1860 Luxury Accommodation Blog

This is where we post the things we love about Beechworth and all there is to do in our region. If you’d like us to help you plan your holiday or short break, please email or call. We’d love to help you make it a fabulous stay.

One of our favourite cafés – Coffee Chakra

Posted on June 3rd, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on One of our favourite cafés – Coffee Chakra

This morning we headed out of Beechworth to one of our favourite cafés, the excellently delicious (to mix adverbs with adjectives) Coffee Chakra in Myrtleford. It’s worth the 20-minute drive from Beechworth (through bucolic farmland) to sample their fare.

Vick and his team roast their own coffee and produce an abundance of high quality, interesting and exceptionally tasty food. The café has an Indian influence with fabulous curries & kedgeree but also has an eclectic selection of breakfast and lunch options. Our party devoured quinoa poached eggs and a baked berry crumble with vanilla yoghurt. Their golden turmeric latté is a winner, thanks to Vick’s Indian heritage and the pot brewed real chai (no sweet chai powder here) was passed around and tasted by all because it was so damn good. After a few blissful hours of conversation, it was on … Read More »

Beechworth Wine Region

Posted on May 9th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Beechworth Wine Region

Beechworth has been a wine growing region for generations. It has dozens of small family vineyards and cellar doors hidden away in mineral-rich hills on the outskirts of Beechworth. It’s a region that makes small amounts of high quality, boutique wine.

Some of the vignerons have Cellar Doors but to visit it’s best to phone ahead to make an appointment. You’ll be talking with the grower & maker so it’s well worth planning in advance. And most of the families will welcome getting out of their vineyards and wineries to meet with you and talk about their passion.

We have a wine dinner every few months with friends, the perfect excuse to drink new and interesting wines. Last weekend our theme was recipes from the fabulous ‘Neighborhood’.

We loved the Pret-a-Blanc from Schmolzer & Brown, which is a blend … Read More »

Romantic Weekend Beechworth

Posted on April 12th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Romantic Weekend Beechworth

Romantic Weekend Beechworth

Whether you’re a new couple, dating, been together for years, ‘in a relationship’, married, merged or mingled – every couple needs time to re-connect, escape the mundane and have some fun together. A weekend away at romantic accommodation can be just the tonic to spice things up, enjoy some time together and rediscover all the things you love about your partner.

Winter is on its way and one of the most romantic seasons for an escape. Invigorating cold days and clear blue skies and by night, open fires, leather couches, red wine and local cheese (or chocolate!)

You might like the great outdoors, exercising in nature or a chilly adventure….or maybe just some time on the couch with a book, a magazine, feet up and good conversation. Whatever couple you may be, Beechworth is a fabulous place to embrace both.

We’ve put … Read More »

Christmas Gift Giving

Posted on December 6th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Christmas Gift Giving

Who doesn’t love a weekend away with someone they love? If you’re thinking Christmas and stuck for ideas, think of an 1860 Gift voucher and share the love. We can send vouchers through the post or the electronic kind, via email if you’re short on time and need something same day.

Vouchers are valid for 12 months and can only be purchased over the phone on 0408 273 783. The recipient can book their own dates direct with us at 1860.

Hope you have a lovely festive season.

Enjoy a short break this spring

Posted on July 17th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Enjoy a short break this spring

Planning your spring short-break

If you’re like us, winter is starting to take its toll. We’re taking vitamin D drops, hitting the ski slopes to keep the endorphin levels up and anticipating the arrival of Spring. And of course, the arrival of daffodils is like a tonic for the soul as it means the days are getting longer and the winter solstice has been and gone.

Now is the time to plan for a Spring break to enjoy Beechworth and some of the great local happenings.

Beechworth Honey Lost Arts Series

Beechworth Honey runs fabulous classes for foodies, cooks and honey lovers called the Lost Arts Series. Artisans, producers and eclectic locals come together to present a series of classes and workshops on cooking, craft and other lost arts.

Starting September 2nd at The Hive Kitchen, 87 Ford St, Beechworth. … Read More »

Instagrammer tells the world about 1860

Posted on June 15th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Instagrammer tells the world about 1860

We recently had instagrammer @fabiooliveira stay at 1860. Fabio has an amazing account worth following @livefolk with stunning pics from across the globe. We’re chuffed that he shared a photo of 1860. We’ve had nearly 12,000 likes! The power of social media. Thanks Fabio and @ju_decastro for staying.


Celebrating 10 years of luxury accommodation

Posted on June 6th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Celebrating 10 years of luxury accommodation

In 2007, 1860 as we know it today, opened as luxury accommodation. We are celebrating 10 years of hard work, creativity and absolute joy in making a space that thousands of guests have enjoyed. We’ve had many anniversaries, engagements, weddings, honeymoons, babymoons and birthdays celebrated at 1860. We hope that Beechworth and 1860 holds a special place in the memory of many.

However its beginning were humble. Originally built as rough slab hut in Emerald near Melbourne in the 1860’s, it was called Rotherwood. It was moved to Taggery, we think in the late 70’s and then onto Beechworth, when we bought the building in 2004. It sat in numbered pieces in our backyard as we spent 4 years deconstructing many old buildings for recycled roofing iron, upright posts and hardwood flooring.

