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Spotlight - Ambrose Cottage
  • Ambrose Cottage
  • Everything you need for your stay
  • Cosy country style
  • Antique claw-foot bath

This quaint 1850s miner's cottage is in the historic former mining town of Castlemaine in central Victoria, which lies between Ballarat and Bendigo, and is the ideal destination for a couple in search of respite and relaxation.

Castlemaine, is at the confluence of the Barkers, Campbells and Forest Creeeks almost 120 km north-west of Melbourne, and is famed as much for its rich mining history as for the popular beer - Castlemaine XXXX, which takes it name from the town. The town's streetscape is a testament to the wealth of the bygone gold-mining era, with buildings such as the Castlemaine market, several hotels and the Theatre Royal being excellent examples of the town's fine heritage buildings. The local botanical gardens established in 1856 are recognised as some of the state's best. Despite the gold rush being long over, Castlemaine has continued to thrive as a close-knit agricultural community.

The cottage itself was built at the height of the gold rush and retains many of its original features. The cosy self-contained brick and stone cottage is delightfully decorated and features one bedroom with queen-size bed, a television, a library of books, DVDs, videos and games and private BBQ in a country garden. This property is also pet-friendly with a secure backyard, so your furry friend can enjoy a break away too. The fully equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher and there is also a full laundry. The antique claw-foot bath with transport you back a more relaxing era as you soak away a busy day of exploring the charming town. Generous breakfast provisions are available, giving you a great start to your explorations of this fascinating area.

The town has a thriving arts culture; the Castlemaine Regional Gallery is a highlight and there are a number of local festivals as well. The Castlemaine State Festival is held biennially on the Melbourne Cup weekend in November of even-numbered years. It is a 10-day event featuring popular music, opera, dance, theatre, street performances and visual arts with local, national and international contributors. The Festival of Gardens (a showcase of local private gardens) is also held biennially in November of the odd-numbered years. An art show is held on the Queen's Birthday weekend in June and the Melbourne to Castlemaine Cycle Race is in July.

This private, comfortable and pet-friendly property is a smart choice and one which receives high praise from its visitors. No wonder it is the recipient of the 2008 TakeABreak National Award for best self-contained property 2008. Ambrose Cottage is a great choice for your next country escape and Castlemaine is a fascinating addition to any tour of regional Victoria.

About the author
Hannah a final year Arts student majoring in Art History and Indigenous Studies, and she loves Indigenous Art. Hannah has a passion for art, travel and writing - having travelled around much of Europe, South East Asia, the United States and India. She plans to see more of Australia with Broome in Western Australia being her most recent destination.


Make an enquiry for your holiday at Ambrose Cottage through TakeABreak and the property operator will get back to you directly to confirm pricing and availability. Visit their listing for more pictures, further information on rates, the availability calendar and guest reviews.


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Hannah Kothe wrote this article

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