Accomodation at Highbank

The old bluestone stables and blacksmiths have been masterfully converted into elegant accommodation.

Accomodation at Highbank, KyentonThis historic 160 year old bluestone building includes the original Clydesdale stable, the groom’s attic quarters and the blacksmith’s room. It is now a beautifully comfortable and welcoming self-contained apartment, with two queen sized bedrooms, a bathroom with a deep bath and shower, large sitting room with wood fire, fully equipped kitchen with a dining area and two veranda areas, one with a BBQ. All this is private, with your own driveway and walled garden. It has been filmed by Postcards and noted home-style magazines have photographed it.

It is quiet and serene here at Highbank, with gardens and thousands of roses to walk amongst and yet it is only five minutes drive from Piper Street, Kyneton with its many notable cafes, restaurants and specialty shops. Or, twenty minutes from Spa Country Daylesford, ten minutes from Woodend and thirty minutes from Castlemaine. There are many vineyards close-by that have excellent cellar door facilities. You will find farm gate offerings from local producers and numerous day spas - or we can arrange for an excellent masseuse to visit you at Highbank.

Gourmet breakfast provisions are supplied for you. The tariff is $125.00 per person, per night, including GST. There are packages available for those who wish to stay at Highbank and attend a class.

Please telephone 03 5422 2308 to enquire about booking The Stables at Highbank, or email tonia@toniatodman.com

The history of 'Highbank'.

Highbank has a continuous history that starts in the late 1840s. The complete Watson family arrived in Australia from Scotland in 1848 on the good ship 'Fanny' and soon travelled to the rich farming land of Kyneton, Victoria. There they had been granted land of 1 square mile, and, being renowned stone masons, built their bluestone farmhouse and named it Highbank Hill Farm, an accurate replica of the house they left in Northern England, complete with blacksmiths and stables.

While the Watson boys worked at building bridges between Melbourne and Bendigo, they also became known for the champion Clydesdale horses they bred at Highbank. Horses from the CUB brewery teams would be sent to Highbank for some rest and new shoes - and we are delighted to say we have a young Clydesdale grazing in our paddocks.

Both the house and gardens are being masterfully restored. This has been undertaken with Highbank's history and era in mind; attics have been re-opened, return-verandahs restored, open fireplaces repaired and dry-stone walls repaired and extended. The bones of the garden have been re-discovered and two magnificent century-old Kashmir cedar trees and two ancient pear trees have been tended to and secured. Blackberries and gorse infestations have been cleared and the stone well has been repaired. Thousands of spring-flowering bulbs have been discovered and careful re-planting of cold-climate plants is well under way. Thousands of fragrant roses have been planted and Tonia is likely to become the largest fragrant garden rose grower in Victoria. These magnificent bushes bloom from October to May, and the gardens are open to visitors during Summer.

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