Tarndie isn’t just accommodation, it’s an experience. It’s also one of Victoria’s oldest estates and should be a national treasure. The Dennis family settled in this gorgeous spot in 1840 and today, Tarndwarncoort - the historic farm's official name, is in the trusty hands of sixth-generation Tom Dennis. A must-do is a tour of the grounds with Tom as he explains the history of the still-active sheep property, its intriguing outbuildings (including a cider press and wool shop) and rambling gardens.
But the climax of any stay is getting to know the Homestead. Its grand exterior belies a welcoming and rambling interior. Step inside and be cosseted in one of eight bedrooms, beautifully decorated in keeping with the period. A welcoming bottle of wine and cider, with fresh flowers everywhere, set the scene for a relaxing stay. Books and magazines invite a restful afternoon in front of an open fire. The formal dining room (virtually untouched since 1878) hints at the long, lingering banquet that you and your friends will enjoy under the watchful (portrait) gaze of generations of Dennis family members.
Then there’s the original grand piano in one of four living areas, the expansive verandah (complete with bar) and the help-yourself veggie patch and farm-fresh eggs. It all adds up to one of our favourite heritage experiences – we can’t wait to go back.
- On-site restaurant/café
- Outdoor dining
1 hour 30 minutes' drive or 141km southwest of Melbourne.
Price & Availability
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50% of total booking payment will be refunded if you cancel more than 21 days prior to arrival less a $50 booking fee. Cancellations made 21 days or less prior to arrival will forfeit 25% of payment amount. Cancellations made less than 7 days prior will forfeit 50% of total amount.
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