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Pretty Cottage c.1880. Fully self-contained.

SuperhostTalbot, Victoria, Australia
Entire cottage hosted by Gina
2 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
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Pretty Cottage, built in c.1880, lies in the historic gold fields town of Talbot. Lovingly restored with period features, the cottage sits just a short distance from the centre of the town. The town boasts a monthly Craft and Farmers' Market, an award winning Provedore and Eatery, an observatory, pub, book store, vintage shops, post office/general store and is close to the Pyrennees and other beautiful wine producing areas. Your stay includes a full breakfast to cook and eat at your leisure.

The space
Pretty Cottage is approximately 140 years old. It is a small and cosy cottage that has two bedrooms, a laundry facility, a full kitchen, a bathroom with a step-in shower, bath and spa, a lovely generously sized garden and spacious outdoor entertaining areas.

The main bedroom boasts a large open fireplace, ideal for brisk winters and romantic nights. The second bedroom has French doors that lead out onto its own private deck and garden, with two chairs and a table. The laundry features a sink, washing machine and vented clothes dryer together with washing detergents, complimentary for your stay together with a large fold-down washing line located outside. The kitchen is fully self-contained with quality pots and pans, utensils, a large pantry cupboard and cleaning products under the sink. Quality Sheridan linen and towels, cutlery, crockery and glassware are also available for guests to use.

A full English breakfast is provided for self catering together with a Nespresso coffee machine, complimentary coffee pods, a selection of Twinings tea sachets, loose leaf tea and instant coffee. Cooking essentials such as olive oil, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, soy sauce and some spices/herbs are also available for your use.

One of the spacious outdoor entertainment areas features a market umbrella, table and chairs, the other is a roofed and decked area just outside the kitchen door, overlooking the cottage's beautiful English garden, and is a great space to relax with a wine or two.

*********************COVID-19 UPDATE*******************************

Midweek dates on the calendar have been deliberately blocked out so that a thorough clean is carried out between bookings. If you need to book more days please message me and I will try to accomodate you.

The Talbot Craft & Farmers’ Market is currently suspended, due to COVID-19, until further notice.

The Talbot Court House Hotel provides takeaway meals/alcohol/drinks and as of 1 June 2020 is opened for bookings with limited seating. Please call Reiny or Barry on 5463 2204 or 0458 632 828 (Reiny) for pre-orders, bookings or more information.

The Talbot Provedore & Eatery, run by Christopher and Jayne, is currently opened for take-always only :-
Friday - 11am to 3pm (take-away coffees/lunches (Toasties)
Friday 5-7pm (take-away dinners)
Saturday 11am to 3pm (take-away coffees, lunches & dinners)

& from 4 July 2020 -
Saturday 6pm for in-house dining

Orders can be taken online - https://talbot provedore.com.au


The Talbot Post Office, run by Denise and Ross, also sell bread, milk and a small range of grocery items. A banking facility is also run by the post office.

Trading hours are:-
Monday to Friday - 7.00am to 6pm
Saturday - 8.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday - 8.00am to 1.00pm
Public Holidays - 8.00am to 1.00pm

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🔑🔑🔑 SELF CHECK-IN/OUT 🗝🗝🗝

The cottage operates on a self-check-in/check-out basis (secure lockbox). The code and location for the lockbox will be sent via Airbnb at least one day prior to arriving.

Check-in time is 3.00pm and check-out is 1.00. I am flexible with the check-in/out times, providing there are no back-to-back bookings.


📡📡📡 WIFI 📡📡

PLEASE NOTE : TELSTRA is the ONLY carrier that works, albeit sporadically, in Talbot.

As of 13 December 2019, Telstra Wifi is included.

A G00gle Chromecast dongle, DVD player, HDMI cable, Sony bluetooth music system together with a selection of DVDs and books are provided for your use and leisure.


🚘🚗🚙 PARKING 🏍🚎🛵

There is no parking on the property, but off street parking is plentiful EXCEPT on market days (third Sunday of every month). So on the night before, please park in Chapman Lane, located behind Pretty Cottage, where a gate leads into the back garden from the lane. There are also two umbrellas provided for guests' use, on rainy days, and these are located at the entrance of the cottage.

