The month of November

We’ve had return visitors aplenty and we’re enjoying the exceptional growth in the garden after very few frosts.

11 years on after the bushfires and the bird life has returned. A dear friend Ian Falconburg has listed them all and carefully documented in our bird book here at Payne’s Hut.

The kitchen extensions and verandah overlooking the valley are enjoyed by all.

And now that the road is bitumen the whole way, we’re delighted Albury has found the Payne’s Hut experience on the way to Metung and the Gippsland Lakes.

Enjoy the photos, see you soon!
~ Tess Payne

Tess and Grae on the International Stage

Tess and Grae on the International Stage

Not ones to blow their own trumpet (so I will instead!), Tess and Grae’s wisdom is now available here from them having done a wonderful Do Lectures talk. Enjoy! It’s about 20 mins…

Please do pass on to people who’ll gain so much from their wisdom!

~ Sam


Tess and Graham Payne, Do Lectures speakers. Photo credit: Mark Lobo Photography


New building works

Guest post by Sam Bell

Yesterday I visited Payne’s Hut for the first time in many months and the usual happened – my mouth was agape… a little earlier this time though, as I travelled along the driveway and saw the new igloo installed in the veggie patch, the impressive verandah around the main Hut and marvelled at the leaf-less garden this time of year.

Touring through the garden, the new laundry frame is in. In the main Hut, the newly enlarged main kitchen (the outdoor kitchen is going strong) is so delightful. Accordion windows will be installed soon and afternoon teas served through here will be such a treat. The verandah is certainly the place where dreams become real.

As it is anytime, now is a wonderful time to be at Payne’s Hut.

The blue skies and sunshine didn’t quite make it out for the photos though Flora the dog did!

Recharge, unplugged prior to Christmas

Recharge, unplugged prior to Christmas

Tess has come up with a clever new tagline for Payne’s Hut: “Reconnect, unplugged” – originating from electric guitarists in the ’80s who reinvented themselves by being acoustic. In Payne’s Hut terms, this reflects people coming to Payne’s Hut, enjoying relaxing times, delighting in their phones no longer connecting and perhaps even reconnecting with what’s important in their work and lives.

In a similar way, we encourage you to enjoy a pre-Christmas get together or gathering as a lead into the Christmas season – sit around open fires together or at the bar, sit along our new verandah overlooking the Shannonvale Valley, or in the dining hall that now seats 20 people.

Payne's Hut Group Lunches - Barn - Charlie Brown photography

Always remember that Gordy’s “Glen Wills Retreat” up the road can extend the number of people you can bring into the area to 20 (accommodated across both properties). It accommodates up to 11 singles or 8 couples and is now complete with ensuites.

The scene is now set to celebrate each other be it family, friends or workmates. Enjoy good food, BYO drinks or buy from the bar, soft drinks available.  Be enticed by our seasonal, 2-course dinners, or simply use the outdoor kitchen to whip up your own delights. The property is yours to explore and to luxuriate in.

Early bookings assure you the dates you’re after – especially the public holiday weekends. Book your “Reconnect, unplugged” stay now.

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