|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
This very attractive house with return verandah is one of three individually sited and recently renovated cottages on an historic National Trust property - the Mooramong Homestead estate. Surrounded by lovely gardens in a parklike setting which includes many established trees, an orchard, swimming pool, tennis court and a number of historic outbuildings, these charming and well-appointed cottages are a very peaceful retreat from the busy modern world.
SPECIAL PRICES ARE AVAILABLE FOR LARGER GROUPS - for Bookings that comprise the use of two or three cottages. Overseers Cottage can accommodate 6 guests (2 Queen BR's + 1 Twin Share). The Rouseabouts Quarters accommodates up to 10 guests (2 Queen BR's + 1 large BR with a Double & 2 sets of Twin bunks).
Total capacity of the three cottages is 22 guests.
Suitable for couples, families and small groups travelling together, with many opportunities on the property for walking and cycling.
Centrally situated mid-way between Ballarat and the Grampians, this fully self-contained cottage features elegant furniture, three generous bedrooms, excellent cooking facilities and a fabulous 'wet room' style luxury bathroom, with an additional ensuite.
Stockmans Cottage can comfortably accommodate up to six guests, with two Queen bedrooms and a third room with a zip King bed, which can also alternate as a Twin Share. It is suitable for up to three couples, a group of friends or a family.
Facilities include reverse cycle airconditioning, wood fire with wood supplied, fully equipped kitchen with dual fuel cooker, dishwasher, microwave and all crockery, cutlery, glassware etc. Automatic washing machine, all linen and towels supplied. Front verandah, BBQ and outdoor furniture.
Large flat screen TV, DVD and full stereo micro-system with iPod dock.
Canine guests are very welcome to stay in the Overseers Cottage and the Rouseabouts Quarters at Mooramong.
THE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS MOORAMONG HOMESTEAD
The principal feature of the property is the amazing Mooramong homestead, first built in the Victorian era, but converted to an Art Deco showpiece in 1938 by Hollywood silent movie star Claire Adams, in conjunction with her husband Donald 'Scobie' Mackinnon, son of LJS Mackinnon [of Mackinnon Stakes horse-racing fame].
Mooramong homestead is a living museum, complete with furniture, furnishings and keepsakes from the 30's through to the 70's and also has a large Hollywood style swimming pool and cabana. A complimentary tour of the homestead is offered to cottage guests, together with use of the large swimming pool and tennis court. There is also the enjoyment of relaxing with a picnic, or having a BBQ in the beautifully maintained walled garden that surrounds the homestead.
The gardens are very well suited to Wedding ceremonies and other celebrations, including Bridal Showers, Anniversaries and Birthdays, with accommodation available onsite.
The homestead and cottages are located on a large farming property, running approximately 3,500 merino cross sheep, growing crops including canola and wheat varieties, with the additional attraction of a 600 acre Nature Reserve and wetlands to explore.
As featured on the ABC 'Landline' program, in partnership with Zoos Victoria the National Trust is hosting the important Maremma Guardian Dog Trial research project in this reserve, which could help save the Eastern Barred Bandicoot from extinction.
Eastern Barred Bandicoots were once widespread across the basalt plains of south-western Victoria and were present in great numbers at Mooramong. As a result of introduced predators such as foxes and habitat loss, this amazing native marsupial is currently extinct in the wild, existing only predator-proof release sites (including at Mooramong) and zoos.
The "Bandicoot Bodyguards" Guardian Dog program will trial whether bandicoots, protected by specially trained Maremma Guardian Dogs, may be able to form self-sustaining populations in areas that are not enclosed by feral proof fences. Maremma dogs and pups are currently being trained at Werribee Open Range Zoo for this important work.
This trial draws on the success of programs such as the Middle Island Maremma Dog Project (the inspiration for the Australian film Oddball) where Maremmas have successfully protected Little Penguins from fox predation.
EXPLORE THE WESTERN PLAINS, THE GRAMPIANS AND THE GOLDFIELDS
Mooramong is conveniently located mid-way between Ballarat and Hamilton, on the plains of the famed Western District of Victoria. Search for an elusive platypus in nearby Skipton, 'the home of the platypus" and where the Art Gallery Café is a lovely place to enjoy lunch.
Cycle along the Rail Trail between Skipton and Ballarat and visit the beautiful Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary on the way at Linton, with Enfield State Park just south-east of this charming township. There are a number of waterways and catchments in the area, including Blacks Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Lake Wongan Wildlife Reserve and Lake Bolac, for great fishing, boating and water ski-ing.
To the east you can experience all the attractions of the nearby Goldfields region, including Sovereign Hill, Lake Wendouree, the Botanical Gardens and the Art Gallery at Ballarat.
To the west is Hamilton and Halls Gap, with the spectacular natural beauty of the Grampians National Park and Victoria Valley. For something really special, have a truly gourmet experience visiting the renowned Victoria Hotel at Dunkeld, located in the shadow of the Grampians.
Mooramong Homestead & gardens