Lilac Cottage has a heritage classification. It was built in the mid 1860's, at the height of the gold rush days in Beechworth, by a Mr W.U.Grigg. In the old municipal rates book he is listed as a "contractor". The house has had many different tenants over the years. Between 1878 and 1883 Rocklyn House as it was then called, was run as a school "for the children of gentlemen" where Mrs. Annie Goodman taught French, German, drawing and watercolours.
Her classes were held after normal school hours to serve as enrichment to the state education programme. Advertisements for her boarding and day school for girls can be seen in the local Ovens and Murray Advertiser of that time now held at the Burke Museum.
The four main rooms of Lilac Cottage were built from the local honey coloured granite and as was the custom at the time, the kitchen was separate. Originally this was constructed of slabs and shingles. The present brick building dates from the end of the 19th century. Sourced photos indicate that it is at least the third kitchen.
The verandah between the two buildings is now tastefully enclosed providing a delightful sunny reading area.
Excellent new bathroom and laundry facilities add to the comforts of Lilac Cottage without detracting from the character of a bygone era and the very special ambience that one finds within its walls. There are 2 bathrooms - one with a claw-foot bath and the other with disabled toilet and walk-in shower
This charming house and garden offer privacy and an outlook onto the rock face of the gorge, while the front verandah is an idyllic place to take one's breakfast or quietly sip a glass of local wine in Beechworth's golden evening light.
The cottage accommodates a maximum of 4 persons and has has 2 bedrooms, both with queen beds. Please note that there is a surcharge of $40 per stay for 2 persons using 2 bedrooms.
Rated 5 out of
A touch of nostalgia
Lovely relaxing property -staying here was like drifting back in time to a quieter era. It has a very nostalgic atmosphere -you almost expect to see an old gardener or housekeeper from a century ago to appear around the corner. After a long drive it was very welcome. It's a short walk to the centre of Beechworth. The house is set in mature gardens and there are several places inside where you can look out on these, as well as a couple of outdoor seats. Very well equipped kitchen and the owners had provided fresh grapefruit,(probably from their own tree) it's something we both love. The bed and living areas were very comfortable
Date published: 2015-11-22
Rated 4 out of
Aptly named, lovely cottage
We had an enjoyable stay, good facilities suitable for a family, lovely surrounds
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 3 out of
This period cottage was very nice, but lacked a living area to seat 4 people around the fire. The kitchen was not very well designed and we found it hard to cook due to lack of bench space. Bathrooms were lovely and the cottage gardens delightful. More suited to 2 people than 4. Easy walking distance to major sights. A lovely weekend spent in Beechworh.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of
Warm & cozy with gorgeous gardens and a beautiful home feel... would stay again in a heart beat
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of
A lovely retreat
A free-standing charming home surrounded by a love garden that glows in autumn. The 2 bed rooms were comfortable and spacious enough for a small family or 2 couples. Put it this way, it didn't take long for my 3.y.o claim her own room and slept thru the night every night!.
Location wise, it is within walking distance to shops and restaurants
We've been to Beechworth a number of times, this must be the most memorable stay, so i'm very glad that i tumbled up this place. We will certainly consider return to this place the next time we are in the area.
Date published: 2015-04-13
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