Slow Moments at Burrowes Rest

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There are only a few places you'll encounter on your travels where a couple of steps across the threshold are all it takes to know that you’ve come ‘home’. We call them soul places, and Burrowes Rest, nestled in Victoria’s King Valley, is very much one of them.

Immaculately styled and gloriously comfortable, this two-bedder was once a tobacco hut but is now a lesson in appreciating the little details. From the pillowy bed and linen sheets to the fully functional kitchen, and the claw-foot tub (with a record player!) to the cosy fireplace, this is a thoughtful space designed for relaxation and quality time with your travel crew.

We arrived on a moody, wet afternoon and were greeted by twinkling balcony lights, a roaring fireplace, and an entire box of provisions (we’re talking homemade chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream, local bread, cheese, milk and eggs, and a bottle of red wine!) left for our enjoyment by our wonderful hosts, Darlene and Jim.

Engulfed by nature and totally disconnected from the world (no TV or wifi here!), we spent our days enjoying the gentle rhythms of a quiet life; lazy sleep-ins, morning cups of coffee while watching the sprightly resident lambs outside, evenings reading by the fire, a cheeky slice of chocolate cake and tea on a drizzly afternoon. When the rain eased, we ventured out for lunch at Chrismont Winery just down the road, an afternoon wander to the King River to skim rocks across the surface, or to explore the rocky outcrops at Paradise Falls and Powers Lookout where Australia’s infamous bushrangers once hid out.

Staying at Burrowes Rest felt like a warm hug from an old friend, and I daresay it’s exactly where you’ll find us any time we need an escape from city life!
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Things We Did

  • Lake
  • Lookout
  • Swim
  • Food & Drink
  • Hike
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    Exploring Lake William Hovell
    This tranquil, picturesque reserve is the perfect spot to stretch your legs, enjoy a picnic, or cast off and go canoeing or fishing on the calm lake waters....
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      Powers Lookout
      Once the hideout of notorious Australian bushranger, Harry Power, these days Powers Lookout is better known for its epic views over the King Valley and the snowcapped Mount Buffalo and Alpine National Park ranges beyond....
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        Swim (or walk) on the King River
        The Burrowes Rest property is fringed on one side by the King River — which means your own private swimming spot in the summer months! Grab the river bag from the house and head down to enjoy your own sun bed by the cool, flowing river....
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          Wine Tasting & Lunch at Chrismont
          Recommended by our hosts, we stopped into Chrismont Winery in Cheshunt for a tasting and deliciously long lunch. From the magnificent views over the valley and the beautiful wines to the gourmet Italian fare and excellent service, it’s a must-visit on any King Valley adventure!...
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            Mountain View Hotel Restaurant
            Right in the heart of Whitfield and the King Valley, the Mountain View Hotel is one of northeast Victoria’s best-kept gourmet secrets. Modern Italian at heart (but with all the pub classics too!), this friendly and welcoming gastro pub serves the best of the region’s produce transformed into high-quality, moreish fare....
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              Hike to Paradise Falls
              Hidden deep within the Alpine National Park and surrounded by native forest, Paradise Falls is a 31m-high overhanging waterfall plunging into a secret forest pool. The walk from the carpark is just 10-minutes and leads you to a viewing platform. There’s also a trail that leads behind the falls, where the full scale of the epic red overhanging cliffs can really be felt!...
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                Hobbledehoy Cafe
                All good adventures start with good coffee and grub, which makes Hobbledehoy the best starting point for your King Valley explorations! This Whitfield cafe serves up an array of culinary delights, from beautiful brunches and fresh-made pastries to central European classics like homemade Goulash. They have a distillery coming soon, and their cocktail nights are the place to be on a Saturday evening!...

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