7 Great Value Getaways in Victoria That Won't Hurt the Hip Pocket
Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Finding boutique accommodation that also happens to be excellent value might sound like mission impossible, right? Nope. It’s actually much easier than it sounds. Here’s the thing though - 'good value' isn't just about price point. There are a lot of other factors that contribute to the value of a property, like its location, facilities for guests and what it offers over similar accommodation in the same region. With that in mind, we’ve found seven gorgeous digs that prove you don’t have to sacrifice style for value – and some even have rates that start at less than $200 per night.
Mews Cottages, New Gisborne
Whether you’re looking for a group getaway, a retreat à deux or a family holiday, Mews Cottages in New Gisborne has something for you. This string of five cottages – Lavender, Birch, Dahlia, Jasmine and Magnolia – has flexible holiday accommodation down pat, and it’s both Mews Cottage’s location and nightly rates that make this stay excellent value. The property is located at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges (only 45 minutes from Melbourne) and tariffs for the cottages start at $150 per night. The cottages are self-contained and conveniently perched close to one another (read: if you’re travelling with friends, you'll be close by but won’t be living on top of one another). Give the property owner a heads up and you can even bring your pets, too.
65 Main, Hepburn Springs
You’ll find 65 Main in the heart of Victoria’s spa country (Hepburn Springs, to be exact) but it’s not just location that this property has going for it. Put simply, this house puts the ‘luxury’ in luxury getaway. There are five plush bedrooms, plus a communal lounge and billiards room, reading room, separate dining room and a fully equipped kitchen, ready for when culinary inspiration strikes. The best part about 65 Main though, is that the entire house can be booked out as one, which makes it the perfect (affordable) weekender for you and a group of friends. If that wasn’t enough to convince you of the value of this property, perhaps knowing that vineyards, award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, galleries, restorative spas and walking trials are nearby will.
The Shearing Shed, Grantville
A shearing shed is an Aussie icon, but we promise you’ve never seen one quite like this. How do we know that? Well, there’s the sumptuous interior, which wouldn’t look out of place in a country style magazine; then there are your (hairy but harmless) neighbours: a herd of Highland cattle. The ironclad Shearing Shed has been totally transformed, which makes it a true one-of-a-kind stay at an incredibly reasonable rate. Sure, it’s cosy inside but it’s more than big enough for two, and when you have your heart set on a romantic retreat with your beau, we don’t think you’ll mind too much. That’s not to say you’ll be living like sardines in a tin though, because there’s a comfy lounge and dining area (complete with wood-burning fire), private outdoor decks and even a claw-foot bathtub. Then there’s the location: the Shearing Shed has views down to Westernport Bay and French Island, and you’re not too far from the Rail Trail, beaches or Phillip Island either. What more could you want?
Pebble Point Accommodation, Princetown
How many chances do you have to spend the night in an oceanfront luxury tent? Probably not many, but that’s where Pebble Point Accommodation steps in. Pebble Point Accommodation has six safari-style tents dotted along a stretch of bushland flanked by three separate national parks. If you want a nature escape, this is the place for you. The tents have king-size beds and spacious ensuite bathrooms, and the accommodation site has a communal kitchen and dining area. Each tent also has a private deck with views across the Otway Ranges, so you can kick back and watch the world – or perhaps a wallaby – go by; cast your gaze further to scan the ocean for migrating whales.
Bluegum Ridge Cottages, Merrijig
You’ll have 20 acres of gorgeous countryside at your fingertips with a stay at Bluegum Ridge Cottages, located just outside Mansfield. There are two cute retreats here, and both have country charm by the bucketload. Don’t worry, there are modern comforts too, like an outdoor hot tub, perfect for late-night soaks and star gazing. It’s the views here though that hog the spotlight – the snow-capped peaks of Mt Buller and Mt Timbertop have a tendency to do that – and the sun-kissed verandah is our hot tip as the best place to take them in. When you tire of staring out across the rolling countryside (it might take a while), the area is jam-packed with adventurous pursuits including mountain biking, fishing, bush-walking and hot-air ballooning. For those with pets more suited to stables than kennels, Bluegum Ridge Cottages have facilities to accommodate horses too.
Blue Moon Cottages, Rye
It can be hard to find accommodation that welcomes the big three – children, pets and large groups – with open arms, but that’s not a problem at Blue Moon Cottages in Rye. When you add the fact that these cottages are suitable for couples too, you’ve got digs that deliver on everything you could want from a coastal escape. Blue Moon has three cottages offering one, two or three bedrooms, and each have been carefully positioned for complete privacy. Inside, the cottages are light, warm and comfortable. It’s only a short stroll to the front beach from each of the three cottages, and the main street of Rye is within walking distance too.
Captain Lock's Cottage, Rhyll
If you’re the type who gets your kicks from a dose of local heritage, a stay at Captain Lock’s Cottage might just be enough to make you giddy. But if you prefer your holiday accommodation to be more heavenly than historic, fear not, because this lovely cottage won’t disappoint you either. You might have already guessed by its name, but Captain Lock’s Cottage was once the home of Rhyll founder Captain John Lock, and it’s one of the oldest on Phillip Island. It’s been lovingly maintained and now boasts polished floorboards, white walls, chandeliers and an open fireplace. Oh yeah, we’re confident you won’t have any trouble entering holiday mode at this boutique stay. The four bedrooms also mean you can enjoy this getaway with a group of friends or close family, and that means you can say hello to splitting the (already super reasonable) accommodation bill. Win.