The beautiful Lord Lodge.
Inside Lord Lodge.
Inside Lord Lodge.
Ben checks out Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, staying in a glorious mansion right in the grounds.
Colin Little is highly regarded by his peers and the racing public. He is respected as an excellent conditioner of horses and works hard to ensure they are in suitable condition to give them every chance of hitting the line first on race day.
Lord Lodge has enjoyed consistent success over many years. The combination of Colin's keen eye for sound, athletic types and Jacquie's encyclopaedic knowledge of pedigrees has kept Lord Lodge to the fore, often with less than fashionable breed stock.
Part of the complex is a large Victorian mansion which the Littles worked on for a year before opening it as a b&b. It was built in 1880 and is right on the 1400m shoot of the Caulfield race track. It is a wonderful example of early Victorian architecture with wide, arched halls, Baltic pine floorboards, marble fireplaces and five-metre high ceilings with elaborate handpainted cornices. The house and barn were recommended for listing on the National Estate Register in 1996.
The setting is peaceful, full of 100-year-old trees, and it's hard to imagine the city is just 15 minutes away.
There are three guestrooms, two with ensuite facilities and one with its own bathroom just 10 paces away.
There is an equestrian theme throughout the house, with bronzes, statues and paintings on display. The beautiful guest sitting room has an exceptional library, and those who love all things equine will love that room. It has historic books and literature for helping to pick some winners.
Breakfast, an elaborate affair of eggs, smoked salmon, fresh fruit, juices and freshly baked bread and croissants, is taken in the dining room. It overlooks the horse day yards, so guests can enjoy their morning meal while watching the horses enjoy theirs!
The 18-metre turret in the centre of the house allowed the trainer to watch his horses work. Today, guests use the room to relax, read or enjoy the Melbourne sunset.
Lord Lodge appeals to a broad cross-section of guests business people wanting something a little different, those interested in history, and particularly those with a passion for horse-racing.