The word is getting out! Payne’s Hut was featured in The Age Newspaper today. Check out the words from the ‘Traveller’ Section.
Weekend Away: Glen Valley
Date: August 3, 2013
Sue Wallace enjoys the rustic charm and high-country air at Glen Valley.
Payne’s Hut is in Glen Valley, north of Omeo in north-east Victoria. Follow a winding road in the high country to the isolated, rustic retreat surrounded by towering gums and stunning scenery in the heart of the upper Mitta. You almost expect the man from Snowy River to come thundering down from the hills. Payne’s Hut is surrounded by a colourful, cottage garden in spring and a thriving herb and vegetable patch in summer.
The retreat has been built with purpose and passion from the ground up by owners Graham and Tess Payne, with help from the German League of Travelling Guildsmen. Four accommodation options are available including a stand-alone hut with bedroom and en suite, the two-storey barn with east and west wings with a bedroom and en suite either side of the dining room, and a small loft above the greenhouse with a shared bathroom downstairs. All rooms have timber floors, walls and ceilings and most of the furniture has been handmade by Graham.
Beds have crisp linen and snuggly blankets and doonas, and you can request a hot water bottle in winter. The hut has a queen-size bed, en suite, sitting area and private verandah to soak up the views. There’s a Primus stove for making tea or coffee and a gas heater to keep away the winter chills. The setting is the drawcard; in summer, pink hollyhocks sway in the breeze, bright roses bloom and climbers creep over rustic farm artefacts. In winter, camellias flower and there’s snow on surrounding mountains and occasionally underfoot. There’s no television and mobile phones are out of range but there are lots of interesting books and DVDs available.
In winter, snuggle up in bed or get toasty by the indoor or outdoor fire. You can sleep under the stars in summer covered by a canvas swag. Sit out on the new deck overlooking the pond and watch wallabies and kangaroos graze.
A hearty meal with produce from the vegie patch and local treats can be pre-booked. In summer, guests can cook or dine in the outdoor kitchen under Graham’s ingenious light made from rusty, stump jump harrows while a two-tiered water feature trickles in the background. We dined on the best pumpkin soup, tender lamb shanks and a berry crumble. Breakfast features cereal, Graham’s homemade bread, Tess’ delicious jams, preserved fruits or freshly picked berries and yoghurt.
The Blue Duck Inn Hotel at nearby Anglers Rest, about 20 minutes away, serves meals.
WORTH STEPPING OUT FOR
High-country heritage and history is showcased here where time seems to slow. It is perfect for exploring the high country on foot, mountain biking or four-wheel-driving. You can walk the Shannonvale track or the Kelly track in six hours. Trout fishing is popular in the nearby Cobungra, Bundara and Mitta Mitta rivers. Birdwatching, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseriding and scenic driving can keep you occupied, or just laze around and contemplate life. It is also a photographer’s paradise with scenic vistas everywhere you look. The Paynes honed their cooking skills in France and offer workshops to learn everything from filleting a fish and baking bread to chopping wood, navigation and gardening.
Perfect for chilling out in beautiful surrounds – knots in your shoulders untangle quickly.
Payne’s Hut is a 2½ hours’ drive from Albury, 6½ hours’ drive from Melbourne and 12 hours from Sydney. It is 90 minutes from Mount Beauty and an hour from Omeo.
Payne’s Hut, Fitzgeralds Road, Glen Valley, Victoria. Price for two including breakfast from $160 a night for the hut and the barn rooms, and $110 for the loft. Two-course meals are $45. Bookings, 5159 7255. See payneshut.com.
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