If you’re in Birregurra to dine at Brae, then I suggest you make a weekend of it and spend the night. Besides, the prospect of forsaking the wine match and driving back to town at midnight seems nonsensical, does it not? A couple of weekends back we took our own advice and combined dinner at Dan Hunter’s Brae with a mini-getaway in the sleepy, quaint town that is Birregurra. We lay our heads down at Chris and Dee Barter’s Birregurra 1865 Bed and Breakfast, a heritage building which has been painstakingly restored into a haven for the discerning traveller.
Two suites are on offer, the Lindsay McMahon and the “Brickie” Pell, each with an adjoining room if you’re a larger party. Guests also have use of a separate lounge in which breakfast is served. We spent the night in the Lindsay McMahon suite complete with fireplace, kitchenette, separate bath and shower and queen sized bed. It’s an environment that exudes comfort and warmth- from the feather pillows on the bed to the Natural Earth bath products. Dee welcomed us on our arrival, showed us around the suite and set us up with her homemade lemon cordial and cookies.
When evening rolled around Chris dropped us off at Brae and when we looked up from sipping our final drop of wine, he was there to pick us up (at midnight mind you).
Despite consuming 12 courses the night before, we were more than ready to sample Dee’s breakfast. The rate includes a continental breakfast but for those who are keen to sample the local bacon or Birregurra sausages, a gourmet breakfast is available for $10 per guest. At the time of our stay Dee was cooking up zucchini fritters, French Toast, an English brekkie and an avo smash with goats cheese. But, you’re not missing out if you opt for just the continental, far from it. Tea or coffee, juice, toasted sourdough and homemade preserves from the B & B’s orchard (we sampled a stunning quince jelly), homemade muesli (nutty, earthy and not too sweet) and yoghurt, fruit, local honey, muffins and a boiled egg. Phew! It’s a real spread and utterly delicious.
Birregurra 1865 is an incredible property and Chris and Dee the perfect hosts. A stay at Birregurra 1865 is like slipping back in time without sacrificing all the modern comforts. Don’t think twice, this is the place to base yourself if you’re visiting Birregurra.
Good to know:
‘Brickie’ Pell suite $240 (including continental breakfast)
Lindsay McMahon suite $225 (including continental breakfast)
(Book well in advance)
If you’re dining at Brae, the B&B provides a complimentary pick up and drop off service.
We travelled to Birregurra via the V/Line from Southern Cross Station. The journey took just under two hours and cost approximately $16 per person, each way. The train station is approximately 20 minutes walk from Birregurra 1865 B&B.
Birregurra 1865 B&B
20 Main Street
Telephone +61 3 5236 2071
Images: Thomas Southam