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153-155 Dawson Street, Sale
Phone: (03) 5144 5555
The location Sale is one of South Gippsland's main commercial hubs, with a busy main drag, a range of decent (but not stellar) restaurants, a good art gallery, and a lovely lake and botanical gardens.
The place Bon Accord is a rambling homestead, built in the early 1860s, that stands among more modern and modest houses on a wide residential street. The property is gradually being restored to its original glory (the gardens are still a bit scruffy) and the six courtyard buildings have been renovated into atmospheric bed and breakfast accommodation. There are three self-contained apartments and three smaller guest rooms, but all have ensuite bathrooms, plus little perks such as wireless internet and a bottle of warming port. The romantic former stables is perhaps the pick of them, with a cosy downstairs living space, a loft bedroom with exposed timber beams, and an old claw-foot bath.
The experience Even though it's in town, Bon Accord is just expansive enough to create a pleasantly isolated vibe. A restful night's sleep might be broken by flocks of squawking galahs or warbling magpies, an avian cue to take a short walk to the main house for a big country breakfast, the highlight of which is free-range eggs done as you like from the owner's chooks. A spread of the day's newspapers and plenty of northern light complete a bright start to the day.
Don't miss The Tinamba Hotel (03 5145 1484; tinambahotel.com.au) can lay claim to being Gippsland's best gastro pub. It's a 30-minute drive north-west of Sale, the only landmark in a town that's little more than a four-way crossing in the middle of hectares of open farmland. The emphasis is on quality produce cooked simply, with a dash of experimentation, a formula that draws both locals and foodie pilgrims from Melbourne.
Need to know
Cost: $175-$225 a night.
Distance: 220km (about 2.5 hours' drive) east of Melbourne.
Wheelchair access: Limited.