Once a Gothic Church, now a stunning Bed & Breakfast Retreat, Villa Nova is unrivalled for uniqueness in Victoria’s Goldfields region.
2 guests and up to 6 guests welcome.
Bright & spacious with open plan living, 2 bedrooms, wood fire, 2 air-conditioning systems, fully equipped kitchen & reliable Wi-Fi. VN modern conveniences, contemporary furnishings & high quality linen are beautifully contrast by the Gothic 1870’s building’s soaring ceilings, leadlight windows & original entrance doors.
Only a short stroll from Guildford village’s Historic General Store and Pub, make the tranquil, rural town of Guildford your destination or use Villa Nova as a base to explore the neighbouring towns of Castlemaine and Daylesford.
Designed to cater for one or two couples or a family, Villa Nova has two unique bedrooms boasting comfy queen size beds and an abundance of the highest quality Sheridan linen. The first bedroom is on the altar, beneath the church’s stunning main lead light window with the second bedroom upstairs, above the entrance area allowing views of the Plateau through its large, circular window and a bird's eye view of Villa Nova's open plan living area. The sleeping and living arrangements are both functional and flexible with two click down sofas in the lounge area which convert to double beds – the thick mattress toppers and comfy pillows will guarantee a good night’s sleep.
Guests are welcomed to Villa Nova with a hamper of gourmet antipasto delights and breakfast provisions, comprising local produce and a selection of goodies handmade by the owner which is sure to tantalise the tastebuds. If nearby Castlemaine or Daylesford’s culinary scene isn’t for you, Villa Nova offers a brand new BBQ as well as a fully equipped kitchen complete with stove, double oven, coffee machine, fridge and dishwasher - perfect for a home cooked meal with the choice of indoor or outdoor dining!
With families in mind Villa Nova’s children’s corner is set up with toys, books and children’s DVD’s and stair guards, a high chair and porta cot are also available for guest use.
Outdoors the undercover patio area offers 2 armchairs in which to relax, an undercover outdoor dining area and a native garden, complete with brick pathways and stone walling to explore.
Heating is provided in the form of a wood burning fire as well as 2 reverse cycle split systems providing instant heat for late arrivals and air-conditioning during the warmer months.
The light filled bathroom features a half size bath and shower above, vanity and toilet with a second toilet, washing machine and dryer housed in the outdoor laundry area.
Villa Nova is sure to be the highlight of your getaway; it’s the perfect place to unwind from the stresses of day to day life, centrally located in Victoria’s Goldfields region only 130km north-west from Melbourne and arguably the finest, most unique accommodation in town!
Located between Castlemaine and Daylesford, 130km north-west of Melbourne in the area once known as Central Victoria’s Golden Triangle; the scene of the 1850’s gold rush, is the small but picturesque village known as Guildford. Set amidst the low hills of the Loddon River and central to the town is Villa Nova, a short stroll from Guildford village’s General Store, local Pub and heritage listed property, ‘Tara’ built in the early 1860’s by a leading Guildford merchant.
Villa Nova guests are welcome to stroll Tara’s extensive and picturesque free flowing garden. Not restricted by formal design Tara’s garden is an evolution of more than 150 years of development and care featuring an endless variety of natives, fruit trees, roses and flowers. Tara’s gardens are also home to the owners’ animals including; Wilson the piglet, Muscovy ducks, chickens, Timmy the Turtle and two green tree frogs which children are welcome to feed by prior arrangement.
March House is a notable historic Guildford building, prefabricated in Scotland and dating back to 1856, this 2 storey iron house is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Victoria and is owned by the original owners’ great, great, granddaughter.
Guildford is well known for the ‘Big Tree’, a large River Red Gum thought to be over 500 years old and one of the largest in Victoria and has an attractive avenue of Plane trees planted in 1919 in honour of locals who fought in the First World War.
Castlemaine’s historic streetscapes are a reminder of its immensely rich gold mining days but today the town boasts a burgeoning food and an eclectic arts scene. The locals have even started calling it (with tongues firmly planted in cheek) 'North Northcote.'
When exploring Castlemaine make sure you check out:
• The many cafes, bars, wineries and Hatted Restaurant – Henry of Harcourt, Hickster, Harcourt Valley Winery, Togs Café, Run Rabbit Run, Public Inn and re-Public to name a few!
• The Castlemaine Art Gallery featuring Edwardian and modern works
• For shopaholics the Corner Store Merchants, Rike, Tribe’s crafty gifts, Mount of Alex, Restorer’s Barn, Tonks, Mo’s Antiques and Tate Decorative Iron boast vintage clothing, books, jewellery, homewares and antiques
• ‘The Mill’ - originally a woollen mill which has just been transformed into a creative hub for foodies and artisans
• The Royal (originally the Theatre Royal) - the oldest continually operating theatre on the Australian mainland, built in 1852
• 19th century Castlemaine Botanical Gardens set on 25 acres
• Victorian Goldfields Railway which links the historic towns of Castlemaine and Maldon, through Box-Iron Bark forest
• Castlemaine Historic Market Building C1862 (home of the visitor information centre)
• Old Castlemaine Gaol
• Burke and Wills Memorial - Victoria`s first memorial to Burke and Wills
• The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park which covers 7,500 hectares and includes relics of the gold mining era.
• And last but not least, no trip to Castlemaine is complete without purchasing a tin of ‘Castlemaine Rock’ – a nostalgia-inducing, teeth-shattering, golden lolly
DAYLESFORD and HEPBURN Spa region. The two spa towns represent the ultimate in indulgence and relaxation with 72 health-giving mineral springs and over 30 spas, wellness retreats and healing centres in the area. If you're looking for a place to unwind, pamper yourself, indulge your senses Daylesford is the perfect day trip - find balance and harmony at mineral spas and wellness retreats, sample exquisite food and wine at restaurants, wineries and country pubs or take in the historic streetscapes and explore the local markets and boutiques brimming with art, craft and antique treasures.
Historic MALDON where visitors can experience streetscapes perfectly preserved since its gold mining days of 1854 - 1926. In recognition of this, Maldon was classified as Australia's First Notable Town in 1966 and awarded the ‘Most intact heritage streetscape’ in 2006 by the National Trust. Its list of historic buildings is impressive and visitors can browse through fashion boutiques, sample local produce, take a nostalgic journey on board the Victorian Goldfields Steam Railway, drive up Mt Tarrangower to get a 360 degree view of the area from the lookout tower or follow the Maldon Taste of Gold food and wine trail.
BENDIGO - a vibrant contemporary regional centre created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. Wide streets lined by opulent buildings are now interwoven with intriguing laneways and arcades that are home to a new breed of innovators who again delve deep to create a vibrant energy across the city. Modern day Bendigo has sublime food, wine and shopping experiences against a stunning heritage backdrop.
KYNETON has a collection of some of the finest bluestone buildings outside of Bendigo and Ballarat. It has a unique character forged on the wealth of the goldrush and today is a rural hub with a creative and gastronomic focus on the diverse and evolving Piper Street precinct.
Guildford, Victoria, Australia