Plunkett Fowles, Oxley, Milawa, Myrtleford, Bright, Mount Hotham and beyond…

These words are republished a website of a close friend of Payne’s Hut and regular visitor - Samantha Bell.
“Amazing places to visit enroute from Melbourne to Falls Creek or Mt Hotham or for a long weekend around Bright, Victoria:
  • Plunkett Fowles (on Hume Hwy 1 hour and a bit out of melbourne)
  • Sam Miranda Winery, Oxley (GREAT courtyard on a warm day for the kids to run around – also nice for a tasting on a cold day with fire going inside. I really enjoy working from here on a weekday. So relaxing and often no-one there.)
  • King River Cafe, Oxley (potato rosti chips are amazing, good coffee.)
  • Milawa Cheese Factory, Milawa (great place for lunch)
  • Snow Road Produce, Milawa (great wine selection and lovely people).
  • Milawa – the main road has olive and mustard shops too.
  • Amazing Cafe Fez in Myrtleford is like stepping into a Middle Eastern Bazaar - extraordinary to be where it is and have so many items for sale as well as a cute cafe – it is next to the park too for the kids – lovely for a coffee and browse.
  • Bright: my favourite is Coral Lee, there’s also Ginger Baker and the Bright Brewery and a few other wine bars and restaurants that have popped up recently.
  • Take a drive up Mt Hotham to Danny’s Lookout on a clear day. The lookout is just before Mt Hotham so a 45 min drive from Bright and you can see for miles and miles….
  • Keep going to Payne’s Hut - I guarantee you’ll be pleased you did.
All the addresses and details of these places are on my “To the Mountains and Beyond” Foursquare list.
Tips on accommodation:
  • Top of the list Payne’s Hut.
  • Bright – Merrimeet Cottages is great for families. The website photos don’t do it justice - next to a park for the kids, the gardens are lovely for reading books and enjoying and there is a BBQ in the grounds. Apparently the photos on the site don’t do it justice and the people who run it are lovely:.
  • The house at Smoko looks divine. Often booked out – get in early.
  • Wombat Hollow in Smoko for families too – this will mean commuting to Bright. (Stay in Bright if you’re thinking of walking to and fro dinner.
  • Emma runs Alpine Valley Getaways - she’ll be able to help with other places.
  • And Bright Holidays is great too. This lovely house (with a spa) is recommended.”
Go play.

Photos to tempt you:

Another wonderful weekend at Payne’s Hut

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It was a delight to have a very entertaining dinner with Lyn, Lindsay, Mel, Geoff, Tracey, Kathryn, Sam, Clive and Tess and Grae on Saturday night. So many rounds of raucous laughter as we celebrated (young-in-mind-and-heart) Geoff’s 86th Birthday.

Tess and Grae have been busy. The berry patch looks superb, the verandas around the main house are taking shape, and the garden – as always – is enchanting.

~ Sam for Payne’s Hut

Payne’s Hut in the Weekly Times – “A Hut Above the Rest”

It is wonderful to have Payne’s Hut featured in the July 2012 edition of the Weekly Times. Flip to the “Home section” (Pages 10-13) or click on the above images to enjoy reading about the history, Tess and Graham Payne and all they contribute to this area of the Victorian High Plains.

Come and see Payne’s Hut for the first time or visit again to see the updates, we’ve been busy! Book your stay here:

Payne's Hut Loft Glen Valley Accommodation

The Payne’s Hut Loft: It inspires poetry…

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glorious loft
looks out over the valley
head resting on pillow in the morning
look through the window to the clear blue sky
clouds float past, tickled by gums

above the kitchen
smells of toast waft upward as others wake
footsteps crunch on gravel
murmurs of conversation through the window
clink of plates, boiling water into french press

feet turn out from the silken sandwich of white sheets
onto pristine lamb’s wool laid out beside the bed
some cocoon of honeyed timber, this is

birds call all around
door opened to the air
the balcony
sun salutation
recharging, filling, warming

a long stretch
a deep breath

in the loft

By Doug Millen

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Thanks Doug! Doug visited Payne’s Hut for the wonderful Play Make Do event. He delighted everyone with one of his hidden skills: fire-twirling. Truly inspiring. As was his love for the High Plains and area around Payne’s Hut.

If you’re interested in staying in the Loft, send us your details and your dates, using this form at the top of this page, scroll up! And it’s on your right —>

Play Make Do at Paynes Hut

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We look forward to welcoming the participants of the very uplifting and special Play Make Do event, February 2-5, 2012.

Paynes Hut is creating an exceptional menu, organising participants’ surprises, pickups and drop offs to hike locations and so much more that goes into creating a very unique program, menu and activities in a remote location.

The participants will be delighted!

We’ll post photos here to show you what was created.

Payne’s Hut Food: Our Scrumptious Mitta Mitta New Year

With delight we share the latest photos of Paynes Hut – New Year’s Eve celebrations of barramundi, prawns, black rice and yoghurt; Swims in the Mitta Mitta River, afternoon cool down palate cleansers of crushed pineapple and mint granitas, and a wonderful opportunity to try out the Sunday tasting plates (rabbit pies, chicken drumsticks, garden salad) and delicious Orange and Chocolate cake.

We’re eating well here! Come join us at our remote accommodation along the track…


Payne’s Hut in Springtime

It is lovely to come out of the winter folds and see Tess’s garden come to life and to enjoy seeing how much building works Grae has done and the overall development that has occurred. Our huts of the high country are almost complete!

Click the photo below to enjoy seeing the updates to the buildings as photographed by Leslie Swearingin.

Come and visit – it’s best viewed up close!

Tune in to nature