- English, Australian Sign Language (for deaf guests)
About Ada Milley
The saying “you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl” is so true in the case of Ada and Prue. Both were born and raised in the country, however they met in Melbourne in 1987. After many years of living and working in the city, and dreaming of developing a country property from scratch, the dream became a reality with the purchase of a 20 acre “rabbit infested” paddock, high in the Sedgwick ranges at Harcourt North - just 1 ½ hours north west of Melbourne & 25 minutes south of Bendigo. The granite hills and spectacular views which overlook a sheltered, fertile valley, were the main attraction to the block. The property originally boasted just fifteen trees being beautiful 200-year-old gums. Twelve years on, the original 20 acres plus an adjoining 15 acres purchased, is home to approximately one thousand trees and numerous species of birds that have returned to the area, along with the occasional possum, echidna and kangaroo. For the next couple of years after purchasing “MillDuck”, Ada and Prue continued to work in Melbourne and spend every possible weekend developing the land. In the cold depths of July 1994, the transition to the country was made, leaving behind central heating and, luxuries such as internal toilets - to begin 6 ½ years as “Shed Dwellers” Both women reflect on their time in the non insulated colourbond shed with affection, saying it gave them an increased appreciation of their environment and its weather patterns. This valuable information was incorporated in the selection of the house site, the house design and building materials. We love living in a straw bale house which is warmer in winter & cooler in summer ... passive solar design rocks!!! Our hard work & determination to make a home here has paid off, we are so lucky & happy to share this special place with guests.
Ada Milley purchased this Bed And Breakfast in 1991
Why Ada Milley chose Harcourt North
It's unique, it's private, it has fantastic views & granite rocks. The animal & bird life abounds ... echidnas, kangaroos, many bird varieties.
What makes this Bed And Breakfast unique
Enjoying quality time, especially with your partner, is one of the most underrated activities of life. After staying here, many guests have told us they feel like they had a longer stay that what they actually did ... it felt so rejuvenating. Most people who stay here say they wish they could have stayed longer (esp the one nighters) ... & a lot come back or take up our offer of a Gift Voucher ... "3 nights for the cost of 2". It's only available to people who have stayed. Read our Trip Advisor reviews.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 1:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm
However, U can smoke outside while taking in views
Children not allowed
Babies, not walking, are allowed.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
A wonderful birthday weekend!
We had the perfect birthday weekend. The accommodation was impeccable. Ada was a fabulous host and it was really interesting roaming the farm and seeing the alpacas up close. The locality seems remote but has many great attractions nearby. We’ll be back!
Thanks for your response Rob, we're glad you enjoyed your time here & hope you won brownie points for being creative with your choice of a unique birthday celebration. There definitely are lots of things to see & do within 20 mins, although when here, it's feels like there's just the pair of you. All the best.
A wonderful getaway
Beautiful property. The views are stunning and lovely alpacas to share them with. The room was great, very well setup and the spa is fantastic. The hosts are lovely and go above and beyond to make their guests feel welcome.
Thanks Hayley for your review. We're very glad you enjoyed your time here. We are lucky to have a nice property, it's good to be able to share with others. It makes the hard work in the garden & surrounds more worthwhile.
MillDuck is central to Bendigo, Castlemaine & Maldon - which are only 20-25 minutes away by car.
We are 10 mins away from Mt Alexander, La Larr Ba Gauwa Park - a World Class Mountain Bike Park. Boasting 34 klms of cross country mountain bike trails, with stunning views & unique rock features.
Discover the cultural significance & an historic forest of oaks which are preserved inside one of Victoria's newest & greatest collections of mountain bike trails.