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High Country, Vic
79 Boundary Road North, Euroa
Phone: (03) 5795 1408; 0412 438 649
The location A stopping point between Melbourne and Wodonga, Euroa is a prime agricultural region in the Goulburn Valley. Long since bypassed by the Hume Highway, Euroa has developed in recent years from a sleepy country town into an emerging centre for crafts and gourmet food.
The place The large, chunky red-brick edifice that started life in 1901 as the Euroa Butter Factory, long since out of commission, now provides a fascinating combination of B&B, function centre, eatery and store. The restoration is imaginative, combining original machinery with subtle Eastern decor, antique furniture with comfy contemporary touches. Upstairs, the exposed deep red-brick wall provides the colour scheme in the spacious guest lounge; in the loading bay-cum-breakfast room downstairs, the walls and flagged flooring evoke the building's original industrial purpose.
The experience The welcome is warm, the staff friendly, and the obvious pride they take in the building, its history and its restoration is equalled only by the consideration they give to guests and their needs. Take time to settle in and explore a little before venturing along Binney Street, Euroa's main drag, which offers plenty to satisfy the taste buds and any gift requirements one might have. The mapped Heritage Trail walks venture a little further afield; satisfyingly, early Victorian buildings bear plaques explaining their history.
Don't miss The Farmers Arms Hotel Museum (03 5795 2064) is open from 1-4pm on Sundays and Wednesdays or by appointment and is recommended. The Mount Wombat Flora and Fauna Reserve is 20 minutes away by car, while a 40-minute drive will take you to the town of Benalla, with its fabulous regional art gallery (03 5760 2619; benallaartgallery.com).
Need to know
Cost: $390 to $440 for two nights, including continental breakfast.
Where: 150km (2 hours' drive) north-east of Melbourne.
Children: By arrangement.
Wheelchair access: Limited.