Guest access
Guests have the entire cottage and garden to themselves. No sharing with people you do not know.

Other things to note
Pretty cottage is entirely yours, once booked. You will not be sharing the cottage with people you do not know.

The shower/bath/spa 🛁 located in the bathroom is quite deep, so please be careful when getting in and out of the bath as there are no handles to hold on to.

The cottage is also accessible through a tin gate on Chapman Lane, so please, please park on Chapman Lane on market days.

Since the cottage is located in the country please be mindful that there are bugs, mosquitoes, spiders and mice who, on occasions, like to share the house. No amount of cobwebbing & cleaning can eradicate these quick moving creatures. Bug catchers, mice traps (hidden discreetly) and insect spray are provided.


👚👟🧳 PERSONAL ITEMS LEFT BEHIND 🕶📖⌚️

Please, please ensure that all personal items are taken away when departing the cottage because if guests DO NOT contact me within 7 days after check-out, re. items left behind, these items will be donated to a local charity or discarded. All postage costs to be met by guests.
Pretty Cottage, built in c.1880, lies in the historic gold fields town of Talbot. Lovingly restored with period features, the cottage sits just a short distance from the centre of the town. The town boasts a monthly Craft and Farmers' Market, an award winning Provedore and Eatery, an observatory, pub, book store, vintage shops, post office/general store and is close to the Pyrennees and other beautiful wine producin…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

Amenities

Wi-Fi
Kitchen
Dryer
Breakfast
Indoor fireplace
Air conditioning
Iron
Laptop-friendly workspace
Washing machine
TV

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Talbot, Victoria, Australia

Talbot is now a quiet old gold mining town of approximately 400 people. During the Gold Rush, it is estimated that Talbot's population was upward of 30,000 people, and 100 hotels!
According to local historians, Pretty Cottage's site was once a 'tent pub' and a few artefacts were discovered when digging garden beds within the back garden. These items of interest are housed in the drop-down-desk inside the cottage for your perusal.


🏨⛪️🌅 THE TOWN 🏡🏘🏦

Talbot now boasts the multiple award-winning Provedore and Eatery, currently open on Fridays and Saturdays for take-aways due to COVID-19. Fridays 11-3pm (take-away coffees and toasties for lunch) & from 5-7pm (take-away dinners). Saturdays from 11-3pm (take-away coffees/lunches & dinners.

The Talbot Court House Hotel provides takeaway meals/alcohol/drinks and as of 1 June 2020 is opened for bookings with limited seating. Please call Reiny or Barry on 5463 2204 or 0458 632 828 (Reiny) for pre-orders, bookings or more information.

The Post Office is an essential service in Talbot, run by Denise and Ross, and is operational on a daily basis for items such as milk, bread, newspapers, banking and some grocery items.
Trading hours are:-
Monday to Friday - 7.00am to 6pm
Saturday - 8.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday - 8.00am to 1.00pm
Public Holidays - 8.00am to 1.00pm

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Pretty Cottage is also mentioned in Narenna Bloomfield’s article in the ‘Daylesford Life Macedon, Autumn 2020, Volume 3, Issue 1, supplement located in The Age newspaper on Saturday 15 February 2020.

https://daylesfordmacedonlife.com.au/stories/food-wine/taste-of-talbot#.XkTPtgb7Owg.facebook

