The front page of the Bairnsdale Advertiser today proudly showcases Payne’s Hut’s recent profile in The Guardian article ”100 boutique hotels for under £100: Asia, Australia and New Zealand”. Thanks to all involved!

Article transcript:

‘Hut’ joins world title


Tess and Graham Payne are onto a good thing. They know it, now they just want everyone else to know it too.

Fresh attention from overseas could help them with that – a listing on the website of British newspaper The Guardian as one of the top 100 B&Bs in the world for under £100 ($A250) puts the remote accommodation provider among the A-list in the hospitality world virtually overnight.

For owners Graham and Tess, they’ve done the hard yards for more than 10 years to become an overnight success.

And to make it as only one of three B&Bs in Australia and New Zealand to make the grade, the Paynes are thrilled.

“We’re one of three in Australia, which is an incredible coup,” Tess told the Advertiser.

“We really are very grateful that we were chosen.”

For them, says Tess, it’s about presenting visitors with a taste of the real ­Australia, the best food and wine the region offers and promoting the beauty of the Mitta Mitta Valley, built on principals on connections with guests, Australian food, culture and history and excellent hospitality.

Payne’s Hut was ranked alongside a boutique hotel in Sydney and a B&B near Bowral in New South Wales.

Tess thinks Payne’s Hut, not far off the Omeo Highway at Shannonvale north of Anglers Rest, was chosen for the top 100 list partly because of the B&B’s first-rate service, food and facilities and partly because the British journalist who came to stay fell in love with the remote beauty of the high country, with a little help from a pre-visit interview from East Gippsland Marketing.

Tess was adamant Payne’s Hut offered the best product in Victoria from Albury-Wodonga to Lakes Entrance and the Payne’s were passionate about staying true to the property’s all-Australian theme.

“People can’t help but have an enjoyable stay,” she said.

Payne’s Hut’s next big adventure is a spring feast to celebrate the change of season and showcase the region’s ­produce.
To be held on November 2, the feast will offer live music and a range of five courses of local food and wine for 30 people on the day – visitors are welcome to stay but Tess says ample accommodation is available locally if visitors would like to stay in the area overnight.

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