Perfect for families:
Bloomfield is set on 2.5 acres, the perfect place for family relaxation. Most of the garden can be seen from the house, allowing parents to keep an eye on children’s activities whether it be playing croquet on the lawn or running through the walnut grove.
.. Or a Romantic Getaway
Relax on the verandah overlooking the walnut orchard on a summer’s evening, breakfast in the beautiful dining room, tinkle the ivories on the piano player, or enjoy a cosy evening in front of the open fire in lounge room and retreat to village serenity for a week or two. For the explorers visit local wineries and restaurants.
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As a guest at Boomfield you will find...
• A well equipped country style kitchen with slow combustion stove, a semi commercial gas stove, dishwasher,micro-wave, table and setting for six and breakfast provisions;
• Formal dining room with open fire place and French doors opening onto verandahs on two sides;
• Lounge room with T.V., stereo, DVD, VCR, piano and open fire place;
• Four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and linen supplied;
• Flexible accommodation for up to six people as there are three queen-size and three single beds;
• Washing machine and dryer;
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Nestled 10km south of Beechworth, where gold was discovered in 1852, and within comfortable driving distance to the historic towns of Chiltern, Yackandandah Nine Mile Creek, Wooragee and Myrtleford, lies picturesque Stanley.
All you need for an interesting experience can be found in the village- the award winning Stanley Pub and restaurant, the general store, post office, local produce stalls, bike trails, walking tracks, Stanley Bears and community activities to which visitors are welcome.
Stanley is ideally located in the beautiful sub-alpine region of North East Victoria, close to historic Beechworth, surrounded by fruit orchards, pine and eucalypt forests. A diverse range of flora, fauna and fine local produce abound: delicious berries and cherries in high summer, crisp apples and juice, walnuts and chestnuts through the autumn and excellent wines and luscious fortifieds all year.
Located near Victoria's ski fields and Alpine areas. Stanley is a great stay over point for day trips into the surrounding townships of Beechworth, Bright, Rutherglen and Milawa, all offering their own special experiences for those visiting the region.
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Stanley can be accessed via the Hume Freeway and is close to the rural townships of Beechworth, Wangaratta and Albury Wodonga, which are only 35 minutes drive. There is a regular Melbourne to Sydney train and bus services operating through these towns, with connecting buses into Beechworth. Those who wish to fly can access domestic flights via Albury airport, where hire cars are available for collection.
To look at the quiet picturesque little village of Stanley, 8km from Beechworth, you’d never guess that it was once a bustling centre, a goldfield with coaches running daily to Beechworth, Yackandandah and Melbourne. There were numerous shops, a lockup, a courthouse, an Athenaeum, a Post Office and seven hotels. Just reading through the list of their names is enough to summon up all the romance of a bygone era. Names such as the Star Hotel, built by John A Wallace (who also built hotels in Chiltern, Rutherglen, and Yackandandah) Full moon, Sun, Vine, Golden Age, Bush Inn, Snake Valley Inn, and the Stanley Arms.
The lovely old homestead of Bloomfield was built by the man who started it all, Joshua Cushman Bigelow, who was an American a ‘forty-niner’ who with his party first discovered gold at Stanley in Dec 1852.
Before coming to live in Stanley with his wife, Margaret, Joshua was manager of the ‘Homeward Bound Mine’ at Yackandandah.
They lived at Hillsborough until their house was destroyed by fire. By this stage Bloomfield was completed and it was their home for the next 35 years.
It is thought that the original house, built of handmade bricks with French doors opening onto a full return verandah was constructed in the 1860’s. Later, after marriage and a burgeoning family (Joshua and Margaret had 11 children) two more rooms were added around 1873 – a formal dining room and a sitting room. With their 12 foot 6 high ceilings and cedar fire surrounds they proclaimed Joshua Bigelow’s growing status in the district. Beyond the verandahs, which protect the house on 3 sides is an old established garden surrounded by a picket fence.