Learmonth’s Place an authentic country farmhouse

Published on 05 January 2018

An authentic country farmhouse north of Bendigo, updated to provide all creature comforts, provides an option for people seeking an undisturbed getaway.

Learmonth’s Place, located 7km from Bridgewater, is a fully renovated Edwardian weatherboard home catering for up to three couples or two families.

It can accommodate up to nine people, with three bedrooms (the main with ensuite), central bathroom, lounge, kitchen and a return verandah.

Owner Julie Riley said the property had been in her family for four generations, since Thomas Learmonth and wife Caroline settled there in 1906.

“My grandpa was born there, my parents lived there and it’s where I grew up,” she said.

“The farm was once 620 acres, but when Mum and Dad moved into town, my brother and I bought the remaining 50 acres from them.

“In the past, it’s been a dairy farm and we’ve had wheat, sunflowers and sheep.

“The house was in poor condition when we took it over, but we’ve restumped, added the ensuite, repainted, reroofed and fitted new kitchen and bathroom.”

The property opened for accommodation bookings in 2011 and has since seen a steady flow of visitors.

“People can enjoy our plentiful birdlife and the Loddon River is about 400m away, with a flat section which offers easy access to the water from our land,” Mrs Riley said.

“It’s a peaceful place, with the stars at night a particular highlight for many city visitors.

“The local area offers wineries and water skiing at Bridgewater, or guests can simply wander our 50 acres at will.”

For more information, contact Julie on (03) 5442 6098 or visit http://www.loddon.vic.gov.au/Visit/Accommodation/Self-contained/Learmonths-Place

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Businesses can add their details to Council’s website business directory at http://www.loddon.vic.gov.au/Invest/Business-directory .