Bluegum Ridge Country Cottages

Bluegum Ridge Country Cottages.434 Buttercup Road, Merrijig, Vicphone: (03) 5777 5015web: bluegumridge南京夜网.au
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The location “Where the frig is Merrijig?” says the logo on the T-shirts at the local pub. It’s a very small, very quiet place about three hours’ drive from Melbourne; another 30 kilometres further on and you’re at Mount Buller. But the Delatite Valley isn’t mountainous; it’s gentle green hills, and cattle and alpaca country.

The place The two two-bedroom self-contained cottages at Bluegum Ridge are secluded and quiet, set in pretty gardens dotted with giant blue gums, and both have magnificent views across the paddocks to Mount Buller. You scarcely need a weather forecast to check out the skiing conditions – you can just look out the window! Each cottage has a broad verandah and a rustic but very comfortable feel, with both a wood stove and electric heating to keep you cosy, and plenty of room for families to spread out and relax.

The experience Not a lot goes on in Merrijig and that’s how they want it. However, if you’re looking for downhill skiing and boarding, head for Mount Buller, while Mount Stirling offers cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. Take the kids tobogganing or snowman building. Check out the wineries or the Jamieson Brewery, or go horse riding or fishing or bushwalking. Get talking to a mountain cattleman or join in the trivia night at the Merrijig Hunt Club Hotel. For more restaurants, cafes and shops, head to nearby Mansfield.

Don’t miss … the snow! But if the weather doesn’t oblige, take a drive and a walk up to Craig’s Hut on the eastern side of Mount Stirling. The hut was created for the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River, then burnt down in the 2007 bushfires, but volunteers rebuilt it, and it remains a symbol of settler history.

Cost: $190 a double a night; breakfast, $20 extra a person a night. Extra adult, $40 a night; extra child, $30 a night plus $12.50 extra for breakfast. Two night minimum stay. On request, for extra charge: breakfast hampers, cheese and biscuits, red or white wine.

Distance: 220km (3 hours’ drive) north-east of Melbourne.

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