Oak Dene is a unique and historic building. It was built in 1908 for Dr and Mrs John Wight as a family home and surgery by his eminent architect brother, Gerard Wight. The house is built entirely of ripple iron, inside and out. It is encircled by deep verandas, giving it a shaded, private quality that is enhanced by its setting in lawns and trees. Our home is a restful, retreat-like place that has welcomed guests for 110 years. We invite you to share in this tradition.
The guest suite comprises the principal rooms of the house. A central entrance hall leads to two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and the other with two king single beds. A fold up bed for a fifth person can be placed wherever suits. The sitting room is gracious and generous with long windows and door to the garden, and a smart television. The dining room comfortably seats eight and opens onto the fully equipped kitchen and then a small office. There is one large bathroom with a roll-top bath and walk-in shower and a second w/c and utility room. Reverse cycle heating and air-conditioning serves the main rooms.
Guests have a spacious and private west facing veranda, BBQ and garden for outdoor dining and relaxing. There is a covered car space and easy street parking outside .
Your Host lives in an adjoining wing of the house. Both parts are fully self-contained but share the entrance veranda, car parking and clothesline and thus you will see each other coming and going.
Interaction with guests
Guests may have as much or as little interaction with Gillian as they wish. As your Host, she will always be contactable.
Other things to note
The walls of the twin bedroom are papered. Achieving this finish over ripple iron must have been a feat, and our example is highly unusual in Australia. The paper is 110 years old and guests should be aware that it is far from in perfect condition. Conservation advice is being sought.
The house sits in half an acre of garden designed originally by William Guilfoyle as a three-acre Edwardian park. Today his chief legacy are two magnificent London plane trees; one is regarded as among the largest and finest in Victoria and is on the National Trust register.
Oak Dene is situated in a cul-de-sac where bird chatter is usually the only intrusion.
Kyabram is a well-cared-for, working country town at the centre of a prosperous, irrigated agricultural area. Its shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants, transit centre and sports oval are a flat 15 minute walk from Oak Dene. There are the welcoming Kyabram Club, two golf courses, tennis courts, 50m swimming pool, walking tracks and famous Fauna Park. 30 minutes drive finds Echuca and the Murray River, the city of Shepparton and historic Rushworth.
Further afield are the many wineries and other attractions of the Murray, Goulburn and Campaspe regions.