1860 Luxury Accommodation Blog
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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
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 in the news with Tourism Victoria.
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.