Your stay in the beautiful countryside will offer all the charm of the old world ... in modern surroungs.
The Royal Mail Hotel was built in the 1850s and, needless to say, it has been extensively refurbished. It offers high-quality accommodation, a fine dining restaurant, casual bistro, public and lounge bars and gardens featuring rare and indigenous plants.
The land was owned by a wealthy Melbourne family and it was a vital link to Victoria’s Western District for the Cobb & Co Royal Mail. Coach drivers would eat, drink and stay overnight and residents from the district would ride in to collect their mail.
In those days emphasis was placed on the highway rather than the mountains and there were no windows at the back of the building. Since renovations in 1997 there are magnificent and sweeping views of the Southern Grampians. Local materials were used featuring bricks, pavers, weathered timbers and Grampians sandstone.
A pool designed to look like a billabong was added. Its shape is irregular and the mountains provide a dramatic backdrop.
Dunkeld has just 500 residents, and while the town has all the attractions of visiting the country, the Royal Mail has inner-city sophistication with modern rooms and gourmet food.
Its 22 units take advantage of the views and all have a private balcony. They have air conditioning and heating, some bathrooms have a spa and they offer room service. Two-bedroom, double-storey studio apartments are perfect for families.
There are eight Mt Sturgeon Cottages on a sheep property about five minutes from the hotel offering a truly Australian ambience. They are self-contained, built from beautiful bluestone and furnished with hand-crafted furniture, leather lounges and open fires. Some cottages have a faux galvanised iron water tank – but that is just to give a real country look. Guests can enjoy spotting native wildlife and seeing the running of a working station. There are no telephones or televisions.
Apart from the startling beauty of the Southern Grampians, it is amazing to know they date back around 400 million years, and they were a place of spiritual renewal for Aboriginal people who lived there.
Dunkeld, west of Melbourne in the Grampians.
The Royal Mail Hotel rooms start at $110 a double and Mt Sturgeon Cottages start from $130 a room with a minimum of two nights’ stay.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Royal Mail Hotel
Parker Street Dunkeld VIC 3294
Ph: 03 5577 2241 Fax: 03 5577 email@example.com
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