A bit of research found a bed (bathroom down the hall) and continental breakfast available at The Old Priory... formerly known as the Brigidine convent of Mt. St. Joseph, located in Beechworth, Australia. We chose the budget accommodation price. The website confirmed that it is a huge beautiful building, and would be an excellent experience. Upon arrival, we walked up the front sidewalk under huge, shady trees, with small social table/chairs under the trees each side of the walk. The stairway was magnificent, as was the entrance hall. The group in front of us were arranging their wedding ceremony and reception to be held at The Old Priory the following day. The bride's big sisters kept teasing her about getting married in this place... it has ghosts, they said.
We were the only two occupied rooms in this wing, so it's a long and lonely walk down that hall and around the corner to the bathroom. Our modest size room had a double bed and a bunk bed, generous extra bedding and towels. It was clean and very quiet.
We'd been told that there was a lounge area downstairs, so after dinner at a nearby restaurant we trotted down to check it out. We happened to meet a man watching TV who is associated with the Priory who said hello to each of us, then asked if anyone wanted wine. We said yes, so (for a modest price) the gent went into the building wine cellars, returning with an excellent bottle of wine (2006...a good year he said) and wine glasses. He then asked if we were interested in the history of the building, and was very happy to tell the story. The talk was fascinating.
Next morning, one of us went first down the long hall with towel over shoulder, to use the showers. My turn next... thank GOODNESS that I tested the water temp before stepping in. The "COLD" faucet delivered icy water, and the "HOT" faucet delivered water barely room temperature. Wow these nuns saved money on hydro! We went downstairs to enjoy our continental breakfast. We entered an area with tables, a television and couch, fridge and sink. Along one wall was a toaster, cereal bowls and three boxes of cereal. Probably the most "modest" continental breakfast to date. After eating, another guest suggested that we should wash our dishes and return them to the shelf for the next users.
Would I stay here again? Yes, but we would choose a room at the slightly higher bed and breakfast price range.
Would I recommend this budget experience to others? Absolutely! We knew when booking that we had chosen the lowest price range. The rooms were spotless, as were all of the facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Priory facilities include:- Accommodation for up to 210 people varying from budget accommodation to deluxe ensuite bed and breakfast and family self contained apartment.- Concert hall including stage, dance floor, bar and open fire.- A range of communal rooms including dining rooms, guest lounge with open fire and sitting rooms.- Large recreation room with table tennis, DVD and TV.- BBQ facilities, outdoor eating areas and peaceful garden settings.- Guest breakfast and Reading rooms with open fires, TV and DVD player.- 3 ? star rating with AAA.- Accredited with Australian Camping Association.The Old Priory is centrally located in beautiful Beechworth North East Victoria one short block from the centre of town and an easy three hours from Melbourne and less than one hour from the Victorian and New South Wales border. Beechworth is an amazing and picturesque township and surrounded by many natural and historic attractions. We are located at the foothills of the snow fields for winter activities and also boast a beautiful spring fed lake or local town swimming pool for summer activities also. The Old Priory building is a former Brigidine Convent which has been comfortably restored and modernised for accommodation, camps, receptions and conferences. Our staff prides themselves and good country hospitality whilst providing an excellent service to our customers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Priory Beechworth, Victoria