On Our Last Getaway...
Walking into be&be for the first time is akin to being hugged by someone wearing the loveliest, fluffiest and cosiest jumper you can imagine. The heater has been running in anticipation of our arrival, and has filled this unique space with an enveloping toastiness that quickly makes us forget about the crisp chill outside. Laid out on the Scandi-style kitchen is a sight that quickly catches our eye: a brown paper-wrapped bread loaf plus a dish of raspberry jam and butter. It doesn’t take long for two thick slices, slathered with a jammy-buttery spread, to be devoured.
Post-carb scoffing, we go from room to room, admiring with discerning nods the elegant and contemporary style that host Nicola has bedecked be&be with. Clearly, she has the eye for design, from the hanging egg chair that looks out into the garden to the timber slat flooring in the bathroom. One blanket in particular is so luxe and cosseting that I contemplate wrapping myself in it and only leaving its downy confines upon check out.
We return to be&be from Bendigo in the rain; it’s dark and the welcome light outside the front door is our beacon home. Another cheeky slice of jam-topped bread is supper before bed.
What To Expect:
No, be&be is not an old church; though it certainly looks like it could have once been one. In its former life, be&be was a garage – for one car. But with its Gothic windows, pitched roof and exposed timber beams, there is definitely a feeling of the divine.
The studio-style space sits on a heritage property; encircled by century-old gumtrees, rock beds and strategically planted succulents. Make a garden nook your perch for an afternoon – accompanied by your choice of a good book, good wine, or both – and take in the stillness of your surroundings. It’s quiet up here, and the peace and stillness is sure to be one of your most treasured take-aways from your time at be&be. Don’t forget to say hello to the property’s permanent residents: love birds, budgies, rabbits, chickens and guinea pigs. Sunny the dog and Missy the cat might even find you first.
Two couples could easily share be&be for a Goldfields getaway. One bed is downstairs, sitting snugly in a wooden pallet-looking frame, tucked between a pair of lounge spaces. The second bed is upstairs, privy to its own private lounge and loft-like vibes. A shared bedroom resembles a spread in an interiors magazine, and the galley kitchen is a contrast of light timber cabinetry and dark steel trim. The stay is furnished with elegant and retro pieces that bring together contemporary luxury and old-school character.
be&be sits on a hilltop, only a few minutes’ walk from Castlemaine’s main streets. Take the stroll into town any time of day, and be sure to learn about its Gold Rush-era past. There is a great collection of cafes and casual eateries when you need to refuel.
be&be is a stay with style. It manages to be cool and chic yet warm and homely all at the same time - a skilful balance to master. Having three separate lounge areas is also fantastic; you will never run out of places to read, relax or sneak in an afternoon nap.
- Breakfast provisions
- Coffee machine
- Tea / Coffee
- Cable TV
- Sound system
- Air conditioning
Four minutes’ drive or 23 minutes’ walk to Castlemaine Botanic Gardens. Nine minutes’ walk to Old Castlemaine Gaol. 15 minutes’ walk to shops, restaurants and cafes. 38 minutes’ drive to Bendigo. 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from Melbourne.
Eat, See and Do:
In need of some caffeine to start your day? Head to The Mill, Castlemaine, a food precinct made up of a café, coffee roastery and other dining destinations. Here, Das Kaffeehaus takes its cues from a Viennese coffee house – burgundy leather banquettes, portraits of Hapsburg royalty – and delivers brews ranging from Turkish espresso to whipped cream-topped treats. Other pitstops at The Mill are Icecream Social, Sprout Bakery, St Cloud Cakes and Castlemaine Brewing Co. Stop by Johnny Baker for drive-through pastries and breads, or move to Public INN in the evening for sophisticated plates of European cuisine.
Take a wander through Castlemaine’s Botanical Gardens (conveniently located opposite The Mill) for a dose of greenery and fresh air. Those that lean towards more artistic pursuits might visit a local studio or Castlemaine Art Museum, or you might pick up a take-home purchase or two by wandering the antique stores lining Mostyn and Barker streets. Be sure to take in the town’s gold rush-era history with a self-guided walk past the public buildings and century-old shop facades.
Price & Availability
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A full refund is granted if notice is given up to seven days prior to the date of your booking. Cancellations within seven days incurs a 50% cancellation fee.
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