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mt. Dandenong, Victoria

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

When we opened the door to the cottage we knew that it was exceptional! The garden is absolutely beautiful and backs on to the flowing Ovens river. There is, also, a lovely creek that runs through the garden with three bridges crossing it- which all adds to the wonderful night's sleep in the very comfortable beds! This property is amazing, to say the least!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peggy for your review, we are very fortunate to be the caretakers of such a beautiful garden for the enjoyment of others. We hope to see you back again sometime
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Bright, Victoria, Australia

Simply stunning Mrs. Simpsons!

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough good things about our wonderful stay at this amazing place! From the minute we stepped through the front door we were enveloped in the warmth and welcoming ambience of this cosy, delightful cottage. Everything was just perfect...from the log fire...the inviting lounges...the beautiful bedrooms....TWO bathrooms....superbly equipped kitchen....the list goes on. Then there was that garden!! What a magnificent creation offering such peace and beauty. Our sincerest thanks to Mike, Mette and Yvonne for sharing this Utopia with us. We WILL be back!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks both for appreciating this so much!
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mrs Simpson at Bright.

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful and well equipped cottage in all Areas. Once the fire was on it was warm and very relaxing. The gardens and Autumn leaves were unbelievable ! The walk along the path at the back of the property was superb. Also walking distance to town centre lovely, enjoyed the clean mountain air! Congratulations Mike! WE will definitely be back.! Thankyou

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thx again for your kind words. We look forward to having you stay again when next you need to unwind and enjoy mountain air
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful Cottage and Gardens!

  • 5 of 5

Thankyou Mike and Matte you have added lots of love and attention to the interior to match the exterior Gardens! From the comfy beds to the lovely Bathrooms, laundry and oh my goodness the kitchen. Thankyou for the spices salt and pepper, oils, vinegar to the glad wrap and foil and sharp knives. CONGRATULATIONS and we will be back again. Wood fire to heat the Cottage just perfect!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both, our pleasure!
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fantastic property, we loved it.

  • 5 of 5

The property is perfect. Gorgeous cottage with everything you could hope for. Lovely kitchen, good bathrooms, new laundry facilities, comfortable beds. The location was excellent with direct access to bike paths and the river. The setting was secluded and private in a magical garden.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thx for your review, we are thrilled people appreciate the package of beauty, comfort and seclusion in the middle of town.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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