Private room. Basic accommodation but clean & the cheapest in the King Valley to allow people a chance to explore the area at an affordable price. Longer term stays available. It is a slow project but we are making improvements every week. Room 2 has 5 single beds. Room 1 up to 7 single beds. Room 4 has 3 single beds & a large double bed in a small side room. Room 3 has 5 single beds. Kitchen, showers and toilets are in a seperate block & shared
Originally the complex was a 1950's SEC worker base and we are slowly renovating the whole project to house lower priced accommodation. The accommodation is basic, but does provide good clean beds with clean linen, new toilets and a full kitchen dining area. We can provide double beds if required and group bookings can be accommodated. There's plenty of room outside for tents or a van and on site parking. Various options for backpackers from dorm or single room short and long term rates available.
There is a shared toilet/kitchen block with 2 toilets and 2 Showers. The kitchen has crockery, cutlery, and most appliances, Frig, freezer, and a washing machine for clothes. There is plenty of room to relax and in season can enjoy camp fires and outside BBQ. Shower is hot and lots of water, not a water saving type.
It is all a low key relax type space where guests can mingle if wanted or do your own thing with wineries and king river handy. As a master Bookbinder Artist I enjoy good company and chat, good meals and a nice wine.
Cheshunt is quite an amazing place to live and enjoy. The community is unique in that people are friendly and old style rural community where people acknowledge and help each other and offer chat and good conversation if wanted. Cheshunt store, about 100m away offers chef quality takeaway, deli and fresh food of a very high standard. For backpackers and workers there is a large offering of work on the vineyards. Pruning season, picking seasons usually last about 3 months and they always seem to be after workers.
Woofas are welcome and free stay for some work is OK. Cleaning, gardens, renovation, bookbinding offered. We have a kitchen so you can save lots on meals and basically have one of the cheapest venues in Australia in a very popular area.
In the heart of the high country with many fine wineries offering tastings and outings. Winery walkabout, La Dolce Vita and the Jazz festival are extremely popular weekends. The King River, 300m away, is famous for Trout and fly fishing and prized Murray Cod. Also other noted Trout rivers. They are well stocked so people do actually catch fish. Licence required. There is also canoe venues, Alpine National Parks, Trail bike tracks, bush walking, Lake William Hovell is 15km up the road.
From Sydney or Melbourne Airport train to Wangaratta. There is a public bus that is available to and from Wangaratta 2 days per week Tuesday and Thursday and the bus stop is about 100m away. To drive take Hume highway to Wangaratta and take Whitfield Road (King Valley) to Cheshunt 50km. After the cheshunt store PO 100m turn left into Edi-Cheshunt Road and we are 75m on the left.
Having lived in France for 10 years I have returned to Australia to enjoy a beautiful simple life. The project is only 12 months up and running so as time progresses so too will the amenties and rooms available. There is an organic garden well under way so produce from that is available as are fresh farm eggs. We have a 2mg water licence so there is no shortage of water or restrictions. I love Eurpopean and international visitors and from experience understand visiting foreign countries so I can make you feel like one of the family and help you have a great time when you stay.
Your host lives on site and lives in the middle block. On arrival I greet guests to show them their room, kitchen and toilets and let them know what is available in the area. Most areas are accessible and there are some beautiful flowering gardens being established.
Interaction with guests
Yes I'm available to offer help about the area and things to do.
Other things to note
One group brought their bikes and hired Armish constumes from melbourne. It was very much in keeping with the style of the area and they cycled arounf the area and visited the wineries. It was a novel idea and they had a lot of fun in the process.
We don't have any other than keep the kitchen clean after use, maybe label items in Frig and common decency to other guests. Noise is the main consideration with respect to others. It is run like an extended family. No problem with smoking but if you can do that outside the rooms it is fine. Pets are OK but remember other guests and chickens, so not free range pets. There is plenty of hot water and no restrictions but if you all take showers at the one time it will deplete the 400L system.
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Retired from business at 38 to take up Art and Bookbinding. Travelled extensively and lived in France for 10 years making books and painting. In February I returned to Australia and bought the Cheshunt property which I am now renovating with a view to rent out low priced affordable accommodation that is clean and fun to enjoy. I saw too many awful dirty backpacker dives that were overpriced and basically filthy. Just because someone is a backpacker does necessarily mean they are a bum or should be treated that way. So even though these rooms are older I am renovating them to offer clean accommodation, clean beds and linen and a roof that does not leak. Memories of London with a leaking roof and a bed that smelled like pee, . Eeeek. None of that here thankfully.
Growing an organic garden and some chickens for people to enjoy fresh eggs and home grown produce when available. There is no rush to complete as I am taking my time and enjoying the experience of it all and the wonderful people I am meeting. Kitchen area, showers and toilets are community and in a seperate block. When busy I often let guests use mine which is much better setup and warmer in winter.
I am very easy and lay back having enjoyed the company of many various cultures and people. For me if something is not enjoyable I prefer to do something that is. The community at Cheshunt is a real joy with some amazing people who will take the time to talk to you. It is all more like an extended family.