On returning from my Queensland break I noticed plenty of changes around Rutherglen. Clearly evident was the vast swathes of golden canola fields....and new signage at Rutherglen Estates. RE is now owned by the DeBortoli family.
Yes even the host needs a break occasionally! I enjoyed an extended break on the Sunshine Coast with the chihuahuas during July & August just gone.
During this period of respite some repeat B&B guests took up the offer to stay at La Maison on a self-contained basis (min 5 nights). They were rewarded with full run of the property and feedback suggests they all thoroughly enjoyed their stay.
So it’s back to business as usual now so I look forward to hosting your stays over the coming months.
Guests are really enjoying the Spanish omelettes spiced with smokey sweet paprika and Gamze chorizo.
Yard duty never ceases at the B&B. It’s a good thing I like gardening.
And after the work is done there is always some energy left for a dog walk & afternoon tea.
The degree outside is falling like a well oiled diesel train now! For in-house guests whose stay is over Sunday-Tuesday nights (inclusive) I offer a dinner package. This Italian-inspired winter menu offers tummy warmer delights such as Minestone soup, spinach & ricotta ravioli, osso bucco, lamb with mint salsa, roasted vegetable risotto & oven-roasted Marsala pears.
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It’s always a treat to receive a extra special thank you from my guests. I thank you back Wilhelmina, Terry & Jan for choosing to stay at La Maison St Arnaud once again.
The Precipice offers excellent views over the former Reid’s Creek Goldfields.
Today’s hike started off a Billsons Brewery in Beechworth. After a quick coffee and a 10 minute walk down Camp Street I reached the Powder Magazine carpark. Off the carpark there’s a trail head clearly signposted for The Precipice.
The trail offers hikers a variety of terrain. Training for my upcoming Kumano Kodo pilgrimage (Japan) it had loads of uphill stepping stones, tree roots, uneven ground, mossy granite and rocky outcrops.
Returning via the same trail provided steep decline to strengthen my ankles and quad muscles.
The entire hike took 2hrs 15 minutes with short breaks to admire the views. This is not a strenuous hike however a good level of fitness would help as it’s close to 10kms.
Return to Billsons and enjoy an ale or cake and coffee.
Something of a tradition now the ubiquitous fire pit evening was enjoyed by the guests. A great time for me to relax and socialise with my lovely guests and hear all about the WW daily shenanigans.
The B&B breakfast table became central command this morning for guests Wilhelmina, Terry & Jan (all VIP repeat guests). There was much strategy consultation to ensure their Winery Walkabout routes maximised their full day on the shuttle buses
Wonderful few days spent with my Camino room buddy Megan, and Suzanne whose also from my Camino journey in 2018. Both visited Rutherglen and we enjoyed the food, wine, bushwalking and a peregrina get together evening at the B&B
An amazing time of year! I have enjoyed 3 autumns in the past 12 months. First was autumn here in Rutherglen same time last year, second was in Spain whilst walking the Camino de Santiago last September-October and the third is the here and now in Rutherglen. Blessed to have such beauty around me.
Albeit the breakfast menu is different each day I just have to say....most excited the new printer is installed and printed menus are back! Tomorrow guests are enjoying Eggs Benny!
Glorious weather is best enjoyed with long lunches and good friends...just like today! After a relaxing dog walk in Wahgunyah Ushi and myself along with 2 pugs and 2 chihuahuas enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Pickled Sisters cafe.
As part of the High Country Feast 2019 month long event I enjoyed a wonderful evening of Portugues food, wine and music with friends at Stanton & Killeen winery in Rutherglen.
The days are now perfect temperature for a more active visit to Rutherglen. The Wahgunyah to Rutherglen section of the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is just moments from the B&B and is the perfect playground for cycling or walking to the local wineries.
The evenings give themselves to us with delicious cool evening air, just perfect to enjoy a vino on the front verandah at the B&B.
On occasion I am blessed with fun-loving guests who’re up for some larrikin time...such a time was yesterday. Two couples, unknown to each other but both B&B staying mid-week (best time to visit) joined forces and booked up Lil’ Tipsy wine tours for a sesh around the Rutherglen wine region. After their morning of cellar door visits I joined them all for lunch at Lake Moodemere Estate vineyard for lunch at Lakeside. Following a delicious meal and loads of laughter we headed to final cellar door of the day, Andrew Buller wines. A perfect finish and a return to the B&B to enjoy canapés and some further drinks.
Freshly broken out of Australian Quarantine was our handsome fur-guest Harry. Harry is from the UK, planning to call Australia home with his human-parents Gavin & Jeff. Good luck Harry, and welcome to Australia.
Within half hours drive of Rutherglen you can be heading out on over a hundred dedicated walking tracks in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP, the Warby’s, Beechworth Gorge and so it goes...last Saturday the weather was perfect for the gorge walk. Naturally it led me to afternoon tea at Billsons Brewery in Beechworth.
Benson was travelling home with her fur-parents Jess & Matt and decided the B&B was a great place to stopover.
The place was busy with Frenchies as my fur-grandchild Remi was still in residence too!
Tonight skylines around the world will go dark as millions of people celebrate Earth Hour to show their commitment to protecting the planet. This is everyone’s chance to do their little bit...so get out the tea lights, the battery driven LED strands, the playing cards and switch off!
...and so is some very special guests, Beryl & Michel. They’re wonderful repeat guests of the B&B so a little something special was whipped up in the kitchen today to welcome them back with their fur-kids. Madeleines...oh la la!
Your host Kellie-Anne