Newstead is a vibrant, charming and historic Goldfields village that is a destination in itself. There’s the highly recommended Dig Café, Newstead Bakery, General Store, Tin Trunk antique store and two pubs. But the main reason why we'll be going back is the heavenly retreat that is Ranters Chapel.
An 1860s church has been beautifully renovated to provide a very indulgent space for just one or two couples, which is a far cry from the 100 parishioners who originally frequented this church. The name is fascinating – Ranters used to be Primitive Methodist ministers who were known to "rant" or sermonise in fields.
Today, Ranters Chapel has been transformed into a romantic getaway filled with light and an incredibly welcoming ambience. The original hall of the church is now an indulgent open-plan lounge and dining space, complete with a wood fire and soaring ceiling. This leads to the modern kitchen with its bespoke solid timber bench and concertina glass wall that opens to a private courtyard. Beyond are more modern surprises, including two king bedrooms, one with an ensuite and the other with a private bathroom complete with soaker tub. Add high-quality furnishings, a love of tapestries and all the mod-cons (including free WiFi) and what you get is a retreat we are happy to rave about.
- Outdoor dining
- Spa bath
- DVD/Blu-ray player
- Air conditioning
- Laundry facilities
1 hour 30 minutes' drive or 135km north of Melbourne. 1 hours' drive north of Melbourne Airport.
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Deposit paid will be refunded in full for cancellations that give 14 or more days notice prior to arrival date. The deposit will not be refunded for cancellations inside this time, unless a substitute booking is achieved.
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Deposit paid will be refunded in full for cancellations giving 14 or more days notice prior to arrival date but will not be refunded for cancellations inside this time unless a substitute booking is achieved.
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