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Minutes from Ballarat, Daylesford, Creswick and Clunes, in the pastoral heart of Victoria’s Goldfields region, Vale Hill House is a superb 1850's bluestone & contemporary homestead surrounded by one of Victoria’s most remarkable gardens

The space
Vale Hill today comprises four bedrooms (three available for use at the moment), three bathrooms, two kitchens, double-height entrance hall, multiple dens, lounge rooms and entertaining areas and a separate semi-self-contained apartment in the Barn.

The core section of the house contains the master bedroom complex, which comprises the bedroom itself (with views across the plain to Mt Kooroocheang), en suite bathroom, dressing room and self-contained den and study. It also contains two further spacious guest bedrooms, and a second bathroom with spa.

The entrance to Vale Hill adapts the ruins of the original foyer, with today’s front door opening into a space defined by bluestone and brick walls that still show the scars of the 1978 fire. The entranceway today soars to a light-filled double-height apex. A steel staircase leads up to kitchen, dining and entertaining areas – which themselves link back to the bluestone core by means of a steel and glass internal bridge.

Guest access
Guests are welcome to explore the entire property and extensive gardens, but please respect any cupboards, drawers and sheds that are locked.

Other things to note
Occupying almost five acres, the edible garden at Vale Hill is incredible. Like the house itself, it is reached along an undulating quartz-topped driveway, bordered by 100 pencil pines – interspersed between which, a sudden glory each spring, lie 2000 daffodil bulbs, and, beautiful in autumn, 800 Washington hawthorns.

The garden itself is set around meandering pathways, with fruiting hedges curved into windbreaks. Terraces, elevations, and companion planting schemes create a variety of microclimates, ensuring success for a vast range of fruits and berries. There are multiple plants of every species represented.

The lowest slopes of the hill on which the garden stands comprise a spacious marquee lawn, surrounded by large steel raised flowerbeds that contain a breathtaking array of award-winning roses.

The rest of garden sprawls majestically up the hill embracing the house on all four sides. To list all its plants would take half the day, but here is a sample: elderberries, bay trees, Washington Thorn hawthorn bushes, Portuguese laurel, cherries, almonds, peaches, several varieties of apples, plums, pomegranates, pears, hazelnuts, chestnuts, quinces, persimmons, feijoas, lemons, figs and blood oranges.

These species are perfectly adapted to the central Victorian climate, but the intricate design of the garden has enabled a few other, very unusual, plants to take root and thrive. There is, for instance, a mature hedge made from carob bushes and, most remarkably of all, almost two dozen established boab trees, which are normally found only in the tropical far north of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Interspersed through the garden are several decorative and architectural elements. There are some imposing sculptures, referencing both modern and classical styles, some startling large piles of white quartz that overtly reference the gold mining past of the region, and the ruined remains of the old milking shed, repurposed by a domed iron roof and laser-cut fences into a delightful grotto, called the champagne room.

Also notable is an original dry-stone wall – once a traditional construction method in the Goldfields – festooned with grapevines and figs, hardy survivors planted many decades ago.

Another garden feature, positioned close to the house itself and visible from the kitchen, is a large brick-covered dome, topped by a sculpted bird. This, however, is not merely pretty – it is the top of large underground storage tank, which collects rainwater from the house roof and redirects it for internal use.

Adjacent to the formal gardens are paddocks comprising another five acres of land.

Please feel free to grab a basket from the Potting Room (Green entrance room) and some secateurs and help yourself to the ripe fruits or fresh flowers as your stroll around and enjoy the expansive garden.

Please makes sure you take some fresh lemons and beautiful roses home with you.
Minutes from Ballarat, Daylesford, Creswick and Clunes, in the pastoral heart of Victoria’s Goldfields region, Vale Hill House is a superb 1850's bluestone & contemporary homestead surrounded by one of Victoria’s most remarkable gardens

The space
Vale Hill today comprises four bedrooms (three available for use at the moment), three bathrooms, two kitchens, double-height entrance hall, multiple…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed

Amenities

Wi-Fi
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Pool
Dryer
Indoor fireplace
Air conditioning
Iron
Security cameras on property
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Location

Ullina, Victoria, Australia

Vale Hill House is situated within very easy driving distance of several delightful villages and towns, as well as the regional city of Ballarat and the marvelous metropolis of Melbourne.

Victoria’s Goldfields region is the epicentre of Australia’s love affair with quality smallholder and sustainable food growing. From organic orchards to rare breed farms, the area is rich in delicious produce – a fact evidenced by its equally abundant supply of hatted restaurants, cafes, provender stores and farmers’ markets.

A few minutes down the road finds the village of Clunes. Its nineteenth century streetscape has featured in many movies and television series, including the first Mad Max film, Ned Kelly, and Tomorrow When The War Began. Clunes also has an annual book festival and contains five permanent bookshops – more than most towns ten times its size. The Criterian Café serves quality coffee and is a favourite for breakfast and lunch. They are also open Saturday nights for dinner.

Creswick, 20 minutes from the front door, is a gorgeous and friendly Goldfields town, full of cafes and coffee shops, as well as a monthly market and beautifully landscaped parks and lakes.

In the other direction, the twin towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs – 30 minutes from Vale Hill — are literal and figurative centres of Australia’s slow food revolution. Set against the vast expanse of the Wombat State Forest, the towns contain some of Australia’s most awarded restaurants, as well as some of its most distinguished nineteenth and twenty-first century architecture.

Dotted around the region, away from the population centres, are a number of hidden foodie gems, each offering unforgettable experiences. There’s the Swiss Mountain Hotel, for instance, in the locality of Blampied, the beautiful Tuki Trout Farm at Stoney Rises, and a collection of family-owned cool-climate wineries near the hamlet of Glenlyon.

The regional city of Ballarat – population 99,000 – is half an hour away by car. Known for its gold-rush mansions, exclusive private schools, and wide tree-lined streets, “the Rat” contains department stores, shopping centres, hospitals, government departments, universities, conference facilities and all the other services needed for modern living.

A select range of local tourist brochures for some of our favourite towns, food and wine, and maps are available on the desk by the window in the dining room.

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Checkout: 11:00 am
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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