THE HISTORY OF
PET FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION IN CLUNES, VICTORIA
The Branigan family recently celebrated 157 years of farming on this land that was originally part of the "Glendaruel" squatting lease.
Having arrived from Ireland in 1861 with very little (even leaving older children behind) Henry and Janet Branigan became the proud owners of land, now containing Beckworth Retreat, after walking for days to get to the title office in Melbourne and paying the £1 per acre.
The original house sites can all still be seen on the farm and there are plenty of photos and stories to show how tough the living must have been in those early years.
However, living on Beckworth Creek, the families were totally self-sufficient growing grains and the fruit trees, as well as having cows for dairy produce.
Janet Branigan was famous for taking her Rose Brand butter to the markets in Ballarat in the early 1900's.
Currently, the most recent farm cottage has gone through an extensive renovation.
And the extra accommodation units have been purpose built for couples or families who want to experience the quiet farm life, with all the comforts when sleeping or relaxing inside.
Groups or families of up to 14 guests can be accommodated in various configurations and one room is set up for Universal Access including the bathroom.
The two units are separate from the farmhouse but joined by a verandah for easy access to the shared facilities, which include:
Two double rooms are also contained within the main farmhouse.
Bedroom arrangements are flexible ie Twins or King Bed and extra single trundles if required.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements, as there are several options available
including baby bassinet or Universal Access facilities
AT BECKWORTH RETREAT YOUR PETS ARE WELCOME TO HOLIDAY WITH YOU