Here are some photos of the journey…..thanks to all our … Read More »

1860 celebrates local ownership of the Old Beechworth Gaol

Posted on November 22nd, by Gina in Blog, Uncategorized. Comments Off on 1860 celebrates local ownership of the Old Beechworth Gaol

1860 celebrates local ownership of the Old Beechworth Gaol 

Just up the road from 1860 is the Old Beechworth Gaol. Also built in the 1860’s, the Gaol has housed many famous felons, notably Ned Kelly and his mum, Ellen Kelly. Built from local granite, the Gaol is an imposing structure full of history, colourful characters and without doubt, much misery.

Since closing as a working gaol in 2004, the Old Gaol has been owned by developers, without interest in preserving the building, grounds or history of the site.

We are now very excited that 49 individuals, with the help of some philanthropic trusts, have purchased the Old Beechworth Gaol, and it is now back in community ownership. It will be preserved and re-imagined as a community asset, with a very bright future. Congratulations to all involved.


Midweek February Special

Posted on January 26th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Midweek February Special

Come and visit us in February and any 2 night stay (or more) midweek will receive a 15% discount on accommodation rates.

There’s still plenty of warm weather to come. Some of our favourite things to do on a hot day are; floating down the Kiewa or Ovens Rivers on lilos or tubes, a BBQ on the shores of  Lake Sambell in Beechworth, visiting Bright for day with lunch at Tani followed by a movie in the very funky Cloud 9 Cinema and an icy cold beer and pizza at Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth.

Spring is in the air

Posted on September 4th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air

Beechworthians are smiling from ear to ear as the daffodils, wattle and warmer weather signal the early days of Spring. As snow starts to melt the surrounding rivers are flowing fast and the valleys are green and lush with spring grasses.

This is the perfect time to visit Beechworth and 1860. The nights are still cool enough to enjoy the open fire and the Spring sunshine will warm those chilly winter bones. Hope to see you soon.

Open Fire

Posted on May 21st, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Open Fire

Cosy Open Fire

The open fire at 1860 is a favourite with our guests. We cut our own wood from fallen trees on local farms and have the fire set and ready for you to light. Plan a night in over the cooler months with some local produce, Milawa cheese and a bottle of Beechworth wine.


Bike Riding in Beechworth

Posted on May 1st, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Bike Riding in Beechworth

Cycling from 1860

1860 is right at the start of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. BYO bike or hire one in town and take a gentle pedal to Pennyweight Winery, just out of town. All their wines are biodynamic. One the way home have a coffee from one of the many great baristas in Beechworth or enjoy a pizza at Bridge Road Brewers. A perfect day out.

High Country Harvest

Posted on April 21st, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on High Country Harvest


Some sensational events are in this year’s line-up for High Country Harvest. Dinner in the Hoood, Smokin’ Beer BBQ and Fly in Fly Out Foraging are some of the Beechworth events, perfect for lovers of fine food and handcrafted beer and wine.

May 15th to 24th with events right across North East Victoria. Check-out www.victoriashighcountry.com.au/food-wine-beer/high-country-harvest for full event details and bookings.



Beechworth in Winter

Posted on June 19th, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Beechworth in Winter

We love it here in Winter. A day trip to Falls Creek, Mt Hotham or Mt Buffalo for some cold alpine air and fun in the snow is a great adventure. If you want to relax, our favourite thing to do is walk the Beechworth Gorge, about 5km, stop in at the Cellar Door Wine Store for a glass of local wine or great coffee and then head back to 1860 for an afternoon bath and rest in front of the open fire. In the evening, head out to many of the great restaurants in town – Provenance, pizza at the Bridge Rd Brewery or the Ox & Hound. Then home to the electric blanket. Sound good?

Cycle Salute Festival – October 2013

Posted on August 14th, by Gina in Blog. No Comments

For all lovers of cycling, 1860 Luxury Accommodation is located next to the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail in Beechworth.

From October 18th to November 5th this year, the first Cycle Salute festival is happening right across our region. There are many great events for recreational cyclists, road riders, mountain bikers and people just wanting a leisurely cruise on two wheels. www.cyclesalute.com.au


High Country Harvest

Posted on March 11th, by Gina in Blog. No Comments

High Country Harvest

Here in an event for all food, wine and beer lovers. You can cycle under a full moon to supper on a spectacular bridge… feast from a secret garden in a gold rush era gaol… forage in a forest with a celebrated chef…turn your hands to a day of mountainside brewing…More than 40 unique food, wine and beer events over 10 glorious autumn days.

High Country Harvest is a regional celebration of food, wine and beer in Victoria’s spectacular North East. More than 40 delicious events over 10 glorious autumn days!

17 – 26 May 2013




1860 Luxury Accommodation – featured by Tourism Victoria

Posted on November 27th, by Gina in Blog. No Comments

1860 in the news with Tourism Victoria.

Cycle Friendly Accommodation

Posted on November 23rd, by Gina in Blog. Comments Off on Cycle Friendly Accommodation

1860 has a few new additions to help people enjoy cycling around Beechworth. The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail starts next to 1860 Luxury Accommodation, and provides a wonderful downhill ride to Everton, then on to Myrtleford and Bright if you’re keen. Click for more information on the rail trail network.

We have purchased a new bike pump and have a hose, washing bucket and brushes for road and mountain bike cleaning. Call us if you need help with organising a cycling holiday. We can put you in touch with the right people.