Have you fantasied living in a small country town. We did! Newstead and it's community captured our hearts. We have popular annual festivals - the Newstead Short Story Tattoo (a literary celebration), Newstead Live (rooted in folk) & Chopped (homage to '50s & '60s cars) - we have ambitions to be the first Vic town to be 100%, community owned, solar powered. Think boutique beer, great coffee, gourmet pizzas, art & wildlife. We’re interested in the world around us & we’re welcoming & unpretentious
During your stay at the Terrace, you can have a peaceful break, cosy and quiet in our 119 year old freshly renovated and tastefully furnished cottage, the door firmly shut on the world if that’s your preference. We have a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering and within a walk into the town of Newstead, hotels, cafe and an IGA grocery store. Although we live next door, we’ll respect your wish for privacy. You’ll find the Terrace has books, NBN Internet, Netflix, free to air television and the ability to stream music and video to keep you entertained.
Over the Loddon River bridge is the Crown Hotel, IGA supermarket, Dig café and the Blackbird café, where you can pause for a delicious meal or a Devonshire tea and Dig’s own blend of chai. For a taste of culture, stroll around Roger McKindley’s Antares Iron Art Garden, on the banks of the Loddon River. Prepare to be amazed at his quirky and extraordinary iron art and sculptures, fashioned from found objects.
To ensure you make the most of what the Terrace has to offer, here are some tips to enjoy the cottage:
• We have included a welcoming gift basket of goodies to settle you in.
• There is a selection of teas and freshly ground coffee for your enjoyment. You’ll also find some cornflakes, quality muesli and cow’s milk for a basic breakfast.......plus by the courtesy our beautiful free range hens we can supply you with some fresh eggs (when they are laying).
• The Terrace has a brand new kitchen and bathroom.
• In the lounge room we have installed a wood fire heater to enjoy in the cooler months.
• The beds have electric blankets for winter use.
If there is anything you need we are only next door, or you can call Neal.
Above all, enjoy your stay at the Terrace. If you’re happy, we’re happy.
Neal and Marie
You can jump in your car and check out the nearby artists and farmers markets in Castlemaine, browse the bookshops of Clunes (home of the Booktown Festival), sample biodynamic wine or cider at Bress in Harcourt or the multitude of other wineries in the region, take in a history tour in the gold rush regional town of Bendigo, or sit down in a Viennese style coffee house to German strudel and schnappicino (cappuccino with butterscotch schnapps) at Das Kaffeehaus at The Mill in Castlemaine. Take the kidlets on a steam train ride from Australia’s first notable town, Maldon, or consider Cairn Curran Reservoir, popular for swimming, boating, fishing, skiing, wind surfing and jet skiing.
A little further afield are Daylesford (mineral spa country) and Kyneton (fabulous dining, shopping and galleries). There is so much to do, to eat, to drink, to see, to experience, you just can’t do it all in one stay.
FOOD & DINING OUT:
If you choose to dine out at either Maldon/Castlemaine/Bendigo or any of the other cute gold rush towns of the district, you won't be stuck for choices. Central Victoria has a plethora of outstanding cafes, restaurants and wineries. Castlemaine has been named the vegan capitol of Victoria, although if you are a meat eater you will also be well served.
We have included simple breakfast provisions. Muesli & Cornflakes. Milk Coffee & Tea.
There are kitchen utensils, crockery, saucepans and cutlery if you would like to self cater.
If you are looking for something to do, we have included some brochures as suggestions. There are also farmers and artists markets in Castlemaine and surrounding towns including Talbot, Clunes, Maldon and Bendigo. Ask Neal for dates and locations.
Once again your safety is important to us. If you have any concerns please let us know immediately.
Newstead, Victoria, Australia