The town also prides itself in the following:-

1 - the oldest running post office/milk bar in Victoria run be Denise & Ross;
2 - an observatory for space enthusiasts (clear weather permitting) run by Robert;
3 - a stunning book shop, ‘Slightly Bent Books’, run by Helen;
4 - a couple of vintage shops - one in Chesterfield House run by Glenda and another annexed to Slightly Bent Books;
5 - a museum (open on certain days);
6 - a clean outdoor swimming pool (open only in summer when the weather forecast is above 25 degrees);
7 - the original railway station - now a plant nursery/bric-a-brac space - opened to the public and run by Ralph;
8 - the Amherst Vineyard, famous for its beautiful local wines, run by Luke Jones;
9 - the Possum Gully Art Gallery, run by Trish - about a 20 min drive from Talbot;
10 - Felix Ceramics (within the township), run by Belinda;
11 - Stuff ‘n Nonsense (behind the Provedore) run by Marlene;
12 - Rosy’s Red Corridor Gallery (famous for her hand knitted quirky teapots and covers) run by Rosy;
13 - ‘Barefoot Annie’ (vintage clothing) run by Annie;
14 - the Aboriginal Maternity tree (allegedly 700 years old) is also nearby; and
15. The Chinese baths, off Possum Gully Road, Amherst.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.goldfieldsguide.com.au/explore-location/264/19th-century-chinese-baths/&ved=2ahUKEwi66_ff_PPnAhXilEsFHeXAAe4QFjABegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw0nFo4AcW5dtKICg1XxoT9n&cshid=1582883581011

Talbot is also located within an hour’s drive to Victoria’s famous Pyrenees wine region. Vineyards such as DogRock, Redbank, Summerhill, Taltarnie and Dalwhinnie are a few that come to mind.


🚌🚌🚌 PUBLIC TRANSPORT 🚈🚈🚈

The new Talbot railway station is fully operable and usually runs twice a day (week days) from Maryborough to Ballarat and back. There is also a bus service with two bus stops - one near Chesterfield House and the other outside the old railway station. However, both train and bus services need daily checking on V/Line due to regular maintenance.


🥤☕️🍽 MARKETS 🌽🥕🥒 - Suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19

The Craft and Farmers' market is held on the third Sunday of every month and draws approximately 3000 people. Here you will find anything from fresh farm produce to handmade goods such as hand bags (made by Ingrid), hand made soaps, live entertainment, bric-a-brac, craft items, quality nursery plants and plenty of food and coffee.


⛏💰 GOLD FOSSICKING 💰⛏

Fossicking for gold is also a popular recreation and enjoyed by many gold-detecting enthusiasts. The world's largest gold nugget, the 'Welcome Stranger' was found 150 years ago in Moliagul (approximately a 45 minute drive away from Talbot)! So bring a metal/gold detector down - you never know what you may find! Two gold-fossicking booklets are also provided for use, but remain the property of the cottage.

🧖‍♀️ SPA/Masseurs 🧖‍♂️

Maryborough (a 10 min drive from Talbot) has a masseur, but does not offer a mobile facility.
However should you require a mobile masseur, I can organise this should the masseur be available.
Daylesford (a 40-45 min drive from Talbot) offers both, spas and masseurs.
Talbot is now a quiet old gold mining town of approximately 400 people. During the Gold Rush, it is estimated that Talbot's population was upward of 30,000 people, and 100 hotels!
According to local histo…

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Hi, my name is Gina and I live part-time in a small, quiet and beautiful town called Talbot in north central Victoria with my husband, two dogs and 16 amusing geese. Together, we have 5 adult children and two adorable grandsons who love visiting us in Talbot. I have worked as a legal secretary, a hospital cleaner and in retail, thus acquiring people skills along the way. I have also travelled extensively and stayed at many places of accomodation. So by collating all my life experiences I hope my future guests will be rewarded with a special stay at Pretty Cottage in this sublime town called Talbot.
Hi, my name is Gina and I live part-time in a small, quiet and beautiful town called Talbot in north central Victoria with my husband, two dogs and 16 amusing geese. Together, we h…
During your stay
Pretty Cottage is a self-check-in and check-out cottage.

Check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 1pm.

You will be notified either via text or phone call on how and where to retrieve the cottage key. My mobile number will also be provided should you need to contact me at any time.
Pretty Cottage is a self-check-in and check-out cottage.

Check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 1pm.

You will be notified either via text or phone cal…
Gina is a Superhost
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Checkout: 1:00 pm
Self check-in with smart lock